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Filipino Kali for ages 13 and up

Kali : More Than A Garden Variety Martial Arts Class

We know cycling studio and gym memberships are popular, but we’d like to ask you something: how much are you actually learning from those programs? 

We think you’re ready for a new workout challenge—and martial arts is exactly the challenge you’ve been looking for.

You’ll learn entirely new disciplines, build muscles you never knew you had, and boost your self confidence in ways you never thought possible.

We offer two distinct martial arts disciplines for adults: Kali and Aikido. Regardless of which one you choose, the results will be the same: improved physical wellness, greater mental wellness, and increased self confidence.  We are located near North Raleigh and Wake Forest North Carolina at 1241 S Main St # 2, Wake Forest, NC 27587

What is Kali and Filipino Martial Arts?


Kali is the national martial art of the Philippines. Sometimes referred to as arnis or eskrima, Kali has it’s roots in Indonesian Martial Arts and fencing! It is a complete martial art system that encompasses weapons training, grappling, empty handed-close quarter combat.

Though it is not the most recognizable name in martial arts, you have seen examples of Kali in movies such as all the Jason Bourne series, The 300, The Equalizer, and The Book of Eli.

You’ll practice to become faster and stronger. You’ll focus on your hand-eye coordination. And your instructors will be with you every step of the way to ensure you’re learning the discipline properly and safely.

What makes kali different than other martial arts?

When you enter other martial arts training systems, you start with punching, kicking, and learning forms and someday when you’re good enough, they put a weapon in your hand. Filipinos take a different approach to martial arts. You start with the weapons training, AND THAT is what teaches you how to fight with your empty hands.  Filipino martial arts culture is a blade culture, so a lot of what you learn is rooted in knives and short swords. We use sticks in class and learn particular patterns which later translates into how to use your empty hands. Learning Kali is so much fun, so you learn at a faster rate than you would in traditional martial arts. What you learn in one month in Kali will better prepare you for a dangerous self defense encounter than six months in a traditional martial art.

This class is so much fun, it hardly feels like exercise.  Here are some of the additional benefits you’ll see:

  • Sustainable fat burn and weight loss
  • Lean muscle gains and toning
  • Improved speed and athletic ability
  • Unwavering self-confidence in everything you do
We teach Kali in a safe environment where everyone goes home with a smile on their face. But, this training would make you a dangerous foe for any would-be attacker!
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Our Reviews

Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.

Janice P.

This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!

William D.

Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!

Kristi F.

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