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Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts and Video Gaming

For kids and adults alike, playing video games can be a great stress reliever and have shown to increase intellectual performance. Video games help people to develop strategic, problem-solving skills in challenging settings, while also increasing their reflexes. However, although video gaming can become intriguingly addictive, too much of it affects the health. Sitting, staring, and keeping the same posture in one place encourages obesity, muscle strain, and other health problems. There are video games out there that allow gamers to use the whole body, but none of them can fully replace the experience of playing an actual sport or engaging in great exercise.

An experience that video games cannot fully replace is the journey in receiving a Black Belt at Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts. The positive environment encourages students to come out of their shell, and it brings out the best in them. Not only are they being physically and mentally challenged, but they are developing life long skills for the long-run. Plus, with each day coming to class and advancing in technique and level, it is all rewarding. From every day, to every month, and to all the years of dedicating time to this art.

5 Ways Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Can Compliment Your Love for Gaming

1. Increased Focus

At Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, you are constantly aiming at target after target. And the cool part? You learn that each move and technique is the result of using the entire mind and body.  For instance, a kick may require you to kick a target with the inside of your foot, but you need more than just your foot to accomplish the kick. You must swing your leg, hips, upper body, and time everything to move just right.

2. Better Timing

Not only will martial arts will increase your perception of how to spot targets in video games, but it also increases your timing. When to move make your characters jump, duck, or roll. You are having them move how you would in class. Or it could be vice versa! You could be moving how your characters move in your game.

3. A More Relaxed Body

With all the training to stretch out the body from all those hours sitting to play video games, the body is more relaxed. The neck is loosened, and the muscles are relaxed from exercise.

4. Increased Social Skills

Being around the martial arts community makes for awesome friends. It’s easy to talk to other gamers online, but it’ll become even more easier when you are socializing all the time in class.

5. Better Health All Around

While having fun with video games aids your intellectual health, martial arts increases your physical health for the better. This way, you are keeping everything in balance and taking charge of your health!

Choe's HapKiDo Martial Arts
Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts

Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts encourages students to do all the activities that they enjoy. And we believe that whatever is your passion, martial arts can only compliment it.

For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts, 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
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