Raleigh’s Premier Karate School

The Karate International organization has been offering instruction and training in the martial arts to both children and adult students since 1974 and has been serving the Raleigh, Durham area for more than 40 years.

Our West Raleigh, NC school has been following with the Karate International tradition, producing champions in the martial arts as well as in life. Karate International of West Raleigh is headed by Master Chester Rowe, 6th Degree Black Belt in Sanshinkai Karate with the guidance of Grand Master Rob Olevsky and founder, Grand Master Jan Wellendorf, both 10th Degree Black Belts.

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We offer a number of programs for instruction in the martial arts, health and fitness, character development, weapons training, and street smart self-defense. Since everyone can benefit from studying the martial arts, we encourage participation for all ages: pre-schoolers, children, teens, adults, and seniors. Our certified programs begin as early as age three.

No matter where you live in the greater Triangle area, Karate International has a location for you. Our location on Leesville Rd. in the Pinecrest Point Shopping Center is conveniently located in West Raleigh, North Carolina just minutes from the Brier Creek area. Other Karate International schools are located in North Raleigh, Cary, and Apex, NC.

Sanshinkai Karate was developed by Jan Wellendorf, a martial arts instructor, author, business manager, tournament competitor and 10th Degree Black Belt. He began his martial arts study in 1963. He studied Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Okinawan Karate. He is the retired president of the Karate International organization.

Out of his training grew Sanshinkai Karate. Sanshinkai means the “three power society,” the three powers of mind, body and spirit. Sanshinkai is an art that teaches a student balance of self. One should strive to develop the body so that it can do the bidding of the mind. One should develop the mind to see what is correct and needed. One should develop the spirit so that it may move the other two forces into action.

The heart of Sanshinkai is the belief that all great techniques contain a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual forces. Each of these forces has three parts, which progress the technique to higher levels of speed, power and timing.

The Sanshinkai student is also introduced to abstract training methods rarely found outside the Orient. These have been carefully Westernized to aid the student in understanding and balancing the three powers for the perfection of his or her technique and for the elevation of his or her own potential.