The team at Integrated Martial Arts is guided by a carefully considered set of values, and a clearly thought out mission and vision statement. The values we have chosen are not just words, but represent a philosophy that is embedded in every aspect of our training and instruction. Many of our values are derived from the traditions of the martial arts, but our goal is to apply them in all areas of our lives, and to help our students do the same.
Integrated Martial Arts is not just a place to work out. It is a place where we come together as a community to help make each other better, both on the mat and in our daily lives. On the mat, family means that we support each other at every step of the martial arts journey. Off the mat, we remain family, coming together and cheering the successes our members have in all areas of their lives, and supporting them through the challenges that life throws at them.
In the gym, we are encouraging, high energy partners that strive to bring out the best in each other. We believe that the most important person on that mat is not ourselves, but the person we are training with. By seeking to make them better, we better ourselves as well.
Outside of the gym, we encourage our members to support each other, and to give back to the community at large. IMA founder Michael Scott served on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for several years, and continues to devote time to helping families whose loved ones have been affected by mental illness. Many of our members participate in charity events, like the Tap Cancer Out tournament, which raises money for cancer research. By strengthening our community and those around us, we strengthen ourselves as well.
The hardest truth about martial arts training is this: there are no shortcuts. The only way to develop skill is through constant training, and that training can be challenging, difficult, or frustrating. At Integrated Martial Arts, we embrace those challenges, believing that it is by struggling through those challenges that we grow as martial artists and as human beings. The ability to persevere in the face of adversity is an asset not just in the ring or on the mat, but in all aspects of life.
Martial arts training should be fun. Stop by a class, and you find people working hard, but you will also find them laughing, joking, and enjoying themselves.
The best training method in the world is useless if you won’t train, and you won’t train if training isn’t enjoyable. At Integrated Martial Arts, we strive to make sure that you leave every class happy that you attended, and feeling better than when you left.
The most successful athletes in the world are those who never lost their enjoyment of the game. Michael Jordan continued to have fun playing basketball throughout his entire career. An enjoyable practice is a sustainable one. It is true for the elite, and it is true for us as well.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”–Aristotle
At Integrated Martial Arts, we seek excellence inside and outside of the gym. Every training session has the same goal: to make ourselves better. Not “the best” (a place that doesn’t exist), but simply better. That might mean doing an extra push up during warm ups, or it might mean adding an extra round of sparring. Every time we are in the gym, we want the same things: growth and improvement.
The road to excellence is not an easy one. It requires commitment and dedication, and above all, hard work. We hold ourselves to high standards. Chasing those standards isn’t easy, but that’s what makes the chase worthwhile.
“The state of being complete or whole.” Training at Integrated Martial Arts emphasizes the connections between the gym and the outside world. The ideals that we strive to attain inside the gym are ones that we also seek to carry out into the world. The ultimate goal of our training is to improve the lives of the people who practice with us. By bringing the lessons we learn into the world, we forge identities that are consistent throughout our lives. We become complete, whole people, able to adapt to new circumstances, but uncompromising on our core values.
Integrity is not just about talking the talk, it’s about walking the walk. At IMA, these are not just words. The fabric of our integrity is shown through our day-to-day actions.