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Children Learn to Collaborate in Martial Arts Cumming

The Best Way to Team Build!

Children and martial arts go greatly together. Any problem that they struggle with, martial arts seem to solve. For instance, collaboration is a lesson students will learn well. Working with another person or even in a small group can cause frustrations for an individual. It becomes easier as adults, but kids will have a harder time because they are still learning about themselves and other kinds of people. For them to get along with each other can raise challenges, but give them the right activity to accomplish together, and they achieve the finish line amazingly.

On top of learning respect and self-discipline, children who do martial arts also develop team work skills. This kind of skill becomes important in life because the need for teamwork pops up frequently. Whether it’s in school, work, or other special situations, learning to cooperate with others to accomplish a task is not easy; it can cause stress and bring out the worst in people. But with teamwork training infused in martial art programs like at Choe’s HapKiDo, it contributes positively to our future leaders.

In any given martial arts class, working with partners or in groups can play greatly in a student’s success. When it comes to alternating turns to hold up a kicking target for peers, the students listen to each other, help all to improve, and literally contribute a hand or two. Students may not realize this, but they continuously practice exchanging good etiquette with one another. And a lot of the times, becoming a good partner increases the quality of training.

Regardless of the level of difficulty of team work, developing  team work skills makes associating with all kinds of people easier. The students learn the importance of treating others and self with respect.

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Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo

On a day to day basis, we see kids thrive in our HapKiDo martial arts program. By guiding and watching these small humans grow in confidence, self-esteem and respect, they are able to apply these skills to all areas of life. Kids are happy when they see and believe the awesomeness that they are capable of. They experience hands-on that messing up is okay, and that perseverance is the key to accomplish goals.

For Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo takes the idea of a full HapKiDo class and makes the day bigger for the birthday superstar!

The party gang will have fun at our Kids Karate Birthday Parties, and they will learn some martial arts throughout the whole party. Everyone will have fun, and we help the birthday kid showcase his/her martial arts skills. Just like what we see when we teach class, your child’s confidence and self-esteem will soar by helping lead class, accomplishing the new martial arts techniques learned, breaking a board in front of all, and more!

After all of the fun and excitement of experiencing martial arts, a giant pizza party and snacks will be ready to refuel the ninjas’ appetites! And for the finale, the birthday star will have the honor and spotlight of karate chopping a yummy cake with a REAL Samurai Sword!

Kids Karate Birthday Parties are supervised fun and let the parents relax and enjoy themselves. Our parties are also flexible for parents to be involved too! Pick the birthday theme, and our HapKiDo martial arts staff will take care of everything else! We take charge of the planning, the setting up, AND THE CLEANING UP! After the party is are over, you and your birthday child can go home, look through the pictures, and smile on the day of fun. Also enjoy the big hugs and love from your child’s glowing face!

Book a spot for our Kids Karate Birthday Parties at Choe’s HapKiDo soon!

Kids love to come back to have us celebrate with them again, and our calendar fills up really quick. Book here!

Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with the Carrington Academy Preschools

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

Featuring: Instructor Michael Scott

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

Qs & As

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

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

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

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Interviewed by: Christie McGowan