"As a Self Defense expert - I would recommend that women in particluar, take an on-going martial arts program to develop true self defense skills. Find a martial arts program that has some female leadership and is clean and professional. Make sure they have a flexible schedule and convenient location for you. Make this a gift you give yourself - learn to protect yourself, get fit and enjoy yourself in this new pursuit!" - Kathy Olevsky, 8th Degree Black Belt



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Take Control Women's Self Defense Classes

The next Take Control Courses are available at these locations:

 North Raleigh:  

November 14th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Tuesday)

West Raleigh:

Call for new schedule - 919-624-1304


September 22nd - October 13th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Fridays Only)



Call for new schedule - 919-624-1304


Ask about our in-home Self Defense Safety Group Classes 

We offer specialized group classes in your home or office, personalized to your needs.
Classes are $15/person for 1.5 hours with a 5 person minimum.  

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Meet Take Control Instructor Melissa Palmer

Melissa teaches karate, jujitsu, and self-defense at Karate International. Being an independent female who enjoys traveling and doing activities on her own, she realized the importance and freedom of knowing how to protect herself. Her extensive studies in karate, jujitsu, judo, and Iaido, paired with her background in performing arts, makes her classes not only informative but entertaining and fun as well. Melissa graduated from Meredith College in 1999 with a music degree and has had the privilege to return to Meredith College as an adjunct instructor to teach Karate and Take Control Self Defense. Her students find the warrior in themselves, but also discover a base of supportive and encouraging peers.