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.
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.
The rainstorms from the last couple of weeks may have caused chaos, but the grounds definitely needed them. The pollen residue on cars and on top of lakes are washed off, and any sown seed was fed. Now, the seeds that were planted earlier will have a shot at blooming.
This same process occurs when students at Duluth Martial Arts practice the art of HapKiDo. This same process can also apply to how people achieve their goals. What people do now, and how much time they spend on goals, affects their outcome. If a child practices and continues to feed good work habits, s/he will benefit from them as adults.
At Duluth Martial Arts, children are able to develop characteristics that they may not learn anywhere else.
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Five Lessons that Students Will Find Valuable from Martial Arts
It’s easy to get frustrated, and students learn how to calm down. Through meditation and deep breathing, they learn the value of staying cool headed and directing energy at the current task.
How often students practice martial arts affects how they perform. Whether it’s a little time every day or a few days a week, each day of training adds up.
Students could choose to make practice easy, but then they learn how much more they can do with a little challenge. If they are able to push through learning a complex flying snapping kick or a higher level flip, they reap their hard earned efforts.
On a bad day, students realize that they can brush off the dirt and try again. Plus, there is always something to learn, even not on our best days. And eventually, the bad ones become our favorite times when the goal is achieved. The bad ones make the better ones the best.
Focus & Motivation
There could be a million things that a student would like to do, but s/he chooses.
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The time gap that kids have is precious because what they learn will shape them. Parents, teachers, the school’s team coach, a martial arts instructor, and etc. can together raise children. The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” can greatly affect a whole generation.
For more information on Duluth Martial Arts, visit here. For additional information about our other locations, visit here.
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.
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.”
Hi! I am Instructor Rahkeen Williams at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Duluth Ga & iLoveKickboxing Duluth! I have achieved first year black belt status in 2015, and I enjoy teaching both HapKiDo and kickboxing classes. My ultimate goal in life is to do as much good as I can. Even if I jam my toe or do not have a car on hand, I will still make it to class to help change lives.
My martial arts career started when I was twenty-years old. I had wanted to do martial arts since being little, and meeting Master Foor changed that. His kindness, wisdom, and perseverance are part of the reasons why I enjoy HapKiDo, Kickboxing, and impacting the world.
I remember when I was a kid and being inspired by the Power Rangers. Now, teaching kids how to become their best in HapKiDo Martial Arts Duluth Ga is my favorite part. It is a great feeling to watch them go from their first days in class to leveling up on belt tests.
Whatever place you are in life, if you are struggling or feeling nervous about trying HapKiDo or Kickboxing, I will try to motivate you. It is okay if it takes more than one day to achieve a goal. Taking baby steps is the key! If you are looking to be your best then try taking class at martial arts Duluth GA, it can help!!
MORE ABOUT ME:
Hobbies: Cooking, Parkour, and Acting (Walking Dead, photo double extra)
Martial Arts Duluth Ga is the place to be for a fun, safe and friendly environment to learn martial arts and self defense. Get in shape and have a blast learning the amazing art of Choe’s HapKiDo at the Duluth Georgia Facility.
—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.
–Martial Arts location offers an opportunity to learn Tai-Chi, QiGong, and more.
Flowery Branch– People may rise up in the mornings to run, and others may be found heading to a fitness class that has them peacefully moving from QiGong, to Tai Chi, and to Yoga. This class is called Health and Wellness (Tai Chi Flowery Branch), and it is offered by the local Choe’s HapKiDo studio in Flowery Branch. Classes are offered twice a week: Wednesdays at 10 A.M. and Saturdays at 9 A.M.
A martial arts location ran by her and her husband who are both second degree black belts, Instructor Patti Ann Rivera describes how the Health and Wellness class allows all ages to positively increase their well beings with a relaxing, low-impact, and meditative course.
Each class is forty-five minutes long, and it begins with general respect by bowing to each other. As Instructor Patti Ann describes, “We then start with QiGong, which are breathing exercises. Next, calisthenics to warm us up, which includes knee bends and circles. After that, we go into more deep stretching in the style of Zen Kinesthetics. The breathing exercises warm up our bodies and give us a little aerobic activity. And then we move into more QiGong to stimulate all bodily functions. We then move on to the Tai Chi form, and then we end with yoga and meditation.”
Class participant Wade Andrews, age 65, has happily been coming the last four months, “Tai-Chi is perfect for Parkinson’s Disease, and I have finally found a great place to take class.”
For 44-year-old Paula Rowell, who also takes Kickboxing and HapKiDo classes at Choe’s HapKiDo, shares: “Each one of them is a building block with another. The Health and Wellness class helps me with my balance in HapKiDo. In HapKiDo, it helps me with technique and form, which prevents less injury in kickboxing. Plus, they are all a good outlet for stress.”
The main benefits one can experience from the class at Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch includes better flexibility, extra stamina, an increase in circulation and mobility, and a better grasp on concentration and focus.
As a lot of forms of martial arts like Tai Chi and QiGong are in respect to nature, Instructor Patti Ann likes to have class outdoors at a nearby park during the mild weather months. One perspective that she shares is that each season is connected with the techniques performed in class. To benefit the organs, like the heart that may not be so active during winter, the moves and exercises are meant stimulate them.
For anyone who is interested in try Choe’s HapKiDo Health and Wellness class, the first class is complimentary.
My martial arts journey started during my teenage years with American karate when I lived in South Florida. When my family and I moved to Georgia, my son expressed an interest in martial arts. I then started looking around for, in my eyes, a good instructor in a well-rounded art form. I came across Choe’s HapKiDo Buford Ga and enrolled him, myself, and the rest of my family.
We have our mantra that I truly believe in: “Changing Society One Black Belt at a Time.” Teaching HapKiDo martial arts in Flowery Branch allows me to help people become the best they can be, and it is rewarding. In addition to my experience in HapKiDo training and running Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch, having Grandmaster Choe and a Master to learn and draw knowledge from is more than lucky—it is also awesome! Working with them and the other people involved at Choe’s HapKiDo Buford Ga shows that working together results in success.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME: Movies: Action and Comedy Life: Married to an incredible woman whom also learned HapKiDo and is an instructor who teaches at our Choe’s HapKiDo Flowery Branch location.
—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!
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.
—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.
—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.
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.
Martial Arts Georgia: Success appears beautiful because the work to get there demands a series of ups and downs, a mixture of good and bad times. Some people may associate success with education, but it is really the opportunities of having great teachers that help people achieve their goals. There are many great teachers in the world, and sometimes students need extra help outside of class. Making time for extra help and practice benefits everyone, regardless of the subject.
Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia is here to assist anyone who wants to improve his or her mentality. With a little bit of martial arts training, students from elementary age and up see improvement in their studies because HapKiDo practice improves the ability to concentrate.
In school, good concentration skills allow students to finish work, turn in assignments, take effective class notes, and study hard. As a result of good habits and hard effort, then students shoot for the best outcomes. Sometimes students do not realize the importance of concentration until they receive hands on training.
HapKiDo training inspires students to always strive for the next level up. From dedication to class and to consistent practice, students witness achievement when they earn belts. To them, a new karate belt feels like an A+. When students start seeing the benefits of studying for something they love like martial arts, they see the practicalities of studying for everything.
The HapKiDo instructors have passion in showing support of the importance of doing well in school. Through our award system, HapKiDo students are also acknowledged for accomplishing great levels at school. As a result of our martial art culture and education support, parents see great improvement in their child’s concentration at school. And the best part – the students see and believe it too!
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.
With Halloween around the corner, it is important to think ahead of ways to make trick-or-treating a fun, safe time. The pre-planning can make the night go smoother, and you will feel more confident about how to address any situation that could pop up. Plus, anytime that you can review safety tips with a child will be carried with them in the long-run.
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5 Ways to Make Trick-or-Treating Safer
1) Use Bright Tape and/or Glow Sticks
Being able to identify your child in the day light and night time reduces stress the day of Halloween. With the candy bags and costumes, mark them with reflective tape or bright stickers. Giving them glow sticks and/or flashlights work great, too.
2) Reduce Distractions
Finding ways to reduce distractions increase our awareness to the surroundings. Keep eyes off of the phones, pads, and other electronics that could tempt as a distraction. These devices tend to affect a person’s attentiveness and how s/he may cross the street.
3) Be Able to See Your Child at All Times
Even without bright markers or a flashlight, having your children within eye range becomes important when they are going door-to-door. Finding them going into a stranger’s house may cause you to be alarmed. Keeping to the well-lit houses is usually a good rule to apply. Overall, having your eyes with them during trick-or-treating will help ensure they are risk-free of danger.
4) Assure Your Child’s Costume is Accidental Proof
Anything from long hems or not great vision on a costume can cause your child to trip over or bump into objects. Even with costume make-up, test the product on a small area on their skin to make sure there is no allergic reaction.
5) Check the Candy Before Your Child Eats Any
You never know what your child will get in his/her candy bag until you look. After a productive couple of hours of trick-or-treating, sort through the winnings. If it’s not to look for yourself, it is safer to throw away anything that looks questionable. Especially if the treat is homemade, make sure your child is able to consume it with not problem.
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Trick or treating brings much joy to the kids and parents. If you can reach it, free candy is up for anybody in the house. Planning ahead for ways to make a fun event like trick-or-treating danger-free is worth it. Finally, if the house is not lit too well, just be sure that your kids go to well lit houses and that they don’t go into strangers’ houses.
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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.
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.
Ever hear of Martial Arts Buford Ga? Well I have one question for you….
If there was an activity in Buford Ga that would give you or your child a chance to have fun, get into a healthy fitness routine, all while learning something that will help you in all areas of life, would you at least give it a shot? Martial Arts Buford Ga may be exactly what you are looking for!
If your answer is yes, then you HAVE TO give Martial Arts Buford Ga a try! Martial Arts at Choe’s HapKiDo Buford will provide you with an opportunity to work on becoming the best version of you possible! The extremely fun classes, lead by our professional Black Belt Instructors are designed to guide students of any skill level and ability to living the life of a Black Belt!
Our classes show our students how to get the most out of every day of their lives through teaching Self Defense and Healthy Living. The confidence that HapKiDo instills in our students in invaluable to both kids and adults, and can be exactly what you or your child are looking for to add to your weekly routine! Martial Arts Buford Ga will give you the keys to unlock your full potential, and will show you how to take control of your life and reach the greatest potential that you are meant for!
Buford Ga needs more places for the kids and adults in the community to come together in a safe, clean and friendly environment to work together on improving our country and society. Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Buford Ga provides a place for people to do just that. Our HapKiDo family is united by the common goal of working to become better people in order to create a better community.
Come join us to become a part of the most fun and effective way to become a better you!
Board Breaking at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Snellville provides challenges to our students, but there is a great feeling of accomplishment when breaking a board—or boards!—is successful. Some students may recall the first board that they broke as being one of the most memorable times during their journey at Karate Snellville.
The first time to break a board, the moment becomes surreal because you are staring at the instructor who is holding a solid, thick board in front of you. In turn, the instructor is also looking at you, waiting for you to attempt a break. While staring, you may have flashes of the Karate Kid film series coming to mind. Suddenly, you realize the martial arts world is way cool.
If at first you did not succeed in breaking the board, you can try again. Maybe it was your mind that stopped your fist before you tried to hammer through. Or maybe your mind was on the target, but the strike was not strong enough. After the second or third attempt of trying to physically break the board as hard as possible, you understand the necessity of also focusing the mind: on the target, on the weight of your fist, on the momentum that is needed, on your fighting stance, on your breath, on the spot behind the board that your fist must come through, and on the yell that will travel loudly from your gut.
After the first break, Karate Snellville students’ confidence rises. Before they know it, they will overcome board break techniques using the heel, palm, elbow, and many more. As board breaking looks like a performance test, it is very much one. The practice is a demonstration of all practice coming together, where the mind and body must work in cooperation, in unison.
At Choe’s HapKiDo in Norcross, Georgia, it is a big honor when our students receive their black belts. Not only is the day big for us, but most importantly for the students. In the video, the young man who receives his black belt at our Karate Norcross location represents hard work, perseverance, and success.
As shared in the video, Master Cody Foor shares his perspective, “The journey to black belt is not an easy one. This is the journey of a warrior. It is full of challenges. Nobody makes it alone. We all support each other.” In addition to students having desire to learn martial arts, the help to achieve black belt comes from the instructors, peers, family, friends, and other influential people who show support. The longer we spend time together, the more we become more of a family. Together we train, spar each other, hold targets for one another, comfort all when in pain, help each other achieve goals, and celebrate each other’s hard work and victories.
Spending time with the martial arts family like the one in Karate Norcross is special time. The bond we share is intimate, strong, and we have each other’s backs.
Congratulations Instructor Williams! We are super proud!
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In a little over 2 weeks, the will soon be here! The summer competition is a day filled event full of Black Belt Testing, Kids Sparring and Board Breaking Competition, Adult Sparring and Board Breaking Competition, and Black Belt Sparring and Board Breaking Competition. Karate Cumming Georgia and all other locations are excited to participate in another Choe’s HapKiDo summer championship! While there are awesome shiny trophies to look forward to winning, Karate Cumming Georgia shares other perspectives of the day to also look forward to.
What to look forward to:
Refining your martial arts practice. Similar to the belt tests where one’s skills are presented in front of judges and peers, the championships also provide students a different way to demonstrate their practices. While belt tests evaluate students on an individual basis, the excitement and adrenaline of competing inspires students to polish their skills and become even better martial artists. For Karate Cumming Georgia and all other schools, the competitions are where everything from training comes together.
Meeting HapKiDo students from different schools and states. Meeting other HapKiDo students from miles away adds a cool perspective to the competition: the love of HapKiDo is also practiced across the states! In fact, the championships bring together all Choe’s HapKiDo schools from four states: Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Virginia.
Watching and cheering on your peers as they compete. In addition to watching higher black belts testing for their second degree and above belts, you will also get to watch and show support to your classmates. Your peers and family will cheer you on, and you will also feel the same excitement to cheer on others. The overall effect is positive!
Win or lose, the summer championships that Karate Cumming Georgia and other locations compete in are meant to bring out your best. To have the guts to compete, to train hard, and to accept all positives and negatives are applicable skills for other events that happen in your life. Whether you are aiming for a leadership role or a promotion at work, these ethics are important to grasp so to learn and to do well.
For more information on signing up for the championship, see your instructor ASAP! You can also visit our Facebook event page here.
We hope to see you all at Choe’s 2015 Summer Championship!
Things to Consider Before Choosing Martial Arts School For Yourself
There are many things that one should look before comparing martial arts schools. By a few tell tale signs, you can immediately spot a quality martial art school for yourself or your children. With so many martial arts schools out there, it is very difficult to find the best martial arts school for yourself. You should know what questions you should ask to know about them better.
Learning martial arts like HapKiDo Karate Cumming Georgia is an investment of both energy as well as time. So, one should exactly know what to look for finding a quality martial arts school. If you are able to know about the school then you can make a smart choice with confidence and clarity. Choosing a bad martial arts school can be expensive as well as time consuming. Martial arts Facilities in Cumming Georgia can range in terms of the quality of instruction and the quality of the studio.
Below are some of the most important things to look for making the best decision in selecting the best martial arts school:
Objective you are hoping to get out of training
Instructors of Martial Arts School
Student Success Stories
Trust your Instinct
Last but not the least, the Class Schedule
We encourage you to check out Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Cumming Georgia to let us help you reach your goals, not only in term of Martial Arts but in all areas of life. Check out our site here for more information about our location in Cumming Ga: http://www.KarateMartialArtsCumming.com
What to do when kids want to quit Martial Arts Classes…
After attending martial arts classes for some time, it is not uncommon for some children to tell their parents they would like to quit because they are “bored.” If you’re the parent of such a child, you may be wondering whether you should allow him or her to stop taking lessons. How do you know when to encourage your child to continue and when it’s appropriate to quit? Here are some things to consider.
Seeing the Value
Parents are only likely to insist that their child continues with an activity if they see value in it themselves. As such, you should ask yourself whether or not anything could be gained from continuing karate classes. Think about the benefits such as increased self-esteem, better concentration and enhanced self-discipline, and then consider whether your child will be able to obtain those same benefits elsewhere.
On the other hand, if your child hasn’t benefited, you may want to ask yourself why. Is HapKiDo something that just doesn’t interest your child, or has your son or daughter really not given it a fair shot? Has your child attended classes faithfully, or has the commitment level been lower than it should have? You should make your decision only after carefully looking at all these factors, and remember why you started!
The Value of Commitment
Martial Arts Classes in Georgia
Child development experts agree that there is something to be said for teaching kids the value of commitment. That doesn’t mean you should never allow them to quit anything, but what it does mean is that you should establish firm boundaries for doing so. For example, many parents allow their children to try martial arts in order to determine if it’s something they would like to pursue. Once they decide to continue, they must commit to doing it for a certain period of time, perhaps six months to one year. Only after that time period has elapsed may they withdraw.
Establishing time limits on quitting is beneficial because it teaches kids to preserve even when the going gets tough. Many times, children become frustrated because they have reached a training plateau, and elect to quit rather than face the challenge. Teaching them to overcome frustration is an important part of child development, and is something that will only help them handle difficult situations as adults.
Taking a Break
You may feel as though your child isn’t ready to quit, but simply needs to take a break for awhile. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the length of the break. Taking a week or so off from time to time may be a good idea in order to allow your son or daughter some time to focus. Any more than that, and you run the risk of him or her falling out of routine and electing not to continue. What’s more, other students are likely to progress during your absence, leaving your child feeling inadequate because he or she is now “behind.” For this reason, we advise against taking extended breaks from karate class. Eliminating Regret
It can be easy to give in when your child wants to quit; however, before saying yes immediately, you may want to think it over to ensure you do not regret doing so later. A part of normal child development for many kids involves indecisiveness, so it’s not uncommon for children to quit only to decide they want to re-enroll only a short time later.
If your child would like to quit our dojo, we recommend a disenrollment conference in our office to determine the reason. Many times, kids want to quit karate class because they are interested in pursuing other activities that may not have as much value. Your son or daughter may also want to spend more time with children who are not enrolled in classes, and feel that quitting would be the only way to do so. By finding out why your child wants to quit, we can work together to determine if doing so would be truly beneficial.
Nearly every child wants to quit martial arts at one point or another, including those who go on to earn black belts. Just because your child has expressed an interest in quitting doesn’t necessarily mean discontinuing in our program is the best choice. It’s important to take several factors into account before deciding to give up on an activity that provides so many unique benefits.
Children who respect authority are more likely to do well in school, and are less likely to become delinquent. An excellent way to teach children respect is to enroll them in martial arts classes. Martial arts Cumming teaches respect, self discipline and concentration, creating children that are not only better behaved, but also more confident.
Martial arts Cumming Georgia is deeply rooted in principles of Asian culture, where respecting one’s elders is a high priority. In martial arts, when two people hold the same belt level, the older one is automatically considered senior and acknowledged appropriately. You may just find your child respects adults more because of this principle.
People of higher belt levels are also given respect when practicing martial arts in Cumming Georgia. The practice of bowing to a senior student or instructor is taught as a method of showing respect. This is sometimes misunderstood as a sign of weakness or submission; however, once children learn it’s not, they are more than willing to render the proper respect whenever it’s required.
Even the dojo is treated with respect at Choe’s Martial Arts Cumming. Removing one’s shoes is a sign of leaving your troubles at the door in addition to showing respect to the training floor. Bowing when entering and leaving the dojo helps reinforce the idea of respect during each and every training session.
Many people are hesitant to enroll their children in martial arts Cumming because they are afraid they will become violent. They are often surprised to know that while Choe’s Martial Arts in Cumming does teach children to defend themselves physically, it nonetheless stresses respecting others and avoiding conflicts whenever possible. Knowing how to protect oneself, yet using it as a last resort reinforces the idea of respecting everyone, including those who might intend to do you harm.
The idea of respecting others is also reinforced in martial arts Cumming during sparring matches. As opponents bow to each other just prior to a match, they are showing respect in addition to indicating they do not wish to harm one another. Bowing at the end of a sparring match is done to show gratitude to an opponent for a tough yet honest fight.
The idea of self discipline and respect go hand in hand in martial arts Cumming. Children are taught to keep their uniforms clean, avoid horseplay, and ask permission to enter a class already in session. Performing these things on a regular basis consistently reminds children to be respectful in all aspects of their daily life.
One of the best ways to teach children respect is by enrolling them in martial arts Cumming. Schedule a class today to see the tremendous difference it could make in your child’s attitude.
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Children who suffer from low self esteem may do poorly in school, become withdrawn socially, or develop disciplinary problems. One of the best ways to enhance your child’s confidence is by enrolling him or her in Choe’s Martial Arts Buford Ga. Martial arts in Buford develops healthy self esteem in children, while also reinforcing the concepts of respect, discipline and physical fitness.
The primary purpose of martial arts Classes in Buford is teaching children self defense moves. This is especially important for children who are being bullied, as it shows them they don’t have to be victims. In turn, bullied children may no longer be fearful because they know they can protect themselves by using martial arts techniques if and when the situation arises.
While Choe’s Martial Arts School in Buford does teach self defense, it nonetheless stresses the importance of avoiding a physical conflict whenever possible. As such, your child will learn it’s not always necessary to fight someone for self protection, and this can result in him or her being more assertive than before. The fact that children can stand up for themselves in a non-threatening way will make them more confident, and also decreases the odds of them getting in trouble for doing so.
At first, performing many of the martial arts moves may seem awkward for many children. As time goes on, movements will become easier and easier, which in turn will increase the amount of confidence they have. Knowing they have accomplished something through hard work and discipline results in children feeling good about themselves and striving to accomplish even more so that the cycle is constantly being repeated.
Advancing in belt rank also helps build confidence. In Buford martial arts school, each child begins at the same level, and must meet certain requirements in order to be promoted. What this means is that your son or daughter will know without a doubt that he or she earned a promotion, which is something to feel good about. The more your child advances, the more respect he or she is shown from other students, which in turn can also help increase self esteem.
Many children are self conscious about speaking or performing in front of others. Taking Martial arts lessons Buford Ga will allow them to overcome this fear, as kids are frequently given opportunities to help instruct classes and/or train new students. They’ll also be required to perform in front of a panel when testing for a new belt level. In time, doing these things will be something they are comfortable doing, meaning they will feel more confident when others are watching.
Enrolling your children in martial arts Buford Ga can be a very effective way to enhance their self esteem. Martial arts is also an excellent form of exercise, so kids can benefit both mentally and physically from taking classes.
Martial Arts is a great activity for residents in Buford Georgia to become involved in for countless different reasons. Of course there are the physical benefits such as weight loss, improved endurance and strength, increased flexibility and coordination. But some of the best and most sought after benefits of Martial Arts are non physical! Character traits such as confidence, respect, honor, focus and humility are some of the invaluable traits that students can benefit from when participating in a Martial Arts program in Buford Ga. One of the most important things people look for when searching for a Martial Arts School is the atmosphere at the school. Are the Karate Instructors positive and encouraging? Is the Martial Arts Training facility clean and safe? Are the other martial arts students supportive and friendly? These are all very important questions to ask when preparing to start the Black Belt journey!
In order to learn the self defense and gain all the amazing benefits of HapKiDo you need to find a school of Martial Arts Buford Ga that has an environment that in conducive to learning! The black belt instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Buford Ga are professionally trained on teaching our character development programs, HapKiDo’s world famous practical self defense methods, and on top of that they are trained on how to create an environment that will encourage personal growth and the growth of the community as a whole. Unfortunately there are always going to be martial arts in Buford that are lacking in the development of a positive atmosphere, but this is such an important part of the Martial Arts experience, especially for our kids martial arts programs! Momsin Buford Georgia rave about the Martial Arts Classes at Choe’s HapKiDo. It is so important that kids learn at a young age the importance of personal development, and become leaders among their peers. Buford kids who take martial arts at Choe’s HapKiDo learn the importance of being their best, and always putting 100% effort into all things they do. Learning this at a young age will give the student a jump start that will give them a boost in life! At Choe’s Martial Arts Academy we strongly feel that if we empower people with the knowledge of how to develop themselves and those around them that we can create an exponentially growing movement of positive change in the Buford community and eventually the world!
Imagine if you will, a Martial Arts school that you felt safe attending, and was comfortable enrolling your children in a program there because you were confident that by attending class not only would you learn the physical side of Martial Arts and gain the character traits of being a Black Belt, but also you and your family would be a part of a culture that promoted growth and learning in every area of your life! How valuable would it be to be a part of such an organization? When taking Classes at Choe’s Martial Arts Buford you are not only given a first class Martial Arts education in a state of the art training facility, but you also become a member of our family.
I Love Martial Arts Georgia makes it a mission to change its surrounding communities one black belt at a time. Originated from South Korea, Choe’s HapKiDo is designed to train people of all kinds. It has impacted the lives of children, teens, adults, siblings, parents, and more!
Check out these heart-felt HapKiDo testimonies:
At Choe’s HapKiDo in Cumming, junior instructor Gaby is excited to soon be testing for her black belt! She enjoys guiding children and being an excellent leader!
Junior instructor Liam excitedly shares the cool things to gain at Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson. He loves his new friends, physique, and uniform!
At Choe’s HapKiDo in Duluth, this two-year-black-belt expresses how the program continues to teach him self-discipline and respect!
Student Aiden Ty enjoys his new lifestyle at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville. He always looks forward to learning new self-defense moves and new lessons in self-discipline!
Choe’s HapKiDo helps people of all sorts. Especially if you have finished school, or find yourself stuck in life, this place provides great distraction. There is always something to look forward to, and you are definitely not wasting time when learning an ancient martial art while also becoming part of a cool community.
First, there are the peers. You bow in and out of class together, you help each other improve, and you even fight each other – in the most respectful way possible! You develop respect for everyone, and you learn to work with all kinds of people.
Then there are the parents. Whether it is your parent or somebody else’s, you still connect. As your peer’s parents are watching their kid(s), they have been watching you too.
Class would not be the same without the assistant instructors. These students drive the class, induce positive energy, and provide a good example of what to work towards.
And of course, everyone likes the instructors and the head instructor. These people influence everyone around them. They always have good advice.
HapKiDo events add to the warm quality of the community. Meeting founder Grandmaster Choe and HapKiDo students from other branches is always fun. From belt tests to competitions, meeting other people who also share your martial arts passion is eye opening.
These people become a part of your life in the best way possible. You see them so often, that you cannot help but to like them all.
People go through many stages in life. We spend a good portion of it sleeping, going to school, finding/maintaining a job, and finding other ways to spend time that would add value to our lives. At some point in the journey, a person may become health conscious and start building up time that revolves around everything to do with this field. Regardless of how the fitness stage goes, people tend to find that their lives become better. They learn that by taking care of themselves through fitness, diet, and etc. become important assets to their healthy well-being. This phase of life is also exciting because a person finds out what he/she is physically and mentally capable of.
Far from being a monotonous workout, Choe’s HapKiDo karate can be the tool you need to help engage in exercise. It is a martial art that is designed to bring out the best in everyone. On top of increasing strength, it is a sport that builds confidence and demands concentration. A wonderful community of instructors and peers also derive from all its locations. Our HapKiDo program is flawless at guiding people to their utmost potential.
Skills learned in Choe’s HapKiDo classes are not only temporary, but stay with individuals for a long time as they contribute to shaping all in the best way possible.
Making goals is definitely a lot easier than pursuing them; they tend to create nice images in your head. If it’s not the hard work and struggles that attract people, then it must be the feeling experienced when crossing a finishing line. But the thing about goals, especially with some of the popular ones, they seem to be meant for long-term. Like, why would you stop trying to get fit or eating healthy after a year?
According to USA.gov, the following are popular New Year’s resolutions made every year:
Volunteer to help others
Get a Better Education
Get a Better Job
Eat Healthy Food
Take a Trip
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Drink Less Alcohol
What has been on your New Year’s resolution list? Anything different from the ones listed above?
Part of the challenge in goal reaching relates to attitude. If struggles from a set goal start sinking into your mind, you need to find internal strength to keep going. Maybe you need to figure out the reason for the struggle and learn. Or perhaps, you need to surround yourself with positive reminders like a support group. There is even a possibility that the goal needs to be slightly adjusted. The solutions to the struggle(s) could be all of these!
Us martial artistsat Choe’s HapKiDo can relate greatly to them. Especially with the time between each belt test, these solutions almost act as a system. Our expectations of ourselves might be too high or too low; sometimes it helps when there is someone on the outside who can make such observation. If anything, the person should definitely be someone you trust.
If you take it a day at a time, the goal seems more approachable. This mindset will also allow you to set short-term goals. With goals, remember that they are meant to bring challenges, and that quitting is what you want to avoid.
Did you take a moment to reflect on thankfulness over the Thanksgiving break? Well, believe it or not- there are only four and a half weeks left of 2014! If you haven’t been swept away by all the Christmas and other winter holiday shenanigans, surely your schedule will soon have you running around. But in the midst of a busy December schedule, this month is also the time to start thinking of next year. If you are a New Year’s resolution fanatic, testing the waters of set goals can ensure the likelihood of reaching them.
Think about this – whatever you put on your New Year’s resolution list, you can really start today. Or at least, begin prepping and experiencing the realistic measures of trying to reach new goal(s) before the actual first day. By doing this, you can also make adjustments to set goals. For example, if you’ve written anything to do with weight, maybe check out fitness classes, buy the clothes/tools needed, or maybe appoint a couple of friends to try it out with you. You could all act as each other’s motivators.
Another popular goal on people’s list revolves around changing the current diet to possibly something better. With this kind of goal, you could start doing research and experimenting with foods. Whatever route you decide to take to try accomplishing new set goals, the main idea here is to find ways to keep going by getting a head start. Use December as an advantage!
If fitness and healthy eating are goals that make up your list, try working out with us at Choe’s HapKiDo. We understand the mindset needed and try to show others their potential. And by being around people who are striving for similar ideals, the company makes the journey a little bit easier. Think of us as an awesome, caring support group!