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Karate Kids
Respect, Discipline,
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Develop mentally and physically
while learning karate
Teens & Adults
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Learn to defend yourself
while staying in shape
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Learn to defend yourself,
sharpen your focus
and stay in shape
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I want to tell you how much ATA has meant to our family. Having a young man with Down Syndrome has been a challenge for us. His weight, coordination, and self confidence was all in need of help. I had checked out several options for him to help wi...

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Songham Taekwondo training has been rewarding for Skyler and Makayla. ATA’s values of discipline and respect has an obvious impact in their childhood development. They display more respect to others and enjoy their accomplishments. We are very g...

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I first became interested in krav maga after seeing something on TV. So I became curious and searched for places that taught it on the internet and came across the ATA. I called and was told I was welcome to come in and try a class for free to see...

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Level 3 Kravist
An Outstanding Instructor
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I have been training in martial arts since I was six and I have never seen any program as well structured as Sr. Master Thomas’. He is an expert martial artist and an outstanding instructor. The staff at Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts is compri...

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About School Owner Master Tracy Lee Thomas

Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts founder Master Tracy Lee Thomas opened the first Changing Lives Academy of Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1991 after serving in the military.

As a 7th Degree Black Belt Master Thomas operates four locations in Hampton Roads. Working hard to Change Lives and bring the martial arts awareness with members within our community his team has become a City Wide “Partners In Education” with the public school system.

Visit for more information on our Red Mill location.
Visit for detailed information on our Krav Maga Program.

Instructors @ Changing Lives Martial Arts

The Changing Lives Martial Arts Instructors are a few of the best instructors in the nation. Certified, well trained, and active practitioners… all are hand selected by our Master Instructor which makes for a great mentor, coach and instructor for our CLMA students. CLMA Instructors focus on the training needs of each student, as an individual. Schedule a time to meet a CLMA Instructor.

Changing Lives Martial Arts School

Our school is unique and offers the perfect blend between traditional and modern martial arts. The CLMA training curriculum focus’ on three specific age groups; 1. Pre-school Karate Kids, 2. Karate Kids, and 3. Teens & Adults. Changing Lives Martial Arts offers a variety of specific programs for each age group. Fill out a form today or give us a call Today!


Welcome to Changing Lives Martial Arts

(757) 296-2078

Welcome our CLMA website and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your family. Our martial arts instructor and program directors are standing by to assist you on enrolling into a program that is the perfect fit! Changing Lives Martial Arts has for locations in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Changing Lives Martial Arts offers, pre-school karate kid classes, elementary aged karate kid programs, family martial art classes, Kickboxing classes and Krav Maga classes and certification.

Thank you for visiting the CLMA website and we hope to see you soon!

The Changing Lives Martial Arts Team

Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Changing Lives Martial Arts

Virginia Beach, VA

Developing Self-Esteem at Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, VA – With confidence comes enhanced self-esteem. We utilize a series of multiple goals that boost self-esteem levels. This builds greater self-respect and self-esteem in our martial arts students. Please note: Our martial arts instructors turn most quiet, shy and doubtful beginners into strong outgoing leaders that become powerful practitioners.

Learning Self-Discipline at Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, VA – The foundation of martial arts is the focus of self-discipline incorporated into a students training. Instant gratification, the I want it now, and lessons in self-restraint and discipline are learned traits for both children and adults. To succeed in life…this is one of many goals we have for our students. Our Instructors are here to serve.

Making Habits of Physical Fitness – Tired of the boring mundane and repetitive workouts? Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, VA is more than a lifestyle change when it comes to fitness. It is a synergized martial arts training program that our students enhance their level of fitness. Our training facility incorporates fun and exciting training concepts that are unique to Hampton Roads. Get fit by taking the right steps to creating good habits.

Developing a Sense of Respect – As a student of Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, VA our students learn to show attention and respect to themselves and others. In this modern and fast paced world too often we see the lack of self-respect for oneself or others. We are proud of our Martial Arts students and the respect shown within the community. Through quality training our students carry on a high level of respect.