Our Instructors

Chester Rowe

Mr. Rowe is the chief instructor at Karate International of West Raleigh. He currently is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Sanshinkai Karate. Some of the other martial arts Mr. Rowe has trained in over the past 30+ years include Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Taekwondo, Shotokan, and American Shaolin Wu Shu. At 16 years old he earned his Eagle Scout. Mr. Rowe graduated with honors from NC State University in 1997 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Pulp and Paper Science & Technology with a minor in Economics. In 2010, Mr. Rowe received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He is especially proud of his wife and two children for earning their black belts.

“I have a passion for the martial arts as it provided me the foundation for success in my life. Now, I wish to share that passion with others. Transform your life by calling today!” 
-Chester Rowe, Chief Instructor


 

Alex Tsikos

Alex Tsikos is a college student attending NC State.  He has received his Associates Degree in Art from Wake Technical Community College in 2013.  While attending North Carolina State University, he is currently working on his bachelors in operations management for 2017.  At twelve years of age he received his first black belt in Kenpo Karate.  At age twenty-one he earned his first degree black belt in Sanshinkai Karate in 2013, and is an assistant instructor and student under the guidance of Mr. Rowe.

 

 

Melissa Palmer

Melissa Palmer teaches the demonstration team, jujitsu, and self-defense at Karate International of West Raleigh. Being an independent female who enjoys traveling and doing activities on her own, she realized the importance and freedom of knowing how to protect herself. Her extensive studies in karate, jujitsu, judo, and Iaido, paired with her background in performing arts, makes her classes not only informative but entertaining and fun as well. Melissa graduated from Meredith College in 1999 with a music degree and has had the privilege to return to Meredith College as an adjunct instructor to teach karate and self defense. Her students find the warrior in themselves, but also discover a base of supportive and encouraging peers.