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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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Great Female Role Models

 

As an 8th Degree Black Belt in Karate, I often found it hard to find my role models in a male dominated sport.  I was interviewed for an award once, and told the reporter, my amazingly strong mother was my best role model.  The past 10 days have given us some great female role models for the young women and girls in the United States.  Do you want to know what hard work, focus and determination can give you?  Take a look at these outstanding Gold Medal examples!

 

Kristin Armstrong is an elite cyclist.  She was a junior Olympian swimmer, a distance runner and a triathlete.  At the age of 27, she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips and decided to end her running and focus on cycling.  Her journey as an elite cyclist took her to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the 2008 Olympics in China where she won the Gold Medal in her division.  She then repeated this in the 2012 Olympics in London and won another individual Gold. At age 43, in Rio, she again won the Gold.

Kayla Harrison is our country’s top female Judo athlete.  She stunned the world at age 22, in the 2012 Olympics in London, by becoming the first American ever (male or female) to win a Gold Medal in Judo. Kayla started Judo at the age of 6.  Kayla, herself a victim of child sexual abuse has used her notoriety to put a voice to the dark subject.  She formed the Fearless Foundation to call attention to this issue.  Kayla returned this past week, to the 2016 Olympics in Rio and again took the Gold.

Michelle Carter became the first woman in U.S. Olympic history to win a Gold Medal in the Shot Put.  This week, in Rio, the 30 year old defeated a two time Olympic Gold medalist from New Zealand to take the title for the Team USA. Michelle’s father Michael won a silver medal in the same event in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Katie Ledecky at age 19 became one of the most decorated athletes in the Rio Games.  She entered the 2012 Olympic games as a swimmer in London and won her first Gold medal at the age of 15.  In this year’s games she won 5 Gold and 1 Silver medals. She currently holds multiple world records.   She began swimming at the age of 6 with her brother.

Simone Biles, 19, a petite 4 foot 9 inch gymnast helped team USA to win the Gold this week in Rio.  She then continued on in the Olympics to also win the individual Gold as well.  Simone became interested in gymnastics at an early age after a daycare field trip to a gymnastics gym.  Simone was lucky to have supportive grandparents who adopted her at the age of 6, when it appeared her biological mother was not able to give her the best care.

There are so many more of these great stories in the United States.  This has just been an exciting week to watch female athletes excel and to know that the young girls in our country are being given great examples of women to emulate.