Grow, Develop, Learn, Thrive
Age appropriate activities taught by qualified instructors
Gain Self-Confidence, Build Fitness and Get Stronger
Learn to defend yourself while staying in shape
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your family. Changing Lives Martial Arts has four locations in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. We offer, pre-school karate kid classes, elementary aged karate kid programs, family martial art classes, Kickboxing classes and Krav Maga classes and certification. Our academy has several unique offers to Get You Started! Please complete any form on our site and our staff will get in touch with you with more information on how we can Get You Started.
Thank you for visiting the CLMA website and we hope to see you soon!
Changing Lives Martial Arts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake founder Master Tracy Lee Thomas opened the first Changing Lives School of Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1991 after serving in the military.
As an 8th Degree Black Belt Chief Master Thomas operates four locations in Hampton Roads. Working hard to Change Lives and bring awareness to members within our community with four programs. Preschool kids karate, karate for kids, martial arts for teens and adults and Krav Maga.
As a City Wide “Partners In Education” within the public school system, working with local private schools and with daycares the Virginia Beach Martial Arts and Chesapeake Martial Arts programs has become the largest group of schools in the area.
Visit kravmagavirginiabeach.com for detailed information on our Krav Maga Program.
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 karate kids class, adult martial arts and Krav Maga. CLMA Instructors focus on the training needs of each student, as an individual. Schedule a time to meet a CLMA Instructor.
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.
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• Preschool martial arts program (called ATA Tiny Tigers)
• Martial arts for kids (called the ATA Karate for Kids)
• Martial arts for children (Karate for Kids program)
• Martial arts summer camps
• Self defense for karate kids
• Karate kids bullying courses
• Karate birthday party
• Martial arts for Teens
• Martial arts for Adults
• Krav Maga fitness
• Krav Maga defense systems
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Why Children Should Learn Martial Arts It is an open knowledge that martial arts provide children with a good dose of self-respect. Their self-esteem rises as well. Martial arts training will help your children to learn important lessons in life. What your children will learn now will help them throughout their lifetime. Their activity will […]
Bringing Success to your Mindset A large factor of success lies in bringing the right attitude and mindset to your endeavors. By staying focused and positive you can achieve your aims more quickly. Maintaining a success oriented mindset can help put you on the path to leading a more successful fulfilling life. A lack of […]
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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.