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Helping You Find the Courage to Change in Richmond

About Our School Philosophy

At the center of our philosophy is the concept of interaction between opposing forces – yin and yang – to achieve balance and harmony in life. While reaching the black-belt level is often a primary goal, it should be the beginning of a lifetime journey and your continuing study of martial arts. Learning to apply the underlying philosophy to all aspects of your life and work is the greatest benefit of all. Our school's mission is to make martial arts your way of life. If you have the Courage to Change, the members of RTMA will be proud to be part of your journey.

Helping Kids Develop Physically and Mentally

Extracurricular activities are always great for kids. Sign your kids up with Richmond Traditional Martial Arts in Mechanicsville, Virginia, by calling 804-730-0905. You can count on us to teach your child discipline while they have a good time. Get them involved with a martial arts program and teach them self-defense and discipline. We will not just help you strengthen your body; we will help with your mental stamina and confidence. Call and sign up for our alternative to after-school care.
Although our training may be strenuous and challenging, it is always a place where you and your children can have fun. We have years of experience and training in taekwondo, Jujitsu, muay thai, kendo, Krav Maga and kickboxing. With a well-trained master at your side, your children can learn about group dynamics and take responsibility for their education.
With responsible male and female role models, our students get the benefits of an after-school program that supports your child's education. Through RTMA's After-School Program, your child will be picked up from school, given a snack and will have organized break periods and martial arts instruction. To top it all off, more than 80 percent of our youngsters who take part in our after-school program make the honor roll! Children's martial arts can help.
Allow your child to be part of RTMA in Mechanicsville, Virginia. We will help your child develop their fitness and confidence in a supervised, safe and well-mannered environment. Every child deserves guidance, attention, coaching and interaction. When your kid joins our RTMA programs, you can rest assured that they will grow both mentally and physically. Call us today at 804-730-0905 and sign your children up for the after-school program and you can count on.
We give you the courage to change.


Grand Master José Antonio Vazquez
Named to The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Grand Master José Antonio Vazquez was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New York at a young age and began his martial arts training at his mother's suggestion. He has trained for more than 35 years in taekwondo, atemi ryu jujitsu, muay thai, kendo, Krav Maga, aerobics and kickboxing. He has achieved ranking in many styles, including a 9th Dan in taekwondo and a 6th Dan in atemi ryu jujitsu.
Grand Master Vazquez has trained with Grand Master Phillip Chenique, Soke Ron Craddock, Grand Master Seung G. Dong and Grand Master Phaung Hoang, specializing in taekwondo, pressure points, hand-to-hand combat and ground fighting. He now recommends, and is training with, the AFMA (American Federation of Martial Arts), a society of martial arts professionals.
Grand Master Vazquez has a degree in respiratory therapy CRTT, RRT and is also a computer engineer. His medical training has assisted him during his work with martial arts students who have varied medical and physical needs.
Meg Richardson, Tashi
Meg Richardson, Tashi, is the director of the children’s programs at RTMA. She has more than 30 years of experience teaching and working with children. She is a certified elementary school teacher with 15 years’ experience teaching at a public school. She has taught first and second grade, and also special education collaborative classes. These experiences have helped her in modifying martial arts classes to accommodate various student’s learning styles and abilities. She holds a 4th Dan black belt in taekwondo. In keeping with the RTMA tradition, her family members are also active martial artists.

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