Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cumming Karate - Kids and Parents Can Practice Together!



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. If anything, kids and parents connect like magic when everyone is having fun! At Choe’s HapKiDo, we highly support the special relationship amongst kids and parents by providing family HapKiDo classes!

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!

For more information on Choe's HapKiDo, visit here

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cumming Karate - Keep Trying to Accomplish Your Goals



It's easy to fail at something, but it takes more effort to get back up. And as a kid, experiencing failures hit hard and sometimes leave scars. It feels humiliating and may cause people to stop what they like to do. But if you’re around the right kind of people and environment, making a mistake can help you grow rather than tear you down.

At Choe’s HapKiDo, students experience hands on that staying persistent contributes to the success of reaching goals. Whether it’s to attempt a kick over and over or to improve in other areas, they learn to brush off mistakes and to carry on. And the more mistakes they make, and the more they struggle with a certain kick, they can improve because guidance is always available. And within each belt accomplished, students increase in self-esteem and confidence and build their experience of reaching new levels through good practice and hard work.

In a way, failure gives people hope because it is known for a fact that we aren’t born perfect; it is in our nature to make mistakes so to become.....................................................................AWESOME.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cumming Martial Arts - Developing Team Work Skills Helps in the Long Run


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, 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, having and being a good partner in all aspects of training makes a big difference in training.

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, visit here

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cumming Martial Arts - You'll Always Have Something to Look Forward to!

Within each belt test, our HapKiDo students experience an overwhelming flow of thankfulness by the time they achieve a new colored belt. They had just seen all of their hard work paying off, they greet their instructors and family/friends afterwards, and there’s this celebratory expression of joy that is seen on all faces. For these students, passing a HapKiDo Karate test is an example of happiness that they will remember in the long run.

A martial art program like Choe’s HapKiDo can add happiness to any individual’s life because the classes guide all through actions that promote good health:

1) Exercise
2) Meditation
3) Socializing with family and friends
4) Relieving stress
5) Developing self-respect

Having a positive outlet that encourages all of these practices can be the difference between a bad and a good week. They all produce certain levels of happiness, and they definitely help people sleep better at night. Especially if there is something to always look forward to throughout the week, life suddenly become enjoyable!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cumming Martial Arts - Teenagers and HapKiDo Karate



Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school/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. Students may come into our studios with the day's grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence. 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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cumming Martial Arts - Improve Everywhere In Your Life!

Our motivation to teach HapKiDo Karate comes from the continuous success from our students. When we see children, teens, and adults grow physically and mentally, it makes us happy. We see that our mission to help the surrounding communities is working. We get excited there is continuous growth because it is wonderful to envision a world full of inspiring leaders.
Check out these awesome success stories by parents and students at Choe's HapKiDo!

Choe's HapKiDo in Cumming

 
HapKiDo Assistant Instructor likes self-defense and teaching peers!

Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson


Proud HapKiDo dad has seen the great impacts of the program on his kindergartener!

Choe's HapKiDo in Duluth



Choe's HapKiDo student's big sister has enjoyed watching her brother transform while being in the karate program. In addition to being more involved with school activities, this program has also helped him with focus and discipline.

Choe's HapKiDo in Loganville



HapKiDo Dad has watched his son grow in class. From learning about respect to advancing in belts, he believes Choe's HapKiDo has done great things for his son.

Choe's HapKiDo in Flowery Branch



HapKiDo Mom shares how Choe's HapKiDo has positively influenced her 5-year-old. He has grown in self-confidence and other areas in character development.
For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Why Meditation? - Cumming Karate



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.

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Written by Christie McGowan

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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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