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 all ages 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.
VWMA/ HAVPS CLASS SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
Introductory and all levels: classes ongoing; pre-registration required
Mon. 4-5:15pm: Dragon Pearl Karate Peacemakers for children/families
Mon. 6-7:30pm: Harmony Transforming for women/teens
Tues. 4:15-5:15pm: 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. 7-7:45pm: Liangong Healing & Strengthening Exercises for women/men/teens
Wed. 4:30-5:30pm: Power Girls 3 Karate & Self-Protection for teens
Wed. 6-7pm: Wild Goose Qigong for women/men/teens
Thurs. 9:30-10:30am: Dragon Pearl Karate Peacemakers for women & men
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. 9-10:15am: Tai Chi for women/men/teens
Sat. 10:30-11:30am: Arnis Stick Arts for women/men/children (contact for dates)
Click here or in the main menu for descriptions of classes: "What We Offer"
VWMA/ HAVPS School Motto: All class and program fees on a full sliding scale basis: average monthly dues $50; average per class $15
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement
VWMA/ HAVPS Guiding Principles:
Accountability, Diversity, Collaboration
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.
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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 self-defense teacher, and an instructor of Liangong, Tai Chi, and Qigong through Jian Mei Internal Martial Arts. Former poet laureate of Northampton, MA, her most recent book is Bird of a Thousand Eyes. Shinshii Aalfs won the 2013 Leadership and Advocacy in the Arts Award from the Center for Women and Community, UMass.