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Martial Arts Georgia is a great way to get in shape and learn martial arts in Georgia. Karate for kids in Georgia teaches respect and confidence, while our adult program is a fun way to get in shape and learn self defense!

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.

Bio: Master Maurice Murphy

Master Maurice Murphy
Master Maurice Murphy

Master Maurice Murphy

Growing up, I wanted to be a fighter pilot or a priest, but then martial arts happened. I fell in love with martial arts at a young age by watching Black Belt Theater. In fact, my first martial arts lesson took place in elementary school. My passion for martial arts grew: I started HapKiDo in 1990, began Assistant Instructing in 1991, became a Black Belt in 1994, and then became a Master in 2014. Throughout the 90’s, I competed in a lot of martial arts tournaments. Other martial art areas that I am involved in include being captain of the Demonstration Team, Sparring Team, and Grappling Team.

In addition to continually growing in HapKiDo, I also enjoy hanging out with my beautiful wife and two daughters. As I am heavily involved in practicing martial arts and running multiple Georgia Choe’s HapKiDo & I Love Kickboxing locations, I also get a kick out of watching other lives being changed with martial arts because it has greatly influenced mine.

-AWARDS-

Maryland Taekwondo Association Award of Commendation 1996

Certified US Olympic Referee 1997

Dedication and Service Award from MooRymWon 2006

Award of Honor from the Baltimore City Mayor

-MORE INFO ABOUT ME-

Favorite MA Movie: Best of the Best

Current Playlist:  80’s Rock, 90’s R&B, Pitbull.

Current Favorite Song: “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

Hobbies: Rollerblade and Golf

Pets: Rescue Dog, Cocker Beagle mix named Dharma

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Choe’s HapKiDo Begins Winter Clothes Drive for December

Community Service – Choe’s HapKiDo Teams Up with Project Live Love

The weather is dropping, and Choe’s HapKiDo has teamed up with Project Live Love to participate in their winter clothes drive. As a community service for all of December, this martial arts community will be collecting blankets, new athletic socks, sock hats, and warm winter gloves to be later donated to THREE-OH-WE-GO.

THREE-OH-WE-GO is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to aid the homeless during winter. From November through March, the group is on alert of the weather being forecasted below freezing. When there is threat for a huge weather drop, the members gather and hand out warm items and love to the homeless throughout Atlanta.

From HapKiDo Instructor and Project Live Love Board Member RJ LoPresti, “We know it gets cold out there and not everyone has shelter. Just knowing that we can be a part of in taking care of all in our community makes the project more important.”

According to the 2015 statistics from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the homeless population in Georgia comes to about 14,000 people. And from the Project Live Love community, more than twenty plus homeless die each year from sleeping outside in freezing temperatures.

With all kinds and numbers of communities coming together, the mission to reach the homeless with care and warmth is more possible.

If you are interested in volunteering for THREE-OH-WE-GO, visit https://projectlivelove.com/theaction/three-oh-we-go/.

If you have extra and/or new blankets, socks, hats, and gloves, you are welcome to drop them off at any one of our Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia locations. Visit www.ilovemartialartsgeorgia.com for more information.

 

 

Martial Arts Snellville Georgia Helps Children Exercise Their Focus Muscles

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When it comes to paying attention in school, anything can become a distraction to a child. Whether it is due to someone else in the classroom or to the wandering mind, there is always something. Depending on the child, the ability to focus in class eventually shows up in schoolwork and/or report cards. When grades begin to drop and report cards keep coming back with negative feedback, a child’s confidence and self-esteem also decreases. Extra tutoring and discipline can help, but there are ways to better a child’s focus: find a good martial arts program. Through a martial arts program, students walk away with a better understanding of themselves. One good program, Martial Arts Snellville Georgia is a life-changing solution for anyone who wants to improve the ability to focus.

Martial Arts Snellville Georgia understands the importance and beauty of being able to focus. From our many years of experience, martial arts is a sport that requires full attention. From the beginning of class where the instructor calls for attention and to the many exercises, the mind is required to concentrate on many objects for short amounts of time. Exercises that students are guided through in a typical class that will help increase a person’s focus ability include meditation, target kicking, tumbling, self-defense, and sparring.

At Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, the numerous exercises are highly beneficial. As meditation helps to calm the mind, it also results for a cool, alert mindset. By doing this at the beginning of class, it allows students to ready the mind. After the mind is prepared well, target kicking is best done when the eyes and mind are fully set on the target. If the mind wanders off or the gaze shifts, the performance will not be so successful. With target kicking, the mind focuses on the target but also on other factors to perform kicks such as height, speed, and distance. Similar to target kicking, tumbling and sparring require the same amount of attention. As the child is running towards the spot to roll, or s/he begins to block, there is no room for the mind to disappear.

Through a well-rounded martial arts program, like Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, children learn hands-on the effects of good focus. By spending time exercising the brain outside of school, students are able to apply what they learn in martial arts. They come to understand what it takes for them to fully concentrate, and they witness the success that comes with being present 110%.

For more information on Martial Arts Snellville Georgia, visit here

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Written by: Christie McGowan

6 Ways Karate Norcross Will Improve Your Child’s Life Social Life

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Karate Norcross provides such a positive experience, that its impact lasts in the students for a long time: the accomplishments, the lessons, and most importantly—the friendships. Martial arts would not be the same if it were not for the instructors and peers. As a child, if anything was learned it was that having friends make living life better. As parents, we care about the well-being of our kids, especially when it comes to them making friends. From our experience as being martial arts instructors and parents, martial arts compliments the lives of all individuals. By having your child being involved in a martial arts program, the friendships built throughout classes will boost your child’s self-esteem when trying to make friends everywhere else.

6 Ways Karate Norcross Will Improve Your Child’s Life Social Life.

Karate Norcross is…

  1. An opportunity to meet kids of the same age. While your child associates with other children at school, meeting more boys/girls at Karate Norcross adds a bigger variety.
  2. A way to connect with kids who have similar interests. Being involved in activities outside of school will give your child more opportunities to branch out. If your child loves martial arts, or shows an interest in it, being around martial artists his age will start numerous conversations and excitement.
  3. An icebreaker. Your child sharing news about the latest accomplishments in Karate Norcross will fascinate classmates, teachers, relatives, and many more people s/he associates with.
  4. A way to bond with other people. By working together all of the time, whether it is by holding a target for your partner or collaborating on other exercises, students cannot help but bond. Especially when kids start hanging out at other Karate Norcross events and outside of class hangouts, the friendships built from martial arts are impactful.
  5. An experience that helps individuals learn more about themselves. As your child becomes more familiar with the martial arts ropes, s/he understands more about how to lead themselves through all kinds of obstacles.
  6. A lesson on how to work and to get along with all types of people. The beauty of Karate Norcross is that all sorts of people walk through our doors. And it is more beautiful to see all of these different children, teens, and adults working together—and enjoying each other’s company!

Making friends can be a struggle that affects your child’s self-esteem. By signing up your child for something to look forward to after school, a physical and social activity like Karate Norcross will brighten up his/her mood. By learning how to make friends at one place, your child will be more confident socially in all areas of life.

For more information on Karate Norcross, visit Karate Norcross.

 

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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The Benefits of Karate Classes – Georgia Martial Arts

**Why HapKiDo Classes Could Be the Coolest Gift Ever?**

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1. It Shows an Individual That You Don’t Have to be the Greatest Athlete to Begin With

HapKiDo Karate is all about training to be your best. All the exercises are meant for making individuals stronger physically and mentally. This sport allows a student to go at his/her own pace while learning new things every day in training. And by being in a positive environment filled with encouragement, students excitedly improve in confidence, focus, perseverance, and more!

2. It lets individuals see what they are capable of.

After a couple of weeks in class, new students at Choe’s HapKiDo see that their bodies can do more than just walking and running. Soon, they are kicking different kicks, tumbling like a gymnast, and starting to defend like a ninja!

3. Great hands-on experience that good work can be achieved through hard work and perseverance!

Between each belt test, students experience the rewarding efforts of advancing in HapKiDo martial arts. Through our program, they learn multiple lessons from each day in class. Students of all ages (from children to adults) are sharpening their skills to improve physically and mentally. They all see how everything comes together when both of these aspects are connected.

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

Written by: Christie McGowan