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.
Our studio is one of the best studios in Richmond. We have carefully crafted our studio so that our martial arts students will have every advantage in their training.
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 Tae Kwon Do, Atemi Ryu Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Kendo, Krav Maga, Aerobics, and Kickboxing. He has achieved ranking in many styles, including a 9th Dan in Tae Kwon Do 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 Tae Kwon Do, 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 Tae Kwon Do. In keeping with the RTMA tradition, her family members are also active martial artists.