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Bio Instructor Spotlight: Instructor Matt Gresham

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

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION ON INSTRUCTOR MATT GRESHAM

Hobbies: Automotive Performance Enthusiast & Race Cars

Favorite Colors: Black and White

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

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

Stay Committed! – I Love Kickboxing

fkbThink back to the times of your achievements. The best part of these moments is that they can range from any size: rising early enough to eat breakfast before work every day, filling up the car tank early morning, earning all A’s for one term, running a 5K, losing weight — the list could be longer! But regardless of the size of these successes, they all have one element in common: commitment.

Your 2015 resolutions may have started with inspiration and motivation, but now commitment needs to step in. By possessing this asset, good will happen. It will also bring in other factors to help achieve goals such as loyalty, self-discipline, and self-respect. There will be obstacles, and there will probably be sweat. But keep in mind that the tougher the challenge, the better you will be.

It is still only the second month of 2015, and you pursuing a resolutions goal may already be trialing. You might be tired and discouraged right now, but do not quit now. Take a day or two of a break, complain more to relieve frustration, or anything else. But DO NOT let yourself fold over.

Be consistent, work hard, sweat lots, overcome obstacles, and beam at all the rewards that will come at the end.

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