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About Eric Silver

"He is a good friend, passionate about Jiu-Jitsu, teaching and a good student. I´m proud of him."
—Rickson Gracie

Sergio Takamatsu Karate Seminar

Sergio Takamatsu will be visiting Nashville in March from São Paulo, Brazil. He is the son of 9th dan, Koji Takamatsu. Mr. Takamatsu was awarded his 7th dan and the title of Kyoshi Shihan by Grand Master Jiro Otuska. He is a black-belt in judo, is the head coach for the São Paulo, Brazilian Wado-Ryu team and is a licensed judge for WKF competitions.

He will be teaching Zanshin Dojo at 1917 Church St. in Nashville:

  • March 6th for yudansha only, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • March 7th and 8th 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm black belts and kyu ranks.
  • Enrollment is limited. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like more information or to reserve your space.

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Congratulations to Ezra Scott & Bill Schultz!

Congratulations to our newly promoted students, Ezra Scott (blue-belt) and Bill Schultz (brown-belt) who successfully passed their belt exams this part Sunday, Feb. 15. We’re very proud of the hard work these guys have put in.

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About Us

Rickson Gracie and Eric Silver

Zanshin Dojo opened as a karate school in 1992 and became the first school of Gracie "Brazilian" jiu-jitsu in middle Tennessee in 1994. We are a member of the U.S. Eastern Wado-Ryu, Japanese Wado-Ryu Renmei and Brazilian Wado-Ryu karate federations and the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association. Many of our students have gone on to become world-class competitors and instructors. At Zanshin Dojo, we focus on the highest quality martial arts technique with applications for self-defense and tournament competition. Our classes include intensive conditioning and for those who are interested, Russian kettlebell training.

Eric Silver, head instructor of Zanshin Dojo started his martial arts training in 1971. He has trained in Wado-Ryu karate and jiu-jitsu in the U.S., Brazil, Japan and Europe. He is a sixth degree black-belt in Wado-Ryu karate and one of six Americans who have been awarded their black-belts by Rickson Gracie. In addition to his extensive training with the legendary Rickson, Mr. Silver has trained with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu luminaries, Royler Gracie, Fabio Gurgel, Marcelo Garcia and Saulo Ribeiro.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Zanshin Dojo are open to men, women and children. No previous experience is required and beginners can start at any time. Uniforms may be purchased through the school and visitors are always welcome.

Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Zanshin Dojo Nashville Wado-Ryu Karate

Next Level Fitness: 1917 Church Street  |  Nashville, TN 37203  |  (615) 485-2143  |

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