The Secret to Excelling at Cardio Kickboxing

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CARDIO.

To many, this word is met with groans and firm shakes of the head. Whether you’re biking, running, swimming, spinning, jumping rope or, of course, kickboxing, it can seem overwhelming and intimidating.

 

“I can’t do it.”

 

This part of the workout is where we kickboxing instructors at I Love Kickboxing Loganville hear these words many times.

10 seconds into the round, your body is warming up.

20 seconds in, your heart rate is gaining momentum.

30 seconds in, your heart feels that it’s at its maximum speed and you’re gasping for air.

 

We’ve all been there.

 

Here’s the secret to excelling at cardio kickboxing (or any cardio workout):

 

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Control your breathing.

—It’s that simple.

Here’s the basic idea:

Each thrust of energy should be in combination with either an inhale or an exhale.

Many people unintentionally hold their breath during grueling combinations. This technique not only tires them out quickly, but they become unnecessarily overexerted. The key is to slow your breathing to a controlled pace in order to keep your heart rate slowed. Athletes aren’t born with equestrian lungs,  but they have over time mastered the art of breathing.

Practice breathing from your gut, which allows deeper breaths, rather than from your chest. To figure out which breathing technique you’re doing, do about 10 minutes of cardio. When you’re finished, assess how your breathing moves your body: 1) Breathing heavily through your chest moves your shoulders up and down, or 2)  Breathing heavily from your diaphragm or “gut” moves your abdomen in and out, which is what you want. The greater the oxygen intake, the greater oxygenation reaches the worked muscles, resulting in fueling them to work faster, harder, and longer.

Let’s use the first combination as an example on how to practice breathing from your gut: Jab, Cross

If you’re working on technique or strength (slower movements)

Jab: breathe out

Cross: breathe out

or

Jab: breathe in

Jab: breathe in

If you’re working on speed (faster movements)

Jab: breathe in

Cross: breathe out

1. Breathe in Patterns

As combinations progress to more intricate combinations, maintain control over breathing and remember each kick, punch, elbow, or knee should be accompanied by either an inhale or exhale, depending on what your body needs at that moment.

2. Practice

If you’re new to this breathing technique, it may feel difficult and foreign at first. It may even feel like you’re not getting enough oxygen. STICK WITH IT. After a couple of weeks, your body will automatically respond to cardio with this breathing technique and it will feel completely natural.

3. Keep Going

Now that you’ve trained and strengthened your lungs, something you once thought was tough, you can go test your body to see what else it can do. Your body can always do much more than you think; test it, push it.

 

Keep fighting,

Idaliz Seymour

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I Love Kickboxing Loganville – We’re Here to Help You!

lkbAs a kid, staying in shape was mindless because fun came from running around all the time. But as we grew older, life threw fast balls that changed our lives. Regardless of the changes, we eventually arrive to the point where exercising is mandatory to maintain health and to look good. This phase of life is a real struggle for all sorts of people, but finding fun exercise rids all negativity at play.

At I Love Kickboxing, an infinite number of individuals find kickboxing enjoyable. If it’s not from the blasting, upbeat music that drives the mood to take it out on a gigantic punching bag, then it must be from the awesome kickboxing community – from instructors to peers! In addition to these perks, others have found that including I Love Kickboxing as part of their lives has given them back their life, or a new found energy to take on a new one. I Love Kickboxing keeps off and sheds the unwanted weight, tones up the body, and only makes people look incredible!

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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!

**More information on sparring:

Check out our YouTube Page!

 

 

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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Did You Know? – Information about the Do Bok

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

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The different uniforms of Choe’s HapKiDo.

Uniforms can be different depending on the martial art school. At Choe’s HapKiDo, the various kinds of uniforms differentiate based on status: student, assistant instructor, instructor, master, and grandmaster. But regardless of rank, there is general uniform knowledge that applies across the board.

Things to know about the HapKiDo Do Bok:

  • “Gi” is the Japanese term for martial arts uniform, “Do Bok” is the Korean term.
  • When fixing the uniform, it is part of HapKiDo etiquette to turn away from everyone to fix it.
  • One must also turn away from the country’s flag when fixing the uniform.
  • Students earn patches for the uniform as they do belts.

Like other sports, martial art uniforms scream school spirit, and they resemble loyalty and respect for the school. They also eliminate the hassle in figuring out what to wear for class. In addition, putting on the uniform before each class initiates the preparation and focus needed. When individuals come to class with uniforms on, the class suddenly looks like a team. And in a way, it is one. The students work together to help each other improve, and in turn creates a healthy environment.

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