Upcoming Special Event
Register by Sept. 5, 2014 and receive a discount.
Please see special events page for more details.
Chinese Healing & Martial Arts
with MASTER SU ZIFANG
Fri eve, Sat & Sun, September 26-28, 2014
ALL WELCOME: beginner to advanced; all styles & types of movement arts
Open Heart – Kind Spirit – Generous Art
Valley Women's Martial Arts
Institute for Healing and
VWMA/ HAVPS, a not-for-profit school founded in 1977, offers an encouraging and friendly environment for participants -- of any age, gender, ability, skill level, body size, walk of life -- to learn and practice health-enhancing movement skills. The "Three Jewels" -- education, community, and transformation -- focus on improving the quality of life for all.
VWMA/HAVPS offers introductory and ongoing instruction in movement arts, healing methods, and self-protection skills to participants of any gender, physical/mental ability, race, creed, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, and body size, regardless of ability to pay. Experienced black belts and advanced student teachers conduct classes, workshops, and special events for women, men, and children at schools, social service agencies, community centers, medical facilities, and other organizations. These programs focus on safety strategies, empowerment skills, healing, violence-prevention, feminist social justice issues, and positive actions for change and transformation.
Our spacious, well-lit, accessible STUDIO
is available to RENT.
Reasonable hourly rates -- please inquire.
One Cottage Street #319, in the heart of Easthampton's Cultural District.
VWMA/HAVPS POWER GIRL GRADUATE
BECOMES WOMAN OF POWER
Lena Cohen Amick, Bilingual Parent Organizer
Teaching for Change, Washington, DC
Lena Cohen Amick earned her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College and resides in Washington, DC. She grew up in western Massachusetts as part of an all-women’s karate dojo called Valley Women’s Martial Arts that taught her, “I Am Somebody!” Through labor organizing, immigration advocacy, mental health support, and conflict mediation, Lena fights for that same quality of dignity and justice for people of every class, race, gender, and sexuality. She teaches self defense classes for women and girls, and she believes no one is free until everyone is free. Lena loves writing, drawing, and building communities centered around pizza. She probably wants to join your book club.
VWMA/ HAVPS CLASS SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
Programs for Women, Men, and Children -- Introductory and All Levels
Classes ongoing (unless otherwise noted) -- pre-registration required
Mon. 4:00-5:15pm: Karate Peacemakers for children & families (begins 9/22/14)
Mon. 6:00-7:30pm: Harmony Transforming for women/teens
Tues. 4:15-5:15pm: Power Girls 1 Karate & Self-Protection for age 6-8+ (begins 9/9/14)
Tues. 5:15-6:30pm: Power Girls 2 Karate & Self-Protection for age 9-12+ (begins 9/9/14)
Tues. 7:00-7:45pm: Liangong Healing & Strengthening for youth & adults
Wed. 4:30-5:30pm: Power Girls 3 Karate & Self-Protection for teens (begins 9/10/14)
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm: Wild Goose Qigong for youth & adults
Thurs. 9:30-10:30am: Dragon Pearl Karate Peacemakers for adults
Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm: Arnis Filipino Stick Arts for women & girls, age 9+
Thurs. 6:30-7:30pm: Karate & Self-Protection for women & girls, age 9+
Fri evenings: special workshops and events TBA
Sat. 9:00-10:15am: Wu Style Tai Chi for youth & adults
Sat. 10:30-11:30am: Arnis Stick Arts for youth & adults (begins 9/6/14)
Click here or in the main menu for descriptions of classes: "What We Offer"
All class and program fees on a full sliding scale basis:
VWMA/ HAVPS School Motto:
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement
VWMA/ HAVPS Guiding Principles:
Accountability, Diversity, Collaboration
average monthly dues $50; average per class $15
Annual Membership/ Registration Fee: $50 individual; $75 family
Childcare space available
Consider not wearing scented products/ perfumes
VWMA/HAVPS is a member school of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation and a branch school of Jian Mei Chinese Internal Arts.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyWomensMartialArtsCommunity
Click here for a Daily Hampshire Gazette article about us!
Self-Protection, Movement Meditation, Peacemakers & Poetry Workshops offered by arrangement at VWMA/ HAVPS and other venues. Please inquire.Contact Us
Shinshii Janet Aalfs, head instructor and artistic director of VWMA/HAVPS since 1982, is a 7th degree black belt in Shuri-ryu Okinawan Karate, a 5th degree black belt in Filipino Modern Arnis, a nationally certified teacher of empowerment and self-protection skills, and an instructor of Liangong, Tai Chi, and Qigong through Jian Mei Healing Martial Arts. Former poet laureate of Northampton, MA, her most recent book is Bird of a Thousand Eyes. In 2013, Shinshii Aalfs received the Leadership and Advocacy in the Arts Award from the Center for Women and Community, University of Massachusetts, and was inducted into the International Modern Arnis Black Belt Hall of Fame, Philadelphia, PA.