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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

How HapKiDo Karate Can Benefit Women

Martial arts can take anybody and turn him or her into something greater. While martial arts is considered a sport, it is more than that. It is about how well you can perform by yourself but also with others. If a person desires to improve on his or her martial art skills everyday, growth happens. Martial arts does not care whetherthe learner is a boy or a girl, but it matters that s/he wants to learn. 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 Karate, 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.

For more 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.

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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.

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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.

 

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: 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

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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