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Lose Those Extra Pounds With Martial Arts This Summer


Summer is here, and it’s time to shed those extra pounds and get in shape! Martial arts is a great way to get fit, build strength and endurance, and burn calories. If you’re looking to lose weight this summer, here are some tips on how to use martial arts to reach your fitness goals.


Find the right martial art for you

There are many different styles of martial arts, each with its own unique set of techniques and training methods. Some styles, like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Judo, focus on grappling and ground techniques, while others, like Muay Thai or Kickboxing, emphasize striking techniques. Before you begin your martial arts training, do some research and find a style that appeals to you and your fitness goals.


Consistency is key

The most important factor in achieving your weight loss goals is consistency. Make a commitment to train regularly, ideally 3-4 times per week, and stick to it. Consistency will help you build muscle, increase endurance, and burn calories, all of which are essential for weight loss.


Set realistic goals

When setting weight loss goals, it’s important to be realistic. Losing one to two pounds per week is a healthy and achievable goal. Don’t expect to see results overnight, but if you stick with it, you will see progress over time.


Make dietary changes

In addition to regular martial arts training, it’s important to make dietary changes to support your weight loss goals. Focus on eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks, and limit your intake of alcohol.


Use martial arts as a full-body workout

Martial arts training is a full-body workout that can help you build strength, increase flexibility, and burn calories. Incorporate a variety of techniques into your training, including striking, grappling, and conditioning drills, to work your entire body and maximize your calorie burn.


Mix it up

Variety is key to keeping your workouts fun and challenging. Mix up your martial arts training by trying different techniques, attending different classes, or training with different partners. This will keep your workouts fresh and exciting and help prevent boredom.


Innovative Martial Arts Academy Can Help

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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