627 Patterson Ave Suit C, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129

Professor Eddie Detvongsa, Martial Arts Instructor

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Professor Eddie Detvongsa

Where are you from?

Immigrated to the US from Laos. We landed in Paducah, KY in 1980 and ended up in Nashville in 1988.

When did you start Jiu-Jitsu?

Started in December of 2008 and sort of fell into it by accident. I thought I was walking into a CrossFit gym because I saw people flipping tires outside. Turns out it was Nashville MMA and Ray Casias gave me my first intro class there, then I signed a year contract. Didn’t think MMA was for me so I began training Jiu-Jitsu with Rickson Gracie Black Belt Eric Silver until my purple belt that’s when I switched to another gym because my niece began training at a different academy where I met Professor Gabriel. Then I followed him to Legion after not training with him for a couple of years and now I’m grateful to be training with him again and receiving my black belt from him.

Why did you start doing Jiu-Jitsu?

I was fat.

Why do you like to teach?

I like seeing what I call the “180 effect” from Martial Arts and Fitness. Rather it’s losing weight, building self-confidence or just trying something new. As someone who was formerly overweight, super anxious, and lack of self-confidence, I like to show that they can overcome that too. I want them to learn that they can make those changes to become a better version of themselves. There’s so much satisfaction as an instructor to see a positive change from when they first walked in through the academy doors.

List some of your accomplishments

  • MTSU Graduate with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Economics. Losing over 100 lbs since training, receiving my black belt during a pandemic and also being over 40 and looking like I still belong in the adult division.
  • Purple Belt
  • 2015 NAGA Nashville Adult - Gold
  • 2015 NAGA Knoxville Adult - Silver
  • 2015 NAGA Atlanta Adult - Bronze
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring - Bronze
  • 2016 IBJJF Chicago Spring No Gi - Silver
  • 2017 IBJJF Boston Summer - Bronze
  • 2017 IBJJF Atlanta Spring - Silver
  • Brown Belt
  • 2017 IBJJF Atlanta Summer - Bronze
  • 2019 Grappling Industries - Silver

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