January 15, 2020

In the modern age of mixed martial arts, where outlandish bravado and themes such as disrespect, trash talk, and ruckus are regarded as the norm, there is one distinguishable value that separates superficial martial arts from true, authentic martial arts, honor.

Honor is one of the most important values of true martial arts because it speaks directly to an individual’s core morality. It is one of the highest moral principles and all true martial artists should practice exhibiting honor throughout their martial arts journey.

Simply put, honor is the act of living out the values of respect, duty, loyalty, integrity, courage, and selflessness in ever...

December 31, 2019

The past 12 months have been absolutely phenomenal. If you’re like most people, however, there are things that you may want to improve in the next 365 days. Whether that would be to earn more money, get a new job, travel the world — or everyone’s favorite — to lose weight, we all seek a new beginning once the new year kicks in.

It’s human nature to always constantly want more out of life. So we make resolutions. We promise ourselves to stay away from bad food choices, to exercise more and maybe join a gym, to make new friends and meet new people, to lose weight. This is all part of our New Year’s resolutions.

We make these promises to ourselves be...

December 14, 2019

Whether it’s work, school, that upcoming event, or other commitments, there’s always something out there to stress us out. Unfortunately, we sometimes let the stress get to us and end up focusing on the negative things. As a result, we make ourselves miserable and sometimes take a long time to feel 100% again.

If you find that the first paragraph really speaks to you, then perhaps it’s time to combat the stress and find a way to keep yourself happy! After all, life is too short to focus on the negative stuff when there are so many other positive things out there. And at the end of the day, all you have is this life you’re leading – so why not str...

November 29, 2019

Cross-training refers to training in any sport or activity that isn’t in your usual practice, with the goal of improving performance. Cross-training can help you work on other muscle groups while also strengthening the ones that you use for martial arts. In combining methods from different activities, you can benefit from a very productive workout and improve your athleticism.

Here’s why cross-training is important for martial arts.

Train New Muscles and Strengthen your Body

If you’ve been practicing your martial arts for a long time, you could be only training a very specific set of muscles. Over time, your body will acclimate to repetitive exerci...

November 15, 2019

Once your child has enrolled in Mixed Martial Arts at the American Karate Institute, we want to do everything we can to encourage and empower them to understand the positive benefits of training in this life, art & sport. In order for AKI to be effective in our goal of empowering your child, we feel it is necessary to team up with you, the parent, in order to achieve our goal together. Therefore, we would like to provide you with the following tips that will assist you in your role as the parent of a student of Martial Arts. 

Consistent and regular class attendance is a must! Once you and your child have determined the program and...

October 31, 2019

The spookiest night of the year is here! Kids everywhere are choosing their favorite costumes and looking forward to their favorite treats. In preparation for this ghoulishly good time, the American Karate Institute is encouraging parents and caregivers to keep safety in mind so that no child is haunted by Halloween-related injuries. Hidden dangers associated with costumes, treats, and decorations can be prevented very easily.

It's never too early to start thinking about safety, so follow these important Halloween safety tips to ensure that this year's holiday is a safe one!


  • Swords, knives, and similar costume acce...

October 15, 2019

Bullying is major issue that can cause many negative consequences for children including anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, changes in eating and sleep patterns, and decreased interest in things he or she used to enjoy. A child that is bullied may lose interest in socializing, struggle with homework and/or classwork, or lash out at other students or teachers. As a parent or guardian, one of the best ways to help your child against bullying is by enrolling them in a martial arts program.

American Karate Institute can teach your child practical skills that will make a positive impact in all areas of their life. Our trained MMA instructors are pre...

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We know that Nothing Beats Experience, and we have over 35+ years of Mixed Martial Arts experience to show for it. At the American Karate Institute in Miami, we have a systemized curriculum that not only will help you become a champion in competitions, but most importantly, a champion in life.