Partners in Education Helping Local Schools Make a Difference

“Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts believes in utilizing their Instructors and staff to assist the public schools as volunteers to help the growth and education of the youth within our community”, says Senior Master Thomas. The city needs volunteers and the support of businesses that are willing to work with the school system, teachers, and the students for the well being of their education. Senior Master Thomas contributes finically to the volunteer PTA programs, and the school’s themselves with various contributions that ease the financial strain within the public school system and their supported needs.

Senior Master Thomas states; “It is about making a difference in a child’s life, class rooms have a large student base and the teachers need our assistance as volunteers and as role models”.

Meet Our School Partners

  • After School Programs
  • Background Check on All Instructors
  • City of VA Beach Public Schools
  • Certified Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member
  • PE Class Interaction
  • Stranger Danger Programs
  • Self Defense Programs
  • Safe Defense Programs
  • School and ATA Martial Arts Demos & Assemblies
  • PTA Support
  • Mentoring Program
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Fund Raising
  • Field Day and Event Volunteers
  • Reading
  • Promoting Principles of American Citizenship
  • Junior Achievement Program
  • Positive Role Models
  • Special Ability Programs
Meet our School Partners
Check out Virginia Beach Schools at

Do you want your school to partner with us? Contact our Academy Administrator at 757-471-9002 today.


Click here to view our recognition from VBPS as a Partners in Education Model Partnership for the 2004-2005 School Year!





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 or
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