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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

Nashville Flood Relief

May 1st and 2nd, Nashville was hit by the worst rain and flooding in its history. In less than two days we received more than fifteen inches of rain and the Cumberland River, which runs through the city, crested at almost 52 feet, about 12 feet above normal.

Scores of vehicles were trapped on the interstates and city streets. Some cars, even houses floated away. Boats had to be mobilized to rescue people from roads, houses and stores where they were stranded. The Red Cross set up shelters for people who had nowhere to go. At least thirty people are known dead and many are still missing. Historic landmarks such the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel were under water, causing irreparable damage. Damage and loss so far is estimated at a billion and a half dollars. Many of our counties have been declared disaster areas and as you drive around now you see cars buried in debris and homes with all the contents laid outside to dry or be disposed of.

This is something that has never happened here in Middle Tennessee.   I have driven through middle class neighborhoods where literally every home is a total loss.  Many people have no flood insurance, while others do but are limited in recovery by clauses and loopholes in the fine-print of their policies. If if wasn't for the kindness of a few selfless friends, I would have sustained massive losses, but with their help, my personal damages are relatively low.

It's going to take a long time and a lot of money to get the city and the unfortunate who have lost it all back on their feet.  Due to many tragic news events that were going on simultaneously as our floods, many TV networks did little or no coverage of this catastrophe, therefore many people never knew that anything happened here.  If you look at the photos below and watch the clip, you will some idea of the magnitude of our loss.

I have been in Nashville since 1981 and had the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu/fighting school here, starting in 1994.  I believe that martial artists are special people and know well that it is important give back.  I am starting a Zanshin Dojo-Flood Recovery Fund and would sincerely appreciate it if you all would forward this email to all of your friends and students and most importantly to contribute what you can to this worthwhile effort.

You can send checks to "ZD-Hands On Nashville Flood Fund".  Send to our post office box address which is:

Zanshin Dojo - P.O. Box 128305 - Nashville TN - 37212

100% of the donations go to Hands On Nashvile,  Every little bit helps, funds are needed now, and, it's tax deductible.  I'm sorry that I can not respond to emails right now as I'm very busy with my own repairs, but please give a little and pass it on.  Thanks in advance for you support in helping rebuild our city and lives of great people who live here.

Your friend,

Eric Silver


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