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

SR. RED "ONE MONTH" REVIEW
Monday 6/1
Zoom Link (Same password as Green/Blue Belt Classes - check your emails)
5:00 pm: For Sr. Red not testing in June
6:00 pm: For Sr. Red eligible in June 

FREE VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT
Friday 6/5
Click here to register
3:00 pm: Black Belt Weapons
4:00 pm: Black Belt Open Hand
5:00 pm: Intermediate Rank Open Hand Forms
The virtual tournaments are good practice for testing, but they do not count towards black belt tournament credits.

BELT-SPECIFIC SEMINARS
Saturday 6/6, 11AM for ALL
11:00 am: Green & Sr. Green, Livestorm automated link to come
11:00 am: Blue & Sr. Blue, Livestorm automated link to come
11:00 am: Black Belt Live Seminar, Zoom Link (Same pw as White/Yellow Classes - check your emails or contact us)

SR RED BELT "2-WEEK" REVIEW
Thursday 6/11
Zoom Link (Same password as White/Yellow Classes - check your emails)
4:00 pm: For senior red belts who need a stripe or are eligible to test in June

ZOOM LIVE SEMINARS
Friday 6/12 (Note: We are using 2 different Zoom links)
3:00 pm: White – Sr. Yellow, Zoom Link (Same pw as White/Yellow Classes)
4:00 pm: Green & Sr. Green, Zoom Link (Same pw as White/Yellow Classes)
3:00 pm: Blue & Sr. Blue, Zoom Link (Same pw as Green/Blue Classes)
4:00 pm: Brown – Red, Zoom Link (Same pw as Green/Blue Classes)

PRIMARY BELT TESTING
Saturday 6/20, White – Red ONLY
Virtual links to be provided. We will offer live testing option, if permitted
11:00 am: White - Sr. Yellow Belts
11:30 am: Green – Blue Belts
12:15 pm: Brown – Red
*Sr. Red and Black Belts levels require a live testing.* Therefore, we will run that testing one week after we are allowed to reopen for in-person classes. Please be vigilant in checking your email (and spam folders). Information will also be posted to the website.
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ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES
March 16 – May 31, 2020*
Updated schedule available here.
*Due to COVID-19 social distancing mandates we will be holding online classes only for the time being. Information and updates will be posted as decisions are passed by state and federal officials. Please continue to be attentive to further communication in the event of changes.

Click the belt level links below for easy access to your Zoom class.
White – Sr. Yellow Belts Link
Little Kicker Link
Green – Sr. Blue Belts Link
Brown Belts & Above Link
MMA Link
You MUST set Zoom user to students' name and ID number. If your user name is generic (i.e. "iPad or "Joe's Computer") or someone else's name, you will not be admitted for class. This is due to a high incidence of "zoombombing." (Entering Zoom meeting ID directly into your "Join" window, instead of clicking the links, will allow more flexibility to update your user name).
PASSWORDS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER CLASS - CHECK OUR UPDATE EMAILS FOR THOSE OR CONTACT US TO GET YOURS
Each class has a waiting room, from which an instructor needs to let you into the class. The instructors will manually enter your student ID to the attendance software before letting you in. Please be patient. You will be locked out of class if you log in late (just like with regular classes) so we will open up the waiting room 5–10 minutes before class start time and lock the class once we get started (approx. 6 minutes later).
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ONLINE ATTENDANCE CARD
Win a FREE 15-min private lesson each Friday between 1 and 4 pm!
Click here to download the online attendance card.
Just submit a picture of you/your student with the completed online attendance card and tag us on social media. The 10 students with the most points each week will win a free private lesson!