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

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.

How to make a tax-deductible donation to VWMA: 

Please help us to continue offering all programs on a full sliding scale basis by making a donation of any amount.
Or by check to VWMA, P.O. Box 1064, Easthampton, MA 01027  Thank You!    
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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. 

INTERTWINING ROOTS: Youth Explore Race Relations through Music & Dance
VWMA & Lotus Peace Arts host Crossing the Waters Youth Ambassadors Program weekly rehearsals and performance.



POETRY & CURIOSITY: Sat.11:30am-1pm:
Nov. 21 & Dec. 5 

LOVE TO MOVE: Fri. Dec. 4, 6:00-7:30pm
improvisation based on martial arts techniques



Classes held at One Cottage St. #319, Easthampton unless otherwise noted.

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


Mon. 6:00-7:30pm: Karate, Arnis, Self-Protection, age 15+ 
Tues. 5:00-6:00pm: Power Girls 1 Karate & Self-Protection, ages 6-8+ 
Tues. 5:30-6:30pm: Power Girls 2 Karate & Self-Protection, ages 9-12+
Wed. 4:30-5:30pm: Kata/ Anyo practice, age 11+
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 & Liangong, YMCA, Northampton
Mon. 4:00-5:00pm: Karate Peacemakers (with Maple School), children & families, age 6+
Mon. 6:00-7:00pm: Tai Chi & Liangong, Valley Medical Group, Rt. 10, Easthampton.
Tues. 7:00-7:45pm: Liangong Healing & Strengthening, age 11+
Wed. 6:00-7:00pm: Wild Goose Qigong, age 11+
Fri. 6:00-8:00pm: LOVE TO MOVE, martial arts basics, improvisation, interpretive dance, for movers of all kinds, age 11+ (Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4)
Sat. 9:00-10:15am: Wu Style Tai Chi, age 11+ (note holidays)

Sat. 10:30-11:15am: Arnis Filipino Stick Arts, 9/26-12/5 (note holidays) 
Sat. 11:30am-1:00pm: Poetry & Curiosity, 9/26-12/5 (note holidays) 

FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON PERFORMANCE: Th. Dec. 31, 4-5pm, N'ton Senior Center, poetry/ martial arts/ dance, VWMA & LPA students, teachers & invited guests.

Holidays: No Classes
Oct 10-12; Nov. 25-29; Dec 24-Jan 3

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

VWMA School Motto:
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement

VWMA 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 is a member school of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.

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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.

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Shinshii Janet Aalfs, founder & director of Lotus Peace Arts, and founding member of both Valley Women's Martial Arts and the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, continues her lifelong journey dedicated to collaborative creativity and peacemaking through poetry, martial arts, and interpretive dance. She 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 emeritus 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.