About us [ Chief Instructor Bio ]

Senior Chief Instructor Bio

John Kanabay has been training in martial arts for over 30 years. Master Kanabay holds black belts in TaeKwonDo, Karate, and HaiDong Gumdo. He offers advanced training in competitive forms and weapons, full contact fighting, MMA, grappling, breaking, and traditional sword.

As coach and instructor he prepares his students for the most prestigious martial arts competitions in the world. As a competitor, he can be seen on ESPN annually, competing in the US Open ISKA World
Martial Arts Championships. In doing so, he earned the title of “Ultimate World Breaking Champion.” Master Kanabay set a world record on stage and TV when he became the first light-weight Ultimate Champion ever in the 25 years of the event.

As an MMA coach, he trains and corners for amateur and professional MMA fighters.

Chief Instructor Bio

Elise Reed has trained in martial arts for over 20 years, starting under Master Kanabay at age 6. She competes at national- and world-level martial arts tournaments and as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.

As a US Army Reservist, Ms. Reed was deployed ’16, and has held positions of battle captain and HHD commander. She graduated from VMI in ‘15, where she was the highest ranking female in the history of the school, serving as RXO.

Announcements

NO LIVE CLASSES
August 4, due to tropical storm. We will attempt to run Zoom classes, but may not be able to do so if power/internet goes out.
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NON-CONTACT CLASSES: Outdoor and Indoor
Beginning June 22 - view schedule pages for times
We are offering limited-enrollment live classes as of June 22 at both locations. Check your email for more details on requirements/procedures. Indoor limited-capacity classes are permitted as of July 2. For the time being, classes will only move indoors in case of inclement weather or heat advisories. Waiver required for participation.
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ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES
NEW SCHEDULE begins June 23 - click here to view new schedule
Due to COVID-19 concerns we will be offering online classes in addition to outdoor non-contact classes, for the time being. ALL Zoom classes will now use the following link: Zoom Virtual Class Link.
Zoom user name must be student's full name and ID for admission.
PASSWORD IS REQUIRED TO ENTER CLASSES - CHECK OUR UPDATE EMAILS OR CONTACT US TO REQUEST THE PASSWORD.
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