Valley Women's Martial Arts, Institute for Healing and Violence Prevention Strategies

Valley Women's Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies
VWMA/ HAVPS, a not-for-profit school founded in 1977, offers 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 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. 


KARATE PEACEMAKERS, age 11-17+, begins APRIL 29
7-week series Wed. April 29 - June 10, 4:30-5:30pm.
For beginners and all levels. Please sign-up by 4/27.
Fun & inspiring movements of forms (kata, anyo) & everyday applications for health and safety.


SAT. MAY 9, 11:00am-1:00pm 

Meet & Greet; Enjoy Performing Arts; Learn about and contribute to DOJO PROGRESS;
Potluck Brunch.



Programs for Women, Men, and Children
held at One Cottage St. #319, Easthampton 

Satellite classes listed in BLUE are taught by Janet Aalfs.

Introductory and All Levels.   Pre-registration required 
Classes ongoing (unless otherwise noted) 

Mon. noon-1:00pm: Tai Chi & Qigong, YMCA, Northampton
Mon. 4:15-5:15pm: Karate Peacemakers for children & families, (inquire about next session date)
Mon. 6:00-7:30pm: Harmony Transforming for women/teens
Mon. 6:00-7:00pm: Tai Chi & Qigong for Healing & Pain Relief,
Valley Medical Group, Easthampton 

Tues. 4:45-5:45pm: Power Girls 1 Karate & Self-Protection for age 6-8+ 
Tues. 5:15-6:30pm: Power Girls 2 Karate & Self-Protection for age 9-12+
Tues. 7:00-7:45pm: Liangong Healing & Strengthening for youth & adults 
Wed. 4:30-5:30pm: Power Girls 3 Karate & Self-Protection for teens (6-week session April 29-June 3)
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm: Wild Goose Qigong for youth & adults
Thurs. 9:30-10:30am: Dragon Pearl Karate Peacemakers for adults

Thurs. 4:00-5:00pm: Tai Chi & Qigong, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke
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

Click here or in the main menu for descriptions of classes: "What We Offer"

VWMA/ HAVPS School Motto:
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement

VWMA/ HAVPS Guiding Principles:
Accountability, Diversity, Collaboration

All class and program fees on a full sliding scale basis:
     average monthly dues $50; average per class $15
Annual Membership/ Registration Fee: $50 individual; $75 family

Childcare space available
Wheelchair accessible
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:

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, 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.