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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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The Journey to Black Belt

The Journey to Black Belt – We are a Black Belt School

When I first started in the martial arts back in the late 1970’s, it was common to hear an instructor say to a student that only 1 in 1000 would make it to Black Belt.  That statement was a source of pride.  It meant that a Black Belt was to be truly honored.  It meant that a Black Belt was not a common man (or woman).  It was said with good intentions, but it did irreparable harm.

Anyone who is going to become a success in life needs to believe that they can become a success.  If we tell our students that they only have a minuscule shot in the dark at becoming a Black Belt then that is what they will believe.  It took many years to correct this line of thinking in the martial arts world.  Our new line of thought is that we expect every student to become a Black Belt.  We will teach them that way.  There is nothing that can stand in our way of developing each student to reach this goal.  We have not changed our rank structure or our testing requirements since the 1970’s.  We have changed how we deliver these requirements.

Our instructors work hard to build up our students and to help them reach their goals.  We go through rigorous teacher training and we meet weekly to make sure we are all on the same path.  We review teaching strategies and we spend time discussing students as individuals.  We want each student to succeed.  We have come to learn, over the years, that there are many different ways to teach children, teens and adults.  We deliver the lessons based on the age, rank and experience of each student.

We know that there are many parents who do not know that we always intend to have their child’s best interest at heart.  We will take the time to earn their trust.  It is usually somewhere around Green Belt when a parent starts to realize that we will do anything to help their child.

Similarly, adults come in to our dojo as White Belt students with a desire to succeed.  We have learned that we have to guide them through the first three belts, before they start to learn how they are best suited to the martial arts.  Some adults come in thinking that the only way to get a good workout is to sweat for an hour or more.  Then they take that one class where we do everything really slow and they find that they are exhausted at the end and have very sore muscles the next day. If we can teach them to be patient and enjoy the process, then we are doing our job.

So, if you hear us talking to you about your promotions or your path to Black Belt, there is a great reason for that.  It is OUR purpose.  We know that when we put the Black Belt around you, whether it is 2.5 years or 6 years, you have learned how to develop yourself as a martial artist.  We know as a beginner that we are responsible for your progress.  As you get through the Green Belts and Brown Belts you begin to understand that your effort will determine your progress.  When you reach Black Belt, we have said that you know how to get the job done.  A Black Belt in our school is full of confidence and self-esteem.  Often these characteristics are what you need to develop yourself in school or in your job.  We are honored to be part of your personal journey to Black Belt and beyond.