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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!!

Randall Shirley reviewed Karate International of Raleigh
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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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Girls Need Martial Arts

What all parents need to know before middle school.

Girls Need Martial Arts
By Kathy Olevsky

Over the many years of teaching martial arts, I have come to learn that what we give our young students is much more than a martial arts activity.  These children learn goal setting and focus.  They develop confidence through their own hard work.  They learn about success and overcoming obstacles.  I was reflecting on a favorite “karate kid”.  These are the kids who grow up in our dojo and turn into amazing adults. (read more)

One of my favorites, Frances, is 18 now, and has graduated from High School.  She is the rare one who has no presence on Facebook.  She is the one who worked hard in school, worked hard on friendships and created a positive atmosphere for us at the dojo.  Many of our teenage Black Belts work for us when they turn 16.

As our assistant manager as early as age 16, in addition to being an assistant instructor, she became the face at our Front Counter and greeted students daily.  Frances left us recently, to join the US Naval Academy.  We are very proud of her hard work and discipline, combined with great parenting, to get her to this new journey in her life.  Frances’ parents put her in Karate when she was 10 years old.  She pursued the martial arts with passion and achieved her Black Belt in Karate in just over three years.  She then moved into cross training in Judo and Jujitsu, earning Black Belts in both.

It isn’t necessary to explain all of Frances’ accolades in school and in the dojo.  She shined and everyone saw it in her.  She shared that success in life with everyone that walked through our door.   If a parent wants to know why they should put a young daughter in the martial arts, Frances would be a great example.

Girls needs to build an inner strength that cannot be questioned by anyone.  They need a source of power that will carry them through life with humility and with proof of success built into their future.  In our Karate classes, our young students begin with the smallest of rewards, a simple stripe on their white belt.  The rewards are spread out over time and the student learns that the actual reward is the physical accomplishment.  We tell all students they can achieve.  We also let them know that everyone’s path is different and it is the journey that builds their self-worth.

When my daughter was in elementary school, she came home one day and told me boy tried to kiss her.  She asked me what to do.  I told her to go back to school and the next boy that tried that, to tell them that her mother said she couldn’t kiss a boy until she was a Black Belt.  This was the beginning of a story I tell all parents.  As she grew, I also explained the family rule.  Any daughter of mine would be a Black Belt before being allowed to date.  I never hesitate to tell other parents this when they wonder if they should put their daughters in Karate, next to their brothers. This always generates a positive response.

Who doesn’t want their daughter to have a Black Belt when entering the exciting pre-teen years?  I always suggest to parents that they invest in every aspect of their child’s success education.  Why wouldn’t you give just as much to your daughter’s ability to protect herself and to ensure her confidence in becoming an independent adult, as you do other parts of her education?  We are all created equal, but that doesn’t mean we get out of teaching our children how to become equal in the eyes of the rest of the world.  Put your daughters in martial arts!