Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Martial Arts Cumming GA - Choe's HapKiDo Karate 30041 Junior Instructor Speech

Below is a speech given by one of our awesome Junior Instructors and Martial Arts Black Belt.  Tyhelps teach Martial Arts Classes in Cumming GA, and is a young leader at the Kids Martial Arts School. This young man prepared then gave this speech about giving 100% effort all the time to his peers at a Choe's HapKiDo Karate Belt Test held at our Suwanee Karate School. Part of being a Junior Instructor is learning to be more confident and being able to speak in front of an audience, and Ty demonstrated excellent confidence and effort in his awesome martial arts speech.

"Hello my name is Ty Overholt.

I am a 1st degree Black Belt.

Imagine feeling trapped in an unsatisfying existence.  Wasting time doing things you really don't want to do.  Being afraid to express your uniqueness.  Maybe your life was just like mine was.

I started Hapkido 3 1/2yrs ago.  I have learned respect, perseverance, and how to be unique.  Instructor LoPresti has taught me how to change my life by teaching me that it is important to try my best in everything I do.  These are the traits of a black belt and once I learned them they changed my life.

I am a better brother, student and person as a result of learning this one very important trait.

Try your best every single time -

It is important.  It shows respect for my senior Instructor - Instructor LoPresti. Trying my best helps my Dojang be a better Dojang.  I try my best because trying my best pays respect to Grandmaster Choe.

I want my Dojang to be the best and I want to be a role model to the lower belts who are watching everything I do.  Trying my best has changed my life because it has made me a better student both in the Dojang and at regular school.  Here it has made its way into everything I do. Because I have learned this --  I have been successful faster in other areas of my life.  My kicks are faster, my moves better.  I have also become better conditioned and I am able to run farther and faster then I could when I first started Hapkido.

Trying my best I have started to discover who I truly am as a person.  This is the path to a extraordinary life.  I love doing Hapkido and doing Hapkido makes me feel alive.  When I am doing 20 pushups and I am only on number 15 and think I can't do anymore.  Do I quit?  No I keep going and guess what?  I do the 20.  The feeling I get when I complete the 20 is awesome.

I achieve goals I have set thru hard work and perseverance. I have learned that as long as I try 100% in everything I do I can achieve anything in my life that I want to do.

My Life truly has no limits.

For teaching me that I thank my Instructor - Instructor LoPresti

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

One Black Belt at a Time - Choe's HapKiDo Karate Cumming Ga Success Story

One Black Belt at a Time

By: Justina Condensa

karate classes cumming gaOne day my mom asked me if I would ever consider working at a Martial Arts school. At first, I wasn’t so sure. I didn’t know anything about karate other than what I had seen in the movies. However, the moment I walked into the HapKiDo School it changed my life. It might sound cheesy, but that’s really what happened.

When I started working there and taking classes, I realized something very important. It wasn’t all about beating up your opponent or learning to kick super hard. HapKiDo had a much stronger meaning behind it. HapKiDo has taught me many things that I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life. It taught me confidence, courage and strength. It also taught me to look at my life in an entirely different perspective.

I have learned from HapKiDo that my life is one big journey and I have just started it. I’ll never be able to fully put into words what my HapKiDo experience has done for me, but I do know that HapKiDo is an amazing thing. Maybe it’s the way the kids smile at you. All I know is I’ve never experienced anything like it until now. When I walked through that door my life changed for the better and yours will too. We build strong personalities one day at a time. I feel personally HapKiDo changes the world one black belt at a time and I am proud to be a part of that.

Justina Condensa
Martial Arts Instructor
Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Benefits of being loud in Martial Arts Classes in Cumming GA 30041

Benefits of loud responses in Martial Arts Classes

If you have participated in HapKiDo for any amount of time, surely you have heard the admonition from your instructor. “You are too quiet!” It’s your instructor’s way of encouraging you to respond to their direction not just with, “Yes, Sir,” but with a loud, “Yes, Sir!” You may be wondering, “What’s the big deal? That guy at the other end of the line is loud enough for all of us!!” But maybe the request for a loud response has some purpose behind it.
The first purpose is one that goes without too much saying. Martial arts is a whole system based on respect, mutual respect between teacher and student. It’s also based on trust; trust must be a part of the relationship between teacher and student (see Ten Expanded Ideals of the Hwarang, #7). So the very first reason to respond loudly is because your instructor asked you to. Could there be more to it than that?
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The benefits for the student go way beyond merely strengthening the relationship between teacher and student. Though the pursuit of HapKiDo may seem highly individualistic, every class you attend puts you on the mat with others who are also striving to achieve a goal through training. These individual goals probably share quite a bit in common, say, perhaps, the improvement of one’s quality of health and life through martial arts. That common goal takes individuals in a class and incorporates them into a team. As part of a team, your individual contribution counts. The total amount of team energy depends on your input.

So, why does it matter in HapKiDo whether or not the team or its individuals is loud? Energy! When you think of a relaxing atmosphere where not much needs to be accomplished, you may picture a quiet scene. But then, think of a sporting event where the score is close and the game is almost over. What does the crowd do to encourage their team to finish strong and victorious? They go wild and yell and scream to urge them on. High energy on the HapKiDo mat contributes to kicking higher, punching harder, and sharper, less lazy, more accurate practice of self-defense.

The name HapKiDo means the art of coordinated powers, one of the very first things learned when beginning HapKiDo. What powers or strengths are we coordinating? We are coordinating our inner strength with our outer strength. Our inner strength, ki power, inner energy can be stirred with a strong, out-loud yell. Then that more vibrant inner energy is demonstrated in the way we move in class, or at test time.  

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This ability to coordinate our inner strength with our outward actions is especially import as adult who face struggles in the world of our careers, relationships, etc. When we are faced with a difficult situation as an adult, do we have the confidence and internal strength to persevere through the tough time? When you are loud in Martial Arts Class, you are practicing taking the power you have within you and bringing it to the surface.  Even if you are very strong internally, if you do not practice bringing that power out in your actions, when the time comes that you need to utilize your inner strength you may not have the ability to use it.

The higher belts in our HapKiDo family have a responsibility to set the example. You can envision the HapKiDo journey as traveling down a stream of water. The farther downstream you move, the more there is behind you. The upstream water is depending on you to set the course. In setting the example of loud, respectful responses to the instructor, the higher belts demonstrate the expectation, and also reap the benefits of becoming not just a mediocre martial artist, but one who excels.

Susie R.
Martial Arts Instructor
Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Cumming and Suwanee
3020 Old Atlanta Rd.
Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041