–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.