Martial Arts have been proven to assist in healing the physical, mental and spiritual losses caused by PTSD, traumatic brain injury, physical injury recovery and many other issues - in all walks of life.
The short and long term benefits are learned through the physical practice of traditional kata (forms), upper and lower body movement, breathing, decision making, balance, distance, timing and the evaluation process of when to passively or actively defend one's self.
Non-Military “Buddies” can attend class if sponsored by a Veteran in the program. Cost is a minimum donation of $50 per month. This enables Veterans to practice outside of V-MAT with a trusted partner or friend.
Shihan Scott Lombardo, 6th Dan Isshinryu Karate - Founder, Instructor, Trustee
Scott is the grandson of a WWI Veteran and son of a WWII Veteran, so patriotism is part of family history. As a cancer survivor who was given less than 10% chance of survival, he is acutely aware of the benefits Martial Arts have in everyday life, and is qualified to teach the life balance they offer - from real life experience and perspective.
Scott spent years redesigning the Isshinryu Karate system in order to offer Martial Arts instruction to amputee students, with and without prosthetics, wheelchair bound, as well as those with any traumatic injury or experience.
Scott’s philosophy is that the most valuable thing you can do for Martial Arts is to "give back to the Art what you gained from it.” Martial Arts gave Scott the will and opportunity to live, thrive and give back to the community. He founded V-MAT with the long term goal of assisting our Veterans, Reserves & Active Military personnel accomplish physical, mental, and spiritual balance in their every day lives.
Shihan William Miller, 6th Dan Isshinryu Karate - Instructor
As a US Army Veteran and Instructor on the V-MAT team, Bill enjoys sharing his time and experience with all who are interested in a journey through the Art that he loves. Bill finds value in all aspects of training. Kata (Forms), as it relates to practical applications and self defense, is one of his favorite pursuits.
Master Miller began studying the Martial Arts in 1972 and has always enjoyed it's way of focusing the mind, body and spirit. Over these years he has had the opportunity to study under, and with many excellent practitioners. These experiences from different Arts and organizations have helped Bill translate the commonality between them all. The considerable portion of his training has been in the Art of Isshinryu Karate, which he started in 1972 and still pursues today.
Training hard, smart and consistently is the key to growth - and the art of sweating can never be overemphasized!
Sensei Nancy Miller, 1st Dan Isshinryu Karate - Instructor
Nancy Miller is a devoted educator and coach, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a graduate certificate in adaptive physical education. In 2013, she was awarded the New Hampshire Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from NHAHPERD.
Nancy is a contributing author to many articles and a book on teaching Physical Education for Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. She has presented inclusive physical education teaching practices at conferences both on the State and National SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education) level. Nancy adapts the same teaching methods in Martial Arts to include focus on adapting techniques to each person’s abilities.
Nancy continues to enjoy her ongoing journey in the Martial Arts, which began in 1982. As a V-MAT instructor, she is rewarded by sharing her art, and seeing each student grow in their abilities and confidence.
Sensei Joseph Terry, 2nd Dan Isshinryu Karate
After graduating from St John's University and attending basic training at Parris Island, S.C., Joe Terry was assigned to Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Little Creek, Virginia, where he was granted a “final secret” security clearance and studied land navigation, reconnaissance, research methods and briefing. He later served as a reservist with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Division.
Joe first studied martial arts 25 years ago, earning an orange belt in the Chinese art of Kung Fu, and has been studying Isshinryu Karate under Shihan Miller since 2005. He continues to serve his community of fellow Veterans as one of the V-MAT Instructors.
Joe is a devoted family man, an avid reader and a novice at cycling. He started a career in educational publishing in 1988 in New York and has held senior positions at several leading companies. In November of 2015 he was appointed Publisher at Wolters Kluwer, based in Waltham, Ma.
Peter Thornton 3rd Dan, Bushidokan Karate
Peter is the son and brother of Army veterans and believes in giving back to those who served our country.
In 1987 Peter began studying karate and soon learned the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits of the martial arts. In addition to earning a black belt in karate, Peter has studied other martial arts, making the full circle back to beginner. Peter has also integrated those different arts into his training and teaching, and their combined effect on self-defense instruction.
Since connecting with V-MAT in 2017, Peter has enjoyed the camaraderie and positive environment of the dojo, as well as contributing to the health and wellness of the Veteran students.
Soke Ernie Temple, Posthumous
Grand Master Ernie Temple held the 10th Degree Black Belt leading the Don Nagle Family of Isshinryu Black Belts. Grand Master Temple celebrated 50 years in the martial arts in 2015. He began his martial arts training in 1965, and had taught literally thousands of students over the past 5 decades.
He was a five-time New Jersey AAU and USAKF Senior State Champion in fighting, weapons and kata. His Dojo was recognized by many as the home for excellence in teaching both children and adult classes.
Grand Master Temple was a Veteran, and had taught hand-to-hand combat to Marine and Naval Officers in Philadelphia, Yokosuka, Japan and Camp Courtney, Okinawa.
Mr. Temple passed away in February of 2016.
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What Your Donations Do
$50 - provides a quality karate uniform for one Veteran
$100 - provides one Veteran a lifetime of training materials
$250 - provides training once per month for an active or reserve military unit
$1000 - provides rent for one month
$1500 - provides our organization's annual insurance
All donations, Private, Corporate or Recurring are Tax Deductible. Donate through Paypal
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135 McDonough Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
It was amazing to be able to work with the V-MAT staff to help teach my daughters self defense. These are things that I wish I could still do on my own safely. It's important for them to learn and I'm happy we got to do that together.
Sometimes sustaining an injury that decreases your mobility can lead to not feeling safe, or able to protect yourself or your family. It's important for us to be able to offer some strategies and techniques that can be used by anyone to help protect themselves, and V-MAT brings that to the table. It helps people to feel more safe and confident in going out or being alone, no matter what their situation may be.
101st Airborne Division Division Association
Our mission is to promote and protect the image of the 101st Airborne Division Division Association, to provide support to area veterans and their families in the areas of activities, events, personal assistance where needed, and to provide anonymous financial help when appropriate. In addition, our extended mission is to provide our collaborators with Veteran related information, editorial support and information on current activities.
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