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You have a choice

“It’s better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Darkness Consumes

Imagine sitting in a dark room.  A room so dark, if you held your hand in front of you, you can’t even make out the shape of it.  Now, imagine, other people in this room with you.  You hear one person angrily point out the obvious, “It so dark in here!”

Another talks about the days when the room wasn’t so dark. 

Another finds and tries the light switch, but it doesn’t work.  “Nothing ever goes right!”, she shouts!

Finally, a candle is lit, and from that one candle, the world has changed for everyone in the room. 

It’s so easy to point out the problems in this world because there are so many!  Everyday on the news, you can see how we’re living in a time of gloom and doom and impending disaster to wipe out life as we know it.

It’s also easy to talk about the good old days and how we didn’t have these kinds of things happening while I was growing up.  It doesn’t give relief to the problems though.

A better way of looking at the problems we face and BE the solution.  

Not just find a solution, but to live it.  When you light a candle in the darkness, you’re not only bringing about light, but you become the focus of everyone who was in darkness and they’re drawn to you.  You’re someone and something different.

When you feel like the world is a violent and hateful place, then become the instrument of love and peace.  Pointing out the world’s problems is easy and accomplishes nothing.  Being the solution requires discipline and perseverance, but always rewarding for you and everyone else around you. 

This is what I’ve tried to do with Innovative Martial Ars Academy and making it a facility for and of people full of compassion and empathy, that also seek joy!

Be The Light

Search For A better way of looking at the problems we face and BE the solution.

Finally, a candle is lit, and from that one candle, the world has changed for everyone in the room. 

It’s so easy to point out the problems in this world because there are so many!  Everyday on the news, you can see how we’re living in a time of gloom and doom and impending disaster to wipe out life as we know it.

It’s also easy to talk about the good old days and how we didn’t have these kinds of things happening while I was growing up.  It doesn’t give relief to the problems though.

Not just find a solution, but to live it.  When you light a candle in the darkness, you’re not only bringing about light, but you become the focus of everyone who was in darkness and they’re drawn to you.  You’re someone and something different.

When you feel like the world is a violent and hateful place, then become the instrument of love and peace.  Pointing out the world’s problems is easy and accomplishes nothing.  Being the solution requires discipline and perseverance, but always rewarding for you and everyone else around you. 

This is what I’ve tried to do with Innovative Martial Arts Academy and making it a facility for and of people full of compassion and empathy, that also seek joy!

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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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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.