How do you take control of your life? Perhaps, a parable will help!
High on a hilltop, overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, there lived an old man who was a genius. Legend had it he could answer any question anyone might ask of him. Two of the local boys figured they could fool the old man, so they caught a small bird and headed for his residence.
One of the boys held the little bird in his hands and asked the old man if the bird was dead or alive. Without hesitation, the old man said, “Son, if I say to you that the bird is alive, you will close your hands and crush him to death. If I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and he will fly away. You see, son, in your hands you hold the power of life and death.”
In your hands, you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness. Your hands are capable, but they must be used for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining.
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.
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 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 For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.
—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.
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.
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.
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.”
—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 HapKiDoKids 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.
Choe’s HapKiDo Had an Great 2016 – Thanks For Being A Part of it!
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!
—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.
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.
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!
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Favorite colors: Bright Blue, Bright Green, and Bright Pink
My workout playlist: Linkin Park, Eminem, Journey, Ke$ha, and Pitt Bull
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.
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 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.
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.
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.