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

For more information on the programs offered at Alexsander Academy, visit

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

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