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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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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