Changing Lives Martial Arts - Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!
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Locations in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake

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Why Changing Lives Martial Arts is Your Top Choice

At Changing Lives Martial Arts we have been training community members from kids to adults. 
Our students of all ages excel socially and in life at home, at school, and at work.

Achieve Empowerment Through Martial Arts Excellence

At Changing Lives Martial Arts, we are dedicated to unleashing the potential within every individual through martial arts excellence. Our meticulously designed programs, led by LainaLee Rambow, aim to instill discipline, boost confidence, and nurture resilience. Beyond self-defense techniques, we impart essential life skills that are invaluable in every aspect of life.

Tailored Programs for All Ages and Abilities

No matter your age, skill level, or physical condition, we offer tailored programs to suit your needs. From children to adults, and individuals with special needs, we embrace diversity and promote inclusivity. Our curriculum adapts to your unique abilities and goals, ensuring a fulfilling journey for all.

A Supportive, Safe, and Inclusive Community

We are committed to creating a supportive, safe, and inclusive community where every student can thrive. Our specialized programs cater to children, teenagers, adults, and individuals with special needs. Our goal is to instill discipline, self-confidence, focus, and a strong sense of self in all our students, regardless of age or ability.

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Authored By; Founder Tracy Lee Thomas
Book Title: “Why Martial Arts Can Positively Change Lives”


Karate For Kids

Unlock the Special Offer for our karate for kids' classes in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Karate fosters qualities like Respect, Courtesy, and Self-Control, leading to the development of crucial life skills. These skills translate into improved grades in school, a positive social environment, reduced ADD/ADHD issues, less bullying, enhanced self-defense capabilities, and better behavior at home. At Changing Lives Martial Arts, our mission is to help kids and their families within the community. Our kids' martial arts program goes beyond mere physical techniques.

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Krav Maga

Krav Maga classes offer real-world self-defense with a killer workout. Learn a simple, effective self-defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios. You won’t regret it!

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Martial Arts For Adults

Experience the excellence of our Martial Arts classes for adults in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. At Changing Lives Martial Arts, our instructors are actively involved with each student, emphasizing the benefits that our program has, both on and off the mat. From practical self-defense skills to physical fitness, our adult program delivers tangible outcomes in today's ever-evolving world. Our community members in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake appreciate our classes and the positive impact they have on our students and their families.

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Changing Lives Martial Arts WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Go2 Karate Interview with Changing Lives Martial Arts

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Go2 Karate BEST Business Award

The Go2 Karate BEST Business Award is bestowed upon visionary martial arts entrepreneurs who have passionately committed themselves to spreading the knowledge of martial arts on a higher level. Changing Lives Martial Arts has committed to educating their entire community as can be seen here on this martial arts website.

Go2 Karate recognizes that Changing Lives Martial Arts is prioritizing the well-being of their community members, and establishing a robust, and lasting presence while changing lives on today’s modern world.

Our Martial Arts Team Takes Great Pride In The Reviews We Receive

See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs

My son started Tae Kwon Do about 2 years ago when he was 7. He mentioned several times Tae Kwon Do was something he was interested in and wanted to take lessons. Either my husband or I knew anything about the sport or were to begin looking for a location to train. I was speaking to one of Hunter’s classmate’s mother who recommended we try Changing Lives on Princess Anne. We started off by trying classes with a Groupon to determine if it was something my son would stick with. Since then we have had nothing but a positive experience. Mr. Gunsel, Ms. Morin and the other instructors have taken the time to get to know each child individually and always maintain a positive atmosphere during classes. My son has good days at class and sometimes bad days. But the instructors are always helpful preventing him from getting discouraged. After about a year my son joined the Demo Team which has provided an opportunity for him to perform in front of an audience. This has boosted his self-esteem and confidence. We have also been interested in taking what he has learned and competing in tournaments. To say Mr. Gunsel has been supportive is an understatement. He has been invaluable by providing my son with ‘private lessons’ during which he worked with him on his areas of weakness. He also ensured that during regular classes he concentrated on those same areas. He doesn’t just do this for my son he does this for all the students. My son is just about to take his test for his black belt and I am so proud of how much he has grown and developed over the last few years. I am also content with our decision to take him to Changing Lives in Princess Anne.

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 class. I was a little hesitant at first, I’d just passed a milestone birthday (50!) and I can truly say that I had become a couch potato by that time and wasn’t sure I wanted put myself out there. Was I too old to do something new? Too out of shape? However, I tried the first class and found home – I loved it! The challenge on the physical side was really a smaller part of the overall equation for me. Was I out of shape – absolutely! And my own self-esteem and confidence had been low. Working with Chief Master Thomas and his staff, I progressed, growing in not only the physical aspects, but also the mental / emotional. As the instructors taught me new material, I always knew I had the support and guidance to master the material. My self-esteem and confidence grew exponentially to the point where it made a difference not only in my Martial Arts life, but also in my career. Now, six years later, I look back and see how my life has been changed through what Chief Master Thomas and his instructors do every day. I highly recommend the Adult TaeKwonDo program at Changing Lives Martial Arts to any one – You’re never too old or out of shape to make a change

Changing Lives Martial Arts has been an anchor for Neal for the last 19 years. We came for a 30 day trial, and never left. As an advocate for Neal’s education, I frequently described his martial arts classes as a model for the inclusion of differently abled children. A place where students are celebrated for what they CAN do, and encouraged to try new things, even when teaching it might be hard. CLMA uses a positive approach for instruction and demonstrates respect, integrity, perseverence, etc. while teaching the physical skills of taekwondo. Some things have changed over these years, but one thing has not changed a bit … We are family.

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Meet The Team

Welcome to Changing Lives Martial Arts, a place where dreams take shape, challenges are conquered, and personal growth knows no bounds. Since our founding, it has been our greatest honor to lead this exceptional community on a journey of empowerment and self-discovery through quality martial arts classes and leadership training. We are standing by to show you our martial arts facility and instructors here at Changing Lives Martial Arts, as well as what we have to offer you and your family.


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Unlock the Benefits of Martial Arts Training at Changing Lives Martial Arts

At Changing Lives Martial Arts, we believe that Martial Arts is more than just physical exercise; it's a path to personal growth and empowerment. Our team of dedicated and professional Martial Arts Instructors is committed to serving our community by providing top-notch training for everyone, from karate kids to adults seeking self-defense skills. We understand that each student has unique goals and reasons for enrolling in our programs, and we are here to cater to your individual needs.

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Safe Self Defense

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Confidence & Self Esteem

Enhanced Self Discipline

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Personalized Experience

We recognize that every student is different, and we tailor our classes to meet your specific objectives, whether it's fitness, self-confidence, discipline, or self-defense.


We are deeply rooted in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake community and are proud to be your local Martial Arts school. When you choose us, you become a part of our extended family.

Special Website Offer

If you're in or around Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, take advantage of our exclusive website special offer. Contact us today by phone or fill out the form on this site to get started. Our program directors and experienced Martial Arts instructors will promptly get in touch with you to schedule your first lesson and provide a tour of our state-of-the-art academy.

Join Us Today And Discover The Incredible Potential Within YOU!