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” Nick Scatchell “

imageHello my name is Nick Scatchell,
I am a team member of Gracie Barra Downers Grove. I have been with the academy for 2 months now. I was originally hopping around from gym to gym to see which was the right fit and then day one after my first free class at Gracie Barra, I knew this was the spot and instantly signed up. Having taken a yearlong break from training and going through a tragic life experience with losing a best friend, I found myself struggling to get back to my wellness routine. My energy level was low, had spouts of insomnia, and a difficult time dealing with the grief; I felt mentally and physically defeated. I took a leap of faith and became dedicated to my training. My quality of life has skyrocketed because of this and words cannot describe how thankful I really am. I’ve acquired indescribable peace of mind; my aggression and headaches have faded away, my sleep cycle has been restored, and I am eating way healthier than the past.
We have over 5 black belt Professors that are some of the most elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the entire world with 1st place world championships that are there daily watching over you and letting you know what to do and how to improve your game.
I’m also involved in the Muay Thai/Kickboxing program with Professor Louis who is a phenomenal instructor. There is so much you can do at this academy, the schedule is extremely flexible and I’ve never had an issue. It genuinely feels like a second family whenever I am there – at the end of each hard training session you tend to hear “see you tomorrow, right?” from the entire class and that’s an awesome feeling for me to know I have team mates and coaches that want me to come back and roll with them. Everyone going to our academy is there to train not only for the great physical aspect, but the mind as well. As I stated before it really helped me, and I am now going 4-5 times a week just because of how great I feel after a nice session with whatever class it may be. I am so grateful to be surrounded by these uplifting people and I look forward to be competing in upcoming BJJ tournaments under Gracie Barra.
I welcome anyone who is struggling with anything in their life or just want to get into insanely great shape to join – it will change your life for the better. Thank you Professor Carlos Lemos Jr for inviting me and accepting me, it’s truly an honor. OSS!

​Regards,
Nick Scatchell

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