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How To Foster a Love of Martial Arts



Martial arts have become increasingly popular in recent years, as people have discovered the many benefits they offer, both physically and mentally. But for some, the idea of martial arts can be intimidating, especially for those who may not have any experience or knowledge of the different styles and disciplines. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we believe that fostering a love of martial arts is not difficult, and it can be done in a variety of ways. 


Start Young

One of the best ways to foster a love of martial arts is to start young. Many martial arts schools offer classes for children as young as three years old. Starting at a young age allows children to develop a strong foundation in martial arts, and it can also help to instill discipline and respect at an early age. Additionally, children who start young are more likely to continue practicing martial arts into adulthood. At IMAA, we have our Lil’ Ninjas class that is for ages 3-5 as well as our Young Dragons class that is for ages 5-7. 


Find the Right Style

Another important factor in fostering a love of martial arts is finding the right style. There are many different styles of martial arts, each with its own unique characteristics and focus. Some styles are more focused on striking, while others emphasize grappling and submissions. Some styles are more traditional, while others are more modern and sport-oriented. It’s important to find a style that resonates with you and aligns with your goals and interests. 


Choose the Right Instructor

Finding the right instructor is crucial in fostering a love of martial arts. A good instructor should be knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about martial arts. They should also be patient, supportive, and able to communicate effectively with their students. A good instructor can make all the difference in whether someone falls in love with martial arts or loses interest quickly.


Make it Fun

Martial arts can be challenging, both physically and mentally, but it should also be fun. Making it fun is essential in fostering a love of martial arts. This can be achieved by incorporating games and drills into the training, as well as setting achievable goals and rewards for progress. Martial arts should never feel like a chore, and if it does, it may be time to reassess why you are practicing in the first place.


Emphasize the Benefits

Finally, it’s important to emphasize the many benefits that martial arts offer. Martial arts can improve fitness, increase flexibility, develop self-defense skills, and promote mental and emotional well-being. By emphasizing these benefits, students are more likely to stick with martial arts and develop a love for it over time.


Give Us A Try

Fostering a love of martial arts requires finding the right style, instructor, and approach. It’s important to start young, make it fun, and emphasize the many benefits that martial arts offer. By following these tips, anyone can develop a love for martial arts and enjoy all that it has to offer.


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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