Tap Cancer Out

Our teammate, BJJ student and all-around nice guy Jimmie Lobley, today rolled for one hour straight — i.e., without a break — to raise money for cancer research. This fundraiser was part of the Tap Cancer Out initiative being sponsored by multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools. Jimmie rolled in support of his wife, Tina. From an initial goal of $1000, Jimmie raised $3000. And hey, you can still donate!

We were honored to support Jimmie on this noble endeavor. To spar for one hour straight, with new opponents cycling in every three minutes, is a advanced-belt thing, and Jimmie is a white belt. His dedication and willingness to do something like this for cancer patients is heroic. We applaud him on on his accomplishment.

Here are some photos of Jimmie and everyone who participated.

Staunton Montessori Students Join BJJ

Several classmates in the 7th-9th grade class at Staunton Montessori School (SMS) have recently joined our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and are having a wonderful time. SMS has graciously allowed them to supplement their training during their regular PE time.

Two weeks ago, the students had this to say on their blog:

Jiu-Jitsu class

First we got the mats down from the solarium loft and put them in the community room. We did that because Owen, Kira, and Daniel taught us a few Jiu-Jitsu basics. First, they taught us how to do a backwards break fall. This is important because it teaches you how to fall backwards and not get hurt. Everyone practiced that for a bit while they went around and told us what we were doing wrong and showed us to do it right. Next, we learned standing in base. This is teaching us how to stand up without getting punched. Then, we did the backward breakfall and then standing in base, while they went around and showed us how to do it right. Then they taught us how to shrimp, which is important for a lot of moves in Jiu-Jitsu. Then we put it all together and did a backwards breakfall then shrimped across the mats, then stood in base.

Last week, the teachers blogged this update:


This week we had another Jiu-Jitsu lesson. Last week we learned about shrimping at the end of class. This class, we learned the shrimp escape and side breakfalling. Holden recently joined the Jiu-Jitsu class with Kira, Owen, and Daniel. We got out the mats almost every day this week, and we practiced and learned the trap and roll, both side shoulder-rolling, and we did some rolling during open mat time in the lesson. At the end of today’s class, everyone got gift certificates for a free week at Jiu-Jitsu.

We thank SMS for recognizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a life skill and for allowing these delightful young men and women to train as part of their school curriculum.

If you would like Total Defense to give a martial arts demonstration about BJJ, Filipino Martial Arts, or American Boxing at your school, please contact us.

Holiday Schedule

Here are our upcoming holiday closures:

  • Thursday, November 25: Closed
  • Friday, December 24–Saturday, December 25: Closed
  • Friday, December 31–Saturday, January 1: Closed

Stay safe!

Coffee & Chokes BJJ Drilling on Sunday Mornings

Need a little extra training?

Need a little extra training? Total Defense Martial Arts is proud to announce a new Brazilian jiu-jitsu practice session on Sunday mornings from 7 to 9am: Coffee & Chokes.

This is a drill-only (no rolling) practice led by blue belts Jerry Armentrout and Scott Barker. Adults only (16 and up), either gi or no-gi at your option.

Contact Jerry or Scott if you need a 6am start.

Road Rally on Saturday; Class Schedule

The West End Road Rally & Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Staunton West End Business Association, is this Saturday, August 21, from 11am – 2pm. Total Defense Martial Arts is one of your stops for family friendly activities. Pick up a “passport” at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand at 11am, and visit all the area businesses to be eligible for goodies and giveaways, culminating with a 2pm prize drawing at the bandstand. More information.

To accommodate the Road Rally, please note the following schedule adjustments for Saturday, August 21, only:

  • 830-915am: Yoga
  • 930-11am: Adult no-gi BJJ
  • 11am-2pm: Road Rally

See you Saturday!

BJJ Fundamentals Class Starts Mondays at 730PM; BJJ Advanced Class Tuesdays at 630PM

Total Defense Martial Arts is proud to announce the addition of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals class to its schedule. Taught by purple belts Scott Allyn and Matt Warner, this class supplements our usual curriculum with instruction geared specifically to beginners. Each Monday at 730PM, Scott and Matt will teach you the techniques needed to progress from white belt to blue belt.

What a great way to celebrate your life returning to normal! Just show up 15 minutes prior to class to sign a waiver and be outfitted for a loaner gi if you don’t already have one. Your first week of classes, which includes this one plus our regular BJJ classes on Thursday and Saturday, are completely free.

Our Tuesday BJJ classes for adults are shifting to a more advanced curriculum. Taught by brown belt and TDMA owner Brian Rose, this class will focus on higher-level techniques. While beginners aren’t specifically excluded from these classes, just know that if you show up here, you might be in over your head!

Any questions, please contact Brian Rose at (540) 968-0045.