A Small Chain of Martial Arts Schools in South Eastern Virginia

A Small Chain of Martial Arts Schools in South Eastern
Virginia is passionate about Changing Lives in their Community.



Chesapeake and Virginia Beach
Changing Lives Martial Arts
is about reaching your personal
goals in a safe and fun environment. It’s about learning Martial Arts for
increased physical ability and mental awareness. It is truly more than just
kicking or punching. Its’ about changing a life in a positive training
environment, states; Sr. Master Tracy Lee Thomas of Virginia Beach; a resident
and local school owner since 1991.


You’ve tightened your abs, stretched your hamstrings and built your
biceps, but have you exercised to build your mental stamina? Exercise helps
your body resist stress-related disorders. The brain sends signals to the body
to produce adrenaline during stressful situations, but it’s meant to be for
short periods of time, not long-term. Long-term exposure to adrenaline causes
many physical problems, and can contribute to headaches, digestive problems,
colds, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stomach fat!



to Barbara
Brehm-Curtis, EdD, professor of exercise
and sport studies at Smith College in Northampton,
MA, "If done consistently, physical
activity actually reduces your stress reactivity. That means less adrenaline
gets released and you don’t get as stressed out by things that used to upset


are some things you can do to facilitate the stress resistance factors. Choose
physical activities, like martial arts, that allow you to have fun!

This alters the brain chemistry in a positive
way, reducing stress.
Playing vigorously has the added benefit of
ridding your body of stress-causing hormones such as adrenaline.


Strength training, yoga or any exercise, which involves tensing then releasing muscles, can act as
progressive relaxation. As Dr.
Brehm-Curtis explains it, "When you measure muscle electrical activity
after weight training, there’s less electrical activity, indicating that the
muscles are more relaxed."


you are not the type to meditate, try rhythmic, repetitive activities such as Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu, swimming,
rowing, Krav Maga, or running which
increase alpha brain waves. These are the same waves that produce a meditative


many of us have said we can’t find time for one 30 or 40 minute exercise
session? The American Council on
suggests taking a 10-minute break every 90 minutes to climb stairs
or walk around the building. You’ll accumulate 50 minutes of exercise in an
eight-hour day and be more productive, because you’re reducing stress and
physically moving.


stress-relieving benefits, try exercising at least 30 minutes most days of the
week. If you are new to exercise, begin with just two or three days, then work
up to five or more days. If you need help or have questions, ask your Taekwondo martial arts instructor. Remember, exercise doesn’t just affect
your physical appearance, but your mental health too.


a fun and safe workout for “FREE” with their 3 DAY CONFIDENCE COURSE  at Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts. 
Serving four locations in Hampton Roads. Please contact CLMA at
757-471-9002 for a “Free 3 Day Fitness
Class” and Experience The Difference !




Many styles of mixed martial arts such as; Kung Fu, Karate, MMA Fighter style training that is safe and fun (as seen on Mixed Martial Arts Fighting, Cage Training and MMA Video’s), Kick Boxing, Self Defense, Fighting Styles, and Krav Maga, have been incorporated into the ATA’s program by Grand Master Soon Ho Lee’s Taekwondo. Grand Master is a Champion Taekwondo Martial Arts Master
in America and is recognized as a U.S.
leader. Martial Arts
have shown the various Martial
Arts techniques
that ATA Utilizes in classes in Virginia Beach. While the Traditional Taekwondo programs utilize
a Taekwondo style uniform, the Krav Maga utilizes a line of Mixed Martial Arts Fight Wear, MMA Apparel and MMA clothing for the student uniform.


Master Instructor Tracy Lee Thomas
and his Team
and Virginia Beach Changing Lives Martial Arts

Instructors offer a FREE 3 DAY CONFIDENCE COURSE to all
community members.  Senior Master Thomas
states; “We believe our programs are top notch and we want the community to see
our programs for what they are. We our confident that our FREE 3 Day course will
give the community the confidence they need prior to enrolling in our program.
We want our students to feel comfortable prior to enrolling in our ATA family.”







About changinglivesmartialarts

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS A Martial Arts, Karate For Kids, and Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. With his 30 years of vast martial arts experience, Master Tracy Lee Thomas, founder of Changing Lives Martial Arts has five locations and has been opertating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have to children and reside in Virginia Beach. Both Mrs. Thomas and Master Thomas have a strong passion for helping others and it is seen as both are very active in the business and within the community. CLMA is a family owned and operated business that thrives on family values and changing lives. Many of the Changing Lives Martial Arts students are attracted to CL Martial Arts because they want to learn to defend themselves, or how to manage bullies. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth and life skills. Still, others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. Master Thomas has utilized his martial arts buisness model throughout the country with various business'. As a business coach and consultant, Master Thomas believes in working with others to succeed with their personal passion. This desire and passion of his is passed down to each of his instructors and students. If you want to know more about Changing Lives Martial Arts, Master Tracy Thomas, or the programs they offer, please feel free to contact the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at www.atakick.com or www.kravmagavirginiabeach.com
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