TDMA Celebrates Three Years in Business

Yesterday, our members held a luncheon celebrating Total Defense’s third year in business. Thank you to everyone who attended and who has supported us. Leigh Armentrout created this beautiful cake.

Have you been thinking about trying it out? Total Defense Martial Arts teaches you a “total” defensive system: Filipino martial arts for distance, American boxing for medium range, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for up close and on the ground — a great skill set for all men and women, aged 6 and up. Come try a free week on us!

Barbarian Rhetoric Publishes Scott Barker’s Article about BJJ

Click here to read “How Bjj Fills In A Powerful Tool For Hierarchy Of Needs” by our member Scott Barker on Barbarian Rhetoric.

Jiu Jitsu practitioners are an odd lot. At my academy we have, to name just a few, a programmer, an author, a former professional MMA fighter, an electrician, a CPS case worker, a lawyer, a firefighter, and a manager at an auto parts warehouse. We range in ages from late 20s to mid-40s. The one thing that draws us together is Jiu Jitsu.

Great article. Thanks, Scott!

Update (10/18):

Part 2 of Scott’s article is now online. Enjoy!

Jiu Jitsu will destroy your ego and demolish any fantasies of your physical capacity. Jiu Jitsu will also replace those falsehoods with true, lasting, and realistic confidence found in the achievement of doing hard things.

Izzy Ruiz Seminar, Oct 26

This seminar is only for members of Total Defense Martial Arts.

Guest instructor Izzy Ruiz is a black belt under Dennis Hayes of HYBRID. The seminar will most likely be about side control, Izzy’s specialty.

The seminar fee will be $30 per person. Please pay Brian Rose in advance and RSVP.

Here is a writeup about the last time Izzy visited us.

UPDATE: Women’s Self-Defense Seminar, Nov. 13

UPDATE: We’ve had such tremendous interest in this seminar that admission requires a ticket bought in advance through Eventbrite. Admission is limited to 25 participants. Please click here to buy your ticket.

Join us for a WOMEN’S-ONLY self-defense seminar taught by Kristen DeBruycker, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Pedro Sauer.

Click here to RSVP

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 7-9PM

COST: $25/person

ATTIRE: athletic clothing, and please remove jewelry

KRISTEN DEBRUYCKER has been doing martial arts since the age of 9 and teaching it since 16. She started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2006 while in college under Dennis Hayes in Roanoke, VA. Upon graduation, Kristen moved back home to the Northern Virginia area, where she continued her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey with Master Pedro Sauer. Kristen has now been with Master Sauer for over 10 years, learning from him directly and receiving every belt under him including black belt in December 2017. She has run the kid’s program at the Pedro Sauer Headquarters in Herndon, VA, for 10 years and the adult Thai Program for 6 years. Kristen is also a Kru in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai and an Instructor in Kali and JKD under Dan Inosanto. Martial arts is her life, and teaching is her passion. Kristen hopes to spread her love of martial arts with children and adults while always trying to approach everything with a sense of humility and respect. Her website:

Fundraiser for Maggie

Maggie Grace Peterson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2018. She went into remission but relapsed in July 2019. She is 13 years old and goes to Beverly Manor Middle School. Maggie and her family Lives in Churchville. We are collecting money for this GREAT little girl. Please look for the envelope on the front desk.