Announcements

Phase 3 Fitness Program Begins July 6

Accepting New Students

Hello all,

We are happy to inform everyone that Virginia is going to Phase 3 on July 3, 2020. Here are some important updates for Total Defense Martial Arts beginning Monday, July 6:

  • Class numbers will increase to 12 students and 1 instructor each.
  • We will open BJJ KIDS classes! For now, they are going to be split into 2 groups and will only be 1 day a week. Please see below for times and special rules.
  • The fitness class schedule is changing slightly. Please see below.
  • We are still not sparring (sorry, we are following the rules), but all classes are following drills that pertain to the subject. A roadblock is nothing but an opportunity to break new ground in our techniques. For example, in Matt Warner’s BJJ fitness class, they’ve been perfecting some top-maintenance skills that we don’t normally do.
  • We are continuing to offer discounted dues during this phase. Please inquire for specific terms.
  • We will be accepting new students starting July 6. New students may still get a free first week.

TDMA hopes everyone will keep investing in our school. Many schools have shut down during the last 3 months. Thankfully, we have made it through, and now we must keep moving forward. All have enjoyed taking these classes and just getting together with the crew. TDMA is taking all the precautions we can take to keep us all safe by following Virginia’s rules as much as possible and still getting a great workout.

New Schedule beginning July 6, 2020:

Monday

Instructor Program Time
Jay Haynes Filipino Martial Arts 5:00–5:45
Anthony Castelonia Boxing – A 6:30–7:15

Tuesday

Instructor Program Time
Brian Rose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A (kids) 5:00–5:45
Brian Rose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A (adult) 6:30–7:15

Wednesday

Instructor Program Time
Kami Barbour Boxing – B 6:00–6:45
Matt Warner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – B (adult) 7:30–8:15

Thursday

Instructor Program Time
Matt Warner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – B (kids) 5:00–5:45
Brian Rose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A (adult) 6:30–7:15

Friday

Instructor Program Time
Jay Haynes Filipino Martial Arts 5:00–5:45
Anthony Castelonia Boxing – A 6:30–7:15

Saturday

Instructor Program Time
Matt Warner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – B (adult) 10:00–10:45
Kami Barbour Boxing – B 11:30–12:15

Special Rules for Kids BJJ:

  1. Kids may sign up for one (1) BJJ class, either track “A” on Tuesday or track “B” on Thursday.
  2. Kids must come to class fully dressed in their gis.
  3. Parents may stay inside but will have to follow social distancing.
  4. Instructors will wear masks. For kids, masks are optional but strongly encouraged.

CLASS REGISTRATION:

Please contact Brian Rose for a class registration link.

 

TDMA Offers Fitness Classes During Virginia Phase 2

Total Defense Martial Arts is pleased to offer daily fitness programs in accordance with Virginia’s Phase 2 requirements, beginning Monday, June 7, 2020. These programs will be held at the TDMA gym and continue until we are permitted to reopen ordinary classes.

At this time, only existing TDMA members are allowed to register. Please contact Brian Rose to request a registration link.

Class Schedule

Monday

Instructor Program Time
Jay Haynes Filipino Martial Arts 5:00–5:45
Anthony Castelonia Boxing 6:30–7:15

Tuesday

Instructor Program Time
Brian Rose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6:00–6:45
Jerry Armentrout & Scott Barker Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 7:30–8:15

Wednesday

Instructor Program Time
Kami Barbour Boxing 6:00–6:45
Matt Warner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 7:30–8:15

Thursday

Instructor Program Time
Brian Rose  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6:00–6:45
Jerry Armentrout & Scott Barker  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 7:30–8:15

Friday

Instructor Program Time
Jay Haynes Filipino Martial Arts 5:00–5:45
Anthony Castelonia Boxing 6:30–7:15

Saturday

Instructor Program Time
Matt Warner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 10:00–10:45
Kami Barbour Boxing 11:30–12:15

Are We There Yet? When Will We Reopen?

The truth is we don’t exactly know when we’ll reopen. The City of Staunton’s official statement yesterday says this:

The city remains subject to a temporary stay at home order issued by Governor Ralph Northam on March 30, 2020 that will remain in force until June 10, 2020, unless extended or rescinded by further executive order.  This stay at home order, together with other executive orders issued by the governor, will continue to guide the city in its decisions concerning operating protocols until further direction is received from the federal and state governments.

In other words, the city doesn’t know either!

While we wait, Total Defense continues to put out short instructional videos on boxing, FMA, and BJJ on its Facebook group. If you’re interested in training with us, please send us a request there to join up.

As soon as we receive guidance about when we can safely reopen on a limited or full basis, we will post here to let you know. Stay safe, and keep training!

 

Study at Home with TDMA Videos

We are delighted to announce that we have put together a system to continue providing daily video lessons to our students via the TDMA Private Facebook Page. If you are not a member of our Private Facebook Page, please let us know, and we will be happy to add you so you won’t miss any of the lessons. Click here to join.

Here is the weekly lesson schedule:

Monday – BJJ
Tuesday – FMA
Wednesday – Boxing
Thursday – BJJ
Friday – FMA

Even if you do not train in all of the programs, feel free to take advantage of all the lessons taught! A little cross training never hurt anyone! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please let us know! Thanks for hanging in with us during these unprecedented times. We are family, and even though we are apart, we are still together. Continue training, and stay safe everyone!

Governor Orders Virginia Gyms Closed until April 23

Governor Ralph Northam yesterday ordered the statewide closure of certain “non-essential” business in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is an excerpt from his official statement:

This order goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2020. …

Recreation and Entertainment Businesses
The following recreation and entertainment businesses are considered non-essential and must close to the public beginning at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020:…

• Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;

Unfortunately, this includes us. While this is sad news, TMDA is committed to doing what’s necessary to safeguard the lives of our members and community.

During the hiatus, please monitor our private Facebook group for instructional videos about things you can do at home. We’ve already posted several FMA drills and some BJJ information.

We will keep you informed as of developments and look forward to (hopefully) seeing you again at the school in late April.

Stay safe!

Gym Remains Closed, But We’re Still in Business

As promised on the 12th, here is an update about our status.

To keep our members safe, Total Defense Martial Arts remains closed. We hope to open up sometime in April once the authorities have given the all clear, but only time will tell.

If you haven’t already corresponded with Brian Rose about your membership fees, please contact him for an important update.

While we’re out, we encourage you to maintain your fitness at home through cardiovascular and strength training. You should also continue training your chosen martial art through drilling and study. A number of luminary BJJ instructors are offering deep discounts on their online training programs, and of course there are many excellent books out there.

If you’re a member of the TDMA community, please join our private Facebook group. Besides all the hilarious BJJ memes proliferating right now, our instructors are posting short videos of drills for you to do at home.