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How Do you Choose A Martial Arts School?

It's an important decision

It’s not as easy as you’d think.

First, we must know why we want this activity for ourselves or our children. What’s your goal? Once you establish that, we need to find the school that aligns with those goals. There are many reasons for starting a martial arts class; discipline, goal-setting, better focus, confidence, self-defense, character education, etc.

Once we know why we’re going, it’s time to do some research. Since web sites are designed to show you the best side of the school, I would suggest we turn to social media. Look through videos and comments to get a feel for the school. Make a list of three schools you’d like to visit that align with your goals. Call each school and make appointments to visit all three.

Once you’re at the school

What is the general vibe?

  • Do the staff greet you as you come in? 
  • Is the place clean? 
  • Is it spacious? 
  • Do they offer you a tour? 
  • Can you watch or try a class? 

If a school worth it’s weight in salt will do most, if not all of these.

If you get an opportunity to try a class 

You need to determine 3 things:

1. Do my child and I enjoy the class?  Is it the atmosphere I’m looking for? Do they instruct at a level that reaches me, or my child?

2. Talk to other parents about their experience while away from the staff and instructors.

3. Does this school align with my original goals? If for example, you are there because you want your child to have more focus, how is focus specifically taught? In this example, I would tell a parent that at Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we start with a definition. Focus is the ability to concentrate on a task and ignore distractions. We use the Powerful Words program as part of our character education and many of the lessons are on focus! We also teach it in class when we’re doing forms. We make sure the students show focus in their eyes (keeping them where they’re supposed to) when doing forms, in their stances, and even how to keep their eyes on the instructor/parent/teacher while they are talking to them.

Listen to your gut instincts

Finally, listen to your gut instincts about a school. If everyone seems nice, everyone is all smiles and handshakes, but something just doesn’t feel right, it’s time to move on to the next visit.

Do NOT make your decision until you visit all 3 (or more) schools. Pick the one that best aligns with your goals and values.

What To Do now

Of course, Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest is always available for a visit! Feel free to call us at 919.562.4663.

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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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