“I have been studying Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Zanshin Dojo for twelve and a half years. It has been a great way to stay in shape, relieve stress, learn self-defense, and have fun. I love the fact that the school maintains a good balance of self-defense and “tournament” jiu-jitsu. The school has a family friendly atmosphere where adults and their kids can train together and everyone is there to learn and improve. No one is trying to prove that she/he is top dog. Best of all, I have learned things at Zanshin Dojo than I can apply to all areas of my life.”

Derrick Reynolds – Age 38
Software Engineer (Brown belt-Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu)

“As a competitive wrestler I never realized how much jiu-jitsu would help me with technique, improved stances, form, breathing methods and my state of mind for a match. Now I don’t know what I would do without it. Mr. Silver has taught me methods that are essential to any kind of sport fighting or grappling. I can’t imagine studying jiu-jitsu without him as an instructor.”

Nick Johnson – Age 17

“High quality and detailed instruction in the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Great place to learn techniques and lessons that will help you in all areas of your life, plus you get in phenomenal shape and meet some really great people. Eric Silver is an encyclopedia of GJJ and martial arts in general.”

Hank Quillen – Age 36

“The thing that impresses me most about Zanshin Dojo is that everytime I walk through the door I am greeted with respect.  I also enjoy going because it is a great work out, it improves me physically and mentally.  There is a lot of one on one instruction with higher ranking individuals and the instructors are willing to slow things down to make sure I understand the techniques.”

Benji Holmes – Age 26
Student Pastor

“Since my training began at Zanshin Dojo, I have lost over 25 lbs, lowered my blood pressure, and have made a lot of great friends! The dojo offers an atmosphere of learning, physical and mental challenges, and superior instruction.  Great teachers are prepared, organized, and engage students to look at challenges in a variety of ways. They also form strong relationships with their students and are masters of their subject matter.  Eric Silver possesses all of these qualities.  He creates a non-threatening, welcoming environment that nurtures each of his students.”

F. Bradley Meyers –  Age 31
State Enterprise Architect, State of Tennessee-Information Resources

“Eric Silver is a strong and experienced teacher of Gracie style Jiu-Jitsu and has developed that same talent in his upper level students.  He keeps the focus on helping each person advance – no matter if they are a beginner or have been studying for years.  At Zanshin Dojo it is refreshing to have a class mix of ages, sizes, and capabilities who are all interested in a serious work out.”

Matt Neild – Age 41
Senior Director – Automotive Marketing & Sales;  ADS Logistics

“Eric Silver’s teaching style is excellent.  He breaks down each move and explains why it must be done that way.  The classes are at a pace that anyone can enjoy, which makes it a perfect place for me, since I’m   not 20 years old anymore.  The students are friendly and helpful too.  If you want to learn real Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, this is a great place to train.”

Ben Travis – Age 35
Teacher, Metro Nashville Schools

“I’ve been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over nine years and have trained at many different schools.  I learn something new every class that I attend with Eric Silver. He has great knowledge and explains movements in detail so everyone can understand them.”

Spencer Scrivner – Age 37
Fitjitsu Developer/Finance Professional (Brown belt-BJJ)