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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.

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.

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

Kids Learn to Collaborate at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA

On top of learning respect and self-discipline, a child learning martial arts also develops 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 Grayson, GA , it contributes positively to our future leaders.

In any given martial arts class at Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, 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 and help all to improve. Students may not realize this, but they continuously practice exchanging good etiquette with one another. And a lot of the times, having and being a good partner in all aspects of training makes a big difference in training.

At Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA,  kids completing tasks together builds their relationship with one another. From doing exercises and basic kicking in unison, they keep in mind of what the instructor at the front is doing and how they’re moving smoothly with their peers.

It is wonderful to see kids of different belt ranks help each other out. Especially when an upper belt student assists with a lower belt student’s technique, she or he starts to show care that the other student does well. Even if the student is completely different from the helper, the task given allows them to work together in harmony.

Regardless of the level of difficulty of team work, having developed multiple skills that contribute to being an effective individual in projects makes associating with all kinds of people easier.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Grayson, GA, visit here

Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Bonds Families

Martial Arts creates a weekly opportunity for Family Time!

Time with your kids is precious because that phase goes by so fast. When they’re young, it’s the best opportunity to develop a solid relationship with them. Parents who train at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate find a significant difference in their relationships with their kids. In addition for Choe’s HapKiDo Karate teaching adult classes,  kids martial arts classes are just as beneficial.

One benefit for parents and children to train at Choe’s HapKiDo, it is an opportunity to bond as a family. There is always something to talk about the dinner table, and kids and parents alike are able to give each other feedback. The kids will be excited to show the parents the new kick that they are learning, and parents would be able to help them at home as an instructor would.

In addition to HapKiDo karate classes catering towards different age groups, our family classes are opportunities for the whole family to work out together! You will all get to do all parts of the classes together —from stretching, to cardio, to target kicking, and to self-defense.

We love watching parents, kids, and siblings enjoying themselves because of a mutual hobby such as Choe’s HapKiDo Karate!

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

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!

How HapKiDo Karate Can Benefit Women

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.

Learn Meditation at I Love Martial Arts Georgia!

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.

Teenagers are Perfect for Martial Arts

Teenagers and martial arts go perfectly together. Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school and 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. Teenagers who do martial arts improve their self-esteem, confidence, and self respect. They may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence, increased self-esteem, and an increase in self-respect. As teenagers, any time that they are around positivity helps them through this time period. 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.

Choe’s HapKiDo Partners with feedOne to Fight Hunger

—Members in Different Locations Work Together to Make a Difference

Choe’s HapKiDo works with Sweat Angels to team up with feedOne to help fight hunger for kids in developing worlds. 66 million children attending school without having eaten, and the martial arts school wants to decrease that number. Members are able to participate in this cause by using Facebook to check in to their locations and adding the hashtag #meals4kids. With every two check-ins, a meal is provided to a child in need.

The goal of feedOne is to promote the awareness of the state that the children are in and to also bring meals to them. A program called Children’s Feeding Initiative, 146,676 children are enrolled. From around the world in developing worlds, countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guatemala, and Tanzania.

Not only does feedOne feed the children, but they also monitor their health and growth.

Choe’s HapKiDo seeks every opportunity to help its communities. The HapKiDo locations involved  with the cause include Lawrenceville, Cumming, Duluth, and Flowery Branch.

Every month, the martial arts community work together with Sweat Angels to contribute to a different cause. Last month, they partnered up with the non-profit organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which bought dog food.

Previous projects include a food drive with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and a winter clothes drive with THREE-OH-WE-GO.

For more information on feedOne, visit here.

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

 

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

Thank You for Being a Part of Our 2016!

Choe’s HapKiDo Had an Great 2016 – Thanks For Being A Part of it!

Choe's HapKiDo
Choe’s HapKiDo

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!