Master Justin is a World Taekwondo Federation Kukkiwon certified 5th Dan Black Belt with over 21 years of martial arts experience specializing in taekwondo, jiujitsu, judo, and boxing. He has won multiple titles including a silver medal in the 2005 US Open Taekwondo Championship and a spot on the 2005-2006 United States National Taekwondo Team. In 2007, Master Justin became a member of the Amateur Athletic Union National Team and has since captured many titles and gold medals. As a coach, he has successfully trained students to win several national-level championships. Master Justin's ultimate goal is to lead students to becoming the best version of themselves.
Master T is a World Taekwondo Federation Kukkiwon certified 5th Dan Black Belt with over 25 years of martial arts experience. Master T began her teaching career in 2000, instructing students the art of taekwondo for the same school she was taught in. As much as teaching effective techniques was important, Master T also wanted her students to understand the philosophy behind her teachings. Being humble, strong, confident, and disciplined will allow any practitioner to overcome their doubts, not just in training, but also throughout their daily lives.
Master T opened VAMAI in 2005. She oversees daily operations, internal controls, and certification of instructors and students. Since its inception, VAMAI has received triple Best of Alexandria and Outstanding School awards. Master T has launched outreach, prevention, and intervention programs for at-risk youth and serves as a keynote speaker at various seminars. Master T has received several accolades throughout her entire career for excellent performance and professionalism which included: Best of Alexandria and Outstanding School awards (3); St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Leadership Award; Dedication of Service & Outstanding Contribution to TKD Award; VA TKD Association Master of the Year Award; Letter of Commendation, WTF; and numerous certificates and letters of appreciation. She has earned distinction for being highlighted and featured in multiple media outlets worldwide for promoting martial arts. Master T gained recognition as one of the youngest World Taekwondo Federation certified female senior masters in the United States, who successfully developed more than 700 students, including 15 US national champions.
When is a good age to start training?
Any age. People start martial arts training at all ages from as young as 4 to people in their 60's.
Some days my child gives me a hard time about coming to class, but then loves it once s/he's there. What do I do?
You and your child have made a commitment to better health and fitness. You know your child loves class, s/he is just wrapped up in the moment at whatever he is doing.
Is previous training needed?
No, most people who start with us have never had previous training - just a desire to learn.
Will you be teaching my child violence?
S/he will learn to hit and kick with proper technique, but we are sure to teach the students this is for self-defense....never to be used on friends, family, etc.
I am hearing impaired, can I learn Tae Kwon Do?
You sure can. We have experience working with hearing impaired students.
How often should I attend class?
We recommend at least once - twice per week.
I have arthritis, will this prevent me from learning?
No, actually training is the best thing for you to keep your joints moving will help relieve arthritis pain.
I have previous training, will you recognize my rank?
We would have to do an evaluation to see where you would fall into our belt system. Not all schools teach the same curriculum so there maybe a lot to learn or just a little. We will need to see your certificate for proof of rank.
What if my child decides to quit?
First of all, how do you feel about this? Did you sign your child up to learn self-defense, self-control and discipline? Have they accomplished that yet? Our society is allowing too much quiting. Kids quit one sport after another. Teenagers are quiting school. Adults are quiting marriage and jobs. Please encourage your child to see through a commitment. We have found that martial arts training can make a huge difference in a person's life. Seeing it through to black belt and beyond will be an accomplishment of a lifetime!
Where do I get a uniform?
We have them here for you.
Do you teach contact or no contact sparring?
We teach contact. Why? We can teach you/your child many types of self defense moves, but if you have never experienced contact you will go into shock if you are attacked. Contact sparring also teaches you when and how to move to avoid being hit and how to get to the areas needed on your attacker.
Do many people get hurt sparring?
We have had very minimal injuries. We take many steps to prevent injury, such as protective equipment and supervision.
How often do students promote to next belt?
There are minimum classes between belts but it mostly depends on each individual student. We will not promote until the student is ready.
Should I "shop around"?
Yes, you should. You need to find the school that fits your personality. We encourage people to check out other schools because we are confident of what we offer. Don't be fooled by schools with large ads, that doesn't mean their better. We are a small school that cares about our students. We are not about seeing how many students we can get through our school, we are about making the ones we have the best they can be.
VAMAI programs do not focus solely on physical aspects. Our programs are designed to cultivate physical, mental, and emotional health.
Children benefit from the mind-body connection and develop confidence, achieve in academics and sports, excel socially, and have the strength to say no to peer pressure.
To make a positive change in your life while learning important skills, you must make the first step.
If you are interested in structured martial arts, Virginia Martial Arts Institute is a place for you.
Contact us to begin your journey today!