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
Shawn Hammonds is a 2nd degree black belt with over 15 years of BJJ experience and own and operates the Nashville Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Shawn started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 1998.
Nine years later, in 2007, Shawn Hammonds took the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world by storm, competing all over the world in competition. Shawn won every local gi and no gi tournament he entered competing at least twice a month. He is the gi and No gi Pan Am champion and placed 2nd in the Worlds. He has won over 10 international medals.
Shawn currently teaches the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Nashville MMA where he led the team to the number one non chain schools ranking in the North American Grappling association.
Shawn is regarded as one of the best teaching blackbelts in the country and is the only instructor in TN to produce multiple world champions and UFC fighters.
Spyder is a 1st degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt with 16 years of experience and a Metro police officer. He has competed all over the country winning multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu titles. He is 3-0 in MMA fighting.
Spyder started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1997, Spyder trained at many different locations and with multiple instructors and has been with Nashville MMA since it opened in 2002. His BJJ game exploded as he learned about 3rd point pressure, wearing down your opponent, and how to fight with a game plan.
Shortly after that Spyder started teaching at the Metro police department where he used the principles learned to keep the officers safe against attackers. Spyder now has multiple police students who use the same BJJ style and Nashville MMA fight style to keep them safe. Spyder teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Nashville MMA and regularly trains and spars competitively with the Nashville MMA pro fighters.
A certified military combatives instructor, Lance Patrick has proven his effective blend of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing in the MMA ring, sporting a 4-1 record, Lance has competed all over the country in BJJ and submission wrestling tournaments and in 2007 finished with a silver medal in the NAGA national championships.
A devastating Thai fighter, Lance is a 4th degree blackbelt in Combat Thai-Jitsu under Ed Clay and teaches Combat Thai Jitsu and Thai boxing at Nashville MMA. Lance hopes to take his MMA career to high levels over the next few years and is excited to see the growth in his students. Lance also hold the rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As a fighter, Ryan Delorenzo is like a rabid pitbull! As an instructor he is patient and helpful. Ryan sports a 6-1 MMA record and has been teaching at Nashville MMA for over many years. He is a 3rd degree blackbelt in Combat Thai- Jitsu and holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Ryan has high hopes for his MMA career and has been focusing on his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling as this is his weakness. Ryan regularly spars with professional boxers and kickboxer a like and is a great asset to the Nashville MMA staff.
Head instructor is Sensei Floyd Eason. He is currently a Brown belt in Jiu Jitsu and he has been in Jiu Jitsu for six (6) years. He is also known as the "father figure" for kids' instructor. He has won numerous titles and awards. He is the 135lb Bantamweight Champion for Mr. Grappling. He also holds a championship belt for Naga Nationals. He is also an instructor for the Adult Jiu Jitsu program under Master Shawn Hammonds.
Bryan Tidwell is the head instructor of the Fundamentals of Brazilain Jiu Jitsu program as well as the Intro to Mixed Martial Arts program.
He is currently a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With over 8 years of experience Brian has an accomplished career in BJJ competition winning the Chicago Open as a purple belt and the North American Grappling Association tournament 7 times. He also won the World Kickboxing Association Featherweight State title.
His students love his patient yet detailed teaching style.