Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville
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HapKiDo’s style of self-defense teaches people how to block in three ways: hand against hand, hand against weapon, and weapon against weapon. From day one of training, students learn the essentials of defense such as kicking, punching, and escaping strategies. Overall, training consists of practicing on still and moving targets.
Students at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville experience hands-on the differences between practicing defense on still targets versus moving targets. Still targets include kicking targets of all sizes, while moving targets consists mainly of sparring opportunities.
With more experience, students see how practicing both styles complement each other. For example, still targets permit one to practice moves at his or her own pace. It is a chance to practice theory and technique. If the student misses a target, he/she can try again. On the other hand, sparring has a complete opposite effect to where missing has consequences. As a result, sparring demands speed, timing, and accuracy.
Out of the two styles, sparring looks more intimidating. But like everything else, it is less scary with more practice. Sparring may seem extreme, but this part of training is to help prepare the body and mind for self-defense in real life.
For more information on how to try Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, visit http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php. We love to give everyone a free trial!
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