Thanks to our instructor Dennis Hayes for making the trip from Roanoke and Dwayne Rumfelt for also helping out at our seminar on Saturday, 8/31. Thanks for everyone who came out, and congratulations to Matt Skretta and Matthew Warner on the well-deserved stripes. Click here to view photos from the seminar.
Seminar on 8/31, Closed 9/2
We’re honored to once again host our master instructor, black belt Dennis Hayes, on Saturday, at 10 a.m., for a jiujitsu seminar, FREE for TDMA students. Come prepared with your questions!
And on Monday, 9/2, we will be closed in observance of Labor Day, with classes resuming as normal 9/3. Stay safe!
Just a reminder that we’ll be closed this Saturday, Aug. 24, while our new shower is installed. Students who would like to go to Hybrid Martial Arts to train should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Greenville Subway; we’ll attend the 10 a.m. open mat.
As a result of the shower construction, there will be some cleanup. Anyone who can help, please come to the school at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Total Defense Martial Arts will be closed this Saturday, August 24, for renovations. We will decamp to our parent school, Hybrid Martial Arts in Roanoke, for their 10AM open mat. If you are interested in carpooling, please coordinate with Kevin Pallister at Tuesday or Thursday’s class.
Also, we are pleased to again host our master instructor, Dennis Hayes of Hybrid, at our school for a August 31 seminar. Details TBA. Dennis is a third-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt from Pedro Sauer.
Total Defense Martial Arts will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4.
Classes will resume as normal on Friday the 5th with Filipino Martial Arts at 5pm.
Total Defense will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. Everyone have a safe holiday!
This Saturday, May 11 at 10am, David Damico will be in the house. Don’t want to miss this one! Free to all members.
David J. Damico is a judo Nidan (2nd degree black belt) through USJA and a BJJ purple belt under Dennis Hayes. He began taking judo with one of his daughters when he was in his early 40s and has been active in martial arts for over 25 years. He currently teaches judo at Hybrid Martial Arts in Roanoke and works as a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense and family law.
Students Receive Free Rattan Eskrima Sticks
I am delighted to announce that in conjunction with Total Defense Martial Arts in Staunton, VA, I will be starting a brand new Filipino Martial Arts program!
Filipino Martial Arts, or FMA for short, refer to ancient and newer fighting methods devised in the Philippines. FMA incorporates elements from both Western and Eastern Martial Arts, the most popular styles of which are known as Arnis, Eskrima and Kali. (More information)
The Total Defense FMA program will begin on April 1, 2019 and will be open to anyone ages 7 and older. Classes will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5:00-6:00pm except for holidays, weather related closures, and special events.
Since this is a new program, we have decided to give the entire month of April away absolutely free! Also, as a special thank you, I will personally be giving a pair of free rattan eskrima sticks to everyone who trains!
What will you need to wear?
Please wear comfortable pants like sweats, gi pants, or even athletic shorts, and a t-shirt. That’s it!
What will you learn?
You will learn Filipino weapons and empty hand fighting techniques, strategies, and principles in a safe, family friendly environment.
What if you already train in the Total Defense jiu jitsu and/or boxing programs, or even some other program?
Great! FMA is the perfect complimentary art to any martial art system. While there are some empty hand striking and controlling techniques, Arnis, Kali, and Eskrima are predominantly stand-up, weapons based fighting system utilizing both sticks and blades. They are brutally effective for self-defense, making them great complimentary arts to what you already train in without compromising your current skills.
If you or your family would be interested in training for free during the entire month of April, please let me know, so I can set aside a pair of eskrima sticks for you. I would be delighted to have you in class! I am excited to begin this new program, and I hope that you are too. See you on April 1!
Total Defense Martial Arts is CLOSED today, Feb. 20, on account of snow. Stay safe!