Tae Kwon Do


WMA Karate presents Tae Kwon Do, the Korean art of self-defense, to students of all ages. This martial art, based on the model of the tiger emphasizes control, safety and respect. Tae Kwon Do offered at this studio is the Chung Do Kwan style as taught by Duk Sung Son.  It is a martial art with training rooted in basic technique, formal exercises, and sparring.   With emphasis on the principles of speed, power, balance, control and focus, this school follows a strict no-contact philosophy. Students are taught in an environment that encourages teamwork and safety. 

Tai Chi

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WMA Karate is pleased to present classes in Taijiquan and related Nei Jia, or internal arts.

A flowing integration of movement, stretches, squats and kicks, Taijiquan has well documented healing effect as well as its self defense and meditational qualities. Historically its roots are healing gymnastics, Daoist philosophy, and martial training. 

The Tai Chi Yang short form as developed by Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing will be taught. A powerful blend of Moving and Standing practices that work to move the Chi throughout the body. These practices are designed to restore and maintain one's youthful vigor while at the same time help to restore physical, mental and emotional being to a calm and positive state.

Here are some academic papers discussing the various benefits of Tai Chi:

Self Defense


More than three million Americans are involved in a violent physical encounter every year. In such situations knowledge is power in surviving-- and preventing-- violent altercations.  In the event of a vicious assault, there may not be a second chance.  Our aim is to guide students to avoid an assault or, in the worst case scenario, increase your odds of survival.  


Shuai Jiao/Chinese wrestling is China’s oldest form of martial art. This class is taught by the first and oldest club in the US.

Taught to both law enforcement and athletes in China and Taiwan, it is practical and effective as an art form, for physical conditioning, self-defense and as a sport. 

Each class contains traditional and practical full body conditioning and applications for sport and combat. With a focus on throws, we also include rolls, landings, joint-locks & strikes.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to : Info@ShuaiJiao.US




Traditional Northern Thai Massage by  Leslie Lyons

Thai Massage focuses on specific areas of physical concern, taking into consideration your whole organism to relax as well as stimulate your body and mind. Assisted stretches, muscle tension release, acupressure and specific music curation create a sense of real connection to the self. to stimulate and relax your body and mind.

“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”

“Leslie provides an extremely thorough Thai Body Work experience that I would recommend to anyone. In a single session I noticed a significant change in my awareness and a release of stress being held in a variety of places throughout my body. Leslie was wonderful to work with and her studio was a lovely spacious and calming space. I will return and would recommend her to friends and colleagues without hesitation.”

Carmen de Silva, Chief Concierge,  SOHO GRAND NYC


"Leslie is a natural healer. She is fully present, her hands are confident, and her touch is firm and precise. Somehow she knew how to stay and work exactly in the places I needed the most. The session flowed with such a steady, rhythmic pace that I went into a trance! My nervous system relaxed for the first time in months." 

- Ruthie Fraser, Yogi and author of Stack Your Bones