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Thank you to Take Control Self Defense for a one hour virtual self defense class as part of our Women's Empowerment series at Poblocki. Very informative and empowering.

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We loved having you! Thanks for teaching our employees great methods to Take Control.

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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How do we get Promoted?

Being Promoted at Karate International – it’s about much more than you think!

It’s all about the journey with friends.

 

We plan the striping system and the techniques to help students get to their goals in the amount of time they have before their next promotion. We also heavily reward them with stripes for their first and second belt, but spread them out a little bit at a time to teach them that rewards are great but the achievement itself can become the reward. This is not a concept that children, or most people in general understand. So, it is our job to help them discover rewards in the beginning and learn that they can create their own rewards!

One of the hardest part of being a parent or adult student in our dojo is to understand the differences from one person to the next. All we ask, is that you trust that by the time you our your child get to Black Belt, you will have all of our respect and you will respect all those who came before you and will come after you. If you like what you see in our Black Belts, then trust us to build you or your child up to that goal.

Sometimes we need to remind our students that they may not have any idea of the journey the other student has taken. There may be green belts in the class that don’t look that much better, than lower rank belts in the same class. Maybe those green belts are just starting back in classes after 1.5 years away from Karate, due to the pandemic. Or, maybe their invisible challenges are not apparent to you. We have students on the Autism Spectrum, students who have visual challenges, students who have mental health issues and students who have just had a really bad day and are struggling to pay attention in class.

All of our students are individuals and our instructors are trained to help them achieve their goals to the best of their ability. It is a journey and as any of our Black Belts will tell you, the journey is wonderful at times and difficult at times. They might also tell you that they probably once considered quitting, but some teacher or friend in the martial arts, boosted them up enough to continue on their path. A Karate International Black Belt will also tell you that 1st Degree Black Belt is the beginning of another journey.

Our promotion ceremonies are every two months. Most new students need eight weeks to complete the requirements for their first belt, the gold belt. After that most students again need about two months to get to their next belt. After the first two belts, the time increases between belts. By the time you are a brown belt working on black belt, you have learned that the time between belts is necessary and that you can always improve. You would also have learned that not everything in the martial arts is about a reward. By the time you reach black belt you will learn that the martial arts in general are a challenge and it can be a life long journey.

This premise carries through to school achievements and careers. The confidence you build by setting and achieving goals in the martial arts will benefit all students in other aspects of life. To hear more about this from the parent’s perspective, read more in this Guest Blog, from a parent who has had her three children at Karate International from 3 years of age through to College.