It’s easy to fail at something, but it takes more effort to get back up. And as a kid, experiencing failures hit hard and sometimes leave scars. It feels humiliating and may cause people to stop what they like to do. But if you’re around the right kind of people and environment, making a mistake can help you grow rather than tear you down.
At Choe’s HapKiDo, students experience hands on that staying persistent contributes to the success of reaching goals. Whether it’s to attempt a kick over and over or to improve in other areas, they learn to brush off mistakes and to carry on. And the more mistakes they make, and the more they struggle with a certain kick, they can improve because guidance is always available. And within each belt accomplished, students increase in self-esteem and confidence and build their experience of reaching new levels through good practice and hard work.
In a way, failure gives people hope because it is known for a fact that we aren’t born perfect; it is in our nature to make mistakes so to become……………………………………………………………AWESOME.
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, it contributes positively to our future leaders.
In any given martial arts class, 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, help all to improve, and literally contribute a hand or two. 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.
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.
Within each belt test, our HapKiDo students experience an overwhelming flow of thankfulness by the time they achieve a new colored belt. They had just seen all of their hard work paying off, they greet their instructors and family/friends afterwards, and there’s this celebratory expression of joy that is seen on all faces. For these students, passing a HapKiDo Karate test is an example of happiness that they will remember in the long run.
A martial art program like Choe’s HapKiDo can add happiness to any individual’s life because the classes guide all through actions that promote good health:
3) Socializing with family and friends
4) Relieving stress
5) Developing self-respect
Having a positive outlet that encourages all of these practices can be the difference between a bad and a good week. They all produce certain levels of happiness, and they definitely help people sleep better at night. Especially if there is something to always look forward to throughout the week, life suddenly become enjoyable!
How many times have you been stopped by your emotions?
Similar to how scratching a rash makes it worse, wallowing in these emotions harm individuals. We have all been there, letting our emotions get the best of us. Sometimes they get so bad that they suck all the energy out of your body. But as much as it sucks to be told that “happiness is an inside job,” it’s true. Especially on a day when you’re feeling negative, a positive quote like this might make you wince or want to punch a wall. The quote sounds too simple, but the same mind can also produce happiness in addition to the negative ones.
Although emotions are vulnerable to outside sources,—money, people, jobs, hobbies—they can be controlled. It takes practice and hard work to not cave into the negative emotions, but the right kind of influence makes it easier: find a new job, change who you hang out with, and/or attempt something new. Whatever it is that’s holding you back from being happy, you might find the reason when trying to improve your life. By simply making a goal and finding inspiration to fuel motivation, you will be able to treat whatever is going on inside your head.
Our studios help people.
I Love Kickboxing is here to help people blow off steam and increase their self-esteem. With a boost in confidence from reaching fitness goals,—and people will break a sweat while doing it!—they see what they are capable of. And to us, when we see that, it confirms even more how accessible, affordable, and fun fitness can change lives!
Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school/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. Students may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence. They know that they have found a community to relate to, and it’s a great place to let off steam!
Our motivation to teach HapKiDo Karate comes from the continuous success from our students. When we see children, teens, and adults grow physically and mentally, it makes us happy. We see that our mission to help the surrounding communities is working. We get excited there is continuous growth because it is wonderful to envision a world full of inspiring leaders.
Check out these awesome success stories by parents and students at Choe’s HapKiDo!
Choe’s HapKiDo student’s big sister has enjoyed watching her brother transform while being in the karate program. In addition to being more involved with school activities, this program has also helped him with focus and discipline.
When you’re in the midst of deciding to pick back up with exercise, remember to also be kind to yourself. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves for errors that we consider responsible for. At some point in life, we have all heard that we’re responsible for our actions. As much as this is true, the fitness battle is better when you can surround yourselves with positive guidance.
At I Love Kickboxing, us instructors are here for you every step of the way. The fitness journey is tough, but we make it a living to help people reach their goals. We know the struggle because we are just like you! We have all struggled with weight loss and other health challenges, and we are able to help others with similar struggles. And believe it or not, we are always striving for other fitness goals. We are here to guide for your benefit!
Please don’t hesitate to approach us with questions and concerns.
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.
I Love Martial Arts Georgia makes it a mission to change its surrounding communities one black belt at a time. Originated from South Korea, Choe’s HapKiDo is designed to train people of all kinds. It has impacted the lives of children, teens, adults, siblings, parents, and more!
Check out these heart-felt HapKiDo testimonies:
At Choe’s HapKiDo in Cumming, junior instructor Gaby is excited to soon be testing for her black belt! She enjoys guiding children and being an excellent leader!
Junior instructor Liam excitedly shares the cool things to gain at Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson. He loves his new friends, physique, and uniform!
At Choe’s HapKiDo in Duluth, this two-year-black-belt expresses how the program continues to teach him self-discipline and respect!
Student Aiden Ty enjoys his new lifestyle at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville. He always looks forward to learning new self-defense moves and new lessons in self-discipline!
Choe’s HapKiDo helps people of all sorts. Especially if you have finished school, or find yourself stuck in life, this place provides great distraction. There is always something to look forward to, and you are definitely not wasting time when learning an ancient martial art while also becoming part of a cool community.
First, there are the peers. You bow in and out of class together, you help each other improve, and you even fight each other – in the most respectful way possible! You develop respect for everyone, and you learn to work with all kinds of people.
Then there are the parents. Whether it is your parent or somebody else’s, you still connect. As your peer’s parents are watching their kid(s), they have been watching you too.
Class would not be the same without the assistant instructors. These students drive the class, induce positive energy, and provide a good example of what to work towards.
And of course, everyone likes the instructors and the head instructor. These people influence everyone around them. They always have good advice.
HapKiDo events add to the warm quality of the community. Meeting founder Grandmaster Choe and HapKiDo students from other branches is always fun. From belt tests to competitions, meeting other people who also share your martial arts passion is eye opening.
These people become a part of your life in the best way possible. You see them so often, that you cannot help but to like them all.
People go through many stages in life. We spend a good portion of it sleeping, going to school, finding/maintaining a job, and finding other ways to spend time that would add value to our lives. At some point in the journey, a person may become health conscious and start building up time that revolves around everything to do with this field. Regardless of how the fitness stage goes, people tend to find that their lives become better. They learn that by taking care of themselves through fitness, diet, and etc. become important assets to their healthy well-being. This phase of life is also exciting because a person finds out what he/she is physically and mentally capable of.
Far from being a monotonous workout, Choe’s HapKiDo karate can be the tool you need to help engage in exercise. It is a martial art that is designed to bring out the best in everyone. On top of increasing strength, it is a sport that builds confidence and demands concentration. A wonderful community of instructors and peers also derive from all its locations. Our HapKiDo program is flawless at guiding people to their utmost potential.
Skills learned in Choe’s HapKiDo classes are not only temporary, but stay with individuals for a long time as they contribute to shaping all in the best way possible.
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, 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.
I Love Kickboxing is looking forward to a new year of being a part of your transformation! For whatever happened last year, let’s make this year the best ever experienced. And for any fitness challenge, we are here for support and coaching!
“To become fit” challenges everything about a person. Not only does an individual train physically, but mentally as well. In fact, what a person thinks can affect what s/he does next. For all those days of tempting to skip work out time or caving into old eating habits, a person also develops mental toughness for every negative thought overcome.
When struggling to go to the gym or a kickboxing class, it is great to try to counteract with positive thinking; however, it is even better when the reasons for the negative idea are solved. For example, detected reasons to wanting to skip exercise include feeling tired or stressed from school/work, having no ride, feeling cozy, having muscle soreness, and/or having no time. Whatever the excuse, they can feed into negative reasons of why someone would want to skip a work out day. It is not bad to skip a day here and there to give your body a break, but to cave in once tells the mind that it is fine to replicate.
Overcoming negative thoughts are not easy, and sometimes it takes every ounce to push self forward – but it will be worth it in the long run!