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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 operating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have two 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 business 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.


Owns and operates five Martial Arts locations serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Norfolk, Virginia. Hosting top martial arts programs such as the trademarked Karate For Kids ages: 7-12 yrs old, Tiny Tigers ages 3-6 yrs old, Taekowondo for Teens, Martial Arts for Teens & Adults and the only certified Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. Changing Lives Martial Arts is an affliated member with the ATA, the American Taekwondo Association, Krav Maga Worldwide, Songahm Taekwondo Federation, and the World Traditional Taekwondo Union.

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

Reasons to Train at CLMA

Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts
Master Instructor: Senior Master T L Thomas Reasons to Consider Martial Arts Training @ Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. The martial arts attract many different types of people for many different types of reasons. Some people pursue the arts as a new hobby, some for health reasons and others for self-defense. Whatever the reason, there are many things to consider when making the decision to join a class. To get the most out of training, make a list of your goals and desires, and then explore your options to find a class that aligns with those goals. Below are some common reasons for exploring the martial arts.


Nothing takes the place of the secure feeling when you know you can defend yourself if you have to. Learning these skills in a safe environment can be a rewarding way to raise your self-esteem, confidence and feeling of control while toning your body. CLMA martial art schools offer programs specifically for women and law enforcement in addition to their core curriculum. Taekwondo, (Tae Kwon Do) Krav Maga, Karate For Kids, Martial Arts for Teens and Adults, and Reality Based Training.


Whether you’re looking to lose weight, strengthen muscles or just become more active, martial arts workouts can be fun and challenging. The training also improves endurance, coordination and balance. Many athletes choose to supplement other sports activities with martial arts to improve their overall performance.

Stay Challenged

CLMA Martial arts workouts are always challenging, so you’ll never get bored. There’s always a new goal to reach and a new level to achieve. Mastering new techniques challenges your mind as much as doing different exercises strengthens various parts of your body. Many people prefer the variety of martial arts workouts over the monotony of exercise videos or other training.

Self-Awareness and Humility

CLMA Martial arts training requires connection between the mind and body. This requires you to be very aware of your body and abilities. Many students also learn humility by learning to respect the talents and abilities of other classmates. Humility reduces over-competition found in other sports and keeps people safe in training.

Stress Reduction

Because it requires both mental and physical efforts, martial arts training is a great way to relieve stress. It requires you to concentrate and forget about everyday worries. Other benefits include learning proper breathing techniques, which improves circulation. Punching, kicking and striking exercises permit a controlled release of tension and aggression. “Video’s, Internet based sites, and books will never replace the actual training that will take place in a professional structured class”, states; Master Instructor, Senior Master Thomas a 7th degree certified Instructor in the ATA and Krav Maga. He states; “it’s about staying motivated with a mentor and/or Instructor that has built a rapport with his or her students. Motivation is hard to come by after a hard day at work. Instructors will help re-energize and instill the confidence needed in student so they don’t’ become a target in our community”.

To learn more about Master Thomas and the Changing Lives Martial Arts, visit for more information. Phone: 757-471-9002 All four locations offer a FREE 3 DAY COURSE to community members.

Senior Master T. L. Thomas

Senior Master T. L. Thomas Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts founder, Senior Master Thomas opened the first Changing Lives Academy of Martial Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1991 after four years in the military. As a 7th Degree Black Belt and Senior Master in the ATA, Senior Master Thomas operates four locations in Hampton Roads. Working hard to Change Lives and bring the ATA awareness with members within our community he has become a City Wide "Partners In Education" with the public school system.

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