Our story

Acadia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was founded in September, 2012 in Ellsworth, Maine by Port City BJJ (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) brown belt, Nicholas Braley. Within months of opening, Nick had opened up a world to many people in the area to a sport and martial art of the likes that had never been seen in the Hancock County area. After a year of the gym being open, the kids class had begun and was thriving and many of the kids from the first group still train to this day. We are now at our third and largest location with 1,000 sq. ft of mat space. 

 Nick Braley (photo credit, Megan Braley)

Nick Braley (photo credit, Megan Braley)

Ever the journeyman, Nick became restless and as soon as he felt the gym was in good hands, he allowed his purple belt Kris Douglas to take over as the owner of the gym. This allowed Nick the freedom to travel and train in different locations in order to bring back the best Jiu Jitsu that he could. When Nick felt that the time was right, and that they gym was in the best shape that it could be, he moved back to New Hampshire to seek out the hallowed black belt, which he received in January, 2018, eleven years after starting his journey. He continues to live and train in Nashua, New Hampshire and maintains a great relationship and friendship with the gym that he loved and founded. 

Shortly after Nick left, the gym became officially affiliated by Mass BJJ-Arlington Third Degree Black Belt and head instructor, Mike Pellegrino who maintains a close relationship with Kris and visits the gym multiple times per year, to ensure training is top notch. 

                    Mike Pellegrino

When Kris took over as the owner and eventually the head instructor of the gym, he wanted to provide as much diverstiy as possible to the students beginning by having long time friend and very first training partner Aaron Sprague teach an advanced class and long time training partner Greg Noble to become the kids head instructor and beginner adult instructor. Kris also employed a long time friend and fellow martial artist Michael Garrity to teach the self defense and striking classes for kids and adults alike.