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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---

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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Staying Safe as a Walker or Runner

This morning I woke up to yet another article about a runner being attacked or abducted. Here in Raleigh, NC we have a very strong running community and these stories hit home. We have a running group (KI Running Crew) at the Karate International dojos that meets at least once a week to go run and we can’t help but notice the different things runners and walkers do to make them an easy target. Whether you run in groups or alone (it’s not always an option to have a group to run with) be aware of the decisions you are making that could make you a target. Read on for the top five rules for runners and walkers.

1) BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. We’ve all heard it but it can’t be said enough. Keep your head up and see what’s going on around you. Don’t be afraid to make eye contact and give a pleasant hello or nod when passing other walkers/joggers. It lets people know you’ve seen them. Listen to your surroundings. Take the earbuds and head phones out of your ears. Yes, I love listening to music and yes, I know this is not what many people want to hear. However, many attacks happen from behind. If you are listening to music, there’s no way you will hear someone coming up from behind you. “I run with my dog so I’m safe and can zone out to music” is a common response. But it’s not good enough. A few months ago I was running with a couple women and we passed a baby copperhead slithering into the grass. Up ahead of us was a young woman jogging towards us with her dog while listening to music on the side of the train the snake had just gone. As we ran to meet her we tried to get her attention to tell her to move to the other side. Three of us were going towards her head on and she didn’t even notice us until I was right in front of her and the other ladies were at her side. Needless to say we scared her and her dog had done nothing to protect her.

2) BE UNPREDICTABLE. Most attackers have picked out their target before the actual attack. They aren’t looking for a fight but an easy victim which means attacking someone when they are most vulnerable. If you always run the same path the same day at the same time, you have set up a pattern and all the attacker has to do is pick a spot and wait for you to show up. Run at different times and locations and on various days whenever possible.

3) BE SMART WITH SOCIAL MEDIA, especially if your running patterns are predictable. If you post something on social media, expect the entire world to read it, no matter how careful you are with your groups and restrictions. If you use an app like Map My Run and then post it to Facebook, everyone now knows the exact route you ran and when. My running group loves making posts about our runs when they are finished, it’s inspiring to the group. But we don’t post our exact route and we are very unpredictable. Plus we are a group of people, and martial artists to boot. A simple statement of “ran 10 miles today!” is just as inspiring as a Map My Run post.

4) TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. This rule applies for anyone at any time whether you are out jogging or walking to your car. Do NOT ever allow anyone to stop you and get close to you. Even if it seems like the most innocent person asking you for the time. There’s nothing wrong with giving them a friendly smile and answering as you continue to walk/jog past them (giving as much space as possible). If you allow someone to stop you, you have become manipulated which screams “easy target.” It has also allowed the other person to take control of your space, especially if you allow them to get to close. No one has the right to enter your personal space without your permission. Period. In the event it happens, and someone has managed to stop you and take control of the space, turn sideways to them so you take back some of the control and can see if someone else is coming up from behind you.

5) FIGHT BACK. Should you ever be attacked, fight back. Your will to survive is your most powerful weapon. Use it. Attackers want an easy victim, not a fight.

These are just a few tips to help keep you safe. To learn more I encourage anyone to grab a friend or two and take a martial arts class at any Karate International location (Karate International has classes for ages 3 and up and for all levels) or attend one of our Take Control Self-Defense classes.

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