Leading Martial Arts Academy in Raleigh NC

Martial Arts Academy near Raleigh NC Karate International is the premier karate academy in the Raleigh - Durham area. We have been offering martial arts training in the local community since 1974, instructing pre-schoolers, children, teens, adults, and seniors, and whole families. We offer a number of programs for instruction in the martial arts, health and fitness, character development, weapons training, and street smart self-defense. Our goal has always been to produce champions inside and outside of the dojo.

Meet Our Instructors

Karate International is home to some of the most experienced and trusted instructors in the area.

Raleigh's Premier Martial Arts Academy - Karate International WR - 1chesterChester 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.

Raleigh's Premier Martial Arts Academy - Karate International WR - 1alexAlex 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.

Karate Classes

At Karate International, the habits we TRAIN are the habits we GAIN! We specialize in 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, and the belief that all great techniques contain a balance of mental, physical, and spiritual forces. Our instructors will help you build character, get results, and make new friends. We offer classes for kids, teens, and adults.

Since starting Karate International almost 2 years ago, my son has grown in so many wonderful ways. His confidence and level of respect for others has improved tremendously. Mr. Rowe is such a great influence in his life and I couldn't thank him enough. They say it takes a village to raise children and I am so grateful that ours includes Mr. & Mrs. Rowe. Joining Karate International was the best decision my family could of made for our child. I look forward to having my son achieve his goal of becoming a black belt and possibly becoming a teacher himself one day. Jodi B. of Cary, NC

I want to thank you for the absolute blast Tyler and his friends had at your Dojo this afternoon. As I mentioned, when Tyler and I got in the car to head over to the party, he gleefully exclaimed, 'I've been waiting for this day for MONTHS!' He was excited to say the least. Philip M. of West Raleigh NC

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