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I’ve known Ed for 8 years. He helped me get signed with American Top Team. He is one of the most well rounded MMA Trainers I know. Consider this, Ed Clay could compete at a professional level in ANY of the sports that are needed to be an MMA fighter. He's a black belt in BJJ, pro level Thai Boxer, college level wrestler, and most people don't know this, but his boxing is probably his biggest strength. His dedication to his students is admirable and his no nonsense, no BS approach to training has made him highly respected nationwide. I would recommend anyone to train at Nashville MMA as I have done a number of times over the years!

Jeff “The Snowman” Monson UFC & Pride Veteran Abu Dhabi World Champion
If you want to train real Mixed Martial Arts in the Nashville area, you might as well train with one of the best trainers in the country. He has been a part of my training camps over the years and I can tell you that Ed Clay is one of the most well rounded MMA trainers around. Whether you want to train BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, or wrestling, Ed has extensive background in everything. Ed was doing real MMA before people knew what real MMA was! I can't imagine living in Nashville and not training with him...There is no other choice but Nashville MMA!

Brandon “The Truth” Vera UFC Heavyweight Contender
Brazialian Jiu Jitsu


Finally. A" Real Deal" Proven Mixed Martial Arts Program That Can Turn Anyone, Regardless of Age, Gender or Previous Experience, Into A Quick And Powerful
Fighting Machine!!!


Ed Clay’s Brazilain Jiu Jitsu

World-Class Competition Team

World-Class Instruction

World-Class Training Facilities

No Politics and No Nonsense!

3 BJJ Black Belts



Blackbelt Instructors Ed Clay, Shawn Hammonds, and Sean Pullizano.


Why ED CLAY’S Nashville MMA?

Well if you’re looking to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/ Submission Wrestling the answer is simple. You have the unique opportunity to train with the World's #1 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling school in the country. You see in 2007 more than 3,000 competitors participated in Nationwide Ranked events. Nearly 150 coaches and Teams worked hard all year competing in Ranked events. In the end Nashville MMA was ranked 5th in the Nation. We were the the highest ranked, non-chain school in the country and last year alone had multiple national champions!

Since that time, we have produced multiple Pan-Am Chamions, World Champions, and are the only school in TN to produce mulitple UFC and Strikeforce fighters.

If you CAN'T defend yourself while standing and on the ground then you DON'T know how to defend yourself....

95% of all self-defense situations end up on the ground or in the grappling range... Grappling is the most neglected range of self-defense in most martial art systems.


WHAT DO WE TEACH?


At Ed Clay's Nashville Mixed Martial Arts Academy, we teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sombo, Judo, Muay Thai, Boxing and Submission Wrestling. At the crux and core of our grappling system is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art that was popularized in America by the legendary Gracie family. Jiu-Jitsu concentrates on dominating your opponent by using angles, leverage, and superior body positioning to control an opponent’s body movement. A person that has a superior position is in a better situation to apply a finishing hold or to start striking. This style allows for a smaller person to defeat a much larger attacker. Brazilan Jiu Jitsu, BJJ is excellent for women who are often taken to the ground during assaults. We recommend this style for men, women, and children looking for a great workout and realistic self-defense. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is similar and, in some cases, both supplementary and complementary to the Olympic Sport of Judo. In our curricula, we believe that it is not only important to control our opponent on the ground, but also on our feet. Therefore, we have taken the proactive approach of marrying the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sombo, and Submission Wrestling.

Ed Clay featured in the Nashville Scene

They said, “Ultimate fighter Ed Clay is an expert at repeatedly slamming a man's head into the floor--Or otherwise breaking down whoever decides to take him on.”

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About Our Instructors

Our BJJ Team Is Built On A Strong
Foundation, A Team Without A Strong Foundation
Will Surely Fail.


Ed Clay’s Nashville MMA was built on the blood, sweat and tears of its Head Instructor Ed Clay and BJJ instructor Shawn Hammonds. They’ve helped train some of the biggest names in the sport of No Holds Barred Fighting prepare for events like the UFC, Pride Championships, Rings, Pride Bushido, Reality Fighting, World Extreme Challenge, Combat Sports Challenge, Extreme Challenge just to name a few. We take a World Class approach to training in all of our disciplines and are ALWAYS trying to improve.

Shawn Hammonds was crowned the Black Belt Pan-AM Champion in 2012 and together they have taken home a bronze and silver medals in the Pan American Championships, Have Multiple National Championships in submission grappling and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Titles , won the Arnold Gracie World Championships multiple times and trained over 20 national champions in BJJ and Submission Wrestling.

Coach Shawn Hammonds Voted "2011 Coach of the Year" by the North American Grappling Association (NAGA)


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On a daily basis we're working with and training students just like you that want to get in shape, learn Mixed Martial Arts, self defense and even those that want to compete. We offer programs for student of all levels. I would like to share with you some of our day to day lessons that I know for a fact will help you in your training and in your life.



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RAVE REVIEW

If you want to train real Mixed Martial Arts in the Nashville area, you might as well train with one of the best trainers in the country. He has been a part of my training camps over the years and I can tell you that Ed Clay is one of the most well rounded MMA trainers around. Whether you want to train BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, or wrestling, Ed has extensive background in everything. Ed was doing real MMA before people knew what real MMA was! I can't imagine living in Nashville and not training with him...There is no other choice but Nashville MMA!

Brandon “The Truth” Vera UFC Heavyweight Contender

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Are you out of shape? Haven't worked out in years? Never done something like this before?

Well it doesn't matter

We have specific classes that were designed to meet the needs of a brand new student that is attending for the very first time. Many new students think that you should get in shape on your own before starting training. That is the furthest thing from the truth. You’ll absolutely love the easy and relaxed environment we have set up in our beginner fundamental classes. It will allow you to come in and learn no matter what type of shape you are in.


GRAPPLING IS WAY TOO HARD

I’ve heard that there are people that think grappling is WAY TO HARD and are hesitant to give it a try. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Actually it’s pretty funny. It’s a misconception. I guess some people think that if they come to learn that someone is going to throw them into the Ultimate Fighting Championships. WRONG!

Grappling is FUN first and foremost and doesn’t require any previous experience. Anyone can do it, big people, small people, young people, older people, flexible people, non flexible people, experienced people, non experienced people, ANYONE.

If you have ever thought that Martial Arts training may be for you I would urge you to come in and see our program for yourself. I guarantee that you’ll absolutely love it; we can help meet any of your needs.

I know it may sound like I'm begging, but the fact of the matter is that I AM.

I would hate for you to miss out on the many benefits that our students are experiencing RIGHT NOW just because you are a little hesitant to give it a try. If that’s the case you don’t have to come in to try it, just come in to watch. Isn’t that fair? But if you want to try it you should take advantage of my generous 30 offer TODAY.

I don’t know what else I can do to get you to come to our school and see for yourself. If there is something that I’m missing that will get you to come in please call me on my phone to let me know what it is, here’s my phone number 615-297-4430. Trust me I’ll do all most anything to prove to you that our program is right for you and that we can help you reach your goals.

IS OUR PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU?

YES. No matter what your specific goals are, we have programs that will completely fit your needs. Do you just want to get in shape? Do you want to compete? Do you want to become a Champion in the Martial Arts? Do you want to push yourself to new limits? Do you want to actually reach your full potential? Do you want to fight NHB? Do you want to learn self defense? It doesn’t matter.

We will help you reach your goal.

We often hear about students who are only interested in getting into shape being forced or pressured to compete. That will never happen at Ed Clay’s Nashville Mixed Martial Arts.

Whatever your personal goals are, our instructors will bend over backwards to help you accomplish them.

FAMILY ENVIRONMENT

We pride ourselves on having a family environment at our academy.

Our academy has classes for the entire family. Even family members that don’t train at our school come out and support our competitors.


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DOES OUR SYSTEM WORK?

ABSOLUTELY!!

Ed Clay has taught members of Elite Military Units, bounty hunters, and every local police agency within our area, where these techniques aren’t being used for sport, but in real life and death situations.

RAVE REVIEW

“There is no doubt in my mind, having trained with many top defensive tactics instructors, that Nashville MMA is the premier MMA School in the entire southeast.”

“As a law enforcement professional for over 20 years, I have engaged in numerous use of force incidents involving a suspect that is resisting/fighting. I have utilized various grappling and striking techniques that I have learned from different instructors to control and subdue a resisting suspect. However, since I started training at Nashville Mixed Martial Arts (NMMA), it has taken my fighting skills, confidence and conditioning, to the level of proficiency that would rival many professional athletes. There is no doubt in my mind, having trained with many top defensive tactics instructors, that Nashville MMA is the premier MMA School in the entire southeast. The Brazilian Black Belt instructors under are among the best in the world; Ed Clay, Shawn Hammonds and Sean (Spyder) Pulizzano. The MMA trainers, like Josh (Warhammer) Shockman who fought in UFC 65 against Jake Obrien, provide students the benefit of having instructors that have actually fought in MMA fights (They are not posers!). This is imperative because the instructors are teaching techniques that they themselves have utilized in real combat and not just theory or conjecture. Further,being a police officer, and seeing both officers and citizens being victims of violent crime, the outstanding instruction on how to fight and defend yourself that Nashville MMA offers is priceless. Also, the children’s program I have witnessed at Nashville MMA will help build; confidence, discipline, conditioning and self esteem in a child. These skills will help them deal with various situations that they will encounter throughout their lives.”

Sgt. Willie Johnson
*Metro Nashville Police Department –
SWAT (2004 Top Gun at Tn Tactical Association SWAT competition, first place in Basic and Advanced SWAT classes), Field Training Officer, Taught at MNPD Training Academy inservice classes, currently a sergeant on second shift West Precinct *Former Close Quarter Combat Instructor for US Army Military Police Ft. Campbell KY

On the sport side:

To date we have produced American National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champions, Multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American Champions and medalists, Medalists in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, numerous local and national jiu-jitsu champions, and we have won various titles, championship belts, and first-place medals in submission wrestling.


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

When it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you've come to the right place!

There are many different factors that play into choosing the right school. We feel that the most important factor should be getting what you pay for. What you are paying for should be first-rate instruction and a friendly environment in which to learn. When you train at Nashville Mixed Martial Arts, you will be training under highly trained instructors who go through a grueling instructor training course with head coach Shawn Hammonds. Customer service is one of our main priorities. Whatever you need, our staff will be there to assist you.

One thing that separates our school from all of the others is that we have a specialized system (curriculum) that we teach. This system is one of the secrets to our team’s success. Most schools have no curriculum and basically the instructors teach whatever may pop into their heads each night for class. We believe in setting short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals, and then putting a plan in place to reach each of these goals.

Also Team Ed Clay doesn’t just concentrate on helping students develop their skills technically and physically, but also MENTALLY!



3 Nashville MMA Gold Medalist

RAVE REVIEW

"Ed Clays Nashville MMA has the best facilities, the best instructors and the best training program. Shawn Hammonds is an excellent instructor, and the training I received at Nashville MMA has led to many medals for me. I recommend Nashville MMA to anyone wanting to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors in Tennessee.”

Kenny Degenhardt


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

No matter if your interest is in fitness, self-defense, or just to have a great time, you'll love our program.

As we have developed our students’ abilities, we would like to do the same for you. We believe that martial arts presents a holistic approach to the development and building of moral character, grounded ethics, sportsmanship, and fair play. These intangibles, along with the ability to defend oneself, are immeasurable and beneficial to all individuals.

WANT TO FIGHT NHB?

Ed Clay’s Nashville MMA’s Josh “The Warhammer” Shockman

Becomes The

Battle of the Ballpark Champion

By Way Of KNOCK OUT!!!


Josh sporting his new championship belt.

Real NHB Training

Ed has fought NHB - winning all of his matches by submission or knockout. He has also helped train some of the biggest names in the sport of No Holds Barred Fighting and prepared them for events like the UFC, Pride Championships, Rings, and Extreme Challenge, just to name a few. We take a world-class approach to training in all of our disciplines and are ALWAYS trying to improve it.

No Holds Barred (NHB) competition isn’t for everyone. But if you have an interest in NHB, want to train at a school that can prepare you for NHB, or just want to experience the great mental and physical rush that comes with NHB training, we can help you.

One thing that separates our school from most of the others is that we practice what we preach. All of our instructors get out in the mix so that we can constantly learn and refine our techniques. You can be assured that what you are learning from our instructors is being practiced by some of the best fighters in the world.

Our students interested in NHB fighting have competed in almost every major show in the country. Our instructors learn and grow so we can give our students the best possible instruction available.

Complete information about our 30 Day Free offer is at the bottom of this page
RAVE REVIEW

I’ve known Ed for 8 years. He helped me get signed with American Top Team. He is one of the most well rounded MMA Trainers I know. Consider this, Ed Clay could compete at a professional level in ANY of the sports that are needed to be an MMA fighter. He's a black belt in BJJ, pro level Thai Boxer, college level wrestler, and most people don't know this, but his boxing is probably his biggest strength. His dedication to his students is admirable and his no nonsense, no BS approach to training has made him highly respected nationwide. I would recommend anyone to train at Nashville MMA as I have done a number of times over the years!

Jeff “The Snowman” Monson UFC & Pride Veteran Abu Dhabi World Champion


MUAY THAI
Those students who want to mix it up and learn one of the most effective stand-up fighting systems on earth can do so here. We offer an ultimate cross-training program for students who wish to cross train in Muay Thai and Grappling.

We have classes that are fun and energetic. There are specific classes designed for the general public that just wants to get a great workout and learn self defense. We also have separate classes for the student that wishes to actually get in the ring and compete. It doesn’t matter what your objective is, we’ll help you reach your desired goals.

So, we welcome and encourage you to seek the benefits of this modern and inclusive form of fitness, self-defense, and sport.


I've made it very easy for you to find out if our program is for you. You’ll receive 1 private lesson with one of our highly trained instructors; participate in a regular class, a martial arts uniform and a tour of our facility. This will give you a chance to visit our school, meet our staff and for you can work with our instructors. This is your chance to interview us with NO OBLIGATION!

FOR FREE YOU RECEIVE...

• FREE STUDENT CONFERENCE.

Before or during the introductory program we will meet one on one to discuss your needs. We will educate you regarding the self-defense and fitness aspect of our program. Here we will answer all of your questions and give you tips on how to start the program.

• 1 PRIVATE LESSONS ($100.00 value.)

I'm offering you one private lesson. See for yourself if, in fact, I can give you the powerful benefits promised in this letter. During this lesson you will be taught the basics of our program so that you will be able to participate in a regular class and we will have an opportunity to answer any and all questions that you may have about our program.

• 1 BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CLASS ($25.00 value)

Come experience up close and personal our exciting program. Get in the mix and use your basic techniques you learned in your private lesson to get a great workout. Learn the techniques that make our system the most effective in the World. You'll meet other student's of all levels, you'll have the time of your life and you can talk to other student's about their experiences with our program.

• A BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU T-SHIRT ($20.00 value)

Were giving you $200.00 worth of services and products for FREE for FREE just to check us out. That's how confident we are in our program. Now you have to take action and see it for yourself.

To register for an introductory program do the following:

Pick up the phone and call at 615-297-4430. They'll answer any additional questions that you may have and schedule a special time with our head instructor to work with you. You'll be glad you did.

Thank you and I'll see you soon.

Sincerely,
Ed Clay
Master Instructor


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