October 13, 2018

What do you think makes a great friend? Is it someone who knows you inside out and keeps all your deepest, darkest secrets safe? Or is it a partner in crime who is always there to join you on your crazy adventures?

We’re pretty sure you already have a certain friend in mind as you’re reading this. Even if you don’t, fret not! Because we’re here to remind you that every day is a chance to make new friends. After all, strangers are friends you haven’t met and gotten to know yet! And who knows, that new colleague at work or your training partner in the gym might end up becoming your BFF!

Speaking of which, do you know that some of the best friends yo...

September 27, 2018

Raising children in the modern world is certainly a difficult task considering all the external factors that may affect how our children’s values, morals, and principles are molded. There are no parenting manuals or guides with which parents could refer to in order for them to be able to raise children who are kind, just, caring and respectful.

Martial arts could be one of the tools parents can utilize in order for them to be able to raise children who will become great people, citizens, and contributors to society.

The discipline and attitudes our children are able to develop through martial arts is a big help. Apart from that, respect for others...

August 15, 2018

Bullies frequently prey on peers they deem inferior to them.  They look for classmates, neighbors, and acquaintances who exhibit shy, timid, introverted characteristics.  For some psychological reason, bullies get a temporary high from putting others down, making them feel bad, or injuring them.  Unfortunately, bullies are likely to be a part of life for the young and old alike.  One way to decrease the likelihood that your child will fall victim to a bully is to enroll him or her in a martial arts class.

A common misconception is that martial arts instructors teach participants how to beat people up.  While some facilities in...

May 12, 2018

In the world of martial arts, there are a vast number of different fighting styles with various origins. Steeped in history and deep traditions, all carry fascinating backstories and are still practiced to this day. Some of the most famous martial artists in the world have left incredible legacies by inventing new fighting styles, which are often born by blending existing styles with personal philosophies.

Read on to learn about the fighting styles of five famous martial artists.

Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee

As one of the most famous (if not the most famous) martial artists, Bruce Lee is an incredible influence on modern martial arts, having left a...

April 13, 2018

Jiu-jitsu is currently named as one of the most popular forms of martial arts. Originally hailing from Japan, jiu-jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It may seem intimidating to those who are unfamiliar with the sport, especially if they’re not used to the amount of contact that fighters come into. However, by focusing on proper technique and taking the fighting to the ground, it gives those who are smaller in stature the same advantage as larger opponents.

Here’s an inside look on Jiu-Jitsu.

What is Jiu-Jitsu?

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that involves grappling to control your resisting opponent. Using the proper techniques, you can for...

January 14, 2018

While sparring in our martial arts class is a respectable way to develop and improve one’s skills (amongst many other benefits), a tournament provides the opportunity for students to go beyond. Through tournaments, students dare to venture outside of their comfort zone as they get matched with new competitors, test their skills, build confidence, and gain motivation — all the while observing other top-level competitors.

Since a tournament can truly bolster the growth of a martial arts student, preparation for the big event is critical. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a martial arts tournament as a competitor.

Train — But Don’t Overdo It


December 26, 2017

Despite its massive growth during the past three decades, there are still many parents hesitant to enroll their children in a martial arts program. Fear of injury, hand-to-hand combat and strict discipline prevent them from enrolling their kids in schools like American Karate institute that actually spends more time teaching life skills than they do on sparring. 

In fact, practicing martial arts has numerous benefits for children that go far beyond self defense and fitness. Here are the twelve key benefits of Martial Arts for Kids.

Learn respect

In the Dojo, young students learn to bow to their sensei and to their opponents. Respect is instilled fr...

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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.