Marissa and I moved from Maine to Massachusetts back in 2012. As a lifelong martial artist, I have always strived to balance teaching and practice. The Collective is a culmination of those goals. A place to teach others the value of self-defense and to continue my BJJ journey surrounded by like-minded people. Please swing by to see how we can best serve you! -Nate
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often taught through a series of disconnected movements causing the student to spend years figuring out how to connect the pieces themselves. We teach classes as a series of connected movements that are commonly strung together. We use a rotating curriculum consisting of 12 basic and 20 intermediate classes ensuring the student is exposed to our entire white belt curriculum in just 32 classes. This expedites the learning process giving the student a more direct path toward mastery of the art. For experienced grapplers, our advanced classes build upon those principles to take a deeper look at key positions, submissions, escapes, and throws.
NATE MORRISON - Head of our grappling program
Nate started his training under Jay Jack at The Academy in Portland, Maine. It was under Jay's tutelage that he learned the importance of having a complete jiu-jitsu repertoire. Nate caught the bug early and graduated from white to purple belt in a little over two years. After moving to Massachusetts, he trained at several different schools including Bernardo Faria BJJ Academy, North Shore BJJ, and Fuji Gym. While on the road, he trained with legends like Marcelo Garcia, Royce Gracie, Robert Drysdale, and John Danaher. Nate currently splits his time teaching and training both at The Collective and Fuji Gym w/ 3x Olympian Travis Stevens - a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Olympic Silver Medalist in Judo.
PETER FONTAINE - Head of our Muay Thai Program
Born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, Peter has been an athlete and coach in some capacity all his life. He fell in love with MMA early on - especially the stand-up aspect. He started learning Muay Thai at Kru Mark DellaGrotte's Sityodtong gym in Somerville. Peter also trained at Dragon Within, North Shore Sityodyong with Kru Neil Legallo, boxing with Tommy McInerney (boxing coach for many Bruins players), and North Shore Muay Thai Academy with Kru Marc Meltzer. Peter started his coaching career at NSMTA training up-and-coming fighters. With the closing of this beloved school and the realization of his new passion of teaching, Peter is excited to continue teaching and training at Collective Jiu-Jitsu & Muay Thai.
andrew jacobs - bjj blue belt / judo black belt
Andrew Jacobs started judo in Eighth grade under Olympic coach Yoshisada Yonezuka after being introduced to martial arts through his brother and father. During and after high school, Andrew trained judo, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu in New Jersey and NYC. He has won various tournaments in each discipline including several bronze medals in SR world cups in judo, numerous state and national championship medals and achieved #1 national ranking in his respective weight class.
Andrew has also won first in district, county and regional championships in high school wrestling, several Grapplers Quest and Naga gi and advanced no-gi divisions.
Andrew now trains under Olympic coach Jimmy Pedro and Jim Pedro Sr. whilst continuing his BJJ training under Travis Stevens. Andrew spreads his love of grappling and martial arts through coaching at St. Johns Prep and at The Collective - all the while training full-time with aspirations to qualify for the Olympic Judo Team.
chris martin - bjj brown belt
Chris started training in 2009 under Vince Guy in Vermont where he received the rank of purple belt. From there, he moved to Minnesota in 2013 and trained under Marcelo Nuñes at The Cellar where he received his brown belt. Since then he has traveled around training at Dave Jacobs Academy in Virginia, Fenix BJJ in Woburn, The Collective in Beverly, and Fuji Gym in Wakefield. Nowadays, Chris splits his time between The Collective and Fuji Gym. He is an excellent jiu-jitsu fighter both on his feet and on the ground. He is a kind and patient teacher who invests into everyone he encounters. He’s known as the ‘somewhat gentle giant’ around here.
johnny hurley - bjj blue belt
Johnny started training within the first few days of opening The Collective. He is first and foremost a musician playing both drums and piano, but he is known for his technical prowess on the mats and attention to detail. Even though he’s still a fresh blue belt, he’s showing promise as a solid jiu-jitsu practitioner for years to come.
thallis ecard - BJJ Purple belt
Thallis started training jiu-jitsu in 2003 under the legendary Charles "Cobrinha" Rubens, where he earned his blue belt. During that time, he shared the mats with Michael Langhi and many other great fighters. Cobrinha decided to move to Sao Paulo three years later and Thallis transferred to Mauro Pacifico's Bushido Team under Daniel Nonato, a jiu-jitsu and judo black belt. Thallis spent his time competing and creating a free children's BJJ project where all kids had access to jiu-jitsu. Daniel awarded Thallis his purple belt. Since moving to the US, he found The Collective and immediately felt at home. He's currently going through our apprentice teacher training in hopes of teaching a classes on his own one day!
adam carullo - bjj purple belt
Adam started training in 2009 at Boston BJJ where he reached the rank of blue belt under Roberto Maia. He eventually started training at Redline Fight Sports in order to incorporate Muay Thai and Sanda (Chinese Boxing) into his martial arts training. After a year of stand-up, he decided to focus his efforts solely on grappling and made his way to purple belt under Anderson Silverio and Carlos Neto. He eventually moved to the North Shore and trained with Liam McGeowen before finally settling in at Collective Jiu-Jitsu. He's excited to continue his martial arts journey here learning and teaching through our curriculum-based approach.
Pete Athanasopoulos - Bjj blue belt
Pete began his jiu-jitsu journey in 2008 at Fenix BJJ with Ronaldo Campos. He competed as a white belt at many tournaments and did well at each, placing in the top three. In 2010, priorities and responsibilities changed and he had to take a few years off from training. In December 2015 he rekindled his love of the sport with Fenix BJJ and received his blue belt in November 2016. Being a Beverly native and local business owner, it was a great surprise to see Collective Jiu Jitsu open in Beverly. Having a curriculum-focused place to train close to home makes for a long and healthy jiu-jitsu career.
Aaron Chase - bjj white belt
Aaron is a talented singer-songwriter and guitarist with a passion for grappling and muay thai. He started training at The Collective within a few months of opening and has steadily progressed into a solid fighter. He's currently going through our apprentice training in preparation of leading basic class on his own.
Programs & pricing
Full-Time Membership - monthly Rate / Semester Rate / Yearly rate
This option gives you unlimited access to any and all adult classes. No limits!
Part-Time Membership - monthly Rate / Semester Rate
This option gives you access to any two adult classes each week.
Basic Jiu-Jitsu - monday @ 7pm / tuesday @ 10am / wednesday @ 7am / thursday @ 6:30pm
This is the most important class we teach. We focus on the most essential self-defense techniques and drill them into your muscle memory until your reactions become instantaneous.
intermediate jiu-jitsu - Monday @ 7am / Tuesday @ 6:30pm / Thursday @ 10am
This class builds upon the skills learned in the basic class. While the basic curriculum focuses on the most essential throws, escapes, and submissions, the intermediate curriculum teaches the student how to impose their will on an opponent. This skill set will give you the ability to not only defend yourself but others as well. We will spend considerable time in key positions like mount, side control, closed & open guard, half guard, and the back.
Advanced jiu-jitsu - Tuesday @ 7am / Thursday @ 7am
The focus of this class shifts to sport specific training where we emphasize movement drills, technique repetition, positional training, and rolling. The training is fast paced and challenging. Come ready to work!
GRAPPLING CIRCUIT / open mat - monday @ 8pm / Tuesday @ 11am & 7:30pm / Thursday @ 11am & 7:30pm / Saturday @ 1pm
This is a time to put your technique to the test. We team up with rotating training partners to wrestle in four, five, or six-minute rounds.
Muay thai - Monday @ 6pm / tuesday @ 9am / wednesday @ 6pm / Thursday @ 9am
Muay Thai is a striking art predominately using fists, elbows, knees, and shins. It is very effective in self-defense situations and for getting a great workout.
Intro to brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar - every monday night @ 7pm - new class every month
Description: This 4-week, 4-class seminar offers students an introduction into the art of jiu-jitsu. We meet on Monday nights at 7pm to cover basic self-defense tactics through the use of throws, escapes, and submissions. You will be placed in a small group of other beginners going over all the tools you will need to be successful in your BJJ endeavor. Once you complete the course, you can sign up for a part-time or full-time membership!
Women's Self-Defense Seminar - The first Monday of each month - 7pm-9pm - $20
This introductory study in self-defense tailored specifically for women is offered as a 2-hour seminar on the first Monday of each month. The cost is $20 per person and is open to all experience and fitness levels. We highly encourage you to bring a friend or family member so you can continue to practice the techniques after the seminar is finished.
Kid's classes (ages 3-4) - Tuesday @ 5pm - next class opens september 2018
The aim of this 30-minute class is to build functional movement through fun and interactive games. We strive to make jiu-jitsu a pleasant and social experience so they will want to continue to train for years to come. Your kids will learn solid BJJ techniques that will translate into self-defense and bully-proofing applications in the future.
kid's classes (ages 5-7) - Thursday @ 5pm - next class opens september 2018
The focus of this 40-minute class will be functional movements, bully-proofing techniques, self-discipline, character-building, and fun! We will divide our time between warming up, acquiring self-defense techniques, and getting a solid workout. Safety is paramount and stressed throughout every session. Your kids will walk away feeling energized and accomplished after each class.
Kid's classes (ages 8-14) - Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:40pm
Building on the same foundation as the Lil' Pups Program, this 50-minute class will continue to stress safety, proper technique, discipline, good character, and fun! Our Big Pups will spend more time perfecting techniques and drilling them into their muscle memory. We will spend considerable time teaching and displaying proper character so they can avoid physical confrontation unless absolutely necessary. But most of all, they will develop a 'quiet confidence' that helps keep them from being pre-selected for bullying or becoming bullies themselves.
*AGES 15 AND UP can ATTEND ADULT CLASSES*
Private Training provides you with a unique opportunity to focus on exactly what you want - when you want. We can teach anything from basic self-defense tactics to advanced Muay Thai techniques. We offer one-on-one training as well as group classes at the same rate so you can split it with friends or family. We hold sessions both at our facility and off-site at your home or work. Call us at 978-905-6684 or email us at Nate@CollectiveBJJ.com to schedule your appointment today!
Hometown: Middleton, MA
Belt Rank: Blue Belt
How did you get started: I knew Nate from The Drum Shop and he invited me to the new school. I decided to try it out and I've been here ever since.
Favorite thing about BJJ: If I had to pick just one thing, it would be the people I train with. I've made stronger friendships in a year than I have my whole life.
Why is The Collective your home gym: Because I love having Nate as my coach and love the people who train here. And it's the closet gym to my house!
Advice for someone looking to start: The amount of information, technique, and subtle details needed to thrive in BJJ are intimidating at first. Focus on adding one small thing to your game each training session and you will get better.
Hometown: Gloucester, MA
Belt Rank: Blue Belt
Favorite thing about BJJ: It has improved my physical strength, composure under stress, and confidence in dealing with dangerous people at work.
How did you get started: I wanted to make my personal fitness relevant to fighting — something practical.
Why is The Collective your home gym: Nate and Liam are excellent instructors who are committed to the sport and to the students. And they are tough!
Advice for someone looking to start: Try out the Collective — a great bunch of training partners. Friendly, competent people who could really hurt you … but won’t!
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Belt Rank: White - 1st Stripe
How did you get started: I was looking for an alternative to cross-fit and the gym. When I saw a BJJ gym had opened locally, I knew there were no more excuses.
Favorite thing about BJJ: The friendly competition. Rolling with the guys after my 1st class taught me more about myself in four minutes than any other activity I had ever engaged in.
Why is The Collective your home gym: The camaraderie. Working with the advanced belts has improved my skill level dramatically. They are always eager to assist with tips on proper technique.
Advice for someone looking to start: Don't wait! Jiu Jitsu has changed my life. I wish I had found BJJ 20 years ago. Make a 60 minute investment in yourself...take the Saturday class and see firsthand how your life can change.
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Occupation: Creative Director
Belt Rank: White! (aka food for the colored belts)
How did you get started: Morbid curiosity and my lifelong love of roughhousing.
Favorite thing about BJJ: I want to say assimilating techniques and chaining a game together, but truthfully I love the camaraderie. “Those who slay together stay together!”
Why is The Collective your home gym: The Collective is my second home and the people I train with my family.
Advice for someone looking to start: It is the single best decision I have ever made. This sport will change you for the better. Show up, hydrate, stay off YouTube, and keep with it. Someday it will all click.
Hometown: Salem, MA
Belt Rank: White - 1st stripe
How did you get started: I came to work with Peter Fontaine for Muay Thai, stayed for a jiu-jitsu class, and got hooked!
Favorite thing about BJJ: The physical and mental challenge.
Why is The Collective your home gym: Great instructors. Great students. Great Environment to train!
Advice for someone looking to start: Just start. Worst Case: you've lost an hour. Best Case: it will change your life!
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Belt Rank: White - 2nd stripe
How did you get started: A friend from church offered to teach me BJJ a little over two years ago and I got absolutely hooked!
Favorite thing about BJJ: Win or lose, live rolling is a great release. Learning to physically handle myself has changed the way I see the world.
Why is The Collective your home gym: It's a two-minute walk from my house, great community, and I found great people there.
Advice for someone looking to start: Come to The Collective, pay attention, get private classes, watch the videos from the Training Database.
Our online Training Database contains video breakdowns of all of our basic and intermediate classes. This is the perfect companion tool to help refresh and deepen your understanding of our curriculum. We will consistently add advanced content to keep you current and help you get the most out of this important resource.
$15/month // $140/year