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GrindStone Athletics (GSA) will assist athletes in setting and achieving personal objectives through rigorous and goal-oriented training in a safe, respectful, and positive environment.  GSA will provide a place for all athletes to attain their highest level of personal growth and physical improvement regardless of athletic background.

Thomas E. Lenhart II

Tom is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia where he had a successful football career and earned a spot on the All-Beach team as a Defensive Lineman.  He attended West Virginia University and completed a BS in Multi-Disciplinary Studies followed by a certification in personal training through World Instructor Training.  He spent the last seven years teaching English as a Second Language in Brazil, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, and South Korea and completed a second personal training certification through American Council on Exercise. Throughout his travels he has trained in several combat sports, particularly in Muay Thai. Tom spent a year in Thailand training and competing with true Muay Thai fighters. Later, he assumed the role as coach and trained Chase “The Weapon” Walden to a 3 fight win streak and a World Title. Tom has spent the greater half of his life committed to athletics of all types and continues to gather knowledge to be the best coach, athlete, trainer, and person he can be.

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Chase Walden​

Chase "The Weapon" Walden is GrindStone's Muay Thai Head Coach as well as Grindstone's Owner/Operator and CEO/Founder of Virginia Thai Fighting Championships He is the founder of the Grindstone Muay Thai training system. His many titles and achievements in his 23-year martial arts career include 2013 World Kickboxing Association (WKA) 165lbs World Champion, 2009 WKA 165 lbs National Muay Thai  Champion, two-time Modern Gladiators Super Welter weight (160lbs) Muay Thai Champion, 165lbs King Of The Ring Muay Thai Champion, and WKA 2010 Team USA National team member. In 2010, Chase achieved WKA world ranking #3. He fought in Italy, Scotland and Thailand; he trained in Thailand four times in his career, two of which were televised through the Work Point Super Studios in Bangkok Thailand. Chase is a certified Instructor of Kru Muay Thai Under Muay Thai International and holds a Tae Kwon Do Black belt. He is also CPR/AED Certified.

Wil Loushin

Wil Loushin is a high level Brazlian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt competitor and Head Coach for the Grindstone Athletics NoGi Grappling Program and MMA.

 

Wil is a retired United States Marine Infantryman and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Throughout his career he instructed Marines, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and police officers in BJJ, MMA, Weapons Retention, Self Defense and Women’s Self Defense. Wil competes at the Local, National and International level and has won numerous golds medals while competing in the advanced, expert, and professional divisions. Including multiple Gold Medals at the North American Grapplers Association World Championships, Newbreed National Championships, and United States Grappling. He has also competed in and won super fights at Submission Hunter Pro and Toro Cup. Wil was also a Double Bronze Medalist in the IBJJF Pan American Championships in 2018. During his MMA career he won multiple championships including the King of The Ring Lightweight Championship and the WKA Lightweight MMA Championship. He also coached multiple Local and National Level Champions throughout his MMA Coaching career. Wil has coached multiple Kids World Champions and two Silver Medalists at the World Championships. His Kids team has also placed either first or second in the last three years at the Newbreed Ultimate Challenge. Including a team Silver Medal at the 2018 Newbreed Northeastern National Championships.  Wil was a 2017 and 2018 finalist for Coach of the Year in the Dirty White Belt Radio Jiu Jitsu awards. Wil is currently a finalist for the Coach of the Year Award for the Best in the 757 Award Show hosted by 103JAMZ and 92.1 The Beat.

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Helena C. Wallis, NASM CPT

Helping others find inner joy and reach their goals through the gateway of fitness is my passion! I am a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Owner of LiFT by Helena - Personal Training & Fitness, Co-Owner of Kids & Teens Online Dance Academy, as well as, Bachata Vida Dance Company, and former basketball player.


I work with everyone from seniors to kids, specializing in moms, kids and teens, as well as dancers. Whether you are a beginner to fitness or an athlete, I will educate and assist you along your fitness journey. I use Functional Training, HIIT, Plyometrics, Metabolic Conditioning and other exercise methods to create challenging yet achievable, fun workouts to modern, upbeat music catered toward my clients needs and goals. Let’s work together and enjoy every step toward making your goals a reality!