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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!!

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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---

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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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My teenager is driving me crazy!

MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES CAN BE YOUR SECRET WEAPON -Written by Kathy Olevsky

When your teen is driving you crazy with his or her decisions, remember this is a phase and they are good people.  It is not uncommon for a teen to start to show a side to their parents that they have never seen before.  Your normally perfect child, all of a sudden starts making decisions that are questionable, at least, and maybe even a little dangerous.
This is a time when they are struggling in their peer groups. Teens make decisions to do things because someone else is doing it, because it makes them look more important, because they think someone will cease being their friend unless they do it, or maybe they just are not thinking at all.  Don’t worry, most all parents have a similar story.  They may not be talking about the mistakes their teens are making, but very few get through these years without some scary incident.

In this tumultuous time, we like to remind parents that these are good kids.  They are bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood.  This is an extremely important time to keep them in Martial Arts.  If you don’t like their peer groups, then choose to give them new peers through Martial Arts classes.  We are going to be the ones that tell your teens that they have value.  They may be lucky enough to get a few good teachers in school, but they may also be the student who doesn’t stand out for the right reasons and doesn’t get positive reinforcement in school.  In every Martial Arts class, they will achieve because they did something for themselves.  In every class we will help them keep at it, until they do achieve.  We want them to become better and we will help them realize that their effort will be what determines their success.  These are great concepts for a teen to have while they are in the process of making decisions.

There is nothing that you can do as a parent to keep them from making decisions during this time.  All you can do is to continue to give them discipline, guidance and love.  You can also let us be part of their lives so that you have a secret weapon in their journey from childhood to adulthood.