Nashville, Tennessee – Next state on the list! I found a really cheap ticket here flying from Los Angeles. Yes, weather was pretty cold and snowing but all the locals were still out and about and the snow was actually a nice change for someone coming from Southern California. Lots of country music, BBQ, and hot chicken!
- As mentioned, Nashville could get fairly cold so sure to pack accordingly.
- I highly recommend a car to get around but if you’re planning to head into downtown to Broadway it may be better to grab an Uber or Lyft since parking and traffic can be a struggle.
- If you’re visiting any famous restaurants such as Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, be sure to get there at least 30mins before they open and stand in line! Don’t sit in the car and wait because other people will line up!
- Check hours! Lots of tourist spots close on certain days or close fairly early such as the Parthenon.
- A lot of the bars on Broadway have live music that is free! Be sure to check out different bars and each level as they each have a live band. Note that if you’re going here you can’t carry a backpack so leave that in your car or hotel room!
Places to Visit as a Tourist
- The Parthenon and Athena Statue
- Grand Ole Opry
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Centennial Park
- Broadway (Nightlife)
- Johnny Cash Museum
- Ryman Auditorium
- Tennessee World War II Memorial
American food is common here along with some small gems such as Peruvian or Greek spots.
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – The most popular spot for Nashville’s famous hot chicken.
- Martin’s BBQ – Tennessee BBQ spot that’s open late with lots of seating
- Noshville – Local Diner that is known for their French Toast sandwich
- Peg Leg Porker – BBQ spot known for their dry rub pork ribs
- The Stillery – American food and bar in downtown
- Biscuit Love – Famous biscuit/brunch restaurant with famous Nashville sign inside
- Nashville’s Farmer’s Market – Lots of food spots to choose from in this indoor facility
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
For this trip, a couple folks recommended that I visit Professor Jeremy Akin in Brentwood, Tennessee (a short drive from Nashville). You can find his contact info here on their site: https://profectushq.com/
Upon arrival at the academy it felt like home. I arrived the same day as the IBJJF European Championship so a lot of the students were watching the matches on the screen at the entrance of the academy. After chatting with a few of the students, I then proceeded to the changing area. There are also lockers here that you can use which was a nice plus.
After warming up together as a group, the class focused on passing and guard retention. We also drilled some sweeps before going into our rolling sessions. Professor Akin is really detailed and a great guy to talk to. He’s very friendly and has been doing BJJ for a while now with many years of teaching under his belt. There are lots of talented students here and one of them, a purple belt named Anthony was really helpful. Aside from being a BJJ student, he also teaches yoga so he was able to provide lots of recommendations for different stretches that would specifically benefit BJJ athletes.
Yes, the school isn’t right in Nashville and you’ll have to drive out to Brentwood but it’s definitely worth a visit! If I’m ever in the area again I’d definitely visit here again!
I’d have to say that Nashville is a city that I’d like to revisit again one day (on a warmer day too). There is lots to do and the city itself reminds me of Texas. Maybe it’s the country music and honky tonk culture? Great food here and really nice people. Highly recommend visiting Nashville if you haven’t yet before it becomes overcrowded with even more tourists!
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