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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.

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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.


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