Healthier and more Fit
I first got into martial arts when I saw a groupon offer early last year, since then I no longer find myself trying to exercise and squeeze in workouts. I feel healthier and more fit than I have in years thanks to the Krav Maga training from Changing Lives Martial Arts. Confidence and feeling prepared for tough situations are excellent traits to have and thanks to Krav Maga, I am sharpening both!
Thank you Changing Lives
Thank you Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts for coming out to St. John the Apostle Catholic School’s Annual Harvest Festival last weekend! The kids got a “kick” out of it that’s for sure!! Thank you to the ATA Instructors and Staff for your support!
Students Progress Exponentially
The quest to Black Belt is not easy, by any means, but it is rewarding. The students leave class tired - but smiling - every time, and they learn far more than the art and execution of TaeKwonDo. Self esteem, self control, concentration and commitment all mature exponentially as the student progresses up the ranks.
Impressed with the Instructors
I was very impressed with the Instructors at Changing Lives Martial Arts ability to reach the kids and keep them wanting to come back. My son loves the active pace and the dojo. Although he may not realize it he is also learning skills that he can use to his advantage to avoid bullying or aggressive confrontation.
Knowledgeable and Professional Instructors
During my ten years as a martial artist, instructor, and school owner, I have yet to meet a group of martial arts instructors as knowledgeable and professional as the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts staff. Senior Master Thomas is not just an expert martial artist, he is an outstand instructor and leader as well. He has carefully chosen and developed a remarkable set of instructors I am proud to call colleagues. If your goal for yourself or your children is to grow and achieve success as a total person — physically, mentally, and spiritually — you need to be training at Changing Lives.
Our Son is Full of Confidence
My son is a Black Belt candidate. We enrolled our son at ATA Princess Anne two years ago. He was a shy, strong willed and also a very unconfident child. He also had problems with self control and self discipline. After observing his first class with the instructor, I knew he could benefit from the program. The question was would he commit to it himself? We asked him to set himself a goal, it was to make purple belt in one year. that would prove to us and himself his commitment. We have now surpassed that goal and my son is very proud to be considered a Black Belt candidate. His involvement with taekwondo has helped bring so many wonderful opportunities and has helped our son evolve into such a different child. He is much more self controlled and has so much more confidence in himself. He ran for student council this past June at his elementary school and gave his speech in front of the whole student body. This was amazing to see in itself, but the really important part came when he lost. His 4th grade teacher pulled me aside to tell me how proud she was of our son. Not only because he ran for the office, but for the exemplary behavior after the results were announced to the school. She said that he got up and shook the winner’s hand, a classmate, and then gave him a “big bear hug” and congratulated him. His teacher said that was the best display of good sportsmanship and self control she had ever seen. Our son has never been very interested in sports or being a team player he always lacked the confidence and self discipline. However this year he joined a tackle football team and his team worked their way to the Virginia beach City playoffs. He was a new and very inexperienced player but the coach asked if he would please come back and play with him next year. That he was a great team player and an asset to the team. Our son continues to astound us by getting involved in more activities. He was chosen for a lead role in his school drama club play, he is trying out for All-City chorus, and was handpicked to be a Safely patrol leader. He has been a Cub Scout for 6 years and will bridge this year to Boy Scouts. He is a straight A student and attends the Gifted School for Visual Arts. As his mom, I feel that Taekwondo has contributed in making all of these accomplishments and so many more possible. He has developed into a more confident, self controlled, respectful, and mature child. I am so proud of his commitment and him reaching his goal of Black Belt. I know he will wear this rank with pride!