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How do I apply to Zanshin Dojo classes?

We recommend that new students and visitors call or email before coming by. There is no specific day or time for beginners so new members may start anytime. There will be some paperwork to fill out before starting so please allow 10-15 minutes for that before your first class.

What’s A Good Age For Kids Or Myself To Start Training?

Every child has a unique personality and attention span. We don’t offer a “toddler” class and have found that six years old is a good starting age for most kids. For adults, there’s no age that’s too old to learn martial arts. Helio Gracie was still going strong at 95!

How do your memberships work?

We offer four options, which are paid monthly: one, two, and unlimited classes per week.  Students may pay a drop-in fee for single classes but we highly suggest regular training, at least two days a week for consistent progress. Discounts are offered for family members from the same household and for advanced tuition payments for six or twelve-month periods. 

What’s the difference between karate and jiu-jitsu?

Karate is a Japanese martial art based on punching and kicking. In class, we practice technical training, controlled sparring and kata (formalized training patterns).

• Jiu-jitsu is a grappling art, like wrestling. The focus is on body control using proper connection, angles and leverage. In that way, smaller people can learn to handle larger opponents without depending on strength.  Ultimately each side tries to perform controlled submissions on their opponent. It's mostly practiced on the ground, hence sometimes referred to as, “ground fighting”. 

What’s the difference between Gracie and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Although these names are often used interchangeably, they’re a bit different. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu refers to the original style of jiu-jitsu practiced by Helio and Carlos Gracie and their sons. The name, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, is generally reserved for members of the actual family and those who learned from them. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is based on the Gracie system of self-defense. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a more generic term for modern jiu-jitsu which comes from Brazil but focuses more on competition. Sport jiu-jitsu matches have time limits and can be won by points or submission.

What If I sign up and then have to move or for other reasons can’t continue the classes?

We understand that plans change in life. We do not ask any student to continue paying for classes if they unexpectedly have to move or encounter other conflicts. All we ask for is notification prior to termination of classes. 

What are the benefits of taking these classes?

Aside from the amazing workout, you’ll get from our classes, you’ll gain confidence in understanding more about your body and how to use it more effectively. Many students comment about feeling calmer, more centered, focused and more assured from having practical self-defense knowledge. The dojo is also a great place to make lasting friends.

I’m afraid I’m too out of shape, too stiff or too old to handle classes like these. 

Our number one concern is safety and helping each student learn and progress at a pace that is comfortable for them. There’s no better activity for your body and mind than martial arts. For those who feel a little uncomfortable starting a “fighting” art, know that no one is forced to compete or is ever bullied in the dojo. We all start at a unique beginning with different goals and motivation to train. Inside our school, you will find a happy and supportive group of teachers and students who all know what it’s like to be the new kid on the block. Everyone is welcome. 

Are karate and jiu-jitsu classes separate?

Yes. Strikes and kicks are taught in our jiu-jitsu classes and submissions are taught in our karate classes, but the two styles are taught separately.

Why Zanshin Dojo?

1. No restrictive contracts.

2. Centrally located in midtown Nashville (walking distance from Vanderbilt).

3. Training area cleaned after every class.

4. Bilingual instructors.

5. Discounts on martial arts supplies.
6. Parking and showers onsite.

7. Thirty years in Nashville.
8. Family discounts.
9. Students may split their classes between karate, jiu-jitsu and self-defense.
10. Our lineage is Helio Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Eric Silver, you!

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