Martial Arts Is Great For Girls!


5 Reasons Why

People seem to believe that Martial Arts is a sport primarily for boys and young men. But this could not be further from the truth. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, many female students come through our classes and thrive in our dojo. All the growth and changes we have seen in our female students have made us firm believers that Martial Arts is great for girls!


Improves Mental and Physical Strength

Martial arts builds focus and physical resilience while improving strength and flexibility. As these traits improve, it brings a sense of confidence and self-reliance. This can lead to increased feelings of self-worth and courage.


Relieves Stress 

In martial arts, girls can channel energy, frustration, or anger safely into a target. The physicality of training triggers the release of endorphins into the bloodstream, which relieves stress and pain. Girls, just like boys, can walk in after a long, challenging day and work it all out in the dojo. This can lead to a better mental and physical state than when they started.


Teaches Self Defense 

As girls practice martial arts techniques regularly, they also learn self-defense skills. They will grow more confident as they continue to learn more of these skills. One important self-defense skill is the ability to set boundaries. This requires girls to own the space they occupy without explanation or apology, especially when they feel threatened. 


Builds Peer Relationships

As students practice martial arts regularly, they begin to form a sense of community. They form bonds with their peers as well as instructors. Classmates support and encourage one another to overcome obstacles and progress in their training. This sense of community and belonging can be essential in girls’ self-esteem and development.


Provides Structure and Discipline

Martial arts provide structure and order to a young person’s life. This can be especially beneficial for children and teens who require structure and discipline in their formative years. The structure and routine of practicing martial arts can provide a feeling of security and control.


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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. 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 Kenpo Karate, Kali, and Aikido, 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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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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