Valley Women's Martial Arts
& Lotus Peace Arts: a creative collaboration
Valley Women's Martial Arts, a not-for-profit school for women & girls founded in 1977, and Lotus Peace Arts, offering integrative arts programs for all genders, form a creative collaboration. VWMA & LPA provide an encouraging and friendly environment for participants -- of any age, gender, ability, skill and fitness level, walk of life -- to learn and practice health-enhancing skills and self-protection strategies. The "Three Jewels" -- education, community, and transformation -- focus on improving the quality of life for all.
VWMA & Lotus Peace Arts offer introductory and ongoing instruction in movement arts, poetry, 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 at schools, social service agencies, community centers, medical facilities, and other organizations. These programs focus on safety strategies, empowerment skills, creative expression, healing, violence-prevention, feminist social justice issues, and positive actions for change and transformation.
Please help us to continue offering all programs on a full sliding scale basis by making a donation of any amount.
Or by sending a check to VWMA, P.O. Box 1064, Easthampton, MA 01027
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.
Introductory and All Levels. Pre-registration required.
Classes ongoing unless otherwise noted.
VWMA CLASSES FOR WOMEN & GIRLS:
Mon. 6:00-7:30pm: Harmony Transforming
Tues. 4:45-5:45pm: Power Girls 1 Karate & Self-Protection, ages 6-8+
Tues. 5:15-6:30pm: Power Girls 2 Karate & Self-Protection, ages 9-12+
Wed. 4:30-5:30pm: Power Girls 3 Karate & Self-Protection for teens
Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm: Arnis Filipino Stick Arts, age 9+
Thurs. 6:30-7:30pm: Karate & Self-Protection, age 9+
Mon. noon-1:00pm: Tai Chi & Qigong, YMCA, Northampton
Mon. 4:15-5:15pm: Karate Peacemakers, children & families, age 6+ (inquire about session dates)
Mon. 6:00-7:00pm: Tai Chi & Qigong, Valley Medical Group, Rt. 10, Easthampton
Tues. 7:00-7:45pm: Liangong Healing & Strengthening, age 9+
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm: Wild Goose Qigong, age 9+
Thurs. 9:30-10:30am: Karate Peacemakers, age 18+
Sat. 9:00-10:15am: Wu Style Tai Chi, age 9+
Sat. 10:30-11:30am: Arnis Stick Arts (inquire about session dates)
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 School Motto:
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement
VWMA 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 is a member school of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.
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Click here for a Daily Hampshire Gazette article about us!
Self-Protection, Movement Meditation, Peacemakers Programs, Poetry Workshops, and private/semi-private lessons offered by arrangement at One Cottage St. #319 and at other venues. Please inquire.Contact Us
Shinshii Janet Aalfs, artistic director of VWMA since 1982, founder & director of Lotus Peace Arts, and founding member of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, 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 Internal Arts. Poet laureate of Northampton, MA, 2003-2005, 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.