Closed Saturday for Field Trip to Meet Pedro Sauer

Weather permitting, Total Defense Martial Arts members are traveling to the grand opening of Gracie Charlottesville (1646 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA) tomorrow from 11am-3pm, so there will be NO class at our building. (Besides which, we’re doing some drywall work at TDMA this weekend, and it’ll be gross.)

Pedro Sauer, who taught our instructor at HYBRID, Dennis Hayes, will be giving a one-hour self-defense seminar at some point. More information.

We have no carpooling or caravaning arrangements yet for tomorrow’s trip, so assume if you’re interested that you should get there under your own power.

Normal classes will resume Monday the 18th with boxing. See you then!

Closed on Sat., 1/26, for Trip to HYBRID

We will be CLOSED this Saturday, Jan. 26, in favor of a field trip to our parent school HYBRID.

Interested jiu-jitsu students should meet us for a caravan at 8:15 a.m. by the Greenville, VA, Subway restaurant behind the BP.

We usually return by about 2 p.m.

If you’ve never been to an open mat at HYBRID, then this is a great opportunity for you to roll with some of the best!

TDMA Grad Ryan Benitez Credits Jiu-Jitsu in Helping Him Become High School Wrestling Champ

Congratulations to former student Ryan Benitez on his 100th career win in high school wrestling.

Congratulations to former Total Defense student Ryan Benitez on his 100th career win in high school wrestling. Ryan grapples in the 195-pound weight class for Buffalo Gap High School. He won his match at the Riverheads quad on Wednesday.

When he earned his blue belt here at TDMA, Ryan was known affectionately as “D’arce Vader,” for his effective application of the D’arce choke.

The News Leader reports:

Before taking up wrestling, Benitez trained in jiu-jitsu for five years, which, he said, gave him a lot of help in terms of defensive moves on the mat.

Click here for full press coverage.

Congrats again to Ryan!

Izzy Ruiz Seminar Recap

Last Saturday’s seminar by black belt Izzy Ruiz proved to be a great success and an education in the art of side control.

Last Saturday’s seminar by black belt Izzy Ruiz proved to be a great success and an education in the art of side control. Topics covered included pinpoint top pressure, escapes, and two interesting submission sequences — one of which, a setup to a mounted arm triangle, that can only be called “the straitjacket.”

These kinds of in-house seminars are an example of the quality programs we enjoy through our affiliation with HYBRID. In addition to discounted seminars, HYBRID frequently loans us their brown and black belt jiujitsu practitioners for regular classes.