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Jennifer Mazzeo-Skelson

Our family has been coming to Karate International for over 5 years now. It was the best decision we ever made for our boys. Shortly after, my husband started and all three are now black belts. Now I am taking karate, as well. KI has a great family atmosphere in a controlled environment that encourages you to want to come to class to learn and grow. No show-boating here, safety is always #1. There is an abundance of high level knowledge at the Raleigh dojo and every instructor goes above and beyond to help. There are several arts they teach. There is a reason they have been in business as long as they have. And that is because for them it's not a business but a passion and it shows in everything and everyone at KI. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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This is The REAL DEAL---A Family type atmosphere--Extremely helpful and friendly----This Dojo is the Best of the Best---

Scott Weinberger reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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The best family martial arts school I've ever seen. Something for everybody. The skill level really shows that they are a 40+ year school. And they have multiple martial arts, which is rare.

Richard Gillespie reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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This is a wonderful place for my whole family. My sons 11, 9, and 6 are all on the path to Black Belt. Even their old man is giving it a try...

Evelyn Foster reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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I can't say enough good things about Karate International. They know how to work with children in a way that they learn proper form and technique while balancing lessons in character and integrity, all without taking out the fun. Any day, you can hear giggles from the little samurai class as they keep children enthused about karate. My son comes many times each week, and never tires of coming, and looks forward to progressing.

In addition to being child-friendly, they are parent-friendly and have done everything they could to make the parent wait comfortable and productive including parent exercise equipment, coffee, a seating area to watch classes, Wi-Fi and a charging station for mobile devices. It's the little things that say to us we are valued here. We are here to stay.

Donna Weinberger Needham reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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I have watched in awe as my son has become focused, disciplined, and confident during his journey to black belt. I now see him teaching and giving back to others. KI has been life-changing for him. I can’t say enough great things about this program, the instructors, and the community. If you’re thinking about starting karate, you’ve found the perfect place!

Heidi Erwin reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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Every student is treated with attention and care, the staff and owners are extremely knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and hold high standards for the students. It is a delight to come and get a great workout while building character and respect through the discipline of karate. We cannot think of a better option for our middle school son!

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Getting fit at 40 and later

It’s never to late to get started and here is the proof!

By Kathy Olevsky

Some amazing information was released recently in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). A study was done with over 300,000 participants between the ages of 40-61 about their leisure time physical activity.*

They discovered through their research that starting physical activity in your 40’s can be as beneficial as maintaining it throughout your life. They proved that there was a 32-35% lower risk of mortality in those that started improving their physical activity in their 40’s. It was already well known that people who maintained an active lifestyle throughout their teen years into adulthood, had a 29-36% lower risk of mortality. But, this new study means that those of us who have done nothing and have just landed in our 40’s, have a chance to live longer by getting active now. It is great to have proof that it is never too late to get started.

We all know those people who have had the discipline to stay active throughout their lives. They have managed it through college, into young adulthood, through marriage and children. The rest of us were just trying to get through our lives and we put our physical activity on the back burner. There are so many adults who took care of everyone else in their family and let themselves be last in the line-up of importance.

We spent our lives thinking about how we should be doing something, but we just didn’t take the step. Or we took the step and quit because we never found that magic pill to help keep us happy and active. Adults need that one activity that doesn’t feel like work and keeps them coming back time after time. The great news is….it is NOT too late!
We can start now, in our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and still get the benefits of lowering our mortality risks. So, the only issue left, is to find that activity that gets us active and keeps us active. What most adults actually need is an activity that other adults enjoy and one that makes you feel better each time you do the activity.

A great adult martial arts program can be that solution. If you workout in a martial arts school that caters to adults in the 40-60 age range, then it can be a never ending workout. An Adult Karate program can offer unlimited goals and create a path to stay active, year round, indoors. These are some of the obstacles that face adults in fitness patterns. What most adults don’t realize is that a well balanced martial arts school will offer a variety of different programs that will provide a lifetime of interesting classes.


Martial arts classes are usually taught at different fitness and knowledge levels. Karate is a great example of how an adult can start a program and build continuously. Karate has preset goals that make the learning process gradual and progressive. The colored belts you must earn are the guides and the rewards for your efforts. Since everyone must start at white belt, they all start at a slow pace with a small number of techniques. Each class builds on the next class and each belt level builds on the previous one.

What are you waiting for? There are no more excuses. Starting even after 40 is now beneficial to the rest of your life. If you thought you wasted most of your opportunity to get fit, you have now been proven wrong. Take a step and do something for yourself at the same time!  Adult Karate classes in Raleigh are waiting for you at Karate International.

* Association of Leisure-Time Physical Activity Across the Adult Life Course With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality by Pedro F. Saing-Maurice, PhD
Conducted with the National Institutes of Health–AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons) Diet and Health Study. Data analysis was conducted from March 2017 through February 2018. Data were analyzed for 315 059 adult AARP members living in 6 states, namely, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania, or 2 metropolitan areas, Atlanta, Georgia, or Detroit, Michigan. Published in Journal of the American Medical Association.