Choe’s HapKiDo Kids Martial Arts Classes

Choe’s HapKiDo Teaches Kids Martial Arts Georgia

Kids Martial Arts Georgia
Kids Martial Arts Georgia

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

Duluth— Choe’s HapKiDo Kids Martial Arts Georgia 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 lead instructors at the HapKiDo locations have been doing martial arts for year! They have been training 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 Kids Martial Arts Georgia offers junior instructor training classes for the kids, and this is where they are able to increase their leadership skills.

Instructor Dan Wilson of the Lawrenceville HapKiDo location loves it! “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.

Kids Martial Arts Georgia

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 www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com

 

Thank You for Being a Part of Our 2016!

Choe’s HapKiDo Had an Great 2016 – Thanks For Being A Part of it!

Choe's HapKiDo
Choe’s HapKiDo

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 service works together, we are filled from 2016.

Martial Arts has so many benefits, and can bring so much joy and growth to peoples’ lives.  This is what we love so much about what we get to do, and why 2016 was such an awesome year!  So many lives changes, people who got in shape, and smiles were created! Our leadership team of professional instructors certified in our character development and self defense systems had a lot of fun working with all the students this year and we know that 2017 is going to be even better.

We plan and hope for more good times and growth in 2017 at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts.  We want you to be a part of our 2017, we are hear and ready to have an amazing 2017 with you!

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

Chung Mu HapKiDo Master – Master Cody Foor

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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!

Martial Arts Classes
Martial Arts Classes

—Learn more about yourself through our well-rounded martial arts classes.

Regardless of age or gender, Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts classes are 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

HapKiDo Students in Georgia
HapKiDo Students in Georgia

Choe’s HapKiDo Students Are Preparing for Belt Advancement

Lawrenceville HapKiDo Students– 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 in Georgia, 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 www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com

 

 

 

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 iLoveKickboxing.com 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 www.ilovekickboxing.com

 

Bio: Master Maurice Murphy

Master Maurice Murphy
Master Maurice Murphy

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.

-AWARDS-

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

-MORE INFO ABOUT ME-

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

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Choe’s HapKiDo Begins Winter Clothes Drive for December

Community Service – 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. As a community service 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 https://projectlivelove.com/theaction/three-oh-we-go/.

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 www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com for more information.