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Duluth Martial Arts Helps Students Develop Good Habits

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

Attitude

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.

Persistence

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.

Hard Work

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.

Humbleness

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.

This Month’s HapKiDo Belt Promotion is Coming Up!

The Day that Everyone Looks Foward to!

This Saturday on February 18th starting at 9:30 A.M and until 8 P.M, the students of Choe’s HapKiDo look forward to this month’s Belt Promotion Event. This event starts at one of the schools in the morning, and tours to two more schools by the end of the day. In total, students have three opportunities to choose from on when to participate.

The panel is made of masters and head instructors from each location.  We would like students to think of this day as a day to show all what they have learned.

For Cumming HapKiDo Head Instructor RJ LoPresti, who has been doing martial arts since 6-years-old, “The students get to present what they’ve learned and show how much they’ve grown and improved since their last test. It’s awesome to see everyone’s growth!!”

For Lawrenceville HapKiDo Head Instructor Dan Wilson, who has been doing martial arts since 11-years-old, “We want our students to succeed. As instructors, we still test to keep advancing as Black Belts, and we understand what our students go through every month. We are all growing, and we want to make sure everyone is growing well. ”

The monthly event is a day worth celebrating.  It is an all day event, and everyone looks forward to feasting somewhere fun afterwards. The students who presented themselves and showed everyone what they have learned are able to relax. Everyone from instructor, to students, and to parents get to talk about the day’s highlights.

Even if students are not participating in the Belt Promotion Event, they can still come out support others. This action shows good sportsmanship, and they get to hang out with the HapKiDo family.

“It’s like a family reunion every month,” says Instructor Wilson, “we spend time separately training in our locations with our students, but the belt promotions let everyone gather all at once.”

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

 

Bio Instructor Spotlight: Susie Rogers

Hello world! My name is Instructor Susie Rogers, and I teach at Choe’s HapKiDo & iLoveKickboxing Cumming! I became a 2nd Black Belt Degree in 2016, and I have loved every step of my journey in HapKiDo.

I was first inspired to start martial arts after watching my husband, Scott, and two sons, Alex and Zane, participate. When I joined, I started a belt behind my family members. But in 2013, a super exciting moment happened to our family: three of us tested at the same time and earned our first degree black belts (the youngest was injured and tested just a couple of months later.) Amazingly, Zane and I have continued on and are both second degree black belts. I say this with gratitude, that I would not be where I am today if it were not for my family and big HapKiDo team.

HapKiDo has definitely boosted my confidence level in leading my life. Before HapKiDo, I was comfortable being in the background. Now, stepping out to instruct a fitness class is easier. Growing in confidence has also led me to start my own massage therapy practice. I am also part of a group of massage therapists that work on professional athletes. In addition to refining my HapKiDo skills, I enjoy being inspired to continue growing in my career.

Overall, teaching is my passion. I enjoy watching people accomplish a goal after they thought the success was impossible. My greatest encourager is my husband, and homeschooling our three children is probably where I started sharpening my teaching skills. If anything, teaching kids gives me great pleasure. Helping people is what I love to do.

MORE ABOUT INSTRUCTOR SUSIE ROGERS:

Other Occupation: A Licensed Massage Therapist, i.e. I work as a private massage therapist as well as one for a professional sports team

Family: Husband named Scott, children named Abi, Alex, and Zane

Pets: A furry mutt named Delaney

Current goal: Refining HapKiDo techniques

Kids’ Nerf War Party Parents Night Out for the Valentine Weekend at Choe’s HapKiDo

Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe's HapKiDo Martial Arts
Nerf Pary Parents Night Out at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts

—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.
For more information, contact Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming at 678-513-5436. Also check out more information on www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com.

 

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Instructor Spotlight- Archie Kickboxing Instructor Cumming Ga

Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden
Bio Spotlight: Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden

Hello! I am Kickboxing Instructor Archie Grunden at iLoveKickboxing Cumming Ga!  I started teaching fitness kickboxing because I believe exercise saves lives.  The way kickboxing and martial arts has changed my life, I can now give back. I am currently working on running a 10K and plan to go back to school to be a personal trainer. I have overcome my own fitness struggles, and I want to reach out to others.

When I started kickboxing, I went from being 225 pounds to 145 pounds. Now, I feel younger and more healthier than I have ever been in my life. I give great thanks to my HapKiDo and Kickboxing instructor RJ LoPresti.  He helped me believe in myself again and see that there are things bigger than myself. It’s also okay to live with your heart on your sleeve. Plus, being part of the kickboxing and HapKiDo team, I have learned that we are also family.

Through my journey of making a healthier lifestyle, I am able to help people wherever they are at. Even if the person is unmotivated, I will do my best to get on their level. I will show them that their goals are easier to reach if we work on them together. I love being a kickboxing instructor because when I see people’s reactions when they first start seeing results, it’s priceless.

MORE ABOUT ME

Family life: Wife, three kids, and a dog

Motto:  “Everyday is a new beginning. Leave the past in the past.”

Favorite Band: Pink Floyd

Favorite Workout Music: Rage Against the Machine

Favorite Movie: Beetlejuice

Hobbies: Running and Competing in 5Ks

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Kickboxing Instructor Cumming Ga

 

Bio: Instructor RJ LoPresti

Instructor RJ LoPresti – Instructor Bio at Choe’s HapKiDo

Instructor RJ LoPresti
Instructor RJ LoPresti

Please enjoy this quick bio about Instructor RJ LoPresti from Choe’s HapKiDo.

I enjoy action and comedy shows like any other guy, but I love any martial arts movies!

I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 6 years old, and being an instructor and owner at Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia and iLoveKickboxing.com has become more than a job —it’s my life! My favorite part about being a HapKiDo Instructor is working with the people. I get excited to meet all who walk through our door for classes at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Cumming Georgia. Our motto is “Changing the world, one Black Belt at a time,” and I feel that with each class I am able to improve the world by teaching HapKiDo.

As much as I love being a karate Cumming Georgia instructor, being also a kickboxing instructor allows me to influence more lives. HapKiDo and Kickboxing classes always feel like I’m hanging out with friends for an hour, but we are really just becoming healthier people! I am so lucky to be able to do what I love with such awesome people!!

Whether it is though fitness training or life lessons, I like to get in on the action!

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

Is Karate Cumming Georgia right for you?

Things to Consider Before Choosing Martial Arts School For Yourself

Kids Karate Cumming Georgia
Kids Karate Cumming Georgia

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.

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Below are some of the most important things to look for making the best decision in selecting the best martial arts school:

  1. Objective you are hoping to get out of training
  2. Instructors of Martial Arts School
  3. Class Dynamic
  4. Curriculum
  5. Student Success Stories
  6. Facility
  7. Service
  8. Style
  9. Trust your Instinct
  10. 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

6 Benefits of Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

6 Great Benefits of Learning HapKiDo as a Martial Art

Finding a hobby or an exercise that provides the best benefits can be difficult, but have you considered trying out martial arts, such as HapKiDo? It is one of the best martial arts Cumming Georgia has to offer and here are six great benefits that you, your kids or even the whole family can gain from learning HapKiDo:

Adult Martial Arts Cumming Georgia
Adult Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

1. Great for Physical Health and Exercise

Learning and practicing martial arts is good for the body. It keeps you physically active and keeps us fit, no matter how old you are. Kids can certainly benefit from physical training to grow up as strong individuals and learn at an early age how their body moves in different ways. The exercises, stances and HapKiDo moves will teach them the natural movement of their arms and legs and how to balance their weight. Martial arts will also enhance and improve the motor skills and enable them to be prepared for other physical sports such as basketball or football.  When practicing martial arts, it is very likely that the whole body will be used and every muscle will be flexed. It is also good for the heart, strengthens the immune system, increases your energy levels and is an excellent outlet for releasing stress.

2. Great for Learning about Discipline and Respect

This is especially beneficial for young kids and adults who wish for their children to learn about discipline and respect, something that is often not learned in regular schools. HapKiDo teaches its students the value of inner peace and being calm on the inside. Kids sometimes learn about discipline or respect the hard way, so why not make it more interesting by enrolling them in martial arts? Even adults can still rediscover discipline in the form of self-control. In this world of instant gratification with little thought to consequences, it can give parents and grownups an edge by calming down and thinking it over carefully before making a decision.

3. Great for Boosting Self-Confidence

Having self-confidence can lead to better quality of life in almost all aspects. Children are more prone to having less self-confidence, so give them an early start with HapKiDo martial arts training. Leveling up and earning martial arts rankings or winning in matches and competition can make a person feel good about himself, leading him or her to think that anything can be done with hard work and determination. Good self-confidence can also lead a person to become more sociable, plus it can make him or her more independent and able to work alone with amazing results. Having a healthy amount of self-esteem can also protect your kids or teenagers to think for themselves and not be influenced easily by negative elements.

4. Great for Increasing Focus and Concentration

Imagine the amount of work you can do by having the mental capacity to be very creative and be productive while at home, at work, or anywhere you choose. The factors that make it work are focus and concentration. The value of focus in today’s world is a forgotten art, with the media and companies showing loud videos and music, vying for your attention with in-your-face advertisements. You can easily lose focus while on the computer, on the road or at work. HapKiDo values meditation as part of the discipline, and with it you can increase your concentration and focus gradually. You can then apply this to real-life situations such as being able to listen attentively, finishing work faster, or having the means to pursue the hobby that you love with a passion.

5. Great for Acquiring Self-Defense Skills

Learning self-defense skills while practicing martial arts Cumming Georgia such as HapKiDo will provide the individual the strength to fight back in times of emergency. This becomes an invaluable tool that kids and adults can utilize to repel off attackers, or defend our loved ones. The great thing about martial arts as a defense skill is that you do not need anything else but your body and mind to protect yourself. You will not need any weapons or equipment which may not be at hand all of the time. Martial arts will also impart upon the individual a mental alertness that is essential in facing volatile situations and the presence of mind to react decisively in case of accidents.

Kids Martial Arts Cumming Georgia
Kids Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

6. Great for Coordination, Teamwork and Fun

Are you looking for an awesome activity for the whole family? Signing up for HapKiDo as a martial arts program is a great way to get everyone involved. There is no age limit, and anyone from kids to parents can enjoy and spend time together. Teamwork is practiced in different training and sparring sessions. Enrolling with your whole family can prove to be a fun and unforgettable experience that everyone will cherish. It also helps to close the generation gap between parents and siblings.

Martial Arts Cumming Teaches Kids Respect

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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Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

1614 Peachtree Parkway

Cumming, Georgia 30041

(678) 513-5436

I Love Martial Arts Georgia – Teens and Karate

chkd5Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school/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. Students may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence. 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.

The Benefits of Meditation – I Love Martial Arts Georgia

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At I Love Martial Arts Georgia, we guide individuals through all sorts of exercise to promote for a stronger, better life. One workout that we guide classes through is usually done right before warming up our bodies. In the martial arts world, meditation serves as a tool to connect the mind to the body.

According to Instructor Gasstrom from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, “…your mind plays a significant part when doing physical training and conditioning as it will determine how long you will be able to handle the intensity of the workout. Therefore, by training your mind to overcome greater lengths and amount of workout, you will be able to have even better results.”

As fierce and wild as meditation sounds, it should not be overlooked as useless. It is simple, yet can be powerful. Neurologists have observed beneficial changes to the brain for those that undergo meditation: it can decrease pain sensitivity, improve mood associated to depression and anxiety, increase focus which greatly affect those with ADD/ADHD, and influence to be more awake and relaxed (Dvorsky).

While some studies have shown great changes to those who meditated five hours a day, people can receive benefits from this exercise by attempting 20 minutes a day. The mind is an incredible creation, as it can “memorize how much your body can handle and send it signals…[and] your body will perform against the limitations you set for yourself and improve with repetition (Gasstrom).

Meditation will not work like other forms of exercise because it’s in a zone of its own. If someone is looking for a way to relieve stress, then all forms of exercise including meditation will do. But if someone desires to improve in areas like mood, concentration and breathing, then meditation should be given a try. Especially if it is something that people can get into, it can be so beneficial to one’s health.

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Written by Christie McGowan

Citations

Dvorsky, George. “The Science Behind Mediation, and Why It Makes You Feel Better.” i09.com. Kinja, 2013. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.

Gasstrom, John. “Martial Arts Lesson of the Week- Connecting Mind and Body.” Choe’s HapKiDo of Youth. Bogger. 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.

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Success Stories – I Love Martial Arts Georgia

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 in Flowery Branch is #1 according to Assistant Instructor Matt. You get to learn self-defense and grow in self-confidence!

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

I Love Martial Arts Georgia – Who We Are

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.

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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.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

Girls and Martial Arts – I Love Martial Arts Georgia

 

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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, 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, visit here.

Written by: Christie McGowan

I Love Georgia Martial Arts – Success Stories!

I Love Martial Arts Georgia is a great safe place for people of all ages to learn self-defense, self-discipline, confidence, respect, and more! It is super beneficial for kids, teens, and adults alike! Check out the following martial art success stories to see how great our program has affected our surrounding communities!

Choe’s HapKiDo in Cumming

Mr. Orange Belt loves that he is able to make friends at Choe’s HapKiDo in Cumming!

Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson

Ms. Brandy shares how HapKiDo has affected her and her son’s life! By watching her son improve in self-discipline, respect, and focus, she decided to join in on the fun at Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson!

Choe’s HapKiDo in Duluth

The great karate dad that is sharing his success story about his son, he has noticed a great change in his discipline at school. HapKiDo karate has also aided his son’s football skills! Thanks to the peers and instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo in Duluth, another life has been greatly influenced!

Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville

The great karate mom that is sharing her success story about her son with ADD/ADHD, she has noticed a dramatic change in her son’s patience, respect, and other areas of his life! Thanks to the peers and instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, another life has been positively affected.

Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch

The great karate mom that is sharing her success story about her son, she has noticed a great change in patience, respect, and other areas of his life! Thanks to the peers and instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo in Flowery Branch, another life has been positively affected.

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Your Best Can Grow! – Georgia Martial Arts

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Thought of the day – Always do your best, and your best will grow. Especially if you keep practicing, what you can do increases. What was your best last time, might look different today…the quality has most likely changed in the best way possible.

This idea can be seen between belt tests demonstrated at the studios of I Love Martial Arts Georgia. While the first belt to be accomplished requires an individual to show basic techniques, the belt and onwards slowly add advanced skills. More knowledge and moves are taught and your mind and body must learn to function all. As one might perform at a decent level at one belt test, he/she could perform extraordinary at the next one because of more practice. And overtime, the abilities expand and then the level of applying your best is more demanding because you have graciously gotten better.

So, the more you grow, the better you become!

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Your Hand Can Make A Difference – Georgia Martial Arts

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I Love Martial Arts Georgia is strong in disciplining the mind and body. We are also big on serving the community. For us, this year showed that having heart in our efforts can make a positive impact. We witnessed this great outcome when we fundraised for Susan G. Koman’s foundation to show support to breast cancer research and to increase a person’s chance to be able to fight. This experience is an example how everyone can help in different ways — from doctors, researchers, and the community.

Some people might say that part of life is figuring out our gifts so to help others. By simply having a pair of working hands, feet, and an open mind, you are capable of being a helping tool for someone else. Whether it’s doing chores on behalf of your parents or tutoring a peer to do better in a class, anything that can make someone’s day easier is worth it. And the more people are willing to help out, the more beautiful the environment grows!

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia and the various locations, visit here.