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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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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!

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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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What age should you be to start martial arts?

What age is the right age to start in martial arts?

by Kathy Olevsky

I think I hear this question about once per week.  Sometimes the question is coming from parents who what to know when to start their child in martial arts.  Sometimes the question is coming from adults who actually want to know if they should have started when they were children.

The answer is different for everyone.  When I talk to parents, I often tell them that if they want their child to excel well and to move through the ranks of White Belt to Black Belt, then probably starting their child around eight years old would be good.  They have developed most of their gross motor skills at that point.  Their brains have spent a few years in school so they are often ready to receive information from a teacher.

Now, does that mean that you should not start your four year old in Karate?  Of course you should start him or her, if that is something you think they will enjoy.  They will start in our pre-school program and will start to build their gross motor skills through Karate techniques.  Then, when they are old enough to join our bigger kids in regular classes, they will be a little more confident than the eight year old coming in with no martial arts background.  So, for those of you who already have an older sibling in the big kid’s classes, give your younger ones the advantage of getting a head start on their martial arts.  Just understand that the journey from White Belt to Black Belt generally takes 3-4 years once your child’s gross motor skills have developed.

Adults are another story all together.  Don’t wait!  The average adult thinks about starting in the martial arts for three years before they take the first step.  There is no perfect age for an adult to start.  There is no advantage to starting as a child.  When an adult starts in the martial arts, as an adult, they usually continue in it most of their life.  They find it to be a life skill that enhances their self-confidence and their physical fitness.  So the important message for adults is to stop thinking about it and jump in that first class.  We know how to make you feel comfortable and safe while giving you a physical workout that is right for your fitness level.  I have never heard an adult say they were sorry they started in the martial arts.  I have heard them all say they wish they had started sooner!