During the height of the pandemic, while many many Jiu Jitsu academies were shutting down for good, Nick Salles and his training partner Danny Maira decided the time was right for them to open their own gym. Most people thought they were crazy but Nick knew that if he was going to pursue his dream of becoming a professional Jiu Jitsu athlete he needed to keep training. So, Nick along with Danny found a gym for sale in Pennsylvania, and with no business experience, took all of their savings, moved from New Jersey, and bought it. Oh, I forgot to mention, they were both still Brown Belts at the time.
Nick got his start in Jiu Jitsu as a kid and by the time he was a teen, he was an IBJJF World Champion in the Juvenile division. Nick's coach as a teen was Jason Scully, one of the men at the forefront of the online Jiu Jitsu platforms with The Grapplers Guide. Jiu Jitsu practitioners of the highest level were making instructional videos with Jason and Nick was exposed to the incredible talent and training methods they brought with them. Nick took advantage of the opportunity of being around fantastic talent and used it to help him excel over the years.
Shortly after receiving his Brown Belt, Nick arrived at a point where he needed to make a change in his training. To reach the top of the sport Nick knew he needed to train with the best in the world. Nick switched to Marcelo Garcia Jiu Jitsu and began training at one of the most respected academies on the east coast, if not the entire country. At Marcelo's, Nick also began instructing classes and he fell in love with that aspect of
Jiu Jitsu. The seed of owning his own academy had been planted.
Now, Nick and Danny are making a go at their academy, Movement Art. They exceeded the expectations they set for memberships and are looking forward to new challenges. Since opening Movement Art in Richboro Pennsylvania, they have both received their Black Belts from one of the Jiu Jitsu world's hottest and most respected competitors, Mikey Musumeci.
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