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Kevin Lane reviewed Karate International of West Raleigh
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Incredible staff that goes the extra mile and a lifetime of benefits from a great workout and life lessons. I can't wait to get back at it.

Beth Sparling Vanda reviewed Karate International of West Raleigh
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Our 9 year old granddaughter has been @ the school for nearly 2 years and continues to be taught well and is advancing steadily. They are very thoughtful and alert to each of their students. There is a great ratio of instructors to students. They communicate well with the parents about the students’ skill set & offer opportunities for them to take on new things. They have asked Avery to be on the Demo team so, if she feels she’s up to it, is another recognition on their behalf to srudents

Stacie Kimes Jones reviewed Karate International of West Raleigh
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Our teenage son is thriving at KI and is very motivated to continue progressing towards black belt. We are so happy that he's found a place where he is encouraged to reach his full potential. We are seeing benefits academically, socially, and emotionally. We are extremely grateful for the positive impact this experience is having on him.

Katie Hardersen King reviewed Karate International of West Raleigh
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Our kids have trained at the dojo for almost 7 years. They love their “karate family,” and Karate International has been a place where they can go and see friends and their instructors and feel like everyone is glad to see them and that they are cared about. Beyond the physical activity benefits, the social benefits for our kids is equally as important. My husband started training their after our daughters started. We also hosted our youngest’s birthday party there this weekend, and it was one of the best parties she’s had. Mr. Tsikos and Mr. Rowe handled everything (including all decorations, goodie bags, games, and clean up!), and the kids had a terrific time. It was the perfect party set up for a group of very active boys and girls.

Misty Dawn Wright reviewed Karate International of West Raleigh
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This is a great place to bring your kids. They are so inclusive and accommodating, that it makes you trust your kids arein great hands. My son had his first class, was a hyperactive little mess, but you’d never have known that with how well the instructors did with him. He has a new love, and it is helping us with his ability to focus and control his impulses. This is excellent for anyone who needs help with providing structure and discipline.

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Character Development and Martial Arts

Character development is the most important thing we do at Karate International of West Raleigh. Karate, especially when taught to kids and teens, should have a high level of emphasis on character development. If a karate school or other type of martial art doesn’t have character development as one of the top two focuses, RUN!

One way we do this at Karate International of West Raleigh is messages of the week. Every week, we have a new message with a wide range of topics including bully proofing, respect, perseverance, and honesty to name just a few of our few dozen messages. This week, our students are learning about leading by example.

I couldn’t just tell you about the awesome stuff we teach without sharing it with you! Here is our message “Lead By Example.”

Lead By Example

Once there was a man who knew that it was wrong to lie. His name was Joshua. He never lied about anything big or little, even when it was hard. This man became the boss at his job where there were lots of liars. When Joshua asked his workers how their day was going, they would say “I’m having a great day,” even when it wasn’t a great day. They would lie about the work they’d done at their job, how they felt, what they thought about other people, and their character.

The workers were not used to having a leader like Joshua. If he was sad, he was honest with them about it. If he was frusturated with someone, he would talk to them directly instead of behind their back. When he was angry, he stayed calm and talked instead of hiding his emotions. 

The more Joshua did this, his employees began following him. The employees started being honest about how they were feeling with Joshua and he was able to help them. They started talking to people that made them frusturated and worked to figure out a solution. The employees were so inspired by Joshua that they wanted to become better people too! What did Joshua do that made his employees follow him?

Thank you for your time reading through this blog. We look forward to seeing you at our dojo soon!