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Matt Serra Feuding with His Brother, Locks Him out of the BJJ Academies

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Former welterweight champ Matt Serra and his brother are feuding, and at least for the time being, are no longer on speaking terms.

Matt and Nick Serra used to manage a chain of Jiu-Jitsu academies in New York together. For unknown reasons though, a rift has grown between them, culminating in Matt Serra changing the locks on the schools in order to keep Nick out.

Nick Serra subsequently took to Facebook to explain his side of the story:

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

Matt and Nick Serra were the first Renzo Gracie black belts in the US, and staples in the New York BJJ scene. It’s a big loss to the community to see the two of them parting ways, especially with the level of bad blood that seems to be brewing.