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What's Your Word Worth?

It's worth as much as you value yourself

Integrity is one of the most important character traits we try to instill into our students at Innovative Martial Arts Academy. One could say it’s the cornerstone of what we are trying to build. As with all character education in our martial arts school, we start with defining it. Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. It means doing the RIGHT thing, even when no one is watching.

Acting with integrity isn’t always easy. 

Sometimes there’s a price to pay. It can cost you friends, your job, and sometimes even family. If you see a friend do something wrong, such as stealing, integrity would require you to first ask them to reverse what they’re doing. If asked about the situation, it would require that you not lie. You could see how this situation might all of a sudden make you unpopular.

Or, let’s say you’re working for a company, and your boss isn’t meeting a particular quota. He asks you to lie about statistics or metrics for his department. Having integrity could cost you your job in this situation.

What’s it worth to be able to like who you see in the mirror?

The cost of integrity could be high, but there’s also a FREEDOM that comes with it. You’ll never have to “keep your story straight”, because there is no story. If your department is under investigation for fraud, YOU NEVER have to worry over your actions, because you did nothing wrong. Having integrity means NEVER having to be ashamed of yourself or your actions.

We teach our students that wherever you go (inside the dojo or outside the dojo), you represent your martial arts school, your instructor, and your family. A warrior will always strive to be as good as their word in EVERY circumstance. It’s shameful this isn’t taught in schools anymore which is why Innovative Martial Arts Academy acts as a partner with parents to instill values you can be proud of and make the world a better place.


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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