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How IMAA stands out

Why we are the best karate dojo in Wake Forest

Our Teaching style Caters to the student

Our instructors go through extensive extra training just to be an instructor. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest, having a black belt does not mean you are an instructor. Our instructors are required to go through over 50 hours of Instructorship Training.

Because of that, one of the first things you’ll notice about our teaching style is that we cater to every learning style. We know that all students learn differently and basically is dominant in one of three areas; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (tactile). Our instructors get to know each and every student and recognize HOW they learn and work with them in a fashion that helps them learn the material more effectively and efficiently.

They are specifically taught to break movements down into smaller segments as to not overload students. You’ll also notice that almost all teaching is done mirroring for the students who are visual learners.

We demonstrate everything

You’ll also notice our instructors demonstrate everything while they are talking and telling you each and every step as they do. Auditory directions are clear and concise.

And for our kinesthetic learners, we have enough instructors on the floor that will help them feel their way through techniques. Once they know what something is supposed to feel like, these students hold on to it for life.

This is just one of the many points of difference between Innovative Martial Arts Academy and other martial arts schools. It’s also one of the many reasons we can take good kids and make them great!

Our success stands with our students, beyond the walls of the dojo

We preach and practice the whole person concept. What is it to master a martial art, but fail at life?  Class work matters, personal relationships (friends, spouses, parents, etc) matter, your faith matters. It’s what we turn to in times of self need.  In architecture, a triangle is one of the strongest design elements.

We believe that faith is critical to a person and it forms the 1st point in your personal triangle. One must know what they believe in to know who they are, do they not?

The second is your education. Not just what you learn in school, but to be knowledgeable so that you can understand what is going on around you and use common sense before force. 

The final point is your family. This goes beyond just your mother or father – though they are important. This is the core relationships you have with anyone.  


If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our child classes page.

 Strength, Focus, Character. They are not just words at our dojo. 

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Our Reviews

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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