About

Brian Rose

Owner, Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Brian Rose

Brian is from Covington, Virginia, where he began studying jiu-jitsu in 2009 under Dennis Hayes. He currently holds a brown belt.

Brian established Total Defense Martial Arts in 2016, when he purchased Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

He lives in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, with his wife and two daughters.

He believes strongly in the self-defense side of jiu-jitsu, particularly in a child’s ability to defend against bullies.

Dennis Hayes

Affiliate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Dennis Hayes

As one of the owners of our parent school, HYBRID Martial Arts, Dennis Hayes mentors Total Defense’s members, provides guest instruction, and officiates our belt tests.

Dennis earned his black belt in 2008 from Master Pedro Sauer and now holds a third degree. He lives in Roanoke,  Virginia, with his wife and two kids and works for Roanoke City Fire/EMS.

Self defense is Dennis’s first priority in jiu-jitsu, with competition being a close second. He says jiu-jitsu is a great training ground for empowering its practitioners to deal with other areas of life not strictly related to martial arts.

Art Lenaghan

Boxing Instructor

Art Lenaghan

Art brings 70 years of boxing experience to Total Defense Martial Arts. He has trained almost 30 professional boxers and two national amateur champions.

He is a USA Certified coach and previously instructed at the Staunton Boxing Club.

From Philadelphia (like another famous boxer), Art now lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.

His training philosophy is, “Keep your hands up!”

Jay Haynes

Filipino Martial Arts Instructor

Jay Haynes

Originally from Colorado Springs, CO, Jay has been training in the martial arts since 1982 and holds black belts in Shorin Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, and of course, Arnis Kali.

He was a full-time professional martial arts instructor from 1990 until 2017, when he moved to Staunton where he now lives with his wife and son.

Kevin Pallister

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Kevin Pallister
Kevin Pallister

Originally from Rhode Island, Kevin moved to Virginia in 2016. He has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he began training in 2011.

He also holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Kevin lives in Harrisonburg and is a professor at Bridgewater College.

Cody Carter

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Cody Carter

Cody is from Waynesboro, VA. He began his Jiu Jitsu journey during his amateur MMA career. After a successful stint as a competitive fighter, he decided to step away from the cage to focus on his family.

He currently resides in Waynesboro with his wife, two daughters (who also practice Jiu Jitsu at TDMA), and newborn son.

Cody currently holds the rank of blue belt. He has a passion for self defense and helping people build their sense of self worth while becoming the best versions of themselves.

Matthew Warner

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Matthew Warner

Matt is originally from Burke, Virginia, where he earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He began jiu-jitsu in 2013 and now holds a purple belt. He lives in Staunton, Virginia, with his wife and sons, Owen and Thomas.

Matt is an author, and jiu-jitsu occasionally features in his stories.

Scott Barker

Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Scott Barker

Scott assists Brian and Matt in teaching our 6–12 year olds the fundamentals of the art.

He is originally from Weyers Cave, Virginia. He began jiu-jitsu in 2017, and it is the only art to hold his attention.

He lives in Mt. Sidney, Virginia, with his wife on their compound in Augusta County with their two horses and multiple other pets.

Scott is a program manager for a major military manufacturer.

Uma White

Yoga Instructor

Uma White
Uma White

Uma’s teaching experience has been lifelong. She has taught swimming, music, art, and herbal classes. She earned a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) from Trinity School of Natural Health and is working toward becoming a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. She earned a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) certification in July 2020 and is very excited to teach yoga.

“Yoga, to me, is a spiritual-energy practice,” she says. “The physical aspects reinforce my ability to attune myself to the pulse of life and my environment. It has helped me keep my balance through many transitions and has become the activity I look forward to every day. My morning meditation and pranayama has made the most dramatic changes to my entire well-being. Teaching yoga allows me an opportunity to share in this experience with my community.”