Karate International of Durham

  Black Belt Leadership Academy 


Welcome to Karate International of Durham

  Karate International of Durham 2014 Best of the Triangle Reader’s Poll,“Best Martial Arts Studio in the Triangle”

Teaching Quality Martial Arts Since 1957

About Our School

Karate International of Durham offers age and program specific curriculum. That means we offer classes to anyone serious about martial arts and fitness training from 4 years of age and above. And for every age group and skill level - there's a class just right for you. However, to become part of our martial arts program requires no experience – only the will to learn and the patience to excel.

Karate International specializes in adult fitness, kids martial arts, self-defense, and Aikido, offering outstanding instruction and training for men, women, and children.

 The professional instructors at Karate International are led by Grandmaster Jessie Bowen, a 10th Degree Black Belt with over 30 years of martial arts excellence, who has produced over 400 black belts. He is a certified Life Success Coach, holding degrees in Business Management, Sports Hypnosis, NLP, and Martial Science. He will work with you and your family to ensure a safe and satisfying time at our Academy. 

As an educator, he has been on the Duke University Physical Education staff for over 20 years, influencing thousands of students in mind body training. Grand Master Bowen is a Corporate Educator for Duke Corporate Education, ranked the world’s #1 provider of Custom Executive Education by the Financial Times. His empowerment course "The Karate Experience - Breaking Through Barriers" is offered nationally and internationally for executive team building.

Karate International is committed to providing the highest quality training available. We believe that all of our programs should be serious but fun at the same time. We want our students to feel comfortable in class and to really get the most out of their time spent here. We take pride in offering a positive learning environment where individuals of all ages can benefit no matter their abilities.

So, if you're looking to get yourself back into shape, master self-defense, and take your body and mind to the next level -
then the staff at Karate International will be more than happy to help you reach your goals and beyond.

Grandmaster Bowen's Other Accomplishments:

  • Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame as the 2014 Ambassador of Goodwill to the Martial Arts
  • Member Solution Financial Services Top Achiever Award
  • NRC Business Man of the Year
  • American Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame Leadership Award 
  •  Established Mastermind-Sports Performance Virtual Coaching Service 
  •  American Martial Arts Alliance Sport Karate Tournament Promoter of the Year
  • Action Martial Arts Magazine Martial Arts Instructor of the Year 
  • Certified Sports Hypnotist
  • Certified Silva Method Lecture Developer Trainer
  • Certified Silva Method Lecturer
  • American Martial Arts Freestyle Golden Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • American Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame Man of the Year Award 
  • National Business Advisory Business Man of the Year 
  • Recipient of Super Star Black Belt Hall of Fame Living Legend Award 2003
  • 2002 World Cup, Karate World Champion
  • Black Belt Super Star Hall of Fame, WHO'S WHO in the Martial Arts Award  
  • Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee as Outstanding Grand Master of the Year  
  • United States Karate Hall of Fame inductee as Most Distinguished Grand Master of the Year  
  • World Karate Union Hall of Fame inductee as Grand Master of the Year  
  • United States Karate Hall of Fame inductee as Grand Master of the Year  
  • Sport Karate Tournament Promoter of the Year  
  • Sports Coordinator for the US Olympic Committee and North Carolina Amateur Sports for the US Olympic Festival, Tae Kwon Do competition in 1987
  • Sports Coordinator for North Carolina Amateur Sports in Karate and Bowling 
  • Professional Bowler  - PBA Tour Member
  • USBC Bowling Coach
  • Bowling Instructor Duke University
  • Director of the nationally ranked Durham Karate Open tournament since 1981



Karate International of Durham
5324 New Hope Commons Dr
Durham, NC 27707

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