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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

Reasons You Should Join Changing Lives Martial Arts


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August Newsletter

Greetings CLMA Family! Greetings CLMA Family! Can you believe it is August already! The dog days of summer are here! We have some exciting events coming up, so make sure to mark them on your calendar now so you don’t miss out! Current Testing Cycle Life Skill: Communication Next Testing Cycle Life Skill: Honesty   […]

July Newsletter

Greetings CLMA Family! Greetings CLMA Family! Here we are, half way through the year already! Wow, how time does fly! Not to worry though, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had before the kid-dreaded, parent-loving back to school time arrives. If the kids are getting restless and in need of some activity don’t […]
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May Newsletter

Greetings CLMA Family! Happy May! Summer is right around the corner, so make sure you check out all of the events we have coming up and get registered to attend! Current Testing Cycle Life Skill: Self-Esteem Next Testing Cycle Life Skill: Discipline   Protech Weapons: Black Belt Club- Double Bahng Mahng Ee (DBME), Ssahng Nat […]

March Newsletter

Greetings CLMA Family! We have been hard at work here at CLMA making sure there are plenty of opportunities for training and also allowing time for some fun! Make sure you check out all of the events we have coming up and get registered to attend! Current Testing Cycle Life Skill: Respect Next Testing Cycle […]