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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Present Living

    Present Living

    Lao Tzu wrote, “ When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other.” If you read further he cautions about making judgements and comparisons, because they support and are born out of each other. A person who lives in the present doesn’t look at their current situation and say, “This is good.” Or, “This is bad.” It just is. Life should be a journey, not a destination. So, ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Be the Solution

    Be the Solution

    “It’s better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    Imagine sitting in a dark room. A room so dark, if you held your hand in front of you, you can’t even make out the shape of it. Now, imagine, other people in this room with you. You hear one person angrily point out the obvious, “It so dark in here!” Another talks about the days when the room wasn’t so dark. Another finds and tries the light switch, but it doesn’t work. “Nothing ever goes right!”, she shouts! Finally, a candle is lit, and from that one candle, the world has changed for everyone in the room. It’s so easy ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS

    THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS

    Everyone has their own reason for enrolling themselves or their children into martial arts. Since I’ve been training in martial arts for over 40 years, it’s been my experience that most people start their children in martial arts for better focus or for bullying problems. But I’ve had parents who have come in for better physical fitness, more confidence, more discipline, etc. What’s fun and what has also been my experience is when they get the results they were looking for, but also get so much more. A good example of this was a student named Michael (not his real name) came in because his mother was told from Michael’s pediatrician that martial arts is a ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - TIME

    TIME

    Time is our most precious commodity. It’s our richest treasure. It’s the one thing that once gone, you can never get back. Money comes and goes, and material possessions are always replaceable. Most of us do not know how much time we’re going to get, but we can be sure that every breath we take, we certainly have less left. When it gets down to it, we can only do two things with our time; we can spend it, or we can waste it. When we apply that truth to the people in our lives, there are people worth spending our time, and there are people who waste our time. The same goes with activities. Some are wise investments of our time while others are time wasters. As I ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Someday Never Comes

    Someday Never Comes

    When I was a young man, I lived a life in expectations that rarely resulted in things turning out the way I envisioned. Before I was 22, I was in the military, I had a wife and two young children. I knew that someday, I was going to make enough money, I was going to take my family on that nice vacation or buy that nice car or house. Someday, I’m going to take my kids to do this thing, or that thing. The thing is, …someday never came. I never had enough money, I never had the time, things were never the right moment. Those children grew up and out of the house never seeing ‘the someday’. My third child came into this world when I was still 37 years old. As dense ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Just Smile

    Just Smile

    I once committed myself to an experiment. While out and about, at work, and even at home, I purposefully greeted everyone with a big smile. And as you might have guessed, most of the time a smile was returned. Then, I tried not smiling (hard to do, I’m generally a happy person), and again received the expected result…, I didn’t get any smiles back. Sometimes I got expressed concern, but never smiles. So, I thought on this as an example of the law of attraction. If you want smiles in your life, give smiles. You can do that with almost anything. If you want joy, you give joy, etc. And although I certainly believe in this, I found it goes much further. As I delved ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Making Pearls

    Making Pearls

    Most people have an idea of how a pearl is made already, but for those who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll quickly educate you. It starts with an irritant, usually a parasite (not a grain of sand), getting into the respiratory system of a clam, oyster, or mussel. The oyster, clam, or mussel then secretes a coating around the irritant called nacre. After time goes by, this secretion builds until we have that valued treasure we have a pearl. We all have irritants in our lives. When I was a kid, I was an easy target for bullying. Seriously, I could play hide and seek by turning sideways. That was one of my irritants. It was my childhood fear every day when I went to middle ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Choosing a Martial Arts School

    How do we choose a good martial arts school? It’s not as easy as you’d think. First, we must know why we want this activity for ourselves or our children. What’s your goal? Once you establish that, we need to find the school that aligns with those goals. There are many reasons for starting a martial arts class; discipline, goal-setting, better focus, confidence, self-defense, character education, etc. Once we know why we’re going, it’s time to do some research. Since web sites are designed to show you the best side of the school, I would suggest we turn to social media. Look through videos and comments to get a feel for the school. Make a list ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - One of the Many Things That Sets Us a Part

    One of the Many Things That Sets Us a Part

    from Other Schools is our teaching style. Our instructors go through extensive extra training just to be an instructor. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest, having a black belt does not mean you are an instructor. Our instructors are required to go through over 50 hours of Instructorship Training. Because of that, one of the first things you’ll notice about our teaching style is that we cater to every learning style. We know that all students learn differently and basically is dominant in one of three areas; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (tactile). Our instructors get to know each and every student and recognize HOW they learn and work with them in a ....

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  •  in Wake Forest - Innovative Martial Arts Academy - 1 in 4

    1 in 4

    I was driving through town the other day, and I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car. It’s a bumper sticker I’d seen many times before. It was a pink “1 in 9” with a pink ribbon. It’s a reminder that breast cancer statistically affects 1 in 9 women. That’s a scary statistic! It got me thinking about another statistic. According to the US Department of Justice, 1 out of every 4 women will be assaulted during her life. That’s freaking terrifying! Now you’re thinking, here comes the big sell! You’re partially right! Yes, I’m a martial arts teacher who operates a martial arts business. But, I’m also a father and ....

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