Martial arts

Indoor classes are back!

We will operate under Phase 2 guidelines until further notice from state of VA.

“Mankind has had 10,000 years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.” 
- TE Lawrence

Edge Effect's martial arts program offers down-to-earth training for self defense and fitness. Good training is based on the pillars of  consistent practice, reliable techniques, conditioning, and opportunities to work against progressive resistance. Dedicated classes in each discipline are offered along with a sparring class that allows striking, escapes, throws and takedowns to be combined. Keeping/returning to the standing position is a priority in our program. Private training for Boxing, Kickboxing and Karate (encompassing Okinawan Goju and Shorin ryu), is also available.

Training is open to individuals 16 and older. Students are expected to maintain good hygiene, and abide by the principles of mutual benefit and mutual respect. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated. 




Jack Dempsey observed "he laughs last who hits hardest." These classes provide boxing and kickboxing training as a means of self defense and fitness, with striking, footwork, defense skills, and conditioning for agility, power and endurance.  Each class includes technical development, partner drills, and timed rounds on the heavy bag, double end bag, speed bag, and focus mitts. Conditioning aspects rotate with medicine balls, jump ropes, calisthenics, and more.  Monday nights focus on Boxing, Wednesdays focus on Kickboxing. Loaner gloves are available for a trial class. Training involves controlled contact, but free sparring is not a regular part of this class. Our Open Mat class provides regular opportunities for sparring. 

Required personal equipment:

  • 14-16 oz boxing gloves, hand wraps

  • Shin guards, mouth guard



JUDO FUNDAMENTALS- currently unavailable due to Covid-19

Judo is an excellent means of  putting someone on the ground and staying on your feet.  Best known for an arsenal of powerful throws and takedowns, Judo also offers escapes and submissions. Since its founding in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo has influenced countess martial arts and self defense systems and become an essential element in MMA and BJJ competition. Our class focuses on standing grappling and throws to defend against striking and holds. Gi and no-gi versions of techniques are practiced. Follow ups to pins and submissions are included, although this is not a dedicated newaza/mat grappling class  (check out Pressure BJJ Academy for the most qualified BJJ program in Harrisonburg). Judo involves contactStudents must demonstrate/learn good falling skills before participating in randori (free practice). We're seeking a black belt, experienced instructor to lead this program!

Required personal equipment:

  • Blue or white Judo or BJJ gi, clean t-shirt or rash guard



OPEN MAT- currently unavailable due to Covid-19

Integrate your striking and Judo skills in sparring drills. Open Mat provides opportunities to sharpen distancing, timing, targeting, offense and defense against progressive resistance, allowing skills to be pressure tested beyond what our other classes provide. Working against resistance (i.e., people who aren't cooperating while you pull off a 5 move combo of death) is absolutely crucial for developing realistic self-defense abilities and for those pursuing competition. Class is not open to drop-in participation- participants need to be gym members or talk with the instructor beforehand.


Required personal equipment:

  • 14-16 oz boxing gloves, hand wraps

  • Clean t-shirt or rash guard

  • Required: shin guards, mouth guard, cup




In memory or Robert Miller

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