July 28, 2018

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy.

However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – Martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.

Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practicing a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not othe...

June 14, 2018

Martial arts involve the muscles and joints of the body in different forms and be keeping the muscles strong and flexible through stretching will help practitioners perform at their finest levels while protecting the joints and muscles. Don’t assume that something as simple as taking the time to stretch is not important. Martial Arts has intense ranges of motion that are required for kicking. Stretching can prevent injuries and improve your flexibility. At AKI, we make sure we start certain classes with a good stretch, and theres certain stretches that are required for particular movements and techniques.

The best four stretches to start with are...

May 27, 2018

Have you ever seen an MMA fighter who wasn’t in incredible shape? Chances are, you haven’t. Training for MMA is a full-body workout that pushes your body to limits like no other sport. Whether you’re training to win a fight or training for fun, MMA can get you in the best shape of your life and has some other great benefits. The American Karate Institute is a great choice if you want to get or maintain in shape.

Lets take a look on how MMA Training can benefit your Fitness.

It's a total body workout

Most sports require one set of muscles to be used more than another. Swimmers have strong shoulders, cyclists have strong quads, and soccer players hav...

April 25, 2018

Despite taking care to enact proper form and technique when practicing martial arts, injuries will happen in a student’s journey. When the situation arises, proper post-injury care is crucial. If injuries are left untended and an injured student continues to practice with pain, there can be permanent damage to his or her body. While there’s an age-old mantra of working through the pain, you must take the time to recover when something happens on the mat.

Here are five post-injury care tips that will help get your body ready for martial arts again.

Dont ignore your injury

If something in your body hurts, don’t ignore it! One of the worst things you...

March 24, 2018

Some people misinterpret martial arts as a solely violent or aggressive practice. The popular traditional forms of martial arts, such as Kung Fu, Taekwondo or Karate can get a bad reputation from the way the media and Hollywood portray martial arts. Where they like to show action and gratuitous violence that helps sell movie tickets, most traditional martial arts are firmly rooted in non-violent conflict resolution.

Through character building philosophies such as discipline, respect, integrity and compassion, martial arts train people to become upstanding citizens. Utilizing the physical aspects of martial arts outside of the mma studio should be...

February 13, 2018

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has quickly become one of the most talked-about styles of martial arts, due to its rise in mainstream popularity. Many MMA fighters have reached international celebrity and some have become recognized as beloved modern athletes. With this growing popularity, more and more kids have become interested in MMA.

Given the full-contact, combative nature of MMA that entails striking and grapping, an important question comes to light: is MMA safe for children?

Safety and Benefits for Kids

Martial arts of any kind can increase a child’s self-esteem and self-discipline and MMA is no different. A common misconception is that practicin...

December 14, 2017

Many adults struggle to find a good exercise regimen that really fits their personality and desires. You can know the importance of staying active and still have a hard time following the advice. If this describes you, we at American Karate Institute in Miami have a solution: Martial Arts Classes for Adults. Taking one of these classes will allow you to stay fit and healthy, gain new skills, work on your discipline, and meet some new people.


It is hard not to be in shape when you are put through training multiple times a week. We have karate classes for adults in Miami that move faster than those for children. We are also sens...

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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.