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

Upcoming Special Event 
Register by Sept. 10, 2014 and receive a discount. 
Please see special events page for more details.

FRIENDSHIP SEMINAR
Chinese Healing & Martial Arts
with MASTER SU ZIFANG
Fri eve, Sat & Sun, September 26-28, 2014


ALL WELCOME: beginner to advanced; a
ll styles & types of movement arts
Open Heart – Kind Spirit – Generous Art

Watch Master Su perform
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6imiGoqLd8
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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. 

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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.

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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" 


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: 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.