Shihan Joe Nesta and Sensei Bill Powers have close to 90 years of combined experience in the martial arts. Their friendship dates back to the late 1970s. Holder of the highest ranking in Nick Cerio’s Kenpo in the United States, Nesta, 62, is the owner of Nesta’s Kenpo Karate at 701 Salem St.
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Many women are unconfident and afraid in today’s dangerous world. Some of them seek to reverse that by studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As its name suggests, this martial art began in Brazil, where it was developed by Helio Gracie, who earlier had founded Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Millville resident Brian Bills, 27, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 13 months old. A fan of Chuck Norris as a kid, despite his limitations, he would impersonate martial arts moves in the actor’s movies and television shows. “I had CP, I couldn’t walk, and I started moving a lot faster when I saw him,” Bills said.