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Hitting Moving Targets

More Challenge, More Real World Application

Teaching Fundamentals

One of the first things we work on in karate is how to hit and how to kick. We move our students from these fundaments elements to learning how to string strikes and kicks together. We then teach to form a combination. Then we eventually come to a place where it’s time to get in the ring and spar.

One of the first disappointments you’ll encounter is your opponent won’t stand still and let you hit them. They move, they evade, they block, and they counter. Nothing is static.

Learning To Anticipate

Once we have learned the fundamentals, we’re in whole new territory of our training. How to anticipate the movements of your opponent and how to hit a constantly moving target. With practice and experience, you not only learn how to anticipate where a moving target will be, but how to set up your opponent to be where you want them to be. With a lot of practice and experience, we even get good at it.

How does this impact my child

You may ask yourself, what does this have to do with MY kid and why should I care? Because, having your child train in martial arts, and specifically at Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest, your child is learning a valuable lesson that transfers to them across their life time. When they get used to adjusting to a constantly changing environment in the ring, they become comfortable with change.

The Only Constant in life is Change

Let’s face it; life is constantly changing and throwing things at us we could have NEVER anticipated. When life throws hard times and challenges at you, the people best prepared for it are those who can adapt the fastest, anticipate change, and fight their way back to their feet. Our students learn to look at challenges as opportunities and make the most of it. We look ahead and know where our target will be, not where it is at this moment. We set our goals with this lesson in mind and learn to reach them, even when the environment throws constant change at us!



If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our child classes page.

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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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