Kids Learn to Collaborate at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA

On top of learning respect and self-discipline, a child learning martial arts also develops team work skills. This kind of skill becomes important in life because the need for teamwork pops up frequently. Whether it’s in school, work, or other special situations, learning to cooperate with others to accomplish a task is not easy; it can cause stress and bring out the worst in people. But with teamwork training infused in martial art programs like at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA , it contributes positively to our future leaders.

In any given martial arts class at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, working with partners or in groups can play greatly in a student’s success. When it comes to alternating turns to hold up a kicking target for peers, the students listen to each other and help all to improve. Students may not realize this, but they continuously practice exchanging good etiquette with one another. And a lot of the times, having and being a good partner in all aspects of training makes a big difference in training.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA,  kids completing tasks together builds their relationship with one another. From doing exercises and basic kicking in unison, they keep in mind of what the instructor at the front is doing and how they’re moving smoothly with their peers.

It is wonderful to see kids of different belt ranks help each other out. Especially when an upper belt student assists with a lower belt student’s technique, she or he starts to show care that the other student does well. Even if the student is completely different from the helper, the task given allows them to work together in harmony.

Regardless of the level of difficulty of team work, having developed multiple skills that contribute to being an effective individual in projects makes associating with all kinds of people easier.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, visit here

Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Bonds Families

Martial Arts creates a weekly opportunity for Family Time!

Time with your kids is precious because that phase goes by so fast. When they’re young, it’s the best opportunity to develop a solid relationship with them. Parents who train at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate find a significant difference in their relationships with their kids. In addition for Choe’s HapKiDo Karate teaching adult classes,  kids martial arts classes are just as beneficial.

One benefit for parents and children to train at Choe’s HapKiDo, it is an opportunity to bond as a family. There is always something to talk about the dinner table, and kids and parents alike are able to give each other feedback. The kids will be excited to show the parents the new kick that they are learning, and parents would be able to help them at home as an instructor would.

In addition to HapKiDo karate classes catering towards different age groups, our family classes are opportunities for the whole family to work out together! You will all get to do all parts of the classes together —from stretching, to cardio, to target kicking, and to self-defense.

We love watching parents, kids, and siblings enjoying themselves because of a mutual hobby such as Choe’s HapKiDo Karate!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate, visit here

Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo

On a day to day basis, we see kids thrive in our HapKiDo martial arts program. By guiding and watching these small humans grow in confidence, self-esteem and respect, they are able to apply these skills to all areas of life. Kids are happy when they see and believe the awesomeness that they are capable of. They experience hands-on that messing up is okay, and that perseverance is the key to accomplish goals.

For Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo takes the idea of a full HapKiDo class and makes the day bigger for the birthday superstar!

The party gang will have fun at our Kids Karate Birthday Parties, and they will learn some martial arts throughout the whole party. Everyone will have fun, and we help the birthday kid showcase his/her martial arts skills. Just like what we see when we teach class, your child’s confidence and self-esteem will soar by helping lead class, accomplishing the new martial arts techniques learned, breaking a board in front of all, and more!

After all of the fun and excitement of experiencing martial arts, a giant pizza party and snacks will be ready to refuel the ninjas’ appetites! And for the finale, the birthday star will have the honor and spotlight of karate chopping a yummy cake with a REAL Samurai Sword!

Kids Karate Birthday Parties are supervised fun and let the parents relax and enjoy themselves. Our parties are also flexible for parents to be involved too! Pick the birthday theme, and our HapKiDo martial arts staff will take care of everything else! We take charge of the planning, the setting up, AND THE CLEANING UP! After the party is are over, you and your birthday child can go home, look through the pictures, and smile on the day of fun. Also enjoy the big hugs and love from your child’s glowing face!

Book a spot for our Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo soon!

Kids love to come back to have us celebrate with them again, and our calendar fills up really quick. Book here!

How HapKiDo Karate Can Benefit Women

Martial arts can take anybody and turn him or her into something greater. While martial arts is considered a sport, it is more than that. It is about how well you can perform by yourself but also with others. If a person desires to improve on his or her martial art skills everyday, growth happens. Martial arts does not care whetherthe learner is a boy or a girl, but it matters that s/he wants to learn. We are at an exciting day and age where an increasing number of women participate in martial arts. What used to be a strictly male sport, people are now greatly accepting more possibilities.

Introducing girls to martial arts, like Choe’s HapKiDo Karate, shows them what life has to offer. While girls may like completely different things than boys, they understand that it’s perfectly okay to be themselves and to learn martial arts too. When they see that boys and girls alike both rock at HapKiDo karate, they also pick up that it is important to do just as well in other areas of life.

In addition to developing physical strength and endurance, girls also learn the importance of self-respect, confidence, perseverance, and focus. And with a well-rounded martial arts program, girls can also have the opportunity for leadership roles that will allow them to lead classes, to guide students, and to give speeches.

With a little HapKiDo karate added to your child’s life, s/he will grow up to be a strong individual who always aim to succeed.

For more on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate, visit here.

Learn Meditation at I Love Martial Arts Georgia!

At I Love Martial Arts Georgia, we guide individuals through all sorts of exercise to promote for a stronger, better life. One workout that we guide classes through is usually done right before warming up our bodies. In the martial arts world, meditation serves as a tool to connect the mind to the body.

According to Instructor Gasstrom from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, “…your mind plays a significant part when doing physical training and conditioning as it will determine how long you will be able to handle the intensity of the workout. Therefore, by training your mind to overcome greater lengths and amount of workout, you will be able to have even better results.”

As fierce and wild as meditation sounds, it should not be overlooked as useless. It is simple, yet can be powerful. Neurologists have observed beneficial changes to the brain for those that undergo meditation: it can decrease pain sensitivity, improve mood associated to depression and anxiety, increase focus which greatly affect those with ADD/ADHD, and influence to be more awake and relaxed (Dvorsky).

While some studies have shown great changes to those who meditated five hours a day, people can receive benefits from this exercise by attempting 20 minutes a day. The mind is an incredible creation, as it can “memorize how much your body can handle and send it signals…[and] your body will perform against the limitations you set for yourself and improve with repetition (Gasstrom).

Meditation will not work like other forms of exercise because it’s in a zone of its own. If someone is looking for a way to relieve stress, then all forms of exercise including meditation will do. But if someone desires to improve in areas like mood, concentration and breathing, then meditation should be given a try. Especially if it is something that people can get into, it can be so beneficial to one’s health.

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Teenagers are Perfect for Martial Arts

Teenagers and martial arts go perfectly together. Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school and high school era challenged everybody – and it still does! Everything is changing during this phase: relationships, interests, hormones, emotions, beliefs, and much, much more. It’s a life defining moment. The teenage years can be brutal, but there are things that can be done to make them better.

1) Be Around Friends
A part of the teenage years is trying to find a place to belong. While some people make friends easily, others struggle with this area. By helping teens find their niche, they will naturally link with other people who share their interests.

2) Develop Self-Respect
One of life’s valuable lessons is learning how to respect yourself. As it is easier to listen to negative comments produced by others and self, it’s not healthy. When teens can develop that respect muscle, only good can from it. They learn to be fair and love themselves for how they are.

3) Be Around Positively Influential People
Good development can come from being around positively influential people. Teens are like plants – they will absorb everything that goes on around them. Place them around people like sport coaches or music teachers, and it will affect them positively during the teenage years.

All of these aspects are offered at Choe’s HapKiDo. We love to watch individuals grow and to be a part of their lives. Teenagers who do martial arts improve their self-esteem, confidence, and self respect. They may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence, increased self-esteem, and an increase in self-respect. As teenagers, any time that they are around positivity helps them through this time period. They know that they have found a community to relate to, and it’s a great place to let off steam

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

HapKiDo Betters a Child’s Social Skills

Children can have difficulty making friends. Some kids may struggle with shyness and social anxiety, which makes it hard to approach other kids. Other kids may be unaware that their behavior can discourage peers to approach them. Whether it is from the child being high in energy, impulsive, loud, or angry, other students will find reason to dislike one another and unfortunately stay away. Martial arts fixes the problems that kids have with each other by being a place where all kinds of students collaborate daily.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, people of different personalities and characters come together. They learn to work with one another, and they develop great respect towards each other. Children who learn HapKiDo grow more confident about themselves, and they learn how to take control of their emotions. They start making friends with everyone in class because of the bonding that takes place when working together.

With a well-rounded martial arts program like Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, children who struggle with making friends will have an easier time to do so at school. They learn what their strength are and how to use them. The fear of approaching people or starting up conversations lessen because they are  around students of their age all the time. When it comes to ice breakers, sharing with someone new what belt rank they are and of different stories always impress listeners. And kids who struggle with anger or rudeness learn the importance of waiting in line patiently or letting others have their fair turn in a game.

When kids learn how to work together and put aside their differences, they can accomplish great tasks. As they spend time together in class holding kicking targets for each other and advising each other on how to improve a technique, they focus on helping one another.

For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, visit here.


Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with feedOne to Fight Hunger

—Members in Different Locations Work Together to Make a Difference

Choe’s HapKiDo works with Sweat Angels to team up with feedOne to help fight hunger for kids in developing worlds. 66 million children attending school without having eaten, and the martial arts school wants to decrease that number. Members are able to participate in this cause by using Facebook to check in to their locations and adding the hashtag #meals4kids. With every two check-ins, a meal is provided to a child in need.

The goal of feedOne is to promote the awareness of the state that the children are in and to also bring meals to them. A program called Children’s Feeding Initiative, 146,676 children are enrolled. From around the world in developing worlds, countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guatemala, and Tanzania.

Not only does feedOne feed the children, but they also monitor their health and growth.

Choe’s HapKiDo seeks every opportunity to help its communities. The HapKiDo locations involved  with the cause include Lawrenceville, Cumming, Duluth, and Flowery Branch.

Every month, the martial arts community work together with Sweat Angels to contribute to a different cause. Last month, they partnered up with the non-profit organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which bought dog food.

Previous projects include a food drive with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and a winter clothes drive with THREE-OH-WE-GO.

For more information on feedOne, visit here.

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Bio Instructor Spotlight: Instructor Matt Gresham

Hello there! I am Instructor Matt Gresham, and I have been instructing HapKiDo and Kickboxing for about five years each. At Choe’s HapKiDo, I started HapKiDo training near the end of 2012, and my passion for it keeps growing. Within six months of starting training, I realized I had a gift for explaining and guiding people, and I wanted to explore more into those areas.

One of the greatest moments in HapKiDo is when I received my Black Belt from Grandmaster Choe at the 2016 Summer Championship. My struggles in training included excuse making, lack of confidence, and lack of discipline. I used to act before I would think, and now my actions are calculated and intentional.

One person who inspires me as an instructor is Instructor RJ LoPresti. His attitude, passion, and his drive to succeed and to help others motivate me. My long-term goal is to open and run a HapKiDo location, and he is the first person to help inspire that. I’m driven to change the world and to protect the innocent through self-cultivation and realization, and teaching here and later opening a school would activate those dreams.

I enjoy how HapKiDo and Kickboxing complement each other. While HapKiDo constantly challenges self to be better than yesterday, Kickboxing shows what you and others are capable of.

If people are committed to change and living a full productive life, then the time is now. Life is better when I can coach people every day. My favorite part of instructing, whether it is a kid or an adult, is seeing the light come on in their faces.


Hobbies: Automotive Performance Enthusiast & Race Cars

Favorite Colors: Black and White

Favorite Movies: Boondocks Saints, The Matrix, Taken, and Dragon Ball Z

Favorite Workout Tune: “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake, Lil Jon

This Month’s HapKiDo Belt Promotion is Coming Up!

The Day that Everyone Looks Foward to!

This Saturday on February 18th starting at 9:30 A.M and until 8 P.M, the students of Choe’s HapKiDo look forward to this month’s Belt Promotion Event. This event starts at one of the schools in the morning, and tours to two more schools by the end of the day. In total, students have three opportunities to choose from on when to participate.

The panel is made of masters and head instructors from each location.  We would like students to think of this day as a day to show all what they have learned.

For Cumming HapKiDo Head Instructor RJ LoPresti, who has been doing martial arts since 6-years-old, “The students get to present what they’ve learned and show how much they’ve grown and improved since their last test. It’s awesome to see everyone’s growth!!”

For Lawrenceville HapKiDo Head Instructor Dan Wilson, who has been doing martial arts since 11-years-old, “We want our students to succeed. As instructors, we still test to keep advancing as Black Belts, and we understand what our students go through every month. We are all growing, and we want to make sure everyone is growing well. ”

The monthly event is a day worth celebrating.  It is an all day event, and everyone looks forward to feasting somewhere fun afterwards. The students who presented themselves and showed everyone what they have learned are able to relax. Everyone from instructor, to students, and to parents get to talk about the day’s highlights.

Even if students are not participating in the Belt Promotion Event, they can still come out support others. This action shows good sportsmanship, and they get to hang out with the HapKiDo family.

“It’s like a family reunion every month,” says Instructor Wilson, “we spend time separately training in our locations with our students, but the belt promotions let everyone gather all at once.”

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.


Bio Instructor Spotlight: Bresha Anderson

Hello! I am Instructor Bresha Anderson at iLoveKickboxing Atlanta! My background experience includes a strong passion for fitness and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and nutrition from Georgia Southern. On a daily basis, I greatly enjoy focusing on sharpening my skills as a kickboxing instructor. Working with our kickboxers provides a daily opportunity to share my passions with others: I love working out and helping others reach their fitness goals.

My relationship with learning how to love working out developed throughout my freshman year in college. At that point in my life, I would describe myself having not been too fit. Throughout high school, I was physically active in dance and cheerleading, but I did not learn how to stay healthy. It is thanks to my roommate in college who taught me how to train, lift weights, and do cardio to stay fit. As a result, I successfully lost 20 pounds during my freshman year.

Being a kickboxing instructor is a way to make a difference in the world. At iLoveKickboxing Atlanta, I enjoy getting to know the people who come to class. It is a joy to learn more about them and to be able to personalize their experience. Like me, they are here to make healthy changes to their lives, and I can help them find solutions.

If I learned anything from the past years, it is to not sweat the small stuff. Especially when trying to stay with our goals, we may run into bad days. But it is important to let it go and focus on better days to come.


Dog- Yorkie Poo- Skye

Hobbies- cycling, read, draw, write, and yoga

Colors- purple and black

Life Long Goal- Start a fitness program that could reach out to low-income families

Shred Your Ex! – Valentine’s Day Kickboxing Event





The Anti-Valentine’s Day that You Won’t Want to Miss.

Atlanta — Hosted by iLoveKickboxing all around the states, the annual Shred Your Ex is going down on Monday February 13th. Kickboxers look forward to this event every year. With a live DJ in the house, the last two classes encourage the kickboxers to bring a picture of their ex lovers, bosses, and anything that make them angry and tape it to a kickboxing bag. Then, the kickboxers have at it.

With the high energy music blasting from the DJ table, people all around the studio are shredding the visual in front of them. Their hooks, upper cuts, and roundhouses have never been better. Plus, the workout is a high-calorie crunching hour.

According to Instructor RJ LoPresti from iLoveKickboxing Cumming, “It’s awesome to see what people will bring in for the evening. In the past we’ve had fun ones taped to the bags like highway traffic and burpees.”

From Instructor Dan Wilson from iLoveKickboxing Lawrenceville, “Part of kickboxing classes is to try to visualize a person when applying certain punches and kicks to the bags. Shred Your Ex is a great way to motivate our kickboxers to enjoy working out too.”

iLoveKickboxing looks for different ways to make working out exciting, and monthly DJ nights is one of them. With a different theme each month, kickboxers can look forward to dressing in disco attire one month and camo wear the next month. Regardless of the theme, the people can look forward to the anti-Valentine’s Day every year.

Fitness kickboxing has become a popular sensation around the United States. It is  a workout that allows people to enjoy cardio and high interval training, while the whole process remains fun. This type of program is a great way to encourage anyone to start on goals and to remain physically active.

For more information on iLoveKickboxing, visit here.


Take Care of Yourself to Avoid Heart Disease

Everyday is invaluable because there is not a date that repeats itself. You have many new beginnings with each morning that you arise, but today’s morning is unique.

What you do with your 24 hours today impacts how you feel the next day. And if not the next day, in the long run. But with everything you do, remember to spend time to take care of yourself. Have your “me time”. Go beyond the routine of waking up every morning to brush your teeth. Set aside an additional hour or two to sit back and relax. Read, reflect, do some stretches, spend an hour doing amazing fitness that will take care of your heart. In light of February being National Heart Disease month, get in your daily workout with something heart pumping like fitness kickboxing and martial arts.

Fitness keeps our hearts healthy when at a resting state. During the hour or so of working out, blood is transferring oxygen to all areas of our body at a quicker rate. When we workout more, our hearts don’t have to work so hard to pump blood and oxygen when resting.

Did you know that heart disease is the No.1 cause of death in the United States? On average, 600,000 Americans are affected? That’s 1 out of 4 people!

We have one heart and one mind that can do wonders if we apply them, and our body depends on them. We are not puppets. We have the opportunity to control our choices.

What do you want out of life? Do you want to settle for living an okay life, or do you want to exceed all expectations and be wow-ed with life?

But you can’t live the life you want when you’re not taking care of yourself. Love every part of your life!




Bio Instructor Spotlight: Susie Rogers

Hello world! My name is Instructor Susie Rogers, and I teach at Choe’s HapKiDo & iLoveKickboxing Cumming! I became a 2nd Black Belt Degree in 2016, and I have loved every step of my journey in HapKiDo.

I was first inspired to start martial arts after watching my husband, Scott, and two sons, Alex and Zane, participate. When I joined, I started a belt behind my family members. But in 2013, a super exciting moment happened to our family: three of us tested at the same time and earned our first degree black belts (the youngest was injured and tested just a couple of months later.) Amazingly, Zane and I have continued on and are both second degree black belts. I say this with gratitude, that I would not be where I am today if it were not for my family and big HapKiDo team.

HapKiDo has definitely boosted my confidence level in leading my life. Before HapKiDo, I was comfortable being in the background. Now, stepping out to instruct a fitness class is easier. Growing in confidence has also led me to start my own massage therapy practice. I am also part of a group of massage therapists that work on professional athletes. In addition to refining my HapKiDo skills, I enjoy being inspired to continue growing in my career.

Overall, teaching is my passion. I enjoy watching people accomplish a goal after they thought the success was impossible. My greatest encourager is my husband, and homeschooling our three children is probably where I started sharpening my teaching skills. If anything, teaching kids gives me great pleasure. Helping people is what I love to do.


Other Occupation: A Licensed Massage Therapist, i.e. I work as a private massage therapist as well as one for a professional sports team

Family: Husband named Scott, children named Abi, Alex, and Zane

Pets: A furry mutt named Delaney

Current goal: Refining HapKiDo techniques

Nerf War-Parents Night Out at Choe’s HapKiDo Duluth

The Place Your Kids Will Want to Go While You are Out at HapKiDo Duluth!

Duluth–Parents! Looking for a trusting babysitter for the Valentine’s Day weekend? Enjoy an evening with an eased mine knowing your child is in safe hands at Choe’s HapKiDo Duluth’s Nerf War-Parents Night Out event. Occurring on Saturday February 11th from 5pm to 9pm, your child can have the best evening playing with our HapKiDo instructors and other kids.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Duluth, your child will have a great time having a Nerf Battle, pizza, movie, and other fun activities. Our Nerf War-Parents Night Out event is opened to your child and child’s friend. The more, the merrier is key here.

Our bright blue mats provide a nice cushy feel to the feet, while our foam mats used for tumbling practices and kickboxing bags act as great battle station shields. Our HapKiDo Duluth martial arts studio can greatly be turned into a nerf battleroom.

According to Ms. Dzanana Cufurovic, the school’s assistant, her almost thirteen-year-old brother has been attending this annual Nerf War event for the last four years. For them, they enjoy that it gives them an excuse to buy new Nerf guns and be kids.

“One of the things that I’m looking forward to is seeing all of the endless smiles on everyone’s faces no matter the age, and the endless laughter we will all be sharing due to the traditional Nerf War battle,” said Ms. Cufurovic.

By the time you come to pick them up, they would have already eaten and be ready for bed. While they will have super fun running around our studio and having a blast battling our instructors and friends, they will be happy to see you to tell you all about it.

A night out with us would be $10 per child, and the child needs to bring his or her own Nerf gun. This will help cover pizza, snacks, and our helping hands. We also make sure your child returns home with all of his or her Nerfs.

To register your child for Choe’s HapKiDo Duluth‘s Nerf War-Parents Night Out event, contact Master Cody Foor to register:  678-380-0022.

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Bio Instructor Spotlight: Rahkeen Williams

Hi! I am Instructor Rahkeen Williams at Choe’s HapKiDo & iLoveKickboxing Duluth! I have achieved first year black belt status in 2015, and I enjoy teaching both HapKiDo and kickboxing classes. My ultimate goal in life is to do as much good as I can. Even if I jam my toe or do not have a car on hand, I will still make it to class to help change lives.

My martial arts career started when I was twenty-years old. I had wanted to do martial arts since being little, and meeting Master Foor changed that. His kindness, wisdom, and perseverance are part of the reasons why I enjoy HapKiDo, Kickboxing, and impacting the world.

I remember when I was a kid and being inspired by the Power Rangers.  Now, teaching kids how to become their best in HapKiDo is my favorite part. It is a great feeling to watch them go from their first days in class to leveling up on belt tests.

Whatever place you are in life, if you are struggling or feeling nervous about trying HapKiDo or Kickboxing, I will try to motivate you. It is okay if it takes more than one day to achieve a goal. Taking baby steps is the key!


Hobbies: Cooking, Parkour, and Acting (Walking Dead, photo double extra)

Kids’ Nerf War Party Parents Night Out for the Valentine Weekend at Choe’s HapKiDo

Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe's HapKiDo Martial Arts
Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts

—Parents, have a stress-free Parents Night Out with a special someone

Cumming — The Nerf War Party is a night to treat the kids to a great night filled with pizza, snacks, a movie, and fun activities. Hosted by Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming, spend a lovely parents night out with a loved one and be worry free of who is watching the kids. Taking place on Saturday February 11th from 5pm to 9pm, parents and kids can have a fantastic evening.

Kids should bring their own nerf gun, and they are free to bring a friend. The night will be supervised by expert children supervisors—the Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming Head Instructors and Assistant Instructors. With experience in organizing and instructing HapKiDo class for different ages, from 3 and up, the instructors are always ready to have some fun with the kids.

To help cover dinner and helping hands, a night at the Nerf War Party is $20 by February 10th, and $25 after the date.

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For more information, contact Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming at 678-513-5436. Also check out more information on


Bio Instructor Spotlight: David Caine

David Caine

Hi! I am Instructor David Caine at iLoveKickboxing Atlanta! I started teaching fitness kickboxing because helping people to reach their goals feels good. I think the art of kickboxing is incredible in the way that the techniques flow together, and teaching is a great way to channel my passion for fitness.

My fitness background includes nine and a half years of MMA (Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu), and six and a half years of kickboxing. By having exercise become a part of my life, I have been able to meet amazing people and have increased my energy and focus levels. Continuing to be the best I can become feels the greatest.

I believe that I can make an impact on people’s lives because fitness is part of my life every day. We need to take time to realize how important we are and let that be our motive. When we make health a priority, we increase the quality and the longevity of life. People need to think about how there are consequences from everything we do. When we hit fifty, do we want to be struggling with getting up or still be running laps around the world. I hope to help people on their journey and share with them the joy fitness has brought me.

To anyone who fears to get out there and make changes in his life, they do not mean that we are inadequate. We are powerful beyond measure, and a lot of time it is our light that most frightens us. Playing small does not serve the world as we were all meant to shine as children do. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give permission for others to do the same. And as we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others. So to do great, do not fear to do so because the light will shine through our fears.


Favorite workout music: Hip-Hop

Favorite Band: A Day to Remember

Favorite Colors: Black, white, and grey

Hobbies: Mountain biking

Professional life goal: Own multiple businesses

Life Goals: Travel and to ride the world’s tallest zip line

Take a Health and Wellness Class at Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch

–Martial Arts location offers an opportunity to learn Tai-Chi, QiGong, and more.

Flowery Branch– People may rise up in the mornings to run, and others may be found heading to a fitness class that has them peacefully moving from QiGong, to Tai Chi, and to Yoga. This class is called Health and Wellness, and it is offered by the local Choe’s HapKiDo studio in Flowery Branch. Classes are offered twice a week: Wednesdays at 10 A.M. and Saturdays at 9 A.M.

A martial arts location ran by her and her husband who are both second degree black belts, Instructor Patti Ann Rivera describes how the Health and Wellness class allows all ages to positively increase their well beings with a relaxing, low-impact, and meditative course.

Each class is forty-five minutes long, and it begins with general respect by bowing to each other. As Instructor Patti Ann describes, “We then start with QiGong, which are breathing exercises. Next, calisthenics to warm us up, which includes knee bends and circles. After that, we go into more deep stretching in the style of Zen Kinesthetics. The breathing exercises warm up our bodies and give us a little aerobic activity. And then we move into more QiGong to stimulate all bodily functions. We then move on to the Tai Chi form, and then we end with yoga and meditation.”

Class participant Wade Andrews, age 65, has happily been coming the last four months, “Tai-Chi is perfect for Parkinson’s Disease, and I have finally found a great place to take class.”

For 44-year-old Paula Rowell, who also takes Kickboxing and HapKiDo classes at Choe’s HapKiDo, shares: “Each one of them is a building block with another. The Health and Wellness class helps me with my balance in HapKiDo. In HapKiDo, it helps me with technique and form, which prevents less injury in kickboxing. Plus, they are all a good outlet for stress.”

The main benefits one can experience from the class at Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch includes better flexibility, extra stamina, an increase in circulation and mobility, and a better grasp on concentration and focus.

As a lot of forms of martial arts like Tai Chi and QiGong are in respect to nature, Instructor Patti Ann likes to have class outdoors at a nearby park during the mild weather months. One perspective that she shares is that each season is connected with the techniques performed in class. To benefit the organs, like the heart that may not be so active during winter, the moves and exercises are meant stimulate them.

For anyone who is interested in try Choe’s HapKiDo Health and Wellness class, the first class is complimentary.

For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch and their other locations, check out

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden
Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Bio Spotlight:

Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Hello! I am Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden at iLoveKickboxing Cumming!  I started teaching fitness kickboxing because I believe exercise saves lives.  The way kickboxing and martial arts has changed my life, I can now give back. I am currently working on running a 10K and plan to go back to school to be a personal trainer. I have overcome my own fitness struggles, and I want to reach out to others.

When I started kickboxing, I went from being 225 pounds to 145 pounds. Now, I feel younger and more healthier than I have ever been in my life. I give great thanks to my HapKiDo and Kickboxing instructor RJ LoPresti.  He helped me believe in myself again and see that there are things bigger than myself. It’s also okay to live with your heart on your sleeve. Plus, being part of the kickboxing and HapKiDo team, I have learned that we are also family.

Through my journey of making a healthier lifestyle, I am able to help people wherever they are at. Even if the person is unmotivated, I will do my best to get on their level. I will show them that their goals are easier to reach if we work on them together. I love being a kickboxing instructor because when I see people’s reactions when they first start seeing results, it’s priceless.


Family life: Wife, three kids, and a dog

Motto:  “Everyday is a new beginning. Leave the past in the past.”

Favorite Band: Pink Floyd

Favorite Workout Music: Rage Against the Machine

Favorite Movie: Beetlejuice

Hobbies: Running and Competing in 5Ks




Go 20’s with iLoveKickboxing’s Great Gatsby DJ Night!

—Flappers and Gentlemen Kickbox!

Atlanta—After all of the holiday partying, pump up those New Year’s resolutions with iLoveKickboxing’s Great Gatsby DJ Night. The party being hosted during one or two of daily kickboxing classes on January 11th, check out an iLoveKickboxing near you for the class times. With a live DJ in the house, the flappers and gentlemen can fabulously kickbox to 20’s tunes.

Each month, the nationwide kickboxing crew hosts fun DJ nights, each with a different theme. From Atlanta Kickboxing Instructor David Caine, “The best part of DJ night is mixing it up and feeling like you’re at a club while workout out!”

As Instructor David also describes, “I always look forward to the creative costumes members wear!” While one month everyone will show up in football jerseys, another month everyone will show up in tacky sweaters. And if someone is new, s/he may be surprised to be sharing a large punching bag with Batman.

iLoveKickboxing is sweeping the nation with the motivation to share the wonders of kickboxing. People all around the states are experiencing incredible weight-loss journeys. Other results include toning up muscles and increasing confidence levels.

For more information on iLoveKickboxing, visit

Bio Spotlight: Choe’s HapKiDo Buford Ga Instructor Anthony Rivera

Choe's HapKiDo Buford Ga
Choes HapKiDo Buford Ga

My martial arts journey started during my teenage years with American karate when I lived in South Florida. When my family and I moved to Georgia, my son expressed an interest in martial arts. I then started looking around for, in my eyes, a good instructor in a well-rounded art form. I came across Choe’s HapKiDo Buford Ga and enrolled him, myself, and the rest of my family.

We have our mantra that I truly believe in: “Changing Society One Black Belt at a Time.” Teaching HapKiDo martial arts in Flowery Branch allows me to help people become the best they can be, and it is rewarding. In addition to my experience in HapKiDo training and running Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch, having Grandmaster Choe and a Master to learn and draw knowledge from is more than lucky—it is also awesome! Working with them and the other people involved at Choe’s HapKiDo Buford Ga shows that working together results in success.


Movies: Action and Comedy
Life: Married to an incredible woman whom also learned HapKiDo and is an instructor who teaches at our Choe’s HapKiDo Flowery Branch location.

Choe’s HapKiDo Kids Martial Arts Classes

—Their junior instructor classes helps develop the kids’ leadership skills

Duluth— Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts offers a variety of kids martial arts programs at the following locations: Lawrenceville, Cumming, Duluth, and Flowery Branch. Throughout the week, classes run afternoon and evening, so a child could very well make martial arts as an after school activity.

Many of the leading instructors at the HapKiDo locations have been doing martial arts anywhere from ten to thirty plus years. A good way to learn a skill is to also be able to teach it. Choe’s HapKiDo offers junior instructor training classes for the kids, and this is where they are able to increase their leadership skills.

According to leading Instructor Dan Wilson of the Lawrenceville location, “Being able to watch the kids help each other is a great way to work on team building and communication skills.” To explain to one another on how to improve on a kicking or self-defense technique also increases the junior instructor’s understanding.

The junior instructor training classes are encouraged to the students, and they are optional. With well-supervised classes, kids who study martial arts benefit from being around the positive and encouraging environment.

Choe’s HapKiDo offers kids classes starting at three to four years old, with their Little Ninjas class, and up. Class times vary for each location.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo classes, visit


Thank You for Being a Part of Our 2016!

The year 2016 would not have been the same with out you! Choe’s HapKiDo would like to say thank you for being a part of another wonderful year!

We look back and see all the fun, and we cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring. From each day in class, to seeing everyone grow at Belt Promotions, to gather at the Summer Championship as champs, to superhero night, and to doing community works together, we are filled from 2016.

We plan and hope for more good times and growth in 2017 at Choe’s HapKiDo.

Thank you for being a part of our HapKiDo family!

Here is a glimpse of 2016! May 2017 bring on more growth and good times!

Bio Spotlight: Master Cody Foor

To me, Martial Arts is an epic, mysterious adventure filled with excitement, challenges, secret knowledge, deep meaning, and purpose. I have been drawn to martial arts all of my life and have been involved in The Way for nearly 4 decades. I have had many excellent teachers and experiences during my life in martial arts, but my REAL journey began when I met Grandmaster Choe. Under the guidance of Grandmaster Choe, I have been able to experience martial arts as a student, friend, brother, competitor, champion, teacher, leader and master. Grandmaster’s ChungMu HapKiDo is a complete path, providing the ways and means for full development of body, mind, and spirit.

Personally one of the greatest joys in martial arts is helping others and witnessing the positive changes in students’ lives. The friendship and community that makes this powerful change possible is a living treasure. The respect in HapKiDo forges relationships with a level of consideration and regard that is rarely found elsewhere.

My life at Choe’s HapKiDo in Duluth, Georgia has come full circle with my 2 sons beginning their own journey in ChungMu HapKiDo. Martial Arts is a true force of good in the world, and it is an honor and blessing to be part of it.

Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts is for Everybody!

—Learn more about yourself through a well-rounded martial arts program.

Regardless of age or gender, Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts program is designed for any individual who desires to learn this impactful traditional Korean-style martial art. At Choe’s HapKiDo, there are over 365 major techniques to learn. Kids, teens, and adults benefit from the fitness that HapKiDo Martial Arts provides, and everyone is able to grow athletically, confidently, respectfully, and positively.

Choe’s HapKiDo is determined to help change the world, and they focus on the goal one class at a time. “Everyone who we work with has amazing potential,” describes Lawrenceville head instructor Dan Wilson, “People always tend to underestimate themselves. Teaching HapKiDo is a way to reach out to them and help them improve the way they live.”

Under the leadership of Grandmaster JiMong Choe, HapKiDo focuses on using circular force for attack and defense. “The thing that I love about HapKiDo is that you don’t have to be the strongest person in the room,” says Cumming head instructor RJ LoPresti, “With correctly applied technique and a heap of confidence, an individual can learn self-defense. That person can make a difference in his or her community.”

In addition to running classes throughout the week, Choe’s HapKiDo enjoys particiating in community projects like running drives to collect school supplies for one month and then canned goods for another month. Their current project that is ending in December includes teaming up with Project Live Love for their homeless rescue program, THREE-OH-WE-GO. Additonal community projects include organizing fundraisers like 5Ks and Kick-A-Thons to donate to local schools.

Choe’s HapKiDo classes are offered six days a week, and they are divided by age groups. Whether a child, a teen, or an adult, there is a program for every member of the family.

Is 2017 Ready for You?

Can you believe that we are ten days away from a new year?! WHERE has the time gone??

If you had made 2016 New Year’s resolutions, did any of them have to do with a fitness goal? Research shows that every year this type of goal makes it into the top goals that people make each year. And it’s understandable! We are told that we need fitness and healthy dieting in our lives because being healthier is better. But really, people just want to look good! Yes, the health benefits are thought of during the process, but with everyone we see around us, it’s hard to not play the comparison game and then want to make changes.

This year, instead of playing the comparison game, make at least one goal that benefits you and you only! You are the person who lives with yourself, and you are the one who needs to be taken care of. Every decision we make impacts our personal well-being but also the people around us. Adding fitness like martial arts or kickboxing into our daily lives takes care of us. When something in us goes off, it affects everything else about us. Our mood, behavior, tone, and actions are all taken in by who we are with daily.

What are you going to do differently in 2017 than this year with your goal making?

Tip #1: If you are waiting to start a fitness class or the aim to lose weight at the beginning of next year, brainstorm action plans of obstacles that could lead you off path. Tiredness, hunger, limited time, social event s with friends could all lead to temptations to skip a day.

Tip #2: Surround yourself with people who are on the same mission as you. Not everyone of your friends may be eager to start the plan to lose 30 pounds, but there are a lot of people out there who are. Kickboxing and/or martial art classes are a good way to go to be around high energy people while still being able to go at your own pace.

Tip #3: Start when you can. Aside that 2017 is really only ten days away, you don’t have to wait until next year to start. If the goal has been pushed off before, why wait another week or two? Plus,  you are able to have a practice round and see your goal in reality. You may have to adjust the goal, but at least you know.

Take charge of 2017 and be happy about where you are to be able to do that. Life is precious, and we get one shot. But the great thing about life is that we have many opportunities to get back on track.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

Bio: Instructor Dan Wilson

Since I first started training with my dad at 11-years-old, the martial arts have been a big part of my life. Of course, inspiration struck from the love of karate movies, the Ninja Turtles, and the Power Rangers. My martial arts journey currently continues strong with Choe’s HapKiDo in Lawrenceville, Georgia. As I am studying how to further advance in the Black Belt realm, I also enjoy helping others succeeding in our martial arts program.

From my experience, I know that people can greatly affect other lives, and I believe martial arts is a good way to do that. Through martial arts, I learned how to deal with my emotions and not let the actions or feeling of others get in the way of what I was doing. Indulging in fitness through I Love Kickboxing Lawrenceville and Choe’s HapKiDo definitely benefits the mind and body in so many ways.

Although I wanted to be a doctor when growing up, I fell in love with martial arts. Now, I do HapKiDo every single day of my life and love every moment!

More Info About Me:

Favorite colors: Bright Blue, Bright Green, and Bright Pink

My workout playlist: Linkin Park, Eminem, Journey, Ke$ha, and Pitt Bull

Family: My Wife Katie & Our 2 dogs Freckles & Ziggy

Belt Test Promotion Day for HapKiDo Students

Choe’s HapKiDo Students Are Preparing for Belt Advancement

Lawrenceville — Choe’s HapKiDo December Belt Test Promotion is happening on Saturday the 17th. Beginning at 9 A.M, the head instructors plan a whole day to observe every student who would like to advance.

The day begins in Lawrenceville, progresses to Duluth, and then concludes in Cumming. To accommodate all students from all Choe’s HapKiDo locations, the head instructors make sure to hold different belt promotion times at various locations.

According to the main instructor at the Lawrenceville branch, Instructor Dan Wilson describes the event as celebratory, “Belt Promotion Day is a great way for everyone to spend time together, while being productive in advancing in the art of HapKiDo.”

Although students are testing for belt advancement, calling the day as ‘Promotion Day’ eases the tension for students and adults alike. From the main instructor in Cumming, Instructor RJ LoPrest, “Watching the kids and then the adults demonstrate their growth makes my day. They are the reason why we believe that HapKiDo is for everyone.”

Choe’s HapKiDo is all about healthy growth and development of each student. They see the impact that they make on the surrounding communities, and they are always looking for ways that would change the world. From the viewpoint of the head instructor panel, lives change one class at a time.

For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo, visit




Bio: Instructor RJ LoPresti

Instructor RJ LoPresti – Instructor Bio at Choe’s HapKiDo

Instructor RJ LoPresti
Instructor RJ LoPresti

Please enjoy this quick bio about Instructor RJ LoPresti from Choe’s HapKiDo.

I enjoy action and comedy shows like any other guy, but I love any martial arts movies!

I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 6 years old, and being an instructor and owner at Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia and has become more than a job —it’s my life! My favorite part about being a HapKiDo Instructor is working with the people. I get excited to meet all who walk through our door for classes at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Cumming Georgia. Our motto is “Changing the world, one Black Belt at a time,” and I feel that with each class I am able to improve the world by teaching HapKiDo.

As much as I love being a karate Cumming Georgia instructor, being also a kickboxing instructor allows me to influence more lives. HapKiDo and Kickboxing classes always feel like I’m hanging out with friends for an hour, but we are really just becoming healthier people! I am so lucky to be able to do what I love with such awesome people!!

Whether it is though fitness training or life lessons, I like to get in on the action!

Get Ready for iLoveKickboxing’s Nationwide Ugly Sweater DJ Party

Kickboxing Atlanta
Kickboxing Atlanta

Bring out the colorful sweaters and the punching bags for this Kickboxing Atlanta workout!

iLoveKickboxing is throwing an Ugly Sweater DJ Kickboxing Party for December 15th.  The class times are different for each location. Expect to find a DJ Party at the following locations: Kickboxing Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Cumming, and Duluth.

The DJ nights are events that members look forward to each month. According to Kickboxing Instructor Daniel Wilson, “The DJ nights are a way for us to congratulate our members on their hard work, while showing them that fitness is fun.”

For this month’s theme, the kickboxers and martial artists alike are looking forward to kickboxing it out in their fuzzy, colorful sweaters with a live DJ. The feel is like being at a rave with large punching bags. If a person puts her muscles to work, she can burn over 1,000 calories.

Whether a person shows up in a puffy cat sweater or in comfy workout wear, the instructors and members assure everyone that it will be a great party. People are able to workout, jam out to live music, be social, and be closer to achieving their fitness goals.

For more information on iLoveKickboxing, visit


Bio: Master Maurice Murphy


Growing up, I wanted to be a fighter pilot or a priest, but then martial arts happened. I fell in love with martial arts at a young age by watching Black Belt Theater. In fact, my first martial arts lesson took place in elementary school. My passion for martial arts grew: I started HapKiDo in 1990, began Assistant Instructing in 1991, became a Black Belt in 1994, and then became a Master in 2014. Throughout the 90’s, I competed in a lot of martial arts tournaments. Other martial art areas that I am involved in include being captain of the Demonstration Team, Sparring Team, and Grappling Team.

In addition to continually growing in HapKiDo, I also enjoy hanging out with my beautiful wife and two daughters. As I am heavily involved in practicing martial arts and running multiple Georgia Choe’s HapKiDo & I Love Kickboxing locations, I also get a kick out of watching other lives being changed with martial arts because it has greatly influenced mine.


Maryland Taekwondo Association Award of Commendation 1996

Certified US Olympic Referee 1997

Dedication and Service Award from MooRymWon 2006

Award of Honor from the Baltimore City Mayor


Favorite MA Movie: Best of the Best

Current Playlist:  80’s Rock, 90’s R&B, Pitbull.

Current Favorite Song: “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

Hobbies: Rollerblade and Golf

Pets: Rescue Dog, Cocker Beagle mix named Dharma


Choe’s HapKiDo Begins Winter Clothes Drive for December

Choe’s HapKiDo Teams Up with Project Live Love

The weather is dropping, and Choe’s HapKiDo has teamed up with Project Live Love to participate in their winter clothes drive. For all of December, this martial arts community will be collecting blankets, new athletic socks, sock hats, and warm winter gloves to be later donated to THREE-OH-WE-GO.

THREE-OH-WE-GO is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to aid the homeless during winter. From November through March, the group is on alert of the weather being forecasted below freezing. When there is threat for a huge weather drop, the members gather and hand out warm items and love to the homeless throughout Atlanta.

From HapKiDo Instructor and Project Live Love Board Member RJ LoPresti, “We know it gets cold out there and not everyone has shelter. Just knowing that we can be a part of in taking care of all in our community makes the project more important.”

According to the 2015 statistics from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the homeless population in Georgia comes to about 14,000 people. And from the Project Live Love community, more than twenty plus homeless die each year from sleeping outside in freezing temperatures.

With all kinds and numbers of communities coming together, the mission to reach the homeless with care and warmth is more possible.

If you are interested in volunteering for THREE-OH-WE-GO, visit

If you have extra and/or new blankets, socks, hats, and gloves, you are welcome to drop them off at any one of our Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia locations. Visit for more information.



Choe’s HapKiDo Teams Up With Georgia Mountain Food Bank

—”Let’s End Hunger!”

For its second November straight, a local food drive in Flowery Branch is being hosted by Choe’s HapKiDo. Choe’s HapKiDo Works with Charity to assist the Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) in Gainesville, the martial arts community is determined to change lives one class at a time.

Choe's HapKiDo Works with Charity
Choe’s HapKiDo Works with Charity

GMFB is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger throughout North Georgia. According to Choe’s Instructor Rivera, “At Choe’s HapKiDo, one of our precepts is to serve the community. This is one way to serve the community.”

Last year, the amount of non-perishable food collected for GMFB weighed 125 pounds. When asked how Choe’s HapKiDo works with Charity and became a part of the food project, Instructor Rivera reflects, “We had a successful food drive last year, and that inspired us to do another one this year.”

Choe’s HapKiDo aims to drop off this month’s food collected by the end of the month to GMFB.

The next project that Choe’s HapKiDo plans to participate in is Blanket and Socks Drive and is teaming up with Project Live Love.

For more information on the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, visit

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit

Shape Up for the Holidays with I Love Kickboxing Georgia!



Worried about the holiday gain this year? The kickboxing instructors at I Love Kickboxing Georgia are here to coach anyone interested in shaping up for the holidays. This bag-hitting-adrenaline-rushing workout is incredible for anyone who wants to trim off the weight, to tone up the muscles,  and to be excited about going to workout.

With all of the occasions that pop up this time of year, adding a little kickboxing into the mix of festivities allow individuals to be in more control of weight gain. As a result of the I Love Kickboxing Georgia program, an individual can expect to gain confidence for holiday portraits, and to feel fabulous in any outfit.

Members experience better results when they come to class 1-3 times a week. According to Instructor RJ from I Love Kickboxing Cumming, “Every person who walks into our studios has some goal he wants to reach. Us instructors believe that we can meet that gap of helping members reach goals and keeping them motivated.”

For some people, especially during the business of the holidays, it is difficult to maintain the habit of working out. One of the few factors that I Love Kickboxing Georgia offers that help to keep accountable is a sense of community. The members love the opportunity to receive consistent help from the kickboxing instructors and to workout with incredible members as steady workout partners.

In additon to the grown kickboxing community, the members also enjoy having accessibility to the I Love Kickboxing equipment, space, and sound system make for a great gym.

Getitng ready for the holidays? Check out I Love Kickboxing Georgia for more details on classes and special holiday deals!

Three Reasons Why Martial Arts Has So Much to Offer


People who begin searching for a martial arts program may have ideas of what their classes and outcomes will be like. Perhaps you envision an incredible amount of bowing and yelling of, “Yes, Sensai!” Or maybe you hope to learn how to stop bullets, float through the air, or block every hit. While some of these ideas we enjoy watching in cool martial arts movies, these martial arts misconceptions are what we do not teach. However, what Choe’s HapKiDo does teach is how to make the best out of every situation. We may not host classes to train students on how to paralyze an opponent with one touch, but we have much more to offer that you can walk away with.

Three Reasons Why Martial Arts Has So Much to Offer

1) The Martial Arts are for Men AND Women. At Choe’s HapKiDo, our ratio of how many men and women take our classes is pretty balanced. One benefit from studying a martial arts like HapKiDo is that females from child to adult practice on how to combine punches and kicks and how to escape multiple grips. Another benefit that our female students find is that they enjoy becoming stronger. All of the portions of training are taught to everybody. As a result of training with us, our students become more confident individuals.

2) Learning a Martial Art Can Start at Any Age. Choe’s HapKiDo has students who start as soon as 3-years-old, but we also have students who start in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. You do not have to be in good shape to begin. We will help you! Our exercises are light on the joints while also being good for increasing cardio and strength-training levels.

3) There is More to Learn After Receiving a Black Belt. In HapKiDo, the symbolical meaning of a black belt means, “Beginning of New Cycle.” At Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, the basics of the martial art style starts at White Belt and progresses through twelve other belts, the twelfth being black. After that, there are second year black belts, third year black belts, and way beyond.

Learning a martial art takes more than ten days to master. However, if you begin training on day one and practice with persistence, you will gradually advance in the art. Choe’s HapKiDo offers classes to kids, teens, and adults! We also arrange for families to train together!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.


Choe’s HapKiDo Helps Students Develop Strong Minds


Success appears beautiful because the work to get there demands a series of ups and downs, a mixture of good and bad times. Some people may associate success with education, but it is really the opportunities of having great teachers that help people achieve their goals. There are many great teachers in the world, and sometimes students need extra help outside of class. Making time for extra help and practice benefits everyone, regardless of the subject.

Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia is here to assist anyone who wants to improve his or her mentality. With a little bit of martial arts training, students from elementary age and up see improvement in their studies because HapKiDo practice improves the ability to concentrate.

In school, good concentration skills allow students to finish work, turn in assignments, take effective class notes, and study hard. As a result of good habits and hard effort, then students shoot for the best outcomes. Sometimes students do not realize the importance of concentration until they receive hands on training.

HapKiDo training inspires students to always strive for the next level up. From dedication to class and to consistent practice, students witness achievement when they earn belts. To them, a new karate belt feels like an A+. When students start seeing the benefits of studying for something they love like martial arts, they see the practicalities of studying for everything.

The HapKiDo instructors have passion in showing support of the importance of doing well in school. Through our award system, HapKiDo students are also acknowledged for accomplishing great levels at school. As a result of our martial art culture and education support, parents see great improvement in their child’s concentration at school. And the best part – the students see and believe it too!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia, visit

Are You Concerned About the Holiday Gain?

Kickboxing Instructors at Training!
Kickboxing Instructors at Training!

The holidays are close by, and you may have already started making plans for the festivities. One obstacle that affects a person’s decision to workout during the holidays is tiredness. Whether it is from running errands or staying up late, a person can only do so much at a time. While it is great to want to help people out, it is also important to take time to care for yourself. With the numerous naps from neglecting regular sleeping hours, there is risk of messing up your body clock. So, the next time you think of napping, think instead of the benefits received from exercising.

I Love Kickboxing Georgia always promote the effectiveness of kickboxing because we see it at work every day. Through our kickboxing program, we have seen many lives change beyond self-image, but most importantly with self-worth. Individuals stop caving in to naps and start taking advantage of the new found high energy.

Fitness kickboxing Georgia  is a tool to accomplish more done during the day. As exercising produces more positive energy, individuals are able to do more. Bad energy is relieved, and people find it easier to get up in the morning.

Sometimes all people need is someone to push and guide them through a work out. When individuals see what they are capable of, they are eventually able to push themselves. They are able to find ways of avoiding tiredness by making wiser choices like kickboxing and healthy eating. I Love Kickboxing Georgia is here to help and influence positive life changes!

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Georgia, visit here for our success stories. Also find us on Facebook!

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Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with the Carrington Academy Preschools

A Q&A on Choe’s HapKiDo at the Carrington Academy

Featuring: Instructor Michael Scott



As a Black Belt instructor at Choe’s HapKiDo, Instructor Michael Scott, 46, has become a familiar face at the Carrington Academy Preschools (the Academy) in three of the locations: Midway, McFarland, and Windermere. He enjoys advancing in the martial art under Cumming’s head instructor, Instructor RJ LoPresti. In the midst of all the training, he clearly has passion in teaching people HapKiDo, and leading the Kids Karate Program at the Academy is just another platform.

Qs & As

  • Q1: As you are part of the Choe’s HapKiDo martial arts program in Cumming, what is it like to teach martial arts at the Carrington Academy Preschool in Windermere?
  • A1: Well to start, I have been teaching at the Carrington Academy Schools for 2 years. This is my second year [Nov. 2016]. We are part of their ancillary programs for their students. If the school has an interest in a karate-type program at their school, we will help them out. The main focus for the program is very similar to our Little Ninjas program. We teach some basic techniques (no belt level) and focus mainly on discipline, respect, and focus. We will take students age 3 to school age, but I have mainly 4 and 5 year olds. I go to three different Carrington campuses, one day a week. The students take a 30 minute class. Currently, I have a total of 13 students across the 3 campuses. I feel honored to have these classes to teach. It shows me that Instructor LoPresti and Master Murphy both trust me to represent the art outside of the main school.
  • Q2: Oh wow! Which locations of the Carrington campuses do you instruct at? Also, how big are your classes?
  • A2: I teach at the Midway, McFarland, and Windermere campuses. I believe that Carrington contacted Instructor LoPresti about having classes last year. Right now, I have class sizes of 3, 4, and 6. The most I might try to tackle at these ages would be 8.
  • Q3: What is an ancillary program?
  • A3: The ancillary programs are additional programs that some of the daycares bring in to bolster their program. Classes such as Spanish, Art, Music, Playball, Amazing Athletes, Gymnastics, and Ballet.
  • Q4: Is teaching the 4-5 year olds at the Academy different from teaching at Choe’s?
  • A4: As for the difference in teaching at the school, the classes are less structured in the fact that the kids don’t wear uniforms. We don’t have belts or the progression through the belts. But the way a class is conducted is the same. We bow in, do warm-ups, target kicking, hand techniques, and self defense. We don’t do rolling and sparring for the safety of the kids. But if any of the parents would like to add that, I always direct them to the school [Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming].
  • Q5: How did you start teaching at the Academy? What made you interested in helping out with the Kids Karate program?
  • A5: As to how I got started, Instructor LoPresti was getting really busy with his duties as the school was growing. I was without a job at the time, and he felt confident enough in my skills to ask if I wanted to teach the classes. Things just worked out from there. This year, I see some of the students I had last year, and they will come up and give me hug. That is always nice. It lets you know you did your job, changing lives one class at a time.
  • Q6: With each academic year at the Carrington Academy, how long would a martial arts program last? Is there a name for the program that the preschool uses?
  • A6: At Carrington, we just call them [the programs] Kids Karate Classes. The parents can sign up for six months or a year. That is actually set by Carrington.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Georgia, visit: Choe’s HapKiDo serves the following locations: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville.

For more information on the Carrington Academy Preschools, visit

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Interviewed by: Christie McGowan

Choe’s HapKiDo is Throwing a Kids Halloween Party!


LAWRENCEVILLE – Come join in on the fun of Choe’s HapKiDo’s annual Halloween Party and Parents’ Night Out event. This Saturday October 29th, 2016 from 5pm-9pm, bring the kids dressed in their favorite costume for some pizza, games, a movie, and more cool activities, and have free time to spend.

Be relaxed and enjoy the night while the kids are under safe, fun supervision. A good percentage of the head instructors and assistant instructors are also parents. They see it as a way to help the communities in two ways: 1) Throwing a Halloween Party for kids to be excited about, and 2) Helping the parents out by providing a reliable kid-safe zone.

From teaching HapKiDo Martial Arts all year around, the staff at Choe’s HapKiDo is well-experienced in supervising a large group of kids. According to Cumming HapKiDo Instructor RJ LoPresti, “This Halloween Party is a great way for kids to make new friends! It is great to see who will show up to our party, and how much fun we get to spread.”

More Details about the Halloween Party: Registration is $25 for your first child and $20 for siblings/friends.

For more information and how to contact Choe’s HapKiDo, visit

Choe’s HapKiDo serves in the following Georgia cities: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville. Kids and adults alike experience the incredible benefits of HapKiDo such as improving skills in confidence, respect, perseverance, and discipline. Our martial art programs are geared towards changing lives, one black belt at a time.

5 Halloween Safety Tips that will Prepare You for Trick-or-Treating


With Halloween around the corner, it is important to think ahead of ways to make trick-or-treating a fun, safe time. The pre-planning can make the night go smoother, and you will feel more confident about how to address any situation that could pop up. Plus, anytime that you can review safety tips with a child will be carried with them in the long-run.

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5 Ways to Make Trick-or-Treating Safer

1) Use Bright Tape and/or Glow Sticks

Being able to identify your child in the day light and night time reduces stress the day of Halloween. With the candy bags and costumes, mark them with reflective tape or bright stickers. Giving them glow sticks and/or flashlights work great, too.

2) Reduce Distractions

Finding ways to reduce distractions increase our awareness to the surroundings. Keep eyes off of the phones, pads, and other electronics that could tempt as a distraction. These devices tend to affect a person’s attentiveness and how s/he may cross the street.

3) Be Able to See Your Child at All Times

Even without bright markers or a flashlight, having your children within eye range becomes important when they are going door-to-door. Finding them going into a stranger’s house may cause you to be alarmed. Keeping to the well-lit houses is usually a good rule to apply.  Overall, having your eyes with them during trick-or-treating will help ensure they are risk-free of danger.

4) Assure Your Child’s Costume is Accidental Proof

Anything from long hems or not great vision on a costume can cause your child to trip over or bump into objects. Even with costume make-up, test the product on a small area on their skin to make sure there is no allergic reaction.

5) Check the Candy Before Your Child Eats Any

You never know what your child will get in his/her candy bag until you look. After a productive couple of hours of trick-or-treating, sort through the winnings. If it’s not to look for yourself, it is safer to throw away anything that looks questionable. Especially if the treat is homemade, make sure your child is able to consume it with not problem.

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Trick or treating brings much joy to the kids and parents. If you can reach it, free candy is up for anybody in the house. Planning ahead for ways to make a fun event like trick-or-treating danger-free is worth it. Finally, if the house is not lit too well, just be sure that your kids go to well lit houses and that they don’t go into strangers’ houses.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Six children in costumes trick or treating at woman's house
Six children in costumes trick or treating at woman’s house


Three Ways Martial Arts Helps Bully-Proof Your Child


Whether at a playground, a bus stop, a waiting line, or a classroom, children tend to pick on others because of boredom, low self-esteem, or anger. As the presence of a bully can cause a child to want to skip school, being one is also an issue to dissolve. Whichever end a child is on is unfortunate. Either the one being picked on has increased fears, or the one who bullies has insecurities or problems at the home. According to a study that surveyed children of ages 12-18, 64% of the students did not report bullying situations, and 36% did (Petrosina et al). Students become discouraged to share the incidences to the an adult that they trust.

The Martial Arts help children through these life situations. At Choe’s HapKiDo, the students have many people to interact with that will promote healthy growth. From peers, to the instructors, and to the head instructor, our students feel safe to talk to us. We are also experts in building children’s confidence. We want to help the community so that children are certain on how to handle self in all situations.


Choe’s HapKiDo teaches respect.

From the first class, our students learn the building blocks of respect. They come to understand the importance of showing respect to self and to every individual. Through hands-on experience, they see how much life is valuable. The students understand not to apply moves outside of class unless if self-defense is needed.

Choe’s HapKiDo teaches confidence.

When students are able to conquer doubt and see what happens when applying perseverance, confidence grows. And even if they mess up, they know that they are in a safe environment to do so. They learn how to project their voices, show respect, and loosen someone’s grip through our lessons. Most importantly, they come to learn that reporting incidences to a trusted grown-up vesus using self-defense comes in handy.

Choe’s HapKiDo teaches how to be a leader.

Our students learn that they can be in control of all situations. Through the practices of learning how to be in charge of one’s attitude, they see the effects of keeping a cool head and how to calm down.

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We see all kinds of individuals walk into our martial art programs. Through teaching children for over decades, we have seen and heard of all kinds of forms that bullying takes place. Helping children learn how to best apply self-defense extends to situations that pop up at school, social media, and texing. When the child who is being bullied becomes confident, and when the bully learns to calm down, peace spreads to the parents, teachers, peers, and the HapKiDo family.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan


Choe’s HapKiDo Hosts a 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for a Local Private School

Cumming, GA, October 15, 2016 – Choe’s HapKiDo hosted a 5K fundraiser to donate all proceeds for Alexsander Academy, a school where children are academically challenged regardless of learning differences and special needs. The 140 racers of The Academics 4 All 5K Run/Walk were composed of students, parents, kickboxers, and martial artists. In fact, this is the second year straight that Choe’s HapKiDo organized an Academics 4 All 5K race.

The race kicked off at 8:30am at West Bank Park in Cumming, GA. The racers were divided into categories according to age, and the top three racers in each group received medals. Waters and bananas were included for after the race.

For some of these participants, the Academics 4 All was their first 5K. This was the case for twenty-five-year-old HapKiDo instructor Zach Vaughn and fifty-two-year-old fitness kickboxer Duuna Richardson. Vaughn recalled that his biggest challenge during the race was to not slow down, “It was easy to keep going because of all my fellow peers who kept pushing themselves the entire time, so that gave me motivation to keep going.”

For 5K participant Duuna Richardson, she had previously participated in races as a volunteer, so the Acadmics 4 All was her first race, “The biggest challenge was completing the race…But the best part of the race was running across the finish line and ultimately winning a medal.”

Everybody involved in the race enjoyed the landscape of the grand park while also feeling proud for coming together for a good cause. Choe’s HapKiDo tries to find ways to help better the community. From participating in canned food drives and collecting school supplies for students in the communtiy, the 5K race is a way to encourage a school like Alexsander that is also making a difference in children’s lives.

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Alexsander Academy

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Choe’s HapKiDo

Choe’s HapKiDo serves the following Georgia cities: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville. Kids and adults alike experience the incredible benefits of HapKiDo such as improving skills in confidence, respect, perseverance, and discipline. Our martial art programs are geared towards changing lives, one black belt at a time.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit

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Written by: Christie McGowan

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Zach Vaughn crosses the finish line!
Duuna Richardson beaming with her medal and the triumph of winning at the 5K!

Martial Arts Buford Ga at Choe’s

Ever hear of Martial Arts Buford Ga? Well I have one question for you….

If there was an activity in Buford Ga that would give you or your child a chance to have fun, get into a healthy fitness routine, all while learning something that will help you in all areas of life, would you at least give it a shot? Martial Arts Buford Ga may be exactly what you are looking for!

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If your answer is yes, then you HAVE TO give Martial Arts Buford Ga a try!  Martial Arts at Choe’s HapKiDo Buford will provide you with an opportunity to work on becoming the best version of you possible!  The extremely fun classes, lead by our professional Black Belt Instructors are designed to guide students of any skill level and ability to living the life of a Black Belt!

Our classes show our students how to get the most out of every day of their lives through teaching Self Defense and Healthy Living.  The confidence that HapKiDo instills in our students in invaluable to both kids and adults, and can be exactly what you or your child are looking for to add to your weekly routine!  Martial Arts Buford Ga will give you the keys to unlock your full potential, and will show you how to take control of your life and reach the greatest potential that you are meant for!

Buford Ga needs more places for the kids and adults in the community to come together in a safe, clean and friendly environment to work together on improving our country and society.  Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Buford Ga provides a place for people to do just that.  Our HapKiDo family is united by the common goal of working to become better people in order to create a better community.

Come join us to become a part of the most fun and effective way to become a better you!

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Karate Lawrenceville Classes – We Bring the Fun!

At Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Lawrenceville, we believe that guiding people through the ways of the Black Belt will positively affect the community. Our mantra— “Changing Society One Black Belt at at Time.” This saying holds truth. When a student comes through our doors and takes his/her first class, the changes are great by the time s/he becomes a Black Belt. As Karate Lawrenceville teaches a code of ethics throughout martial arts classes, we also throw in ways to have fun as a martial arts family! From parties to class themes, Karate Lawrenceville has a great time.

  1. Flip the Instructor Week

flipAs the name of the week sounds, for a whole week, students threw their instructor! Students of all ages enjoyed themselves a lot, and the instructors were good sports.

2. Holiday Parties

halloweenHalloween parties, Winter Holiday parties, New Years Eve parties, and more! As much as Karate Lawrenceville loves to train hard, we all love hanging out and eating awesome pot luck!

3. Birthday Parties

birthdayKids love celebrating their birthdays at Karate Lawrenceville! Lawrenceville Birthday Parties include games, food, fun, and more! Parents are able to sit back and relax, while the instructors chaperon and host the party! Plus, the birthday star gets the honor of breaking a REAL wooden board AND CUT THE BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH A SAMURAI SWORD! For more information on Kids Karate Birthday Parties in Lawrenceville, visit here.

4. Theme Weeks

ninjaweekTheme weeks happen every so often. Our students enjoy dressing up as ninjas, superheroes, princesses, and more while participating in class! These weeks bring in so much excitement to classes all week!

Karate Lawrenceville enjoys teaching martial arts, and we also love to have fun!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Lawrenceville, visit here.

Father-Son and Mother-Daughter Karate Buford Classes

As fun as it is watching your child grow up from the sidelines, the relationship between parent and child can be more intimate by bonding over super entertaining activities. You have most likely experienced this yourself, but spending time by having a mother-daughter/son day or a father-son/daughter day contributes to the bond emotionally for both sides. If there was a good time and lots of laughter, it is also a plus!

The next time you are looking for a mother-daughter or father-son activity, check out Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Buford.

At Karate Buford, some of the best memories are created.

trio3Father and son earn their Black Belts on the same day, and they were able to test in front of the Grandmaster on the day of Choe’s HapKiDo 2015 Summer Championship! Karate Buford and all other Choe’s HapKiDo schools from across the United States came together for one massive martial arts event. Overall, it was great bonding time for everybody, and it was super cool to meet students from other states who also practice what you love!

trioThis family trio are a few belts in, and they are experiencing the journey to Black Belt together! Here, they are moments away testing for their Green Belts! Karate Buford offers great classes for kids, teens, and adults! When families attend our family class, they see it as an opportunity to spend time with each other and squeeze in an excellent workout. They get to exercise with each other, help each other through self-defense, and have fun with one another. There is so much variety when it comes to hanging out at Karate Buford for a mom-daughter or a father-son outing.

trio2This family quartet make a beautiful, strong martial arts family portrait at Karate Buford!

All types of people and ages come through our door, and we offer family classes! While and you and your child are able to work with students of same age, there are also opportunities to work and progress together through our family classes. Plus, Karate Buford provides everyone a great workout for the mind and body.

For more information on Karate Buford, visit Karate Buford.


Martial Arts Snellville Georgia Helps Children Exercise Their Focus Muscles


When it comes to paying attention in school, anything can become a distraction to a child. Whether it is due to someone else in the classroom or to the wandering mind, there is always something. Depending on the child, the ability to focus in class eventually shows up in schoolwork and/or report cards. When grades begin to drop and report cards keep coming back with negative feedback, a child’s confidence and self-esteem also decreases. Extra tutoring and discipline can help, but there are ways to better a child’s focus: find a good martial arts program. Through a martial arts program, students walk away with a better understanding of themselves. One good program, Martial Arts Snellville Georgia is a life-changing solution for anyone who wants to improve the ability to focus.

Martial Arts Snellville Georgia understands the importance and beauty of being able to focus. From our many years of experience, martial arts is a sport that requires full attention. From the beginning of class where the instructor calls for attention and to the many exercises, the mind is required to concentrate on many objects for short amounts of time. Exercises that students are guided through in a typical class that will help increase a person’s focus ability include meditation, target kicking, tumbling, self-defense, and sparring.

At Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, the numerous exercises are highly beneficial. As meditation helps to calm the mind, it also results for a cool, alert mindset. By doing this at the beginning of class, it allows students to ready the mind. After the mind is prepared well, target kicking is best done when the eyes and mind are fully set on the target. If the mind wanders off or the gaze shifts, the performance will not be so successful. With target kicking, the mind focuses on the target but also on other factors to perform kicks such as height, speed, and distance. Similar to target kicking, tumbling and sparring require the same amount of attention. As the child is running towards the spot to roll, or s/he begins to block, there is no room for the mind to disappear.

Through a well-rounded martial arts program, like Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, children learn hands-on the effects of good focus. By spending time exercising the brain outside of school, students are able to apply what they learn in martial arts. They come to understand what it takes for them to fully concentrate, and they witness the success that comes with being present 110%.

For more information on Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, visit here

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Fitness and College – How Fitness Kickboxing ATL Can Help You!

9Now that college has started backup again, what are you going to do different that is going to make it BETTER? Once the midterm week hits your agenda, how are you going to balance the stress, the lack-of-sleep, the stress eating, the partying, and the endless hours of studying? You need something that will counteract all, if not the most, factors that trigger weight gain. Weight gain is a beast. While gaining it comes easy to a lot of people, getting rid of it involves commitment. As some weight gain are the result of a person’s health history and genetics, other factors include stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, alcohol, and diet. In the midst of all the craziness, become a part of Fitness Kickboxing ATL so to finish out strong throughout the semester!

By regularly engaging in a fast, high calorie burning workout like Fitness Kickboxing ATL, college students are able to include something active into their busy schedules that will help them maintain more control over their lives as they are becoming more independent.  As a result of exercising, they are able to release stress on a regular basis. By working out with highly experienced fitness instructors at Fitness Kickboxing ATL, college students are more prone to keep themselves accountable. With the combination of stress eating, partying, studying for long periods of time, including kickboxing in their daily routines will help them maintain a healthy weight. What’s more, they may be able to prevent from gaining the ‘Freshman Fifteen.’

As many college students relate, maintaining a healthy weight and stress level are challenging. Fitness Kickboxing ATL is a good resource to help with those challenges. By surrounding yourself with instructors and others people who are striving for similar goals, the positive influence rubs off.
For more information on Fitness Kickboxing ATL, visit here.

Karate Monroe is Pro Respectful Children


If there is one lesson that people walk away with when participating in Karate Monroe, it is that everybody deserves respect. As our students learn about the importance of possessing respect for life, they also come to understand the reasons and ways to show respect in general. As the Karate Monroe Dojang (martial arts studio) resembles a house –one that practices good etiquette– the students’ attitudes towards their parents and house changes. By practicing the essentials of respect at Karate Monroe, children are more respectful at home.

In Karate Monroe, being respectful is important and part of the culture of where the martial arts originates. One way we teach Karate Monroe students to show respect to your peers is through bowing. This act symbolizes the idea that the person bowing acknowledges the person who is a higher rank than him. And there are different types of bows. At Karate Monroe, the students learn that different bows are for different levels of belts. For example, a small bow is acceptable to a peer who is the same belt degree. In contrast, a big bow is better when greeting the master and grandmaster. Another way respect is taught in Karate Monroe, the yelling responses of, “Yes, sir!” or “Yes, ma’am!” This act of respect being demonstrated by the student shows the higher belt/instructor that s/he is focusing, listening, and ready for action.

Overall, Karate Monroe provides its students an understanding of respecting higher ranks, whether it is parents, elders, teachers, peers, managers, etc. When students learn to show respect, they also see that people return the respect.

From our program at Karate Monroe, parents have seen a change in habit amongst their kids. Parents are happier when their child starts doing chores without asking, listening to their rules more, and even giving their teachers a similar amount of respect. The lesson of respect is sometimes hard to learn, but with Karate Monroe, we can help in that department. And as a result, the community and our future leaders are in better shape.

For more information on Karate Monroe, visit Karate Monroe.

6 Ways Karate Norcross Will Improve Your Child’s Life Social Life


Karate Norcross provides such a positive experience, that its impact lasts in the students for a long time: the accomplishments, the lessons, and most importantly—the friendships. Martial arts would not be the same if it were not for the instructors and peers. As a child, if anything was learned it was that having friends make living life better. As parents, we care about the well-being of our kids, especially when it comes to them making friends. From our experience as being martial arts instructors and parents, martial arts compliments the lives of all individuals. By having your child being involved in a martial arts program, the friendships built throughout classes will boost your child’s self-esteem when trying to make friends everywhere else.

6 Ways Karate Norcross Will Improve Your Child’s Life Social Life.

Karate Norcross is…

  1. An opportunity to meet kids of the same age. While your child associates with other children at school, meeting more boys/girls at Karate Norcross adds a bigger variety.
  2. A way to connect with kids who have similar interests. Being involved in activities outside of school will give your child more opportunities to branch out. If your child loves martial arts, or shows an interest in it, being around martial artists his age will start numerous conversations and excitement.
  3. An icebreaker. Your child sharing news about the latest accomplishments in Karate Norcross will fascinate classmates, teachers, relatives, and many more people s/he associates with.
  4. A way to bond with other people. By working together all of the time, whether it is by holding a target for your partner or collaborating on other exercises, students cannot help but bond. Especially when kids start hanging out at other Karate Norcross events and outside of class hangouts, the friendships built from martial arts are impactful.
  5. An experience that helps individuals learn more about themselves. As your child becomes more familiar with the martial arts ropes, s/he understands more about how to lead themselves through all kinds of obstacles.
  6. A lesson on how to work and to get along with all types of people. The beauty of Karate Norcross is that all sorts of people walk through our doors. And it is more beautiful to see all of these different children, teens, and adults working together—and enjoying each other’s company!

Making friends can be a struggle that affects your child’s self-esteem. By signing up your child for something to look forward to after school, a physical and social activity like Karate Norcross will brighten up his/her mood. By learning how to make friends at one place, your child will be more confident socially in all areas of life.

For more information on Karate Norcross, visit Karate Norcross.


The Day of The Belt Test – Karate Buford


If not a spectator or an instructor helping out, the days leading up to the monthly Karate Buford belt tests play with the testers’ minds. Maybe the students feel indifferent at the beginning of the month, but when it is the week of the belt test, anticipation and nervousness increases. And the night before? Sleep may or may not have been missed. While numerous thoughts flood the mind, it is possible to go in to the belt test feeling clear headed. When rising up on the day of the belt test at Karate Buford, one can either wait for the time to pass, or use the time effectively and prepare. As a result of spending time to ready the mind, one can better his/her performance at Karate Buford by cultivating a positive mindset.

Things To Do the Day of the Belt Test at Karate Buford

Allot self generous time to prepare. Set aside enough time that will not feel rushed. Determine what all needs to be done and the time it takes to finish all. Do you need to eat? Get ready? Is your sparring gear packed? Do you have a secure ride?

Review concepts and terms. Not only do the belt tests  assess the physical aspect of students, but they also quiz their knowledge on martial art concepts and Korean martial arts vocabulary.

Meditate. As a Karate Buford  instructor might say, “Your breath is a reflection of your mind.” As one is sitting on the floor, there is something powerful about shutting the eyes. Suddenly, the mind can become aware of what is going on inside, and wash away the negative vibes. If the mind is wild like a loud, crashing ocean, there is an option to instead visualize the smooth, clear top of a serene lake. When the mind relaxes and concentrates on one’s breath, the mind can reach peace. Good things happen when the mind is cool and alert.

Warm-up. As the belt test presents itself as one big exercise to show off the students’ skills, it is wise to warm-up the body. Whether or home or by arriving early to the test center, preparing the body for action goes a long way.

On any given test, even beyond a belt test at Karate Buford, one wants to give it his/her all. At Karate Buford,  belt test days are big days for students. Karate Buford belt tests are an event that requires 100% effort. They also show students how everything in training comes together. By preparing the mind before test time, students can test their best.

For more information on Karate Buford, visit Karate Buford.


Black Belt Tests at Karate Monroe

The journey to Black Belt is not an easy one. Similar to achieving a school degree, that diploma represents the years and hard work that was put in to the success. Achieving Black Belt level is similar, that notable belt color signifies the hard training and skills developed over the last good number of years. Degree or belt, no matter the size and number of the obstacles that were thrown, it is possible to reach the end.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Monroe, we help students reach Black Belt success. On the day of the Black Belt test at Karate Monroe, training from all twelve belt levels (white to red) come together. As each belt level breaks down different techniques to learn, the Black Belt test is a huge performance. The perspective student must demonstrate kicks, strikes, self-defense, rolling, flipping, board breaking, sparring, and weaponry from every level.

While the Black Belt test requires a lot of physical endurance, it also demands attention from the mind. Focus, respect, humility, perseverance, and confidence come together. The two halve, the physical and mental, must work together to perform well.

Students become better leaders of themselves and of their communities when they study martial arts at Karate Monroe. Throughout the training, they learn hands-on the importance of working hard, and seeing all of their work paying off. They understand why having and showing respect are important. They learn to pick themselves up and try again. And finally, they learn more about themselves, which adds to their confidence.

As Karate Monroe is part of a huge sport industry, martial arts is also a field where students develop life long relationships with their martial arts family, which is very special. And through all of the training and growth, the students also have fun.

For more information on Karate Monroe, visit Karate Monroe.

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Kids Karate Johns Creek

Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Johns Creek changes lives everyday through our multiple-level programs. We love that we can offer classes for kids, teenagers, and adults. Families also enjoy our family classes because family time spent in our studio is super bonding time!

Kids Karate Johns Creek is the place to be, where students learn self-defense in addition to other qualities. When students train in martial arts, they develop a better understanding and practice in focus, respect, discipline, perseverance, and more.  Kids Karate Johns Creek also helps build better relationships with parents, siblings, teachers, classmates, elders, and friends.

As a result of growing in a positive environment, such as in our studio for Kids Karate Johns Creek, students grow in confidence. With confidence, kids strive in all areas of life. They will raise their hand in class more,  have the will to try new things, and overall be happier.

Kids Karate Johns Creek provides so many benefits to all students. It is a sport that also changes lives. And one of the best parts of our martial arts program? Kids have fun! In our studio, kids are learning, growing, working hard, and enjoying themselves all at the same time.

For more information on Kids Karate Johns Creek, visit Kids Karate Johns Creek.

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Board Breaking at Karate Snellville

Board Breaking at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Snellville provides challenges to our students, but there is a great feeling of accomplishment when breaking a board—or boards!—is successful. Some students may recall the first board that they broke as being one of the most memorable times during their journey at Karate Snellville.

The first time to break a board, the moment becomes surreal because you are staring at the instructor who is holding a solid, thick board in front of you. In turn, the instructor is also looking at you, waiting for you to attempt a break. While staring, you may have flashes of the Karate Kid film series coming to mind. Suddenly, you realize the martial arts world is way cool.

If at first you did not succeed in breaking the board, you can try again. Maybe it was your mind that stopped your fist before you tried to hammer through. Or maybe your mind was on the target, but the strike was not strong enough. After the second or third attempt of trying to physically break the board as hard as possible, you understand the necessity of also focusing the mind: on the target, on the weight of your fist, on the momentum that is needed, on your fighting stance, on your breath, on the spot behind the board that your fist must come through, and on the yell that will travel loudly from your gut.

After the first break, Karate Snellville students’ confidence rises. Before they know it, they will overcome board break techniques using the heel, palm, elbow, and many more. As board breaking looks like a performance test, it is very much one. The practice is a demonstration of all practice coming together, where the mind and body must work in cooperation, in unison.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Snellville, visit Karate Snellville.

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Black Belts are Warriors! – Karate Norcross

At Choe’s HapKiDo in Norcross, Georgia, it is a big honor when our students receive their black belts. Not only is the day big for us, but most importantly for the students. In the video, the young man who receives his black belt at our Karate Norcross location represents hard work, perseverance, and success.

As shared in the video, Master Cody Foor shares his perspective, “The journey to black belt is not an easy one. This is the journey of a warrior. It is full of challenges. Nobody makes it alone. We all support each other.”  In addition to students having desire to learn martial arts, the help to achieve black belt comes from the instructors, peers, family, friends, and other influential people who show support. The longer we spend time together, the more we become more of a family. Together we train, spar each other, hold targets for one another, comfort all when in pain, help each other achieve goals, and celebrate each other’s hard work and victories.

Spending time with the martial arts family like the one in Karate Norcross is special time. The bond we share is intimate, strong, and we have each other’s backs.

Congratulations Instructor Williams! We are super proud!

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Snellville Karate Competes in Choe’s HapKiDo 2015 Championship!

A good summer in Georgia has brought Snellville Karate and all other schools to another awesome Choe’s HapKiDo summer championship. Not only did the 2015 summer championship unite Snellville Karate with all of the other Choe’s HapKiDo schools throughout the United States in Buford, Georgia, but it also brought everyone together: students, parents, friends, assistant, instructors, masters, and the amazing Grandmaster Choe.

trophiesThe 2015 summer championship is a massive day where everyone of all levels are competing, plus more!

testing testing2 testing3There were Black Belts testing for 2nd degree and higher black belts.

black belt belthonor new black beltAnd they all succeeded! In fact, receiving your black belt from the Grandmaster is a huge honor.

big groupStudents from all levels of HapKiDo competed in board breaking and sparring competitions.

kids kidsboard kidsspar kidsspar2 kidsspar3After watching students becoming new black belts and black belts advancing to upper black belt degrees, students of every belt color lined up and commenced the 2015 summer HapKiDo championship! First was the kids segment of the competition, where the students competed and placed in board breaking and sparring competitions.

adults adults2 adults3 blackbelt blackbeltsparThe kids wrapped up their segment, and soon enough the adults at Choe’s HapKiDo competed and placed in board breaking and sparring competitions. The competition ended with black belts having their own board breaking and sparring competitions!

The 2015 Choe’s HapKiDo summer championship was a huge success!  We cannot wait what next summer’s championship will bring!

For more information on Snellville Karate and other Choe’s HapKiDo locations near you, visit here.

HapKiDo Changes Lives Every Day

Choe’s HapKiDo

Choe’s HapKiDo has been teaching in America since 1978.  With many locations all over America, HapKiDo has been making a real impact in the local communities, and is starting to make a profound and wide spread change in the way people live their lives.  HapKiDo teaches its students to live a life of respect and compassion, while giving people confidence in themselves and the self-discipline needed to reach their goals.  These character traits, along with learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, gives HapKiDo students the tools they need to be successful in any endeavor they choose.

HapKiDo Martial Arts
Choe’s HapKiDo

As a guide to living the HapKiDo lifestyle, all of the Choe’s HapKiDo Students learn to live and train with 4 Precepts in mind.  These precepts are a guide to what they train to accomplish, and helps us keep moving in the right direction.  The Precepts of HapKiDo are:

1) We Discipline Our Minds and Bodies
2) We Cultivate a High Quality of Personality
3) We Develop Good Wisdom and Sagacity
4) We Serve the Community

By really embracing these precepts anyone will be able begin living in a way that will improve the lives of not only themselves but of those around them as well.

Our organization is guided by Grandmaster JiMong Choe, who has dedicated his life to helping spread the benefit of this martial art, as well as the benefits of living a healthy life.  He is not only a Martial Arts Grandmaster, his is also an oriental medical doctor, so we are lucky to not only have the martial arts knowledge but also the healing side brought into what we learn to give us a well rounded education to optimize our education!  HapKiDo has been teaching people how to live to their maximum potential in America for decades, it is time for you to see what it can do for you!!

Choe’s HapKiDo

Why Sign Up for the Summer Championship? – Karate Cumming Georgia


Have you signed up for Choe’s 2015 Summer Championship at Karate Cumming Georgia yet?

In a little over 2 weeks, the will soon be here! The summer competition is a day filled event full of Black Belt Testing, Kids Sparring and Board Breaking Competition, Adult Sparring and Board Breaking Competition, and Black Belt Sparring and Board Breaking Competition. Karate Cumming Georgia and all other locations are excited to participate in another Choe’s HapKiDo summer championship! While there are awesome shiny trophies to look forward to winning, Karate Cumming Georgia shares other perspectives of the day to also look forward to.

What to look forward to:

Refining your martial arts practice. Similar to the belt tests where one’s skills are presented in front of judges and peers, the championships also provide students a different way to demonstrate their practices. While belt tests evaluate students on an individual basis, the excitement and adrenaline of competing inspires students to polish their skills and become even better martial artists. For Karate Cumming Georgia and all other schools, the competitions are where everything from training comes together.

Meeting HapKiDo students from different schools and states. Meeting other HapKiDo students from miles away adds a cool perspective to the competition: the love of HapKiDo is also practiced across the states! In fact, the championships bring together all Choe’s HapKiDo schools from four states: Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.

Watching and cheering on your peers as they compete. In addition to watching higher black belts testing for their second degree and above belts, you will also get to watch and show support to your classmates. Your peers and family will cheer you on, and you will also feel the same excitement to cheer on others. The overall effect is positive!

Win or lose, the summer championships that Karate Cumming Georgia and other locations compete in are meant to bring out your best. To have the guts to compete, to train hard, and to accept all positives and negatives are applicable skills for other events that happen in your life. Whether you are aiming for a leadership role or a promotion at work, these ethics are important to grasp so to learn and to do well.

For more information on signing up for the championship, see your instructor ASAP! You can also visit our Facebook event page here.

We hope to see you all at Choe’s 2015 Summer Championship!


Martial Arts Dacula Georgia is for Everyone!

Growing up is tough and stressful. Kids now handle with bullying, anxiety, depression and the inability to withstand with the change. Many Dacula parents are looking for the right option for their kids, you should check out the option of putting your kid in a martial arts Dacula Georgia School.

One of the greatest things that these classes assist with is concentration. Modern technology has made lots of kids stuck on their mobile phones, tablets and computers. Martial art classes are formulated to let your kid learn the ability to focus and concentrate. When your kid contains the ability to focus perfectly, they will perform better on exams and be better equipped to solve problems. Self confidence is certainly a thing that most of the kids struggle with, kids will be offered the resources to work on themselves and find that they contain many of their own talents.   The Black Belt instructors work to ensure kids are respectful and practice humility.  Studying to respect your limits and identifying your surroundings is another important aspect to martial arts dacula Georgia. Kids are taught to defend themselves as well as to be aware of themselves and people around them.

Act in the dangerous condition:
Children will learn to be aware of their senses to defeat fear and avoid putting themselves in risky conditions. Your kid will study how to inhale and react; hence they will not instantly act out of anger or fear. Martial arts is an activity that can be begun at any age, allowing you to provide your kid the resources needed to build themselves up through life. Martial arts dacula georgia will teach confidence and diligence, but it will assist them even to become conscious of whom they are. If you are searching for a good school for your children, try to get a martial arts dacula Georgia school that will assist your kid in achieving goals. You need a school you can stick with for the long run. The truth about martial arts is it develops coordination, discipline and can improve your kid’s confidence. Self esteem is regarding self worth; getting a healthy self esteem shows being confident, capable and able.

Self awareness:
With the help of martial arts, the little challenges they face can bring great success. They defeat challenges when they progress in the training. Most of the training on martial arts teaches the value of rank, age, experience and expertise. Higher ranks show higher skill and when they attain a specific rank, they are given then chance of teaching the knowledge to other children. Your children will learn to treat people with proper respect.   The ability for kids to protect themselves will give them a peace of mind.  Fundamental training always includes preventing any confrontation. Due to the reason of self awareness, your kid will be less likely to need to resort to violence in working with the problems.

Prevent injuries:
Martial arts dacula Georgia training can assist children by giving them a sense of balance and allow them study techniques on how to avoid injuries. Learning some skill will need higher level of mental focus. They will study to focus under pressure. With the repetition of some technique, they are able to implement the skill perfectly. This ability is usefull not only in martial arts but also in academic school! These classes allow them study great skills and the kids will be physically fit.  Apart from making stamina, it can improve the muscular system and create children stronger. Different martial arts techniques involve different range of motions that demand endurance, flexibility and strength, the physical condition of any student participating in Martial Art training is highly improved.

Stress management:
A child that trains in this art is involved in lot of little steps of development. The feeling of achievement arrives when a child advances by the various belts and the complex level of techniques. Every specific style will influence children in how they deal future challenges in life.  So it can assist kids in developing their focus, creating them highly adept at controlling the emotions. In association to this, most of the kids are able to get inner peace, thus creating them best stress management materials when experienced with tough situations. Learning martial arts dacula Georgia offers numerous benefits that conceal kids mental, physical and emotional facilities.

The benefits of Karate Dacula Georgia

Martial arts have been around for a very long time. Over the years and centuries, fighting styles have been passed on from generation to the next generation.  In general, martial arts involve fighting techniques, mental discipline and various philosophical elements.

Karate Dacula Georgia
Karate Dacula Georgia

Our society has become increasingly interested in these martial arts over the last few decades. Below are discussed several benefits that may help you realize all the wonderful benefits the martial arts have to offer.

In the first place, martial arts are good for learning self-defence techniques. While it may be an obvious fact that learning martial arts means learning self-defence techniques, not so obvious is the fact that while learning martial arts, you’re learning to fight so you don’t have to. That said, you’ll carry yourself more confidently so you’ll be much less likely a victim of bullying and assaults. A confident person feels more valuable and has the ability to face life’s challenges head on. A self-assured person is more resilient to peer pressure and is less likely to get into serious trouble or do drugs.

Additionally, martial arts will increase your coordination. Everyone will develop varying degrees of physical skill from Karate Daulca, but everyone will become more flexible and stronger through training. Even more, very few activities help improve concentration like martial arts can. It exercises the mind, body and spirit all in one and improves one’s concentration. This will help in other areas of life such as schooling and business. That’s because martial arts simply teach you how to think and how to act.

The obvious benefit of learning martial arts is the improvement of physical health. As the student learns to exercise regularly several times a week, he or she will get used to the habit of exercise which is maybe the most useful lifetime habit. This results in balancing blood pressure, lowing the cholesterol level and reducing the number of visits to the doctor. Moreover, the student gets flexible muscles, which fairly increases the chances of surviving accidents and slips and with fewer injuries. For example, Karate Dacula Georgia school helped many practitioners become more flexible and stronger people.

The state of good health and psychological well-being acquired through martial arts training can be channeled into every day life to achieve personal and career goals. The spiritual side of martial arts is not religious. It’s a state of mind that enables practitioners to overcome fear, anxiety and emotional blocks. Attitude is a state of mind that’s developed by discipline. And discipline is acquired through martial arts.

Karate Dacula Georgia
Dacula Georgia Karate

A martial art with a good Karate Instructor can transform the way you think. For example, you may go in with one mindset and come out like a completely different person with different behavior. Of course, this doesn’t happen in a day or in a year, but definitely over time.

Learning a martial art is especially good for children. For many young kids, one of the skill sets that’s often overlooked is balance and posture. Poor posture leads to improper breathing, cramped organs and a while host of other unhealthy bodily expressions. Karate Dacula Georgia can help you teach your little ones to build strong balance, flexible body, healthy postures and balanced movement through the use of age appropriate drills and forms, often presented as an engaging game to help practitioners improve these fundamental skills.

You’d be amazed at how friendly the people who train martial arts are.  You can always check out Karate Dacula Georgia as a starting point. Karate Dacula Georgia will help you in deciding which art is the best one for you.

Finally, a major part of any traditional martial arts school is learning the art of respect. We start and finish the classes with demonstration of respect and it continues during the class as well. You can always refer to Karate Dacula Georgia in order to learn more about martial arts.