Loganville Kickboxing – Find Motivation!

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If you’re finding it a daily battle to convince yourself to exercise, then it’s time to try something new. With the right mindset and exercise, the time spent can be fun and motivating; the feeling of not wanting to go immensely decreases. At I Love Kickboxing Loganville, motivation is essential behind our coaching as it makes a difference in reaching fitness goals.

People generally understand the need for exercise the way they know to eat vegetables. How someone approaches either topic determines the outcome – will the person stop or continue? When exercise is looked at as something forceful and a burden, people feel discouraged to continue. As a result, years could go by before exercise is attempted again.

A lot of the times, people just need a good experience with exercise to want to continue. With a work out like kickboxing, the environment is filled with encouragement and fun while hard work is overcome. Kickboxers at I Love Kickboxing Loganville find the constant changing routines and the ecstatic instructors as good reasons to stay. While the instructors produce a positive atmosphere, moving to the beat of loud music illuminates fun.

 

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When people see what they are capable of, they find reason to respect themselves. They also start caring what they do and are inspired to carry on. And with a positive mind, respect, and reason, the lessons learned from reaching fitness goals transfers to other life occasions.

So don’t lose hope and quit! A new regime could be the best medicine to rid the negative thoughts on exercising in the past.

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here. Also check us out on Facebook!

 

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Written by: Christie McGowan

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T-Shirt Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research! – Loganville Karate

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings in all sorts of emotions for people – from pain to hope. If not pain from a breast cancer lost, then hope from a survivor or a fighting loved one. Mixed emotions are always involved with this month.

Kickin' Cancer T-Shirt Fundraiser!

Kickin’ Cancer T-Shirt Fundraiser!

Not all of us are in the medical field, but it is still important to show support to those who can do something about breast cancer. Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville all throughout October has actively collaborated with students to host a fundraiser. By selling and wearing custom made Choe’s HapKiDo t-shirts, ALL PROCEEDS go to the Susan G. Koman Foundation in support of breast cancer research and raising awareness.

With an increase of research and medical access, there is a higher chance to fight for life. As Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville makes it a practice to defend lives, we hope to help with this medical cause as it could increase someone else’s chance to defend and survive. With a collaborative effort from all people possible, we can find a cure for Breast Cancer.

If you would like to purchase a Choe’s HapKiDo Breast Cancer T-Shirt, please visit the pink link to order. All funds go to this great cause!

For information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville HapKiDo Karate classes, visit here!

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Loganville Karate Helps Students with Concentration at School!

Written by: Christie McGowan

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Success appears beautiful because the work to get there demands a series of ups and downs, a mixture of good and bad times. Some people may associate success with education, but it is really the opportunities of having great teachers that help people achieve their goals. As there are many great teachers in the world, sometimes students need extra help outside of class. Making time for extra help and practice benefits everyone, regardless of the subject.

Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville is here to assist anyone who wants to improve his or her mentality. With a little bit of martial arts training, students from elementary age and up see improvement in their studies because HapKiDo practice improves the ability to concentrate.

In school, good concentration skills allow students to finish work, turn in assignments, take effective class notes, and study hard. As a result of good habits and hard effort, then students earn A’s. Sometimes students do not realize the importance of concentration until they receive hands on training.

HapKiDo training in Loganville inspires students to always strive for the next level up. From dedication to class and to consistent practice, students witness achievement when they earn belts. To them, a new karate belt feels like an A+. When students start seeing the benefits of studying for something they love like martial arts, they see the practicalities of studying for everything.

Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville also like to show support of the importance of doing well in school. Through our award system, HapKiDo students are also acknowledged for accomplishing great levels at school. As a result of our martial art culture and education support, parents see great improvement in their child’s concentration at school. And the best part – the students see and believe it too!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate in Loganville, visit http://loganvillekarate.com/. Also follow us on Facebook!

Christie’s Karate Tip of the Week: Aim for Consistency

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo of Loganville

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The other day, I attended my first HapKiDo class in three weeks. When I picked up a second part-time job, I knew my new schedule would reduce HapKiDo time. I finally make time, and I try out the family Saturday morning for the first time – it was full of four other kids more or less than eight-years-old. When I was confirmed that it was the right class, I proceeded anyways. Although I’m a young adult, I felt like an eight-year-old again. During my time away from Choe’s HapKiDo Karate in Loganville, I thought I would be temporarily fine by practicing at home, but that rarely happened. So, training with the youngsters was actually a great refresher course. If it was not a light smack on the head for not coming to class, it was definitely a lesson: make time for consistent practice!

Tip #7: The more you’re around influential people, the more you’ll likely practice. 

Life has its seasons. We realize that when we become adults and witness the many changes. Sometimes your days pace slowly, and other times it rushes past your head. Regardless of what life is throwing at us, we are still forced to make time for everything and around everything.

But the juggling of time is the exciting part!

On the faster days, you may envy how the slower days were spent. There was danger of wasting time because there was no rush, no deadlines. But it’s the faster days that make you finish everything necessary and at the same time wish for more room.

But if you’re lucky, you still have space to work on life goals – short and long!

The next belt up at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville is a great, reasonable short-term goal. To achieve black belt level, that is an even greater goal, and is a long-term goal. HapKiDo students are encouraged to practice inside. Students who train frequently are gradually led to practice outside of class, and they have fun doing it! As a result of consistent training, students become great because they’re continually around encouragement and positive atmosphere.

For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, visit us at http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php. You can also follow us on Facebook!  

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It’s A Karate Birthday Party in Loganville! – Lessons, Cake, and All!

A Karate Birthday Party is like a spa for kids – their bodies and minds receive a great and fun refresher. From confidence rising from learning new martial arts skills, and to good energy increasing from the love of family and friends, a birthday star is born!

The kickin’ karate birthday party is more than a theme! Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville guides the party gang through a mini martial arts class, and everyone gets to feeling and participating like a ninja. Kids will learn basic training, kicks, and more! The constant encouragement from the ecstatic martial arts instructors and the continuous of awesomeness throughout the party will have everyone leaving full…and it’s not from the cake and ice cream! That’s only part of it. The kids will gain new levels of confidence and respect from engaging in a martial art like HapKiDo that promotes character development for all its students.

Kids and parents bask in the fun of the karate birthday party, and they cannot wait to have another one with us! Kids and adults alike excitedly attend their free karate class trial weeks after the party is over. Family fun doesn’t have to stop at the party, it can become a frequent activity at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville. Our family classes allow everyone to bond while learning useful self-defense and receiving a great workout.

For more information on how to book a Kick’n Kids Karate Birthday Party, visit: http://www.loganvillekarate.com/loganville-birthday-parties/index.php.

If you want more information on the different classes offered at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate in Loganville, visit: http://loganvillekarate.com/.

BIRTHDAY STAR CUTS CAKE WITH A SAMURAI SWORD!!

BIRTHDAY STAR CUTS CAKE WITH A SAMURAI SWORD!!

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Why Loganville HapKiDo Works!

By: Christie McGowan

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THE MORE EXERCISE PEOPLE CAN SQUEEZE IN THE BETTER! According to studies, people who sit for six or more hours a day are at risk for health problems. Activities that influence us to sit for long periods of time include office jobs, driving, video games, eating, watching T.V, and studying. Overall, people need to exercise for a minimal of 30 minutes a day. By spending time to work out, the body has the opportunity to stretch and relieve stress.

If you’re looking for something simple, then the type of exercise doesn’t matter. However, people need to find an enjoyable exercise if trying to maintain a routine. A sport like Choe’s HapKiDo Karate in Loganville allows individuals to train in self-defense while receiving a great mind-and-body workout.

Here’s how:

1. Meditation, stretching, and warming-up are vital to a strong form in HapKiDo.

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2. Kicking drills and tumbling raise the heart rate!

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3. Training pays off!

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For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate in Loganville, contact us about signing up for a free trial!

HapKiDo’s Self-Defense Tactics: Still Targets vs. Moving Targets

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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Karate Is Better When You Share It

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville

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Training update: I recently passed another belt test! The success now allows me to enter yellow belt training!

The first few tries of practicing double inside kicks brought me back to ballet class, when trying to nail a series of single pirouettes. But unlike pirouettes that call for precision and poise, each spinning kick ended with loud yells from the gut. In the words of my friend Emily, who came to class with me a while ago, “It’s (karate) like angry ballet!”

Emily made the first day of yellow belt training memorable. As she is the first person to approach me about karate lessons, I couldn’t help but feel excited to bring her to class. After days of figuring out a mutual schedule and finding out that we’re both huge Harry Potter fans, she participated in her first day of karate training – and it is thanks to the free trial offered at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville. Her session had her stretch, kick, yell, somersault, and learn a couple of self-defense techniques. She mingled with my HapKiDo peers and found she liked them. She cannot wait to come back again!

Meeting new HapKiDo students is always a pleasure and sometimes brings me back to my first day. But I now know it is a different feeling when you help a friend on his/her first day. It definitely becomes a new topic/hobby to talk about and do.

For more information on how to start a free trial at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, visit: http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php.

I Took My First Legit Karate Test…and PASSED.

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo of Loganville
Info Page: http://www.loganvillekarate.com/

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I couldn’t believe where I was Saturday night. As I sat down to join strangers and peers of Choe’s HapKiDo for a celebration dinner, the accomplishment of passing my yellow belt test that morning had finally sunk in. A test that I had been anticipating and obsessing over since having spectated July’s belt test…was strangely over. Somehow, the calm feeling that came over me the second I entered Grayson’s HapKiDo studio finally wore off by dinner time. A couple chairs down from me at the celebratory table, Instructor Gasstrom explained the feeling was the result of positive inner energy and strong focus, a karate concept that is also identified as ‘Ki’. He also explained how the energy could have easily turned negative.

There were good reasons to be nervous:

  • The test required students to demonstrate in front of a panel of judges – all whom are the head instructors of different Choe’s HapKiDo studios.
  • Not knowing how the judges were going to run the test.
  • If you were a white belt (first belt rank in HapKiDo), this test initiated the first of many to be demonstrated in a public and collaborative setting. This reason applied to me and ten other students.
  • Feeling not so confident with certain moves.
  • Any miscellaneous reason or reasons that could affect a student’s performance. For some it was emotions; for me, I was testing with a elbow/wrist injury.

I am beyond glad that none of these factors affected my mind negatively.

My surprise of the day: One of the students who I competed against in a board breaking competition this past summer – we became pals during the test. There is definitely some comfort in seeing someone experiencing the same things as you. At Choe’s HapKiDo summer tournament, neither of us had a belt or the required uniform federation patches. And now we had the opportunity to test for our yellow belts…AND PASSED!

But my favorite part of the test, aside from passing, was getting to watch peers from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville test and pass too. These are students who I have had the pleasure of working with and hope to continue as long as possible. Watching them gives a younger belt a sneak peek of what to expect next. From what I saw, sparring is definitely something I am going to work hard at in order to not fear it so much…..Hopefully all works out!

WAY TO GO EVERYBODY!!!

WAY TO GO EVERYBODY!!!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate and Kickboxing, visit http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php and http://www.ilovekickboxing.com/.

 

 

Keep and Carry On Through the HapKiDo Way

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan

Student at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville

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Calm

It is common for people to harbor negative energy such as stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. In fact, focusing solely on these emotions and the problems from which they derived can make people sick. Participating in Choe’s HapKiDo a few times a week could be the distraction needed. Yes, the kicking and yelling helps a lot, but sometimes all a person needs is an opportunity to get out of the house. Bottom line – HapKiDo stabilizes emotions.

The benefit of HapKiDo, aside from receiving a great workout, is that it soothes the mind. From meditation exercises to stretches benefiting the entire body, the addition of music playing in the background transports the mind to a calm, relaxing state. The low energy is soon kicked into high gear as individuals continually fill the air with yells while practicing various kicks and self-defense moves. The workout concludes by guiding the body back to a calm state.

As individuals are setting aside time to let off steam, positive vibes are received from the fun working with others and the confidence built from persevering through hard work. Plus, individuals are surrounded by caring people. As a result from this wonderful distraction, the mind gets a break from chaos. A person in a struggling state-of-mind will experience these positive reinforcers by engaging in HapKiDo.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo karate and kickboxing, visit http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php and http://www.ilovekickboxing.com/.

 

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