Closed Halloween

Total Defense Martial Arts will be closed for Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Come back the next day for Prof. Haynes’s Filipino Martial Arts class, ready to work off those candy calories!

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: http://kristendebruycker.com/

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.

Labor Day Weekend Schedule

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!

Weekend Schedule, Aug. 24-25

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.

Closed Aug. 24, Seminar Aug. 31 (corrected)

Scheduling updates.

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.

Closed on July 4th

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.

Stay safe!