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Cultivating Discipline and Perseverance in Your Child

How Martial Arts Can Help

We live in a world where instant gratification is everywhere. 

  • You can order something online and have it delivered the very next day.
  • You can stream an entire season of a show without having to wait through commercials.
  • Any question you have can be answered on your phone via Google or by asking Siri or Alexa. 

Essentially, if we want it and we get it! 

Many people believe that today’s world is leaving young people without essential skills like discipline and perseverance. So, how do we teach those skills to a generation of children where instant gratification is at every turn? Martial Arts is a great place to start!

Attainable Goals

The wonderful thing about Martial Arts is that it is an individual sport. Children can progress at their own pace. Once a child masters a particular skill, they get to move on to the next one. The belt system is a great way to help kids strive toward meeting their goals. Children are aware of what they are working towards and what they need to improve upon before earning the next belt. 

Goal setting is a great way to instill discipline and perseverance in young children. When the goals are predetermined and broken down in an achievable way, children will have success and want to continue to progress in their training! In addition, celebrating and congratulating each other when they receive their next belt is a great way to reward their hard work!

Growth Mindset

Students need to have the right mindset to succeed in martial arts. A growth mindset where you believe that your most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication—this is precisely the mindset needed for martial arts training. Students know that they will not have the skills or the ability to be a black belt in the beginning. But over time, they will develop skills and progress from a white belt to a yellow belt and so on. Maintaining that growth mindset will help them stay disciplined and persevere through their training.

Having Fun

Martial Arts can be difficult, physical and grueling, but it is also a LOT OF FUN! When children are involved in an activity they love and have fun with; it is much easier to “tough it out” when things get complicated. In addition, students develop friendships in the dojo, and they enjoy going to class each week with their peers. This camaraderie can help students persevere in their training.

Remembering Your “Why”

We mentioned that martial arts can be difficult and physically demanding. Often, there are obstacles that can get in the way of a student’s progress or their ability to persevere. During those tough times, students must remember their “why.” 

  • Why did they begin this training? 
  • What are they working towards right now? 
  • What is the end goal of the session and training? Why does it matter?

Remembering the reason you are working so hard and remembering the goal you are working towards can help put your mind at ease. When you reflect on why you are participating in this sport and why it is so important to you can help you refocus. 

So, Why Not Martial Arts?

Participating in martial arts is a great way to learn discipline and perseverance. Students benefit from working towards their individual goals while at the same time building fun friendships that can help them along their journey. Martial arts can help give them the growth mindset they need to advance in their sport. Hard work and dedication will pay off, and children will be motivated to continue on their journey to becoming a great martial artist! 

Want to Read More About Martial Arts?

Take a look at some of our other articles about martial arts and IMAA’s course offerings? Check out the following related blog articles: 

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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. 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 Kenpo Karate, Kali and Aikido to 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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