How Physical ACtivity And Martial Arts help during Covid

Humans were not designed to sit idle

there are many benefits to physical activity for children

Most of us parents know there are many benefits to physical activity for our children, and for that matter all of us. Obvious benefits are cardiovascular and physical health such as bone density, muscle growth, and weight control. We have been as a country locked down and closed for a year now, and pediatricians are seeing unprecedented levels of childhood obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and metabolic diseases. Because of the isolation, children (and parents) are turning to electronic entertainment and social media in place of socializing and physical activity.

CDC Reports 60% Increase In Suicide Rate

As a parent, I find it disheartening to read that the suicide rate for children between the ages of 10 to 20 have increased by 60% according to the CDC. It is appalling to read that more than half of the kids are failing their on-line classes. Children are not meant to be penned up in isolation. Heart disease in children is at an all-time high. Between the ages 5 and 15, children are learning one of two lifestyle habits; one that includes physical activity, or one that is sedentary.

Making Your Kids Exercise is Good for them

There is a simple solution in the hands of parents to ensure your children are not part of the statistical nightmare we see happening before our eyes. MAKE your children exercise and interact with others. Put them into something physical and MAKE them continue doing it. Your children won’t always love the activity they started, but you are the parent and know what’s good for them. If your child had it their way, most would choose cake and cookies for dinner every night. But YOU are the parents and know what’s best for them. You MAKE them eat their vegetables because that is what a good parent does. The same method needs to be applied to physical activity. MAKE THEM DO IT!

Martial Arts Builds Self Discipline

Now, I will make the case as to why I think martial arts classes are the BEST alternative for physical activity. Yes, I am biased because I run a martial arts school. But understand that I’ve been involved in martial arts since I was 11 years old (I’m 55, do the math). I started because I was bullied and suffered from low self-esteem. As I got better, I became a more confident person and bullying became a non-issue. I’m also a parent who MADE my own children practice martial arts and achieve black belts. What a difference it made in my life and the lives of my children. My oldest son is ready to put on Major in the United States Army and currently pursuing his second Masters Degree. My daughter knows how to take care of herself and works in a corrections center. My youngest son is finishing his last two years of high school at Wake Tech and will graduate high school with an Associates Degree. I’ve watched countless students who made their black belt achieve honor rolls, graduate with honors, and get scholarships. Why? Because our program works. Karate is not just something you do; it becomes who you are. It is not just a physical activity. It is a place to learn and live words like respect, integrity, focus, and discipline. Our students learn what it takes to make goals and achieve them. What you get from martial arts training, you can NEVER get from dance, soccer, baseball, etc. It is the one place you can takeout aggression, stress, and anger in class, and it is encouraged and a positive outlet. It is a good place to make life-long friends and become a product of positive peer pressure. My students all become confident, successful, and happy.

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest, we have had the pleasure of successfully helping kids with ADHD, weight issues, anger management, and suffering with low self-esteem. Come find out why we have been voted as Best of the Best Martial Arts School every year for the last ten years!


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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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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