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Pre-School Karate

For Ages 3-7 years old

Teaching life skills such as concentration, focus, respect, self discipline, and safe defense that prepare them for day cares and school.

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Kids Karate

For Ages 8-12 years old

Karate Kids learn to improve skills with courtesy, respect, honesty, better school grades, ADD/ADHD and self defense in school and home.

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Teens and Adults

Martial Arts & Krav Maga

A self-defense system that has real life applications as well as helps manage stress. Martial Arts and Krav Maga will help to keep you safe.

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3 Convenient Changing Lives Martial Arts Locations To Serve You

Princess One Shopping Center
Across From TCC
3809 Princess Anne Road Suite 115
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

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Red Mill Walk Shopping Center
Next to Office Max
2277 Upton Drive Suite 704
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

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Greenbrier Orchard Square Shops
In the Farm Fresh Center
1400 Kempsville Suite 102
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

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My daughter started at Changing Lives Martial Arts in 2010. I remember being so impressed with the way she opened up, how her self-esteem and confidence just soared. The following year, around Mother’s Day, her instructor invited me to take Continue Reading

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Tracy Lee Thomas

About Martial Arts Master Tracy Lee Thomas

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.

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 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.

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!

A Variety of Affordable Martial Arts Classes Serving Our Community:

• 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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There are many ways to accurately assess whether a person is clinically overweight or obese, one of the easiest being body composition testing. Testing can be very helpful in combatting obesity when performed properly and safeguards followed. Likewise, there are many ways to curb the incline of obesity rates nationwide, one of the overall best […]

Krav Maga is Modern, Close Quarters Self-Defense

Krav Maga is roughly translated from Hebrew to mean “close quarter fighting.” It is a highly effective martial art that utilizes a combination of strikes, grapples, throws, locks and holds. Krav Maga originated from street fighting techniques of Jewish gangs defending themselves in the tough ghettos of Bratislav in the 1930s. Krav Maga was developed […]

Karate Kids Are Good Grade Go-Getters

Martial Arts training and academic training have a common goal. That goal is to create a transformation in attitude and action within a student, leading to a successful, productive member of the community. In school, achievement is rewarded with higher scores or good grades. Training develops those qualities and habits necessary to meet the rigorous […]

Increase the Quality and Results of Your Physical Fitness Routine

A professionally-taught Karate program can yield better specific and overall results from your personal investment (time, effort, and money) in a supervised physical fitness regimen. Martial Arts schools have been helping adults and children improve the quality of their lives for some time, with tangible, enduring, life-improving outcomes for many students of all ages. Taking […]