Serra Brothers Split, Nick Locked Out of BJJ Gyms

December 20, 2013 11:42 am by Christopher Murphy

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra (above) and his brother Nick have long been Brazilian jiu jitsu teachers in New York, owning and operating a number of academies throughout the state.  News broke Thursday that the two brothers have split their professional ties as Nick will no longer be a part of Serra BJJ.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

Matt and Nick Serra opened their first Brazilian jiu jitsu academy together in 2001 and expanded over the years to multiple locations; but it has been revealed that the two brothers have severed their business relationship.

Nick Serra posted an explanation of his departure from Serra BJJ Wednesday night on his Facebook page.  The original post has since been deleted, but Bloody Elbow posted its contents later in the week.
Nick Serra writes:

To My Students and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I write the following, but I feel that it is best that you hear it from me. As many of you might have sensed, there has been an unspoken tension growing between my brother Matt and me over the last several months. Originally, it was my preference not to air our grievances and private business matters in public. However my brother has forced my hand by claiming that I am merely an employee and was never an owner of any of the Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academies or their affiliates. I have tried, in various ways, to contact my brother and resolve this situation, but under the cover of darkness he changed the locks of the Academies, generously stating that he “will arrange to have me paid for any outstanding time worked and will have whatever personal affects I have at the academy delivered wherever I like”. It is also for these reasons I have chosen to take an indefinite leave of absence from Serra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the academies that I co-founded with my brother, where I have taught thousands of students, and where I have trained for over 15 years. For the sake of my family, friends, and students and out of respect for the tradition that has been passed on to me from my Master Renzo Gracie, I have chosen to continue to teach in a more harmonious environment in which I can concentrate fully upon my students. For those of you who wish to continue training with me, I will be resuming classes at my longtime friend and Black Belt Tom Muller’s facility: Commack MMA, located at 6096B Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best Wishes to All of You,

Nick “Mad Monkey” Serra

”Home is behind, the world ahead, And there are many paths to tread

Through shadows to the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight.” 
J.R.R. Tolken

While there is some indication of personal matters behind this, Serra insists on maintaining a strictly professional air about the severance.  Matt Serra has yet to comment, and it is unknown if the two brothers’ personal relationship has suffered a similar schism.

While the two Renzo Gracie BJJ black belts will continue to teach the sport separately, one can only hope that it’s in the cards for the two brothers to reunite down the line.

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