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Why Goal Setting Is So Important in Martial Arts


Learning how to set goals, monitor your progress, and achieve those goals, is a crucial skill that everyone should have. In fact, there has been a lot of research done about goal theory, and the research suggests that setting goals leads to better performance and motivation. 


Goal Setting and Martial Arts

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy we believe that goal setting is an integral part of Martial Arts and we are proud to say that our students do an excellent job of setting and reaching their goals.


Martial arts is based on the process of setting a goal and reaching it so you can set the next goal and continue to develop. In martial arts, you have a belt or rank to work towards. The first belt is the white belt, which symbolizes the beginning. Once you achieve the white belt, you would set your goal towards the next belt rank. This will continue as you move up the belt ranks until you reach the ultimate goal- the black belt.


It is because of this belt rank system that goal setting and Martial Arts go hand in hand. Students understand what they need to accomplish in order to get their belt. They know what is expected of them and they have the motivation to work hard to achieve their goal. Children who practice martial arts, understand goal setting once they earn their first belt. 


Three Keys To Goal Setting


#1: Getting Started

  • Often, the hardest part of any process is getting started. Remember that “a goal without a plan is a wish.” This means that, at the very least, you must decide on a starting point. Without a place to start, a plan cannot exist. 


#2: Patience 

  • In Martial Arts, one skill leads to the next, and you continue to build upon each skill. If you skip steps, that could lead to frustration or injury. Students learn that making steady progress takes patience. Nothing happens overnight, but with patience and effort- goals can be reached. This helps keep students motivated and confident that anything is possible as long as they keep going! 


#3: Be Realistic

  • Having a realistic outlook about what you can accomplish is another lesson martial arts can teach. Understanding that you will have a long road to mastery as a beginner is a barrier for many. The dream of being a martial arts master is so abstract in the beginning that it often keeps people from getting started. Understanding the reality of how much effort something takes to accomplish allows you to make a solid plan and execute it.  


Want to Read More About Martial Arts?

Take a look at some of our other articles about martial arts and IMAA’s course offerings. Check out the following related blog articles: 


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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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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!
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