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 http://www.gamountainfood.org

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit http://www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com

Shape Up for the Holidays with I Love Kickboxing Georgia!

Shape Up With Kickboxing Georgia

Kickboxing Georgia
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

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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.

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Choe’s HapKiDo Helps Students Develop Strong Minds

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Martial Arts Georgia
Martial Arts Georgia

Martial Arts Georgia: 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 www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com

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

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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 Cumming martial arts program, 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: www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com. Choe’s HapKiDo serves the following locations: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville.

For more information on the Carrington Academy Preschools, visit www.carringtonacademy.com.

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Interviewed by: Christie McGowan