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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.

Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with the Carrington Academy Preschools

A Q&A on Choe’s HapKiDo at the Carrington Academy

Featuring: Instructor Michael Scott

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As a Black Belt instructor at Choe’s HapKiDo, Instructor Michael Scott, 46, has become a familiar face at the Carrington Academy Preschools (the Academy) in three of the locations: Midway, McFarland, and Windermere. He enjoys advancing in the martial art under Cumming’s head instructor, Instructor RJ LoPresti. In the midst of all the training, he clearly has passion in teaching people HapKiDo, and leading the Kids Karate Program at the Academy is just another platform.

Qs & As

  • Q1: As you are part of the Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming martial arts program, what is it like to teach martial arts at the Carrington Academy Preschool in Windermere?
  • A1: Well to start, I have been teaching at the Carrington Academy Schools for 2 years. This is my second year [Nov. 2016]. We are part of their ancillary programs for their students. If the school has an interest in a karate-type program at their school, we will help them out. The main focus for the program is very similar to our Little Ninjas program. We teach some basic techniques (no belt level) and focus mainly on discipline, respect, and focus. We will take students age 3 to school age, but I have mainly 4 and 5 year olds. I go to three different Carrington campuses, one day a week. The students take a 30 minute class. Currently, I have a total of 13 students across the 3 campuses. I feel honored to have these classes to teach. It shows me that Instructor LoPresti and Master Murphy both trust me to represent the art outside of the main school.
  • Q2: Oh wow! Which locations of the Carrington campuses do you instruct at? Also, how big are your classes?
  • A2: I teach at the Midway, McFarland, and Windermere campuses. I believe that Carrington contacted Instructor LoPresti about having classes last year. Right now, I have class sizes of 3, 4, and 6. The most I might try to tackle at these ages would be 8.
  • Q3: What is an ancillary program?
  • A3: The ancillary programs are additional programs that some of the daycares bring in to bolster their program. Classes such as Spanish, Art, Music, Playball, Amazing Athletes, Gymnastics, and Ballet.
  • Q4: Is teaching the 4-5 year olds at the Academy different from teaching at Choe’s?
  • A4: As for the difference in teaching at the school, the classes are less structured in the fact that the kids don’t wear uniforms. We don’t have belts or the progression through the belts. But the way a class is conducted is the same. We bow in, do warm-ups, target kicking, hand techniques, and self defense. We don’t do rolling and sparring for the safety of the kids. But if any of the parents would like to add that, I always direct them to the school [Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming].
  • Q5: How did you start teaching at the Academy? What made you interested in helping out with the Kids Karate program?
  • A5: As to how I got started, Instructor LoPresti was getting really busy with his duties as the school was growing. I was without a job at the time, and he felt confident enough in my skills to ask if I wanted to teach the classes. Things just worked out from there. This year, I see some of the students I had last year, and they will come up and give me hug. That is always nice. It lets you know you did your job, changing lives one class at a time.
  • Q6: With each academic year at the Carrington Academy, how long would a martial arts program last? Is there a name for the program that the preschool uses?
  • A6: At Carrington, we just call them [the programs] Kids Karate Classes. The parents can sign up for six months or a year. That is actually set by Carrington.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Georgia, visit: www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com. Choe’s HapKiDo serves the following locations: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville.

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

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Interviewed by: Christie McGowan

Choe’s HapKiDo Hosts a 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for a Local Private School

Cumming, GA, October 15, 2016 – Choe’s HapKiDo hosted a 5K fundraiser to donate all proceeds for Alexsander Academy, a school where children are academically challenged regardless of learning differences and special needs. The 140 racers of The Academics 4 All 5K Run/Walk were composed of students, parents, kickboxers, and martial artists. In fact, this is the second year straight that Choe’s HapKiDo organized an Academics 4 All 5K race.

The race kicked off at 8:30am at West Bank Park in Cumming, GA. The racers were divided into categories according to age, and the top three racers in each group received medals. Waters and bananas were included for after the race.

For some of these participants, the Academics 4 All was their first 5K. This was the case for twenty-five-year-old HapKiDo instructor Zach Vaughn and fifty-two-year-old fitness kickboxer Duuna Richardson. Vaughn recalled that his biggest challenge during the race was to not slow down, “It was easy to keep going because of all my fellow peers who kept pushing themselves the entire time, so that gave me motivation to keep going.”

For 5K participant Duuna Richardson, she had previously participated in races as a volunteer, so the Acadmics 4 All was her first race, “The biggest challenge was completing the race…But the best part of the race was running across the finish line and ultimately winning a medal.”

Everybody involved in the race enjoyed the landscape of the grand park while also feeling proud for coming together for a good cause. Choe’s HapKiDo tries to find ways to help better the community. From participating in canned food drives and collecting school supplies for students in the communtiy, the 5K race is a way to encourage a school like Alexsander that is also making a difference in children’s lives.

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Alexsander Academy

For more information on the programs offered at Alexsander Academy, visit www.alexsanderacademy.org.

Choe’s HapKiDo

Choe’s HapKiDo serves the following Georgia cities: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, and Loganville. Kids and adults alike experience the incredible benefits of HapKiDo such as improving skills in confidence, respect, perseverance, and discipline. Our martial art programs are geared towards changing lives, one black belt at a time.

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

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Zach Vaughn crosses the finish line!
Zach Vaughn crosses the finish line!
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Duuna Richardson beaming with her medal and the triumph of winning at the 5K!