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.

Classes Cancelled for Minimum of 1 Week Due to COVID-19 Risk

Out of an abundance of caution, all Total Defense Martial Arts classes are cancelled for a minimum of one week in an effort to protect our students and their families from COVID-19 infection. This temporary hiatus is effective immediately.

We will update you on Friday, March 20, about any further schedule disruptions if they are necessary.

Accordingly, the Women’s Self-Defense Seminar with Kristen DeBruycker on Sunday, March 15, is cancelled. All ticket purchases will be refunded.

Questions? Contact Brian Rose.

We really regret having to do this, but as we have stated, the health and safety of our members and community are our primary concerns. Our parent school, Hybrid Martial Arts in Roanoke, VA, had this eloquent statement when they announced their own class cancellations today:

COVID-19 Policy

Total Defense Martial Arts is monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to preserving the health and safety of its students.

We are coordinating with our parent school, Hybrid Martial Arts, and are monitoring the advice and recommendations of the local governments in Staunton and Augusta County. We will advise of any schedule changes via our website, Facebook feed, bulletin board, and in-class announcements.

If you feel sick, have a cough, stuffy nose, fever, or other symptoms, please stay home until you fully recover. We will be cleaning the doors, door knobs, sinks, counters, and mats daily. If you use any of our boxing equipment, please clean the equipment before and after use. Thank you.

Dennis Hayes Seminar & Belt Promotions a Success

Black belts Dennis Hayes and Dwayne Rumfelt of HYBRID gave a terrific BJJ seminar yesterday, followed by some intense belt tests.

Congratulations to our members on their belt promotions. Pictured below L-R: William W. Little II, blue; Matthew Warner, purple; Brian Rose, brown; Liz Kapp, blue; Steve Christianson, blue; Jerry Armentrout, blue.

Sign Up Now for Women’s Self-Defense Seminar, 3/15

Back by Popular Demand

Black Belt Kristen DeBruyker returns on Sunday, March 15 @ 2PM for another installment of her popular Women’s Self-Defense Seminar.

Kristen is a black belt under Master Pedro Sauer, and we learned so much from her fall seminar at our school (pictured).

Like before, this special class is limited to 25 participants due to space. Tickets are $25/person. More info

Buy Your Ticket(s) with PayPal:

Please bring your PayPal receipt with you to the seminar.

Give 6 Weeks of Training as a Gift

Offer extended through Jan 31:
$99 Special on Kids BJJ, FMA, or Boxing

UPDATE: We are extending our gift membership offer through Jan. 31 and adding boxing!

This is the perfect gift for your child or friend looking for a New Year’s resolution.

For Just $99:

  • 6 Weeks of Unlimited Training in kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu OR Filipino Martial Arts OR Boxing
  • Free Equipment: Gi & belt if BJJ, Sticks if FMA, Gloves & wraps if Boxing

Visit us at 708 D. Street during business hours to purchase your gift certificate and equipment, perfect for a wrapped present!

What do the certificates look like?

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New Class Schedule

Please note our class schedule beginning in the new year. Changes are highlighted. For our schedule through January 4, please refer to our “New Year’s Week Schedule” announcement.


5-6pm Filipino Martial Arts (age 7+)
6-7pm Boxing techniques (all ages)


5-6pm BJJ youth (age 7–12)
6-730pm BJJ fundamentals (age 12+) *New*
730-830pm BJJ advanced (age 12+, minimum white belt 2 stripes) *New*


5-6pm Filipino Martial Arts (age 7+)
6-7pm Boxing sparring (all ages)


5-6pm BJJ youth (age 7–12)
6-730pm BJJ fundamentals (age 12+)
730-830pm BJJ advanced (age 12+, minimum white belt 2 stripes)


5-6pm Filipino Martial Arts (age 7+)


10-1130am BJJ fundamentals – no gi (age 12+)
1130am-1230pm Boxing techniques (all ages) *New*

New Year’s Week Schedule

Saturday, Dec 28:
10-1130am BJJ fundamentals – no gi (age 12+)
1130am-100pm Boxing

Monday, Dec. 30:
5-6pm Filipino Martial Arts (age 7+)
6-7pm Boxing techniques (all ages)
7-830pm BJJ open mat (age 12+)

Tuesday, Dec. 31:

Wednesday, Jan. 1:

Thursday, Jan 2:
5-6pm BJJ youth (age 7–12)
6-730pm BJJ fundamentals (age 12+)
730-830pm BJJ advanced (age 12+, minimum white belt 2 stripes)

Friday, Jan 3:
5-6pm Filipino Martial Arts (age 7+)

Saturday, Jan 4:
10-1130am BJJ fundamentals – no gi (age 12+)
1130am-100pm Boxing