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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
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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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Karate is Ageless!

John Allis turned 80 years old in 2019. He has been in Karate for 38 years. John is a 4th Degree Black Belt who is still actively training and teaching. In fact, John probably works out more than the average 40 year old.

Nobody can tell you the right age to begin martial arts. We have students who start when they are 7 years old and others who have started when they were 70 years old. Your path in the martial arts is your own journey. No matter what age you start, you will be successful if you start and follow the sage advice given by most great instructors; “go to class”.

As a young adult, a middle age adult or a senior, just come to class with an empty cup. There will always be something to learn. At Karate International, we foster an environment of learning and sharing. All of our students reach a point where they are able to share something with another student. We encourage them to help their classmates. We have found that our students become teachers themselves as we help them become partners, not opponents.

When a child comes to start Karate classes, some arrive with concerns about starting something new. Others begin with no care, whatsoever, about starting a new activity. Some children are incredibly shy, while others are extroverts. They all fit in our curriculum. We know how to give them a little bit of each other and help them become their best version of themselves.

Some of our teens have started in Karate classes because they were still looking for their extra- curricular activity that would make them taste some success. Some had poor team experiences. Some had self-confidence issues. There are also teens who came to us as the student who had almost everything come to them pretty easily. It doesn’t really matter. We mentor all of these students in a way that they learn to help each other and build lasting partners and friendships.

There is no right age to start in the martial arts. Adults will always wish they had started younger. When we do have adults start in Karate, who also had it as a child, they often tell us they just didn’t appreciate it enough as a child. We’ve had children, like Andrew Kaplan, who came to us as a 3 year old and stayed until he went off to college. As a teenager, who assisted in our children’s classes as an instructor, he was often mistaken for someone much older because of his self-confidence.

The great part about learning Karate and other martial arts is that it is truly ageless. You put in what you can, receive with gratitude, give to others and feel great throughout the process.