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...

September 11, 2018

As a martial arts instructor, I’m often asked by parents about the best ways to help their children to deal with bullies. While there are many approaches to the problem, I think one of the best ways is to instill self-confidence in your children. And martial arts is just one way to instill self-confidence.

No matter which tactics you try, you want to start by creating an open line of communication with your child. You want your child to feel comfortable to discuss any bullying incident with you. You can do that by simply listening to what they have to say. Then, you can continue to ask questions until you understand the whole story.

You can also...

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...

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.

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

November 14, 2017

School can be a challenging environment for some students. Kids have to succeed academically, while learning plenty of life lessons, juggling extracurricular activities, and dealing with new challenges they've never faced before.

At the American Karate Institute, we teach many of the skills required to succeed in school. We're not solely looking at academic performance, as conflict avoidance, working well with others, and respecting others and oneself are some of the many essential traits acquired from martial arts training. Here are our top ten benefits of martial arts for students who train at AKI Miami.


While it is well known that...

September 26, 2017

One of the most contentious topics for many martial arts schools is the age kids should be when first they start their practice. At AKI, we believe the student and the parent play the biggest role in this decision.  While some parents think no age is too young — as long as the classes are tailored for tots — many others think starting a child in martial arts too early is a recipe for disaster. In most cases, this will come down to the child, the martial art, and the instructor, but there are other factors to consider.

At the American Karate Institute, we need to collectively work towards providing your child with a balance in their training and p...

September 12, 2017

Successful training in any physical endeavor requires putting in hard work and then resting. Many people fail to realize that your body’s actually breaking down muscle while working out; rest, sleep and nutrition are what help you build muscle that is stronger than before. This rest period is even more important when the physical acclimation of your muscles and bone structure is combined with learning a specific move or skill. At the American Karate Institute, our instructors make sure all students know the importance of rest and the benefits of give your mind and body time to recover.

In martial arts, we train physically to become stronger, shar...

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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.