Changing Lives Martial Arts - Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!

Karate For Kids

Changing Lives Martial Arts is developing life skills that help kids in school, at home, socially and so MUCH More in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

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Unlock Your Child’s Potential with Karate Lessons

At Changing Lives Martial Arts, we emphasize Kids Karate Developing Blocks, nurturing leaders and fostering character development skills through top-notch martial arts classes. Our program positively impacts your child’s life across these four key areas:


Enroll your child in Kids Karate Classes at Changing Lives Martial Arts and witness the transformation. Our classes not only increase awareness but also lead to improved grades, enhanced focus, respect for teachers, a positive attitude, and an overall appreciation for others. Give your child the advantage they deserve.


Self-discipline and following instructions, integral parts of martial arts training, extend beyond the dojo. They translate into better behavior at home with improved respect, courtesy, and active listening skills. Discover why parents trust us to help their children create a harmonious home environment, even with their siblings.


Our martial arts training goes beyond individual growth; it instills leadership qualities and character development skills. Our students become outstanding community members, making positive contributions. Schedule a visit with our school and hear firsthand from our community members how their lives have transformed.


At Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, we ensure that children not only stay in shape but also understand the value of physical fitness. Through quality training and enhanced self-discipline, our students develop lifelong fitness habits. Fill out the form to schedule a consultation and discuss how we can support your child's fitness journey.


Our specialized curriculum caters to children's unique needs. We offer comprehensive training in bully awareness, stranger danger, safe-defense skills, situational awareness, and support for children facing challenges like ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and depression. Join us in empowering your child to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.

Our Clients say...

Our customers are truly awesome. Discover what they're saying about Changing Lives Martial Arts located locally here in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Our son began his Tae Kwon Do training at the age of 5. Football was my first choice...wife said, "no!" Chief Master Thomas's instructors at the time, which included Mr. C. Gunsel, did not coddle him or baby him. Instead, the black belts immediately built in our son a strong foundation comprising of self-discipline, respect, and confidence through positive reinforcement. Once he stepped onto the mat; he never looked back. Five years later, he is a 2nd degree black belt and a junior instructor. This achievement required dedication and sacrifice from a young kid; such as skipping the Ipod/TV after school, instead study and finish the homework in order to make it to Tae Kwon Do class on time. It also required active participation, dedication, and financial sacrifice from the parents/guardians. I'm an old school martial arts student and I thought that my son was too young to teach others; that he received his black belt too fast and too early. Each day that I get the chance, to watch our son assist the newer students; to watch him practice the art; and to have him compete in tournaments.....he proves me wrong in ever thinking he wasn't ready. ATA Changing Lives Martial Arts can provide martial artists the ability to obtain an effective skill set that transcends outside the dojang.

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Many Kids Are Attending Changing Lives Martial Arts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake So They Don't Become A Statistic




At Changing Lives Martial Arts we work with children teaching quality life skills in martial arts that deliver great results at home, in school, and in the community. Learning how and when to manage bullying is key.


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We believe in supporting parents with drills and skills that will keep their children safe. From situational awareness to safe self-defense we want martial arts training to give them the tools to keep them safe.


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Children need our support. We work hand in hand with parents to ensure our students make the right choices. At Changing Lives Martial Arts we work with each student one on one with support when needed.

Focus & Concentration

Concentration is akin to a muscle that requires consistent exercise to grow stronger. Martial arts equips kids with strategies to enhance their ability to focus and maintain attention. Schoolwork demands extended periods of concentration, and participating in martial arts requires even greater focus. Developing these skills fosters self-confidence and positive self-esteem as students learn and improve.

Enhanced Self-Control & Self-Discipline

Impulsiveness is common among young children. Teaching them self-control and self-discipline is crucial. Children equipped with self-control and self-discipline can better navigate life's challenges. Martial arts serves as an excellent platform to teach students these valuable traits.

Better School Grades

Martial arts training shares a significant goal with educational training: inspiring attitudes and actions that mold students into motivated, confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders. In school, high-test scores lead to good grades, and martial artists develop skills and qualities essential for tackling diverse challenges, including discipline, self-control, self-esteem, self-worth, courtesy, and respect for others, all contributing to academic success.

This is a GIFT that will last a lifetime through school, college and into the work world.

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