The Athena Initiative works on a number of small short-term projects and events throughout the year.  For information on  single series workshops or one time events, please see the calendar on the main page.  The projects listed here represent our ongoing principal work. 


Our Outreach Project aims to increase accessibility to the uplifting and healing work taking place in the academy. To achieve this objective, we utilize online digital media, in person workshops, supply preaching, and writing projects.

Spiritual Knowledge & Proficiency


Do Shim literally translates as "the way of the heart"; it is the martial path to centeredness. We aim to find balance in this hectic world through the rigorous training of the body, mind and spirit. Utilizing stretching, conditioning drills, kicks/strikes, locks/throws, breathe control and meditation, we help our students find what athletes call the "zone." What Zen calls "mushin." What artists call "inspiration." The coming together of every aspect of yourself into one penetrating force. In this state of being the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

Do Shim Martial Arts is a community-based academy founded on the principle that all people are entitled to the benefits intrinsic to the study of martial arts. Do Shim integrates the latest advancements in character and life development, kinesiology, martial arts and philosophical tradition. As teachers and students, we are committed to living socially responsible lives, encouraging the traditions of respect, loyalty, family and courage.

Do Shim Martial Arts


Check out our Events page to find out about upcoming workshops and care group schedules.

The Athena Initiative's Julia Khan is currently working on a new podcast series for a soon to be released app, Vennly. More details coming soon.

Practice Workshops & Care Groups


Creating and restoring wholeness within individuals and communities. We open up space for new communities and organizations who actively seek to live into justice: restoring relationships and healing our planet.


(413) 461-0107


Amherst, MA 01002

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