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Choe’s HapKiDo Gwinnett Expands Kids’ Social Skills

Choe’s HapKiDo Gwinnett provides such a positive experience, that its impact lasts in the students for the long-run. For however long your child trains with us—even throughout the teen and adult years—she or he ends up with a plethora of accomplishments and lessons. But what could really be the most invaluable take away lesson is how important it is to have support. From family, to friends, and to the instructors, your child will understand the meaning of good community as s/he carries on in life. S/he will know what to look for when entering new territories like a new class, school, state, job, and etc.

As parents, we care about the well-being of our kids, especially when it comes to them making friends. From our experience as being martial arts instructors and parents, martial arts compliments the lives of all individuals. By having your child being involved in our martial arts program, the friendships built throughout classes with the kids and the instructors will boost your child’s self-esteem when trying to make friends everywhere else.

The Benefits of HapKiDo Gwinnett:

We understand that for kids, making friends can be difficult. And when this happens, it really plays with their self-esteem. With Choe’s HapKiDo Gwinnett, the classes give your child the opportunity to socialize with kids his/her own age. Plus, s/he will constantly get to collaborate with them through various exercises, and the exercise are great in friendship bonding. Most importantly, your child will be able to learn how to get along with all different kinds of people, while being in a positive learning environment. Your child will also be more perceptible to how his/her actions and behaviors affect the people around them.

Why HapKiDo:

Overall, Choe’s HapKiDo Gwinnett will benefit your child in a multitude of ways. S/he will increase those physical activity minutes, while developing in confidence, self-esteem, respect, discipline, and much more. Our place is made for students to feel safe to learn all sorts of new abilities, while getting to grow strong on the inside.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Gwinnett, visit the link.

 

Kids Learn to Collaborate at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA

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 Grayson, GA , it contributes positively to our future leaders.

In any given martial arts class at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, 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 and help all to improve. 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.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA,  kids completing tasks together builds their relationship with one another. From doing exercises and basic kicking in unison, they keep in mind of what the instructor at the front is doing and how they’re moving smoothly with their peers.

It is wonderful to see kids of different belt ranks help each other out. Especially when an upper belt student assists with a lower belt student’s technique, she or he starts to show care that the other student does well. Even if the student is completely different from the helper, the task given allows them to work together in harmony.

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.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, visit here

Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Bonds Families

Martial Arts creates a weekly opportunity for Family Time!

Time with your kids is precious because that phase goes by so fast. When they’re young, it’s the best opportunity to develop a solid relationship with them. Parents who train at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate find a significant difference in their relationships with their kids. In addition for Choe’s HapKiDo Karate teaching adult classes,  kids martial arts classes are just as beneficial.

One benefit for parents and children to train at Choe’s HapKiDo, it is an opportunity to bond as a family. There is always something to talk about the dinner table, and kids and parents alike are able to give each other feedback. The kids will be excited to show the parents the new kick that they are learning, and parents would be able to help them at home as an instructor would.

In addition to HapKiDo karate classes catering towards different age groups, our family classes are opportunities for the whole family to work out together! You will all get to do all parts of the classes together —from stretching, to cardio, to target kicking, and to self-defense.

We love watching parents, kids, and siblings enjoying themselves because of a mutual hobby such as Choe’s HapKiDo Karate!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate, visit here

Teenagers are Perfect for Martial Arts

Teenagers and martial arts go perfectly together. Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school and 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. Teenagers who do martial arts improve their self-esteem, confidence, and self respect. They may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence, increased self-esteem, and an increase in self-respect. As teenagers, any time that they are around positivity helps them through this time period. They know that they have found a community to relate to, and it’s a great place to let off steam

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Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with feedOne to Fight Hunger

—Members in Different Locations Work Together to Make a Difference

Choe’s HapKiDo works with Sweat Angels to team up with feedOne to help fight hunger for kids in developing worlds. 66 million children attending school without having eaten, and the martial arts school wants to decrease that number. Members are able to participate in this cause by using Facebook to check in to their locations and adding the hashtag #meals4kids. With every two check-ins, a meal is provided to a child in need.

The goal of feedOne is to promote the awareness of the state that the children are in and to also bring meals to them. A program called Children’s Feeding Initiative, 146,676 children are enrolled. From around the world in developing worlds, countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guatemala, and Tanzania.

Not only does feedOne feed the children, but they also monitor their health and growth.

Choe’s HapKiDo seeks every opportunity to help its communities. The HapKiDo locations involved  with the cause include Lawrenceville, Cumming, Duluth, and Flowery Branch.

Every month, the martial arts community work together with Sweat Angels to contribute to a different cause. Last month, they partnered up with the non-profit organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which bought dog food.

Previous projects include a food drive with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and a winter clothes drive with THREE-OH-WE-GO.

For more information on feedOne, visit here.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

 

Bio Instructor Spotlight: Instructor Matt Gresham

Hello there! I am Instructor Matt Gresham, and I have been instructing HapKiDo and Kickboxing for about five years each. At Choe’s HapKiDo, I started HapKiDo training near the end of 2012, and my passion for it keeps growing. Within six months of starting training, I realized I had a gift for explaining and guiding people, and I wanted to explore more into those areas.

One of the greatest moments in HapKiDo is when I received my Black Belt from Grandmaster Choe at the 2016 Summer Championship. My struggles in training included excuse making, lack of confidence, and lack of discipline. I used to act before I would think, and now my actions are calculated and intentional.

One person who inspires me as an instructor is Instructor RJ LoPresti. His attitude, passion, and his drive to succeed and to help others motivate me. My long-term goal is to open and run a HapKiDo location, and he is the first person to help inspire that. I’m driven to change the world and to protect the innocent through self-cultivation and realization, and teaching here and later opening a school would activate those dreams.

I enjoy how HapKiDo and Kickboxing complement each other. While HapKiDo constantly challenges self to be better than yesterday, Kickboxing shows what you and others are capable of.

If people are committed to change and living a full productive life, then the time is now. Life is better when I can coach people every day. My favorite part of instructing, whether it is a kid or an adult, is seeing the light come on in their faces.

MORE INFORMATION ON INSTRUCTOR MATT GRESHAM

Hobbies: Automotive Performance Enthusiast & Race Cars

Favorite Colors: Black and White

Favorite Movies: Boondocks Saints, The Matrix, Taken, and Dragon Ball Z

Favorite Workout Tune: “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake, Lil Jon

This Month’s HapKiDo Belt Promotion is Coming Up!

The Day that Everyone Looks Foward to!

This Saturday on February 18th starting at 9:30 A.M and until 8 P.M, the students of Choe’s HapKiDo look forward to this month’s Belt Promotion Event. This event starts at one of the schools in the morning, and tours to two more schools by the end of the day. In total, students have three opportunities to choose from on when to participate.

The panel is made of masters and head instructors from each location.  We would like students to think of this day as a day to show all what they have learned.

For Cumming HapKiDo Head Instructor RJ LoPresti, who has been doing martial arts since 6-years-old, “The students get to present what they’ve learned and show how much they’ve grown and improved since their last test. It’s awesome to see everyone’s growth!!”

For Lawrenceville HapKiDo Head Instructor Dan Wilson, who has been doing martial arts since 11-years-old, “We want our students to succeed. As instructors, we still test to keep advancing as Black Belts, and we understand what our students go through every month. We are all growing, and we want to make sure everyone is growing well. ”

The monthly event is a day worth celebrating.  It is an all day event, and everyone looks forward to feasting somewhere fun afterwards. The students who presented themselves and showed everyone what they have learned are able to relax. Everyone from instructor, to students, and to parents get to talk about the day’s highlights.

Even if students are not participating in the Belt Promotion Event, they can still come out support others. This action shows good sportsmanship, and they get to hang out with the HapKiDo family.

“It’s like a family reunion every month,” says Instructor Wilson, “we spend time separately training in our locations with our students, but the belt promotions let everyone gather all at once.”

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

 

Bio Instructor Spotlight: Susie Rogers

Hello world! My name is Instructor Susie Rogers, and I teach at Choe’s HapKiDo & iLoveKickboxing Cumming! I became a 2nd Black Belt Degree in 2016, and I have loved every step of my journey in HapKiDo.

I was first inspired to start martial arts after watching my husband, Scott, and two sons, Alex and Zane, participate. When I joined, I started a belt behind my family members. But in 2013, a super exciting moment happened to our family: three of us tested at the same time and earned our first degree black belts (the youngest was injured and tested just a couple of months later.) Amazingly, Zane and I have continued on and are both second degree black belts. I say this with gratitude, that I would not be where I am today if it were not for my family and big HapKiDo team.

HapKiDo has definitely boosted my confidence level in leading my life. Before HapKiDo, I was comfortable being in the background. Now, stepping out to instruct a fitness class is easier. Growing in confidence has also led me to start my own massage therapy practice. I am also part of a group of massage therapists that work on professional athletes. In addition to refining my HapKiDo skills, I enjoy being inspired to continue growing in my career.

Overall, teaching is my passion. I enjoy watching people accomplish a goal after they thought the success was impossible. My greatest encourager is my husband, and homeschooling our three children is probably where I started sharpening my teaching skills. If anything, teaching kids gives me great pleasure. Helping people is what I love to do.

MORE ABOUT INSTRUCTOR SUSIE ROGERS:

Other Occupation: A Licensed Massage Therapist, i.e. I work as a private massage therapist as well as one for a professional sports team

Family: Husband named Scott, children named Abi, Alex, and Zane

Pets: A furry mutt named Delaney

Current goal: Refining HapKiDo techniques

Kids’ Nerf War Party Parents Night Out for the Valentine Weekend at Choe’s HapKiDo

Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe's HapKiDo Martial Arts
Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts

—Parents, have a stress-free Parents Night Out with a special someone

Cumming — The Nerf War Party is a night to treat the kids to a great night filled with pizza, snacks, a movie, and fun activities. Hosted by Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming, spend a lovely parents night out with a loved one and be worry free of who is watching the kids. Taking place on Saturday February 11th from 5pm to 9pm, parents and kids can have a fantastic evening.

Kids should bring their own nerf gun, and they are free to bring a friend. The night will be supervised by expert children supervisors—the Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming Head Instructors and Assistant Instructors. With experience in organizing and instructing HapKiDo class for different ages, from 3 and up, the instructors are always ready to have some fun with the kids.

To help cover dinner and helping hands, a night at the Nerf War Party is $20 by February 10th, and $25 after the date.

Parents can register here: https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?EV–cwXMg.
For more information, contact Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming at 678-513-5436. Also check out more information on www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com.

 

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Instructor Spotlight- Archie Kickboxing Instructor Cumming Ga

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden
Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Hello! I am Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden at iLoveKickboxing Cumming Ga!  I started teaching fitness kickboxing because I believe exercise saves lives.  The way kickboxing and martial arts has changed my life, I can now give back. I am currently working on running a 10K and plan to go back to school to be a personal trainer. I have overcome my own fitness struggles, and I want to reach out to others.

When I started kickboxing, I went from being 225 pounds to 145 pounds. Now, I feel younger and more healthier than I have ever been in my life. I give great thanks to my HapKiDo and Kickboxing instructor RJ LoPresti.  He helped me believe in myself again and see that there are things bigger than myself. It’s also okay to live with your heart on your sleeve. Plus, being part of the kickboxing and HapKiDo team, I have learned that we are also family.

Through my journey of making a healthier lifestyle, I am able to help people wherever they are at. Even if the person is unmotivated, I will do my best to get on their level. I will show them that their goals are easier to reach if we work on them together. I love being a kickboxing instructor because when I see people’s reactions when they first start seeing results, it’s priceless.

MORE ABOUT ME

Family life: Wife, three kids, and a dog

Motto:  “Everyday is a new beginning. Leave the past in the past.”

Favorite Band: Pink Floyd

Favorite Workout Music: Rage Against the Machine

Favorite Movie: Beetlejuice

Hobbies: Running and Competing in 5Ks

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Kickboxing Instructor Cumming Ga
Kickboxing Instructor Cumming Ga

 

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!

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 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!

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 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