5 Signs That You are a Martial Artist


Martial arts have been a part of human culture for centuries. They are a form of physical and mental training that promotes discipline, respect, and self-defense. At IMAA we believe that being a martial artist is more than just learning a few techniques or practicing a few moves. It is a way of life that requires dedication and commitment. Here are five signs that you are a martial artist:


 You Have a Strong Sense of Discipline

Martial arts require a great deal of discipline. As a martial artist, you are expected to train regularly, follow strict rules and protocols, and maintain a high level of physical and mental fitness. You understand the importance of hard work and perseverance and are willing to put in the time and effort required to achieve your goals.


You Embrace Continuous Learning

Martial arts are a never-ending journey. No matter how much you learn or how good you become, there is always something new to discover. As a martial artist, you are always looking for ways to improve your skills and deepen your understanding of your chosen art. You are open to feedback and criticism and are always willing to learn from your mistakes.


You Respect Yourself and Others

Respect is a fundamental value in martial arts. As a martial artist, you understand that respect is not just something you give to others, but something you give to yourself. You take pride in your achievements and are respectful of others’ accomplishments. You treat everyone with kindness and consideration, regardless of their rank or status.


You Have a Strong Sense of Community

Martial arts are not just an individual pursuit. They are also a way of building community and developing relationships with others who share your passion. As a martial artist, you are part of a larger network of people who share your values and goals. You support and encourage your fellow martial artists, and you understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration.


You Are Confident and Humble

Martial arts require a great deal of self-confidence. As a martial artist, you are trained to believe in yourself and your abilities. However, this confidence is tempered by humility. You understand that there is always room for improvement and that you can always learn from others. You are willing to acknowledge your weaknesses and work to overcome them, and you are always striving to become a better version of yourself.


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Being a martial artist is more than just learning how to fight. It is a way of life that requires discipline, continuous learning, respect, community, and a balance of confidence and humility. If you exhibit these traits, then you are well on your way to becoming a true martial artist.

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Aikido, Kenpo Karate, and Kali, and build your skills one day at a time with the help of our dedicated instructors

We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.  

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William D.
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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!
Tara H.
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
Niko F.
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Not only are the staff amazing, but there is a mix of fun and learning in the curriculum. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves this school. She has learned respect and many other aspects making her more focused and well behaved. I definitely recommend this school for you or your child.
Janice P.
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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.
Kristi F.
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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!

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