How Martial Arts Shapes Future Leaders


“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And just like anything else, through hard work.” 

-Vince Lombardi


We are raising our children to be leaders. We want them to grow up and be successful in this world. We want them to make a difference and help shape the future. But how do we teach kids to be leaders? 


One way to develop leadership skills in your child is to practice martial arts. At IMAA, we have seen many of our students go on to be excellent leaders. We believe that our core values, our creed, and our way of teaching are all excellent tools to help shape up-and-coming leaders.


What Qualities Make a Good Leader?

The Center For Creative Leadership lists ten traits that make a great leader.

  1. Integrity
  2. Delegation
  3. Communication
  4. Self-Awareness
  5. Gratitude
  6. Learning Agility
  7. Influence
  8. Empathy
  9. Courage
  10. Respect

At the beginning of every class, our students recite our creed, which is rooted in traits like the ones listed above. 


I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that could reduce my mental growth or physical health.

I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.

I will use common sense before self defense and never be abusive or offensive.

This is a black belt school, we are dedicated, motivated, and on a quest to be our best.


At Innovative Martial Arts Academy,  we also follow four core values and connect all of our teachings back to our lessons. Those values: Integrity, Discipline, Focus, and Perseverance are what help to shape the future leaders of our world.  


How Our Martial Arts Program Teaches Leadership

The core values that we possess at IMAA are woven through everything we do at our dojo. We uphold our core values, and we expect our students to do the same. Through modeling and teaching, we show our students the importance of having integrity and what it means to be a person of integrity. 


At IMAA, we teach our students to have discipline when it comes to their martial arts training. You can not advance in your martial arts if you’re not a disciplined student with focus. Through the practice of martial arts, students learn how to set goals and follow through with completing each goal that is set. As they advance in their belt rankings, they become more disciplined. They develop a strong sense of self awareness that is used to achieve goals.


Martial Arts teaches students how to show respect. In our dojo, students bow to their instructors, listen, and show respect to their fellow students. Students support each other in achieving their goals, this promotes a sense of community among students. Supporting each other in achieving their goals also instills empathy in our students. 


At IMAA, our instructors are excellent communicators, we are clear and precise with our directions. Students learn the importance of good communication, and how to be good communicators as well as listeners. 


Not only does training in martial arts take hard work, but it also takes courage. Our students demonstrate a tremendous amount of courage- to set high standards for themselves and to try and achieve their goals!


Great Leaders Emerge


At IMAA, we have a commitment to our core values and our creed. It is the fabric that weaves us together and allows our students to reach their martial arts goals. It is no wonder that our students emerge from our dojo as leaders. 


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: 


Try A Class!

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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