The Core Values of Martial Arts

Working on Mind and Body

Martial Arts is not just about your physical self – it’s about your mental self as well. In order to be a successful martial artist, you need to work on both your mind and your body. At the heart of Martial Arts, core values exist that one must possess, such as: integrity, discipline, focus, and perseverance. These core values show how it is both the mindset and character of the martial artist that is essential to their physical success. 


The most important aspect of being a true martial artist is to have a high moral character – to have Integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing when nobody’s watching. It means being honest in all that you do. It is important to be honest and keep your promises to others. In the martial arts world, having integrity means being a person with honor. 


Discipline is key to being able to succeed at martial arts. Without discipline, you will not be able to progress and advance in your training. Martial arts is not something that you can learn all at once, you move through it step by step. This kind of training requires discipline. 


Focus is crucial to progressing in martial arts. In order to learn from your instructor, you must be able to maintain focus on the class and lesson. When you practice with focus, you will be able to achieve your goals more quickly. You must also learn to focus on your body and your mind. If you have control over your body and mind then you can achieve your martial arts’ goals. 


Since learning martial arts is a process, a student can experience setbacks and obstacles in reaching their goals. Learning how to persevere is imperative to your success as a martial artist. A martial artist learns how to deal with losses or defeat and how to move forward. Perseverance will help you to achieve the best version of yourself. 

IMAA Values and Creed

At IMAA, our instructors and staff live and believe in principles like Focus, Discipline, Integrity, and Perseverance. We understand the importance of both the physical and mental growth of our students. That is why our student creed is, “I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that could reduce my mental growth or physical health.” 

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we value family first and we emphasize that in everything we do. In our facility, you’ll feel welcomed from day one and challenged with exciting classes that are always changing to keep you on your toes. We take a top-down approach to teaching character education and we believe that instilling our core values will make your child’s martial arts experience worthwhile. 

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