Closed Evening of Jan 8, 2018

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OK everybody, I hate to close ever, but due to inclement weather and total crap freezing rain we will go with the first pillar of training and err on the side of safety. We will be closed tonight, so stay home, spend some time with your loved ones or call them if you don’t have any at home.

2018 Schedule of Events

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This will be updated with links and events for registration and more info as we get it in.

Jan 13 – Systems Approach to BJJ Seminar at Hermitage BJJ, Hermitage PA Posting
FaceBook Event info

Jan 20 – Vanguard Battle Royale – In house tournament – white and blue round robin

Feb 3 – Systems Approach to BJJ Seminar at Kinston BJJ, Kinston NC

Feb 10 – Corey Brown BJJ Seminar at Vanguard Gym
Register Here
Facebook Event Here

Feb 24 – Vanguard Battle Royale – Big Brothers Kids Tournament

March 3,4 – Traumatic Injury Care Course
Course Description and Register Here
Facebook Event

March 10 – Responding to an active shooter course.
Facebook Event
Register Here

March 24 – Vanguard Battle Royale – Big Brothers Gi Adult tournament

April 7 – Vanguard Battle Royale – In house No-Gi Tourney

April 21, 22 – Steve Tarani Seminar

May 12 – Vanguard Battle Royale Kids Open – Gi Tournament

May 19 – Vanguard Battle Royale Open – Gi tourney

May 26 – Systems Approach to BJJ Seminar in Mexico City

June 2, 3 – Steve Tarani Seminar

June 9 – Vanguard Battle Royale Big Brothers No-Gi Tourney

June 16 – Vanguard Gym 11th Anniversary

Aug 4 – Vanguard Battle Royale – No-Gi Open

Sept 15 – Vanguard Battle Royale – Kids Back to School Open

October 12 – Vanguard Battle Royale – No-gi Invitational

Sept 15 -16 Karambit w/ Steve Tarani

Sept 22 kids back-to-school

Oct 13 – Vanguard Battle Royale – No-Gi invitational

Dec 8 – Vanguard Gym Holiday Party

New Olympic Weightlifting Class

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New Year – New Olympic Weightlifting Class!

Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm starting January 3

Spend and hour every week working on the technical aspects of the Olympic lifts with USAW certified Club Coach Jody Heitman. This is a technique class and can be done in conjunction with any other program. You won’t be lifting anything over 70% of your 1RM. The class will be limited to six lifters at a time. If its full you can register with us for the waitlist.

You can purchase a one-time drop in for $45 or a re-occurring month membership for $49/month.


2017 Winter Clothing Pre-Order

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Vanguard Gym HoodieIt’s that time of year! We’re taking orders for hoodies and sweatpants. Shop Vanguard Gym, CrossFit Manassas, Submission Grappling and BJJ apparel from the Official Vanguard Gym Store. All orders will be shipped to the gym. Shop Today – All orders must be received by Friday October 14, 2017. Holiday gift giving is fast approaching and this season our apparel assortment is better than ever.


All Vanguard Gym apparel will feature the traditional logo:





All CrossFit Manassas apparel will feature the following logo:




All Submission Grappling apparel will feature the following logo:





All BJJ apparel will feature the following logo:

Vanguard Submission Grappling Ranking System

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Over our gym’s 10 years, we have offered NoGi classes at various times. For a
myriad of reasons these classes never “stuck”. The coaching staff has continued to
believe in the importance of NoGi Grappling. In 2015 Christian Banghart was chosen
to develop and implement a NoGi curriculum. This change has proven to be the
catalyst to the Vanguard Submission Grappling program at Vanguard Gym.

The approach to our Submission Grappling program is that while Gi and NoGi, at a
baseline level, are both grappling. In order to excel at one, the other or both, you
have to respect that there are differences, and understand what makes them

In our first year as Vanguard Gym’s NoGi program, we competed in about five times.
This grew to 19 tournaments in 2016. To date in 2017, we have already competed
in over 15 tournaments; our goal is 25 by the end of year.

The change from Vanguard Gym’s NoGi program to Vanguard Submission Grappling
(VSG) has created a true team. An exciting edition to this tribal identity has been our
custom rash guards. These rash guards allow us to represent the team, the gym, and
each other when we are on the mat, visiting other schools, and competing.
In order to continue improving our program, and continue growing as a team, we
have concluded that it will be beneficial to implement a VSG ranking system. Even
though it has been established that VSG and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are two different
programs, we will institute a similar ranking system (i.e. White, Blue, Purple, Brown,
and Black) within our VSG program. All ranks up to purple belt in BJJ will be
respected in VSG. Therefore, if you’re a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you will also
be a purple belt in VSG. Alternatively, if you are a brown belt in BJJ, you are not
necessarily a brown belt in VSG.

To be ranked as a brown belt or above in VSG, you
must be promoted to that rank specifically with regards to VSG. We will be awarding
rank certificates to current VSG members who are belted in BJJ, as well as to those
who are solely members of VSG that meet the attendance and technical
requirements determined as essential for each respective rank by the Head Coach.

With all this in mind, we look forward to a strong future for VSG, and growing the
NoGi tribe at Vanguard Gym, as we have with Thai Boxing, BJJ, and CrossFit.  Please
let us know if you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share.

– Coach Douglas Esposito and Coach Christian Banghart

Thai Boxing Beginner Class

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Always been interested in Thai Kick Boxing (aka Muay Thai), but been nervous or unsure of just jumping in the regular classes? Worried about being the only new person in class? This is an amazing opportunity to be in a class with other beginners learning the basics, in the right order to prepare you for the regular group class. This is also a great opportunity to try out Thai Boxing for 30 days with no long-term obligations!

Classes are one hour (Mon, Wed & Fri at 7PM) which is perfect for beginners, and Start September 6.

Free gloves, uniform, and handwraps ($149 value) are included!!

All together this is a $328 value for only $149!

Reserve your space now! Offer limited to new members only.


Promotions Week of August 14

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Congratulations to Matt Chow for taking and passing his blue tab test in Thai Boxing this Saturday. Matt showed his proficiency in striking attacks, footwork, and movement in a challenging test supervised by Coach Doug and Administered by Coach Aubry. He is now able to wear his blue tab on the front right leg of his shorts.

Our ranking system for our Thai Boxing program has child and adult levels, just like our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program.

Kids have white, grey, yellow, orange, and green belts. They can also wear the corresponding tab on their uniform shorts on the bottom of the front leg.

Adults have blue, purple, brown, and red tabs. In addition, those that have fought in sanctioned Thai Boxing matches also can wear the American flag on the outside of their right leg on their uniform shorts. There are also Instructor and Master Instructor Rankings available for experienced red tab students who want to give back to the art and their teammates by coaching.

Requirements for ranking include attendance, consistency, technical proficiency, giving back to the team, and coach’s discretion.

Congratulations to Jared and Jessie, who both received stripes on their white belts in BJJ. Watch out for these two, they are very tough and as their technical games grow, they are going to be beasts on the mat!

Beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes Forming Now

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Always been interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but been nervous or unsure of just jumping in the regular classes? Worried about being the only new person in class? This is an amazing opportunity to be in a class with nothing but other beginners learning the basics in the right order to prepare you for the regular group class. This is also a great opportunity to try out Vanguard Gym’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for thirty days with no long-term obligations! You will also get a free uniform!

Classes will run between Sept 12th and October 12 and are one hour which is perfect for beginners.
You may attend two classes a week and class times are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Reserve your space now! Offer limited to new members only.

Membership Terms
Contract Length: 30 day(s)
Attendance: 2 classes per week
Begin Date: Sep 12, 2017
End Date: Oct 12, 2017
Payment Terms
Price: $139.00