All About Martial Arts

Don't let others steal your dreams!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Is someone sabotaging your success?

Have you ever had a plan only to find out that someone close to you discouraged you from achieving your goal? While it is admirable to take advice from others, always consider the source. Read on to find out to find out if someone is sabotaging your progress.

Karate is Ageless

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. Posted in All About Martial Arts

You are never too old or too young to start Karate!

John Allis turned 80 years old in 2019. He has been in Karate for 38 years. John is a 4th Degree Black Belt who is still actively training and teaching. In fact, John probably works out more than the average 40 year old.

Struggles are part of the Path to Black Belt

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Friday, 11 January 2019. Posted in All About Martial Arts

The white belt boy who became a teacher!

connor2I origially wrote this article 5 years ago when we had just promoted Mr. Mainwaring to Black Belt.  Now that he teaches many of our classes and is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, I thought the parents, in particluar would love to read about his humble beginnings from his Mother's perspective!

45 Years Later

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Friday, 30 November 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Our years as a Martial Arts Family

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By Kathy Olevsky

Today is one of those many days where I sit down to write and realize that I have had a great life filled with daily martial arts. In early 2019, Mr. Olevsky and I will celebate the 45th Year that Karate International has been open in the Triangle. His instructor, Mr. Jan Wellendorf opened Karate International of Raleigh in 1974. Mr. O. and I took over the school from Mr. Wellendorf in 1979.


What age should you be to start martial arts?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 11 June 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Right now is the perfect time!

MrOMeo2What 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.

We Don't Punish the Behavior We Want To Encourage!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Comments can make it better or worse

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by Kathy Olevsky

Sometimes as parents, it is so hard to know what is right, what comments will damage and how to encourage greatness. As instructors, we seem to have the same issues. One thing we can all try harder on is to stop making fun of the behavior we actually want them to show!

We tell our instructors we all have a child in class who is constantly spinning and just doesn’t generally do anything you tell them to do. Then, one day, they actually execute a great front snap kick. The wrong comment would be:

“Okay now Johnny if you just did that more often, you might actually get promoted.”

The better comment would be:
“Okay now, Johnny; that is what I like to see, what a great front kick!”

I’m sure parents can relate to this one. Maybe you have said something similar in a snarky voice when they finally cleaned their room.

Don't Forget About Endorphins

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Endorphins - the Secret Weapon

Don’t forgOld boxing gloveset about Endorphins!

by Kathy Olevsky

If you are one of the many adults who is dealing with your everyday life and stresses, let me remind you of something you already know. This is a case of “it worked so well, I quit doing it”. Think back to a workout you had one time, that was unbelievably exhausting but yet you felt great when it was done. On that day, you probably walked out of your workout feeling a little high from knowing you burned a gazillion calories, strengthened your core, improved some skills and basically performed really well. That feeling you had of pride and accomplishment was enhanced by the Endorphins you experienced after working out so hard.

Negative Comments Can Be Destructive

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 05 March 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Don't let others de-rail your Parental Decisions

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By Kathy Olevsky

Often times, in the martial arts business, we hear that students all of a sudden decide they don’t want to do Karate. This confuses the parents and our instructors when the child had been doing very well in martial arts prior to this latest revelation. Over the years, we have found out some very interesting facts that undermine our best laid plans as parents.

5 Signs you need to know about Dehydration

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

It's not just thirst...understand dehydration!

Check out these 5 signs that you may need more water!

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by Kathy Olevsky

1. Dry skin or cold all the time

Severe dehydration can become apparent if your skin starts to feel cold and dry. When you need fluid, your body can go into crisis mode and it will steal blood from your skin to send it to your internal organs. Your skin is often the first place you may notice water missing from your daily routine. If you suffer from dry itchy skin, it may not be caused by winter; it may be dehydration. If you are often cold for no known reason, particularly if you’ve been working out more frequently, you might also try drinking more water to see if it alleviates the symptoms. Similarly, if you pinch the skin on the top of your hand and it doesn’t snap back quickly, it may be a sign that skin has lost elasticity due to dehydration. Click the link below to continue reading.

YOUR path to Black Belt

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 05 February 2018. Posted in All About Martial Arts

A personal journey to success.

Hailey Kick 2YOUR path to Black Belt

 The path to Black Belt is very personal.  The important thing for everyone to know is that there is a path.  When people watch those of us who have already achieved Black Belt, they sometimes compare themselves to those of us who have spent 5 years or 35 years getting to where we are in the martial arts.  That is the big mistake.  The path is defined and easy to follow, but takes a good attitude and the ability to commit to something that is important to you.  You do not have to have a natural talent for it.  We will teach techniques to you that seem foreign at first but become comfortable and eventually show off your talent.

Mr. O's Holiday Message from 1994 still has value

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Expressing Love is the best way to enrich life

1996In 1994, Rob Olevsky, or as we call him, Mr. O.,

wrote an article around the holiday season.  I think

it is worth a re-print as it appears to be a timeless message. 

I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and family.


Why should children start Karate as early as 3 years old?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Building physical skills and focus at an early age

cutest winner eveThere used to be a time, when someone asked me what I thought was the perfect age for a child to start taking Karate, I would generally answer with “eight years old” as the best age.  However, we actually start teaching children in our Little Samurai class at 3 years old.  I am pretty sure, we explored teaching pre-school martial arts, because of the requests from parents of our older kids.  That was about 18 years ago.  Now I have a totally different outlook on teaching this age group. 

My teenager is driving me crazy!

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Monday, 26 June 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

Martial Arts Classes can be your secret weapon

teens and kids smallWhen your teen is driving you crazy with his or her decisions, remember this is a phase and they are good people.  It is not uncommon for a teen to start to show a side to their parents that they have never seen before.  Your normally perfect child, all of a sudden starts making decisions that are questionable, at least, and maybe even a little dangerous.

Who takes Karate?

Written by Kathy Olevsky on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in All About Martial Arts

All kinds of people, with different reasons, enjoy Karate.

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Who takes Karate?

There are so many different types of people who take Karate, but there are also similarities. We teach pre-school children, children ages 5-12, teens, and adults.  

We find that in the children, we often get the children who do not choose to participate in team sports.  Or, if they do participate in team sports, their parents have already noticed that sooner or later, there will be a time where they can’t move forward.  If you are not the best on the team, you don’t move up to the next best team.   There are children who enjoy team sports but just don’t thrive in the sport.  There are children who just really don’t like team sports at all.  Most children thrive in Karate!

Thirty Years Later - a story of 30 years as a female Black Belt

on Thursday, 22 December 2016. Posted in All About Martial Arts

A Black Belt Anniversary

robkathy1985Thirty Years Later

I celebrated my 30th year as a Black Belt this month.  I was promoted to my 1st Degree Black Belt on December 18th, 1986.

In fact, I started taking Karate right after I moved back home following my college years.  I had gone to college to become an elementary school counselor, only to find out that I had to first become a teacher.  Once I did my student teaching, I decided that this was not my career choice after all.  That was an interesting time.  I had just spent 4 years in college and now I had to figure out what to do with my life.

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