How to Prepare for Your First Kickboxing Class

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Welcome to the day before your first kickboxing class at I Love Kickboxing Loganville! We are excited that you found us, and we hope that you find the kickboxing passion that we love to share with the community. Fitness kickboxing in Loganville guarantees fantastic results, and it makes exercising more fun. As you are getting closer to starting your first kickboxing class, here are some tips that will help you make the best out of the first day!

How to Prepare for Your First Kickboxing Class

Rest

Get plenty of sleep the night before, you’ll need the energy.

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Eat

Here, at ILKB we burn anywhere between 700-800 calories per 1-hour class. The worst thing you can do is to come in on an empty stomach. Your body needs to be fueled and energized for an intense workout. The ideal time to eat is about 2 hours before class. If you eat too close to working out, you may feel nauseated. Also, avoid overly salty and fatty foods which can cause you to feel tired and sluggish.

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Drink

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Limit water intake an hour before class to avoid cramps.

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Wear

Tight-fitting clothing is recommended for modesty. You don’t want to accidentally flash your new iLoveKickboxing family!

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Bring Your Best

  1. If you purchased an online special, bring your confirmation receipt.
  2. A bottle of water
  3. A small towel or rag (optional)
  4. A form of payment (because you’ll love the class and will want to sign up right away!)
  5. Tenacity (be ready to work!)

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Arrive Early

Come early to meet the instructor so they can get some information from you on what your fitness goals are, give you your gloves, meet other students and for further instruction.

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Your first kickboxing class at I Love Kickboxing Loganville could be your best first day ever. Come in prepared like a warrior in training, and we will guide you through the rest!

See you on the mat.

 

Keep fighting,

 

Idaliz Seymour

ILKB Instructor

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Did You Know? – Kickboxing Etiquette on the Mat!

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Written by: ILKB Loganville Instructor Idaliz

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Hey there, Kickboxers!  I wanted to go over a few quick reminders on mat etiquette while at the I Love Kickboxing Loganville studio.

  1. No shoes on the mat. Here’s why. First, there are millions and billions of bacteria we carry around on the bottoms of our shoes, and we don’t need to spread it onto our meticulously cleaned mat. Second, at ILKB, we do a lot of jogging, jumping, and moving. Wearing no shoes allows us to avoid possible injuries from being stepped on by size 14 shoes or tripping over untied shoelaces.
  1. No clutter. The only personal items allowed on the mat are gloves, a water bottle, and a small towel or rag. Line up your gloves flat against the wall so that no one trips over them. Cell phones, car keys, shoes, purses, etc. should all be kept in the cubbies by the front door and  safely out of the way.
  1. Be on time. If you need to use the restroom, wrap your hands, or put your hair up, then make sure to allot plenty of time to do so before the start of class.
  1. No bash talk. We do not allow any sort of self-defeating talk on the mat. Not only is it contagious to other students, but it’s counter-productive to our environment. We want to uplift, motivate, and inspire one another —especially on the mat!
  1. Introduce yourself to newbies. It can be intimidating coming to an ILKB studio where you don’t know anyone. Go out of your way to introduce yourself to newbies and make them feel comfortable. We’re a family, afterall!

Mastering these five mat etiquette guidelines will ensure a fun, safe and awesome workout! See you in class!

For more information on I Love Kickboxing Loganville, visit here.

Cyber Monday Karate/Kickboxing BOGO Special – Almost Gone!!

                          

We have reached the FINAL day of our BOGO Black Friday Special! Take advantage of this membership special to help motivate for a healthier lifestyle! With either HapKiDo and/or Kickboxing, think of what two years can do! AND the BEST part – we will double your membership for half the normal rate!

SPECIAL ENDS AFTER MONDAY!

Black Friday Special Links Here!:
HapKiDo:
https://events.membersolutions.com/event_detail.asp?content_id=43794

Kickboxing:
https://events.membersolutions.com/event_detail.asp?content_id=43790

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/.

Driving and Martial Arts

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

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A little bit of martial arts training goes a long way. For instance, it improves a driver’s ability to drive better because martial artists work towards similar ethics.

While driving provides a way to travel, it still requires drivers to use their senses in order to avoid accidents. They must train their minds to multi-task and their bodies to control the vehicle. By spending time practicing a martial art like Choe’s HapKiDo, drivers will have the opportunity to work on their body capabilities. As a result, practicing on skills outside of driving time will improve one’s concentration, anxiety, and respect for others.

The elements of the road to success:

  • Focus. Driving requires people to watch out for multiple hazards: speed, tailgaters, trash, pedestrians, drivers chatting on the phone, drivers changing lanes without signaling, and much more. Missing these hazards can be the result of low concentration. At Choe’s HapKiDo, students learn quickly that lack of concentration has consequences—from messed up kicks to kicked fingers; it requires attention of the whole mind. For instance, the eyes have at least one spot to concentrate on when practicing to roll, flip, and kick. By spending time practicing to focus on at least one object at a time, one increases his/her attention span.
  • Relax. Drivers can make other drivers’ day harder. With all the honking and drivers doing insane things, stress builds up. By spending a few times a week at Choe’s HapKiDo, people learn and have the opportunity to meditate, which promotes better breathing and a time to get into focus mode. On top of that, tension is relieved from the exercise, specifically from the kicking and yelling. Finding ways to let off steam also prevents health problems and contributes to a healthy mental state.
  • Respect. Lives on the road are at stake, at the mercy of other drivers. From training with peers and instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo, martial artists develop respect on different levels. There is the necessity of showing respect to others, but there is also necessity to place trust in each other’s hands when training. As everyone there is learning how to defend for his/her life, it is eventually understood the value of life. It can easily be taken away. So when on the road, stopping to let someone out of a parking lot will make his/her day easier. In fact, being courteous to other drivers allows control over many situations.

Driving is harder than it looks, but practicing martial arts will make the job easier. By having a more relaxed state-of-mind and an increased attention span, driving and other activities are seized with more ease.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo Karate, visit: http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php. Take a look at our kickboxing classes too! Both are fun, and you can come in to trial both for free!

Meet Your Fitness Needs With Choe’s HapKiDo

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

Info on Karate & Kickboxing Classes:
http://www.loganvillekarate.com/

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Have you considered karate or kickboxing?

If you are finding the need to drag yourself to the gym, or looking for an excuse to skip exercise, then it is time to try something new. Not only is exercising healthy, but enjoying the workout time contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Surprisingly, once you find a likeable form of exercise, you naturally want to do more. With a workout studio like Choe’s HapKiDo, people lose weight and increase strength by learning self-defense and/or kickboxing. This environment works out well for people because the classes reel in other benefits.

Here is how classes at Choe’s HapKiDo can work for you:

 They Are Suited for All Family Members.
At Choe’s HapKiDo, karate classes are offered to anyone ages 3 and up. And every Saturdays, there is a class that is opened for family members to train together. If you try martial arts, you may also be inspired to try kickboxing.

They Help Add Exercise Into Your Schedule.
You will see that you have time for exercise. Especially if you find kicking and screaming an enjoyable stress reliever, you will naturally want to fit it into your schedule. The more you go, the more you and your body benefit.

They Provide Group Support.
By joining a fitness class, you do not need to find a workout partner. Ten or more participants will meet you there. If that is not enough, joining a new community allows you to make new friends and expand connections. And who knows, maybe you will be the one persuading a friend to join!

They Teach Skills That Can Be Practiced at Home—No Gym Required!
The karate and kickboxing classes train people how to move their bodies. If you find yourself not being able to make it to a class, you can walk yourself through a whole workout routine.

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To find out more information about HapKiDo or Kickboxing, visit: http://choeshapkido.com/ and http://www.ilovekickboxing.com/. Any Choe’s HapKiDo Karate location will offer a free trial.

Unsustainable

My office assistant and her family decided a while back to build a greenhouse to have their own sustenance minus harmful things like pesticides and to better control the quality of food. My assistant, Sidney, declared once that she hopes the operation will grow large enough to provide green foods for those who can’t afford the expense. With this kind of sustainability, our community can grow healthier and have more opportunities for healthy options. Sidney’s mindset focuses on the sustainable – a rare commodity in today’s time.

We all live in a world of the unsustainable. Energy is no longer as renewable as we would like. Tensions are constantly high. Renewable sources dwindle over time. It seems that the least we can do is revive ourselves within the sanctity of our homes… As fast as we run these days, we never have time to recharge our batteries – our renewable resource can no longer be renewed. We become our own unsustainability. The truth becomes evident in these confines. The truth is that we destroy our bodies with the food we insist on consuming. The truth is that we let ourselves waste away with no physical exertion. The truth is that we can prevent this loss and this deterioration.

Polly, my wife, who has severe rheumatoid arthritis, makes changes constantly to keep her body going. Sidney, who has spinal problems and pains in her joints at all times, made herself give up sugar and grain for the sake of being able to keep moving forward. Of course, I don’t expect anyone to do anything so drastic, but even just some physical activity can help a body slow the deterioration.

My concern is similar to Sidney’s. I want to help the community. That, my friends, is one of the many reasons I decided to open a martial arts studio.