Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The importance of Gratitude, inside the Martial Arts School and Everywhere! Choe's HapKiDo Karate in Cumming GA

This month at our Martial Arts Belt Test in Big Greek Georgia we had a Junior Martial Arts Instructor give a speech to the other kids karate students about the importance of gratitude.  She did a fantastic job talking about the many things we have to be grateful for inside the Martial Arts School, at home and within ourselves.  We are very proud of this future HapKiDo Karate Black Belt, she is truly living up to the Martial Arts way of life. 

Gratitude speech
Hi! My name is Neha! I am a junior instructor here at Choe’s HapKiDo! Today, I would like to talk about gratitude. Gratitude means to be thankful for something, showing your love or thankfulness towards someone! There are so many ways to be thankful in this world!
Here in the Dojang, you can be thankful for your instructor for teaching you new things every day, your friends for being with you and helping you through hard times, and your parents for driving you and supporting you as you come to class!
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At school, you can be grateful for all your teachers for helping you learn and be the best as possible and your buddies for helping you as you work harder and harder!
Finally, at home you can be grateful for your parents giving you shelter, clothing and other things to make your home be a better place, your siblings for playing with you and making you laugh! But most of all, be thankful for yourself, you always give 100% in what you do and never give up!
I’m sure there are so many other great things in this world you can be thankful for in your own way!

Choe's HapKiDo Karate Academy of Martial Arts and Kickboxing
3020 Old Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30041 
(678) 513-5436

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Groupon for Martial Arts Classes - Karate Classes in Cumming GA!!

Check out this awesome Groupon for Martial Arts classes at 5 locations!  Classes for all ages 3 years old through Adults. Just in time for a Christmas Gift for someone!  This deal gives you access to either 10 or 20 Martial Arts Karate Classes at Choe's HapKiDo.  There are 5 locations available serving Cumming, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Flowery Branch and Loganville. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Martial Arts Classes for all ages - Big Creek GA

Karate Classes Big Creek GA
HapKiDo Martial Arts in Big Creek GA

Residents living in the area of Big Creek Georgia are enjoying the many benefits of training at a local HapKiDo Karate School.

As someone who has been taking martial arts classes for almost my whole life (since I was 6 years old) I can personally attest to the wonderful ways that being a Black Belt Martial Artist has improved my life, and given me many advantages while growing up.  There are many positive aspects that can be gained by practicing martial arts, ranging from physical, mental and emotional benefits.  The great thing about karate classes is that they encompass all aspects of growth into one activity, its not like a gym where you only receive physical training, or even like a school where all the benefit is mental, it is everything all in one place!!  Now that I live by the Big Creek area in South Forsyth Georgia, I wanted to reach out and share my experiences with anyone else who lives in Big Creek and the surrounding areas. 

As parents, if you can enroll your child into a Big Creek Kids Karate program at an early age, they will learn how to focus, be respectful and have healthy goals that will give them many advantages on their journey to success!  Beginning Big Creek martial arts classes will empower children to not be affected by peer pressure, and give them the confidence to stand up to bullies.  In addition to these wonderful benefits, martial arts classes in Big Creek teach students to be respectful and caring toward their fellow man.  This feeling will create young adults and teens that show compassion and are willing to help other people.  They will go out of their way to contribute to our society and serve the community.

"Improving our Country and Society, one Martial Arts Black Belt at a time!"


Kids Martial Arts - Big Creek
Kids Karate - Big Creek Georgia
As I became an adult the benefits that I received from taking karate classes became even more apparent.  All the Martial Arts lessons I had learned over the years helped my do better in college, and in the workplace outside of school.  I found that the discipline and focus that I had developed in Kids Karate, then continued to learn with Adult Martial Arts Classes, aided me in being successful in any area of life that I applied these skills to.  As an adult taking Martial Arts Classes, I still appreciate the awesome focus and discipline training I received in Karate, but now the fitness aspect is more appealing.  The classes are fast paced and exciting, I do not even realize that it is a workout...until I feel the muscles I worked the next day :) It keeps me lean and strong, and gives me the physical energy to give 100 percent in everything I do, not just in Karate!

It is because of all the personal benefits that Martial Arts Classes have provided to me that I recommend Karate Classes to everyone I meet living in Big Creek, or anywhere for that matter!   I strongly believe that the Big Creek community can benefit from learning what HapKiDo Karate has to offer, I mean imagine a society that was more respectful, caring, and focused on making the world a better place!  With this goal in mind I would like to personally invite anyone who is interested in trying a class to come check it out!  You and your family wont regret it, and together we can make our community of Big Creek a better place!  

Instructor R.J. LoPresti
Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Cumming
3020 Old Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 513-5436 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Loose Weight and Get Toned - Suwanee Fitness Kickboxing Instructors

Fitness Kickboxing Instructors in Suwanee GA rock out at an Instructors Only Training Session.  Nothing helps you loose weight, get toned and strong, and be SEXY like  Check out one of our facilities near you to become the person you want to be.  You deserve to he healthy and happy, and we want to help you get there!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Setting Healthy Goals with Fitness Kickboxing Classes in Suwanee GA

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins 

Goal setting is an important aspect of all areas of life. In order to accomplish anything you have to figure out where you want to go, then make a plan for how to get there. This is no less true when it comes to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. The American Council on Exercise recommends setting goals the SMART way:

SPECIFIC: The goals must specifically state what is to be accomplished. They must be easily understood and should not be ambiguous or subject to interpretation. For example, rather than stating you would like to improve your fitness level, set a specific goal to be able to run a mile in 12 minutes.

MEASURABLE: The goals must be measurable so that there is no doubt about whether you achieved them. Measurable goals also allow you to evaluate your progress. Goals can be measured objectively or subjectively (i.e., how you feel and look), or both. For example, you could measure your percent body fat and body weight, but also monitor how your pants fit.

ATTAINABLE: The goals must be attainable—not too difficult or too easy. Easy goals do not motivate, and overly difficult ones may frustrate you and lead to a perception of failure.

RELEVANT: The goals must be relevant or pertinent to your particular interests, needs and abilities. For example, when preparing for a 5K walk, running quarter-mile sprints would not be the best approach.

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TIME-BOUND: The goals must be time-bound by specific deadlines for completion. Timelines can be both short-term and long-term and should help you stay focused and on track.

Make sure you choose goals that are realistic. It is much more healthy, and much more easily maintained, to set a goal to lose 1-2 pounds per week than 10. Choosing a goal that is unhealthy or unreasonable leads to burnout and injury. Ultimately, you want to establish habits that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Measurable and attainable goals keep discouragement at bay. Tangibly assessing how many pounds you have lost, either by stepping on the scale or by seeing how your clothes fit differently, keeps you  encouraged and wanting to continue. Find the sweet spot between goals that are too easy or too hard so you don’t get lazy or frustrated. You may need to set some short-term goals along the way to your ultimate goal.

A good mix of goals that are either process oriented or product oriented will keep you motivated. An example of a process goal would be, “I am going to go to kickboxing three times this week.” A product goal would be increasing the amount of weight you can bench press or losing an inch off your thighs.

Find some activity or workout routine that you enjoy and grab someone to enjoy it with you. If you enjoy it you will tend to stick with it. Be prepared to work through the times when it is just plain hard, though. Establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes diligence and self-discipline, but goal-setting can keep you on track.

Instructor, Cumming Kickboxing Classes Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Change your life with Kickboxing Classes in Cumming GA - weight loss and fitness

Stuck in the same ole thing, People tend to get stuck in the same routine, They go to work, come home, eat whatever is quick, lay down and watch TV then get up and do the same thing all over again. They ask themselves why my joints ache so much. Why do I have to take all these pills? Then they come back with all these excuses, no time, stress at work, too old, too out of shape. You cannot change anything by just sitting on the couch and watching TV.  You must get moving. 

Change is never an easy thing and commitment seems even harder. The key is to just start. Start small, walk, one kickboxing class a week and then build up. The pain and aches in your body is your body telling you that you are destroying it. The old saying is true you are what you eat but you are also what you do about it. If you think you are too tired to start exercising then you are wrong. Exercising pumps you up and more and more will give you more energy. My own children can’t keep up with me now. It can be difficult to start alone but in reality you’re not alone there is care and support from everyone around you trying to achieve the same goals.   

However exercising should not be the only change, changing your eating habits is crucial to getting healthy and fit. Allow yourself to have small changes at first like stopping sodas, then breads, chips, and sweets. Treat yourself one day a week, and starting off have that one thing you crave, like chips or sweets, however just have a palm full of chips or one piece of chocolate. I know what I am saying may be sound nuts but trust me once your body is detoxed from all the bad foods it will crave the healthy foods. Think of it like your body is a gasoline car. If you put diesel fuel in the gas tank instead of regular gasoline what happens is it tears up your car and you have to spend money to fix it. Well the same thing applies to your body. You put lots of grease, fat, bad carbohydrates and sugars in your body it in a way breaks it then you have to spend money on medicine to try to fix it. Ask yourself what you would rather have to do, spend lots of money on medicine that may or may not work, or change your outlook, change your behavior, start exercising and eating right. I know that once you start treating your body right then your body will start acting right. Your body will slow get fit and tone but more important it will give you more energy, less pain, more ability to spend time with friends, family, and even grandchildren. Stop tearing up your body, stop putting the wrong fuel in your body and exercise; get fit! It’s never too late to make that change. Get up and get moving!

Instructor, Cumming Kickboxing Classes
Choe's HapKiDo of Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Your Cancer Risk - Kickboxing Classes in Suwanee GA can Help!

Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Cancer. This one little word represents one of the most feared diseases in the United States. And with good reason, the statistics are scary. According to the American Cancer Society, 1:2 men and 1:3 women living in the United States will develop some sort of cancer during their lifetime.

All cancers begin by the rapid multiplication of a single mutated cell. But research has yet to pinpoint exactly what causes certain types of cancer to develop. If one specific cause could be identified, prevention and treatment would be simple. It is believed, however, that most cancers are caused by the combination of two or more risk factors over a long period of time. These risk factors can be broken into 4 main categories:
l  Genetics and family history
l  Environmental exposures
l  Lifestyle choices
l  Obesity and diet

Most people believe that a family history of cancer means their own risk of developing cancer is practically inevitable. Research has shown that genetics accounts for only 5-10% of a person’s total cancer risk. This means the vast majority of cancers are NOT inherited.

Environmental exposures account for 25% of a person’s risk of developing cancer. Repeated exposure to hormones and pesticides in foods, household cleaners, secondhand smoke, and toxins in the air, soil, water, and workplace contribute to this risk.

30% of a person’s overall risk of developing cancer has been linked to his or her lifestyle choices. While smoking is the number one cause of cancer, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity have also been shown to increase cancer risk. Moreover, not smoking, consuming little to no alcoholic beverages, and consistent physical activity can decrease the risk of developing cancer.

35% of a person’s total risk factor is linked to diet and obesity. Increasing evidence suggests that carrying excess body weight not only raises the risk of developing cancer, but also raises the risk of cancer recurrence and lowers the chances of survival for many types of cancer.

With an overwhelming 65% of a person’s total risk of developing cancer attributable to diet, obesity, and unhealthy lifestyle choices, a cancer diagnosis can no longer be seen as a horrible twist of fate. Rather, this should be translated to mean that each person has control of 65% of his or her overall cancer risk. By eating a healthy diet, maintaining a proper weight, staying physically active, and not smoking, it is possible to considerably reduce the odds of developing cancer.

In response to increasing evidence that a healthy lifestyle can decrease overall cancer risk, organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have published guidelines for what is now believed to be a cancer-preventative lifestyle. They include: 

l  Eating 5 or more servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.
l  Select whole grain breads and cereals over those made from refined grains.
l  Limit the consumption of red and processed meats. When possible, replace them with lean meats.
l  Replace regular milk and dairy products with low-fat versions.
l  Limit daily intake of salt, saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, and sugar.
l  Avoid sugary juices and carbonated beverages.
l  Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages.
l  Control your portion sizes.
l  Exercise for 30-40 minutes five days a week.
l  Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
l  Stop smoking.

A healthy diet and daily exercise cannot prevent a person from ever developing cancer. But even modest changes have been shown to have a positive effect on fighting cancer, both during its initial development in the body and during treatment. It is possible that by making only dietary and lifestyle changes, 20% of the American population currently expected to receive a cancer diagnosis could instead live their entire lives without ever being diagnosed with cancer. 

Instructor, Cumming Kickboxing Classes
Choe's HapKiDo of Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Choe's HapKiDo Karate Classes in Cumming GA teach the importance of Cumminity Service - Susan G. Koman Fundraiser

Choe's HapKiDo Karate Junior Instructors
The Junior Instructors at Choe's HapKiDo Martial Arts Academy in Cumming GA are very excited about our yearly fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness by selling T-Shirts and Bracelets and donating the proceeds to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for a Cure.  This speech was given at our belt test in our Cumming location to all of our kids karate students, Adult Martial Artists and the parents and family that was in attendance.  A huge part of being a Martial Artist is serving the community, it is by teaching the students to give back that we can use the skills we learn at the Martial Arts School to make a positive impact on the world!  


My name is Siddharth Nambiar and I am a junior instructor at Choe’s HapKido. Today I would like to talk to you about the Susan G. Komen foundation. The Susan G Komen foundation is a fundraiser for breast cancer. Before she married Stan Komen, Susan Goodman was extremely close with her sister, Nancy Goodman. Even after Susan married Stan and Nancy moved to Texas they still remained close. In the 1970’s, at age 33, Susan received terrible news; she was diagnosed with breast cancer. To treat it she received a subcutaneous mastectomy. She thought that her troubles were gone; unfortunately 6 months later it came back. She learned that the cancer had spread to one of her lungs. She continued radiation but the cancer still spread. She became a stage 4 patient, the worst kind. The cancer kept on spreading to all different organs. Susan decided to travel to Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There she received chemotherapy. Unfortunately, a few years later Susan died. Before she died, she made her sister promise to start a fundraiser to ensure a cure for breast cancer. Nancy kept her promise and soon the Susan G. Komen foundation was built. Choe’s HapKido and their junior instructors are selling bracelets and T-shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation. Last year we raised an amazing $700. This year, the 30th anniversary of the organization, we hope that everyone decides to help Susan G. Komen by getting a T-shirt or bracelet. We hope to raise more money than last year. Thank you."

Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Cumming
3020 Old Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 513-5436 

Friday, September 27, 2013

What To Eat After You Work Out - Kickboxing Classes in Suwanee GA

You made it through your workout. Hooray! You succeeded in taking yet another step towards a healthier you. But did you know that what you eat after your workout along with when you eat it could impact the extent of the health benefits gained by your physical activity?

Your body uses a lot of energy to get you through a workout. So it makes sense that you need to replenish this lost energy. The ideal time to eat is within fifteen minutes to two hours after a workout. This is when your metabolism is elevated and your body’s ability to repair and recover is at its peak. By waiting two hours or longer to eat after working out, research has shown that your body’s ability to replenish lost energy decreases by fifty percent.

To help you body recover from a workout, your body needs a mix of carbohydrates and protein. Protein is essential in building and repairing your muscle tissue. It will also help to reduce muscle soreness.  Carbohydrates will help replace the energy lost during exercise. You should aim for 10-15 grams of protein and 30-40 grams of carbohydrates in your post-workout meal.

In addition to carbohydrates and protein, your body uses nutrients to help recover from a workout. Potassium, found in foods such as bananas and orange juice, will help restore your body’s fluid levels. Omega-3, found in fish, and bromelain, found in pineapple, are anti-inflammatories that can help reduce swelling from bruises, sprains and strains. Vitamin C can help repair tissue. The antioxidants in kiwi help reduce muscle soreness. And the antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to triple your body’s recovery rate after an intense workout.

The one thing your body doesn’t need after a workout is fat. Including fat in your post-workout meal may slow digestion and your body’s absorption of carbohydrates and proteins. This, in turn, slows muscle recovery.

Some good post-workout meals include:
·         Sports drink or juice
·         Low-fat chocolate milk
·         Protein shake
·         Low-fat fruit smoothie
·         Energy or protein bar
·         Low-fat cottage cheese and fruit
·         Hard-boiled egg
·         Low-fat string cheese and crackers
·         Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread
·         Stir fry with lean meat, vegetables and brown rice
·         Grilled fish with vegetables
·         Vegetable omelet with toast
·         Whole grain pita with hummus

Depending on the intensity of your workout, you may be ravenous or not the least bit hungry. You may also find your level of hunger to be somewhere in between. Regardless of the level, it is important to consume some amount of calories to maximize the benefits from your increased metabolism and begin the process of muscle repair. The key is to find the foods that work best for your body, and be consistent. If you are concerned about your pre-workout diet, schedule an appointment to speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian.

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Instructor, Cumming Kickboxing Classes
Choe's HapKiDo of Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041