I Love Martial Arts Georgia

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Martial Arts Snellville Georgia - Workout As A Family!



Time with your kids is precious because that phase goes by so fast. When they’re young, it’s the best opportunity to develop a solid relationship with them. If anything, kids and parents connect like magic when everyone is having fun! At Choe’s HapKiDo, we highly support the special relationship amongst kids and parents by providing family HapKiDo classes!

In addition to HapKiDo karate classes catering towards different age groups, our family classes are opportunities for the whole family to work out together! You will all get to do all parts of the classes together —from stretching, to cardio, to target kicking, and to self-defense.

We love watching parents, kids, and siblings enjoying themselves because of a mutual hobby such as Choe’s HapKiDo!

For more information on Choe's HapKiDo, visit here

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Learn From Your Mistakes - Martial Arts Snellville Georgia



It's easy to fail at something, but it takes more effort to get back up. And as a kid, experiencing failures hit hard and sometimes leave scars. It feels humiliating and may cause people to stop what they like to do. But if you’re around the right kind of people and environment, making a mistake can help you grow rather than tear you down.

At Choe’s HapKiDo, students experience hands on that staying persistent contributes to the success of reaching goals. Whether it’s to attempt a kick over and over or to improve in other areas, they learn to brush off mistakes and to carry on. And the more mistakes they make, and the more they struggle with a certain kick, they can improve because guidance is always available. And within each belt accomplished, students increase in self-esteem and confidence and build their experience of reaching new levels through good practice and hard work.

In a way, failure gives people hope because it is known for a fact that we aren’t born perfect; it is in our nature to make mistakes so to become.....................................................................AWESOME.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Team Work Skills Makes An Awesome Ninja - Martial Arts Snellville Georgia


On top of learning respect and self-discipline, a child learning martial arts also develops team work skills. This kind of skill becomes important in life because the need for teamwork pops up frequently.  Whether it’s in school, work, or other special situations, learning to cooperate with others to accomplish a task is not easy; it can cause stress and bring out the worst in people. But with teamwork training infused in martial art programs like at Choe’s HapKiDo, it contributes positively to our future leaders.

In any given martial arts class, working with partners or in groups can play greatly in a student’s success. When it comes to alternating turns to hold up a kicking target for peers, the students listen to each other, help all to improve, and literally contribute a hand or two. Students may not realize this, but they continuously practice exchanging good etiquette with one another. And a lot of the times, having and being a good partner in all aspects of training makes a big difference in training.

Regardless of the level of difficulty of team work, having developed multiple skills that contribute to being an effective individual in projects makes associating with all kinds of people easier.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Increase Your Self-Esteem with Martial Arts Snellville Georgia

Within each belt test, our HapKiDo students experience an overwhelming flow of thankfulness by the time they achieve a new colored belt. They had just seen all of their hard work paying off, they greet their instructors and family/friends afterwards, and there’s this celebratory expression of joy that is seen on all faces. For these students, passing a HapKiDo Karate test is an example of happiness that they will remember in the long run.

A martial art program like Choe’s HapKiDo can add happiness to any individual’s life because the classes guide all through actions that promote good health:

1) Exercise
2) Meditation
3) Socializing with family and friends
4) Relieving stress
5) Developing self-respect

Having a positive outlet that encourages all of these practices can be the difference between a bad and a good week. They all produce certain levels of happiness, and they definitely help people sleep better at night. Especially if there is something to always look forward to throughout the week, life suddenly become enjoyable!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grayson Martial Arts - Benefits for Teens Who Do Karate



Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school/high school era challenged everybody – and it still does! Everything is changing during this phase: relationships, interests, hormones, emotions, beliefs, and much, much more. It’s a life defining moment. The teenage years can be brutal, but there are things that can be done to make them better.

1) Be Around Friends
A part of the teenage years is trying to find a place to belong. While some people make friends easily, others struggle with this area. By helping teens find their niche, they will naturally link with other people who share their interests.

2) Develop Self-Respect
One of life's valuable lessons is learning how to respect yourself. As it is easier to listen to negative comments produced by others and self, it's not healthy. When teens can develop that respect muscle, only good can from it. They learn to be fair and love themselves for how they are.

3) Be Around Positively Influential People
Good development can come from being around positively influential people. Teens are like plants – they will absorb everything that goes on around them. Place them around people like sport coaches or music teachers, and it will affect them positively during the teenage years.

All of these aspects are offered at Choe's HapKiDo. We love to watch individuals grow and to be a part of their lives. Students may come into our studios with the day's grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence. They know that they have found a community to relate to, and it's a great place to let off steam!

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's Great to Share Success - Grayson Martial Arts

Our motivation to teach HapKiDo Karate comes from the continuous success from our students. When we see children, teens, and adults grow physically and mentally, it makes us happy. We see that our mission to help the surrounding communities is working. We get excited there is continuous growth because it is wonderful to envision a world full of inspiring leaders.
Check out these awesome success stories by parents and students at Choe's HapKiDo!

Choe's HapKiDo in Cumming

 
HapKiDo Assistant Instructor likes self-defense and teaching peers!

Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson


Proud HapKiDo dad has seen the great impacts of the program on his kindergartener!

Choe's HapKiDo in Duluth



Choe's HapKiDo student's big sister has enjoyed watching her brother transform while being in the karate program. In addition to being more involved with school activities, this program has also helped him with focus and discipline.

Choe's HapKiDo in Loganville



HapKiDo Dad has watched his son grow in class. From learning about respect to advancing in belts, he believes Choe's HapKiDo has done great things for his son.

Choe's HapKiDo in Flowery Branch



HapKiDo Mom shares how Choe's HapKiDo has positively influenced her 5-year-old. He has grown in self-confidence and other areas in character development.
For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Greatness of Meditation - Grayson Karate



At I Love Martial Arts Georgia, we guide individuals through all sorts of exercise to promote for a stronger, better life. One workout that we guide classes through is usually done right before warming up our bodies. In the martial arts world, meditation serves as a tool to connect the mind to the body.

According to Instructor Gasstrom from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, “…your mind plays a significant part when doing physical training and conditioning as it will determine how long you will be able to handle the intensity of the workout. Therefore, by training your mind to overcome greater lengths and amount of workout, you will be able to have even better results.”

As fierce and wild as meditation sounds, it should not be overlooked as useless. It is simple, yet can be powerful. Neurologists have observed beneficial changes to the brain for those that undergo meditation: it can decrease pain sensitivity, improve mood associated to depression and anxiety, increase focus which greatly affect those with ADD/ADHD, and influence to be more awake and relaxed (Dvorsky).

While some studies have shown great changes to those who meditated five hours a day, people can receive benefits from this exercise by attempting 20 minutes a day. The mind is an incredible creation, as it can “memorize how much your body can handle and send it signals…[and] your body will perform against the limitations you set for yourself and improve with repetition (Gasstrom).

Meditation will not work like other forms of exercise because it’s in a zone of its own. If someone is looking for a way to relieve stress, then all forms of exercise including meditation will do. But if someone desires to improve in areas like mood, concentration and breathing, then meditation should be given a try. Especially if it is something that people can get into, it can be so beneficial to one’s health.

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

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Written by Christie McGowan

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Citations

Dvorsky, George. “The Science Behind Mediation, and Why It Makes You Feel Better.” i09.com. Kinja, 2013. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.

Gasstrom, John. “Martial Arts Lesson of the Week- Connecting Mind and Body.” Choe’s HapKiDo of Youth. Bogger. 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grayson Karate - Learn New Awesome Moves!

I Love Martial Arts Georgia makes it a mission to change its surrounding communities one black belt  at a time. Originated from South Korea, Choe's HapKiDo is designed to train people of all kinds. It has impacted the lives of children, teens, adults, siblings, parents, and more!
Check out these heart-felt HapKiDo testimonies:



At Choe's HapKiDo in Cumming, junior instructor Gaby is excited to soon be testing for her black belt! She enjoys guiding children and being an excellent leader!



Junior instructor Liam excitedly shares the cool things to gain at Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson. He loves his new friends, physique, and uniform!



At Choe's HapKiDo in Duluth, this two-year-black-belt expresses how the program continues to teach him self-discipline and respect!



Student Aiden Ty enjoys his new lifestyle at Choe's HapKiDo in Loganville. He always looks forward to learning new self-defense moves and new lessons in self-discipline!



Choe's HapKiDo in Flowery Branch is #1 according to Assistant Instructor Matt. You get to learn self-defense and grow in self-confidence!

For more information on I Love Martial Arts Georgia, visit here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grayson Karate - An Awesome Community!

Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson helps people of all sorts. Especially if you have finished school, or find yourself stuck in life, this place provides great distraction. There is always something to look forward to, and you are definitely not wasting time when learning an ancient martial art while also becoming part of a cool community.



First, there are the peers. You bow in and out of class together, you help each other improve, and you even fight each other – in the most respectful way possible! You develop respect for everyone, and you learn to work with all kinds of people.

Then there are the parents. Whether it is your parent or somebody else’s, you still connect. As your peer’s parents are watching their kid(s), they have been watching you too.

Class would not be the same without the assistant instructors. These students drive the class, induce positive energy, and provide a good example of what to work towards.

And of course, everyone likes the instructors and the head instructor. These people influence everyone around them. They always have good advice.

HapKiDo events add to the warm quality of the community. Meeting founder Grandmaster Choe and HapKiDo students from other branches is always fun. From belt tests to competitions, meeting other people who also share your martial arts passion is eye opening.

These people become a part of your life in the best way possible. You see them so often, that you cannot help but to like them all.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson, visit here.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Helps Shape Lives - Grayson Karate



People go through many stages in life. We spend a good portion of it sleeping, going to school, finding/maintaining a job, and finding other ways to spend time that would add value to our lives. At some point in the journey, a person may become health conscious and start building up time that revolves around everything to do with this field. Regardless of how the fitness stage goes, people tend to find that their lives become better. They learn that by taking care of themselves through fitness, diet, and etc. become important assets to their healthy well-being. This phase of life is also exciting because a person finds out what he/she is physically and mentally capable of.

According to an article found on EFitnessHub, the top five fitness trends of 2015 include martial arts!
Far from being a monotonous workout, Choe’s HapKiDo karate can be the tool you need to help engage in exercise. It is a martial art that is designed to bring out the best in everyone. On top of increasing strength, it is a sport that builds confidence and demands concentration. A wonderful community of instructors and peers also derive from all its locations. Our HapKiDo program is flawless at guiding people to their utmost potential.

Skills learned in Choe’s HapKiDo classes are not only temporary, but stay with individuals for a long  time as they contribute to shaping all in the best way possible.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Girls Rock at Martial Arts - Grayson Karate


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We are at an exciting day and age where an increasing number of women participate in martial arts. What used to be a strictly male sport, people are now greatly accepting more possibilities.

Introducing girls to martial arts, like Choe’s HapKiDo, shows them what life has to offer. While girls may like completely different things than boys, they understand that it’s perfectly okay to be themselves and to learn martial arts too. When they see that boys and girls alike both rock at HapKiDo karate, they also pick up that it is important to do just as well in other areas of life.

In addition to developing physical strength and endurance, girls also learn the importance of self-respect, confidence, perseverance, and focus. And with a well-rounded martial arts program, girls can also have the opportunity for leadership roles that will allow them to lead classes, to guide students, and to give speeches.

With a little HapKiDo karate added to your child’s life, s/he will grow up to be a strong individual who always aim to succeed.

For more on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Grayson HapKiDo & Kickboxing - Here's To An Awesome 2015!



Happy New-Years-Eve Eve! As 2014 is approaching its final days, you are well on your way to start a new year!

Choe's HapKiDo would like to thank everyone for a wonderful year of HapKiDo and Kickboxing! No matter what, be proud of the progress and accomplishments achieved within this year.  Whether you had just started or been growing all year, you have had many great moments to remember. We would like to say thanks for being a part of your year!

Happy New Years, and we look forward to an awesome 2015!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Snellville Karate - The Benefits About Our Program!

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Choe's HapKiDo in Snellville is a great place to become a part of because of the multiple benefits.  

The Benefits: 
  1. New friends
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Muscle Gain
  4. Multiple New Skills
  5. The ability to defend
  6. New lessons on respect
  7. Growth in confidence
  8. Learning how to persevere
  9. Hard work shown off positively
  10. New concentration methods
The beauty about these benefits, and the many more not listed, is that everyone gains them through different ways; it depends on the individuals. As there are no two people alike, everyone who comes into our studio has different backgrounds, experience, and learning styles. And as everyone trains together all the time, everyone is also working at his or her own pace. With constant encouragement from instructors, peers, and family, it becomes celebratory for the student with each accomplishment. Through our great martial arts program, students learn the meaning and feeling of applying both the mind and body in unity.






For more information on Choe's HapKiDo in Snellville, visit here. Also check us out on Facebook!

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Written by: Christie McGowan

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are You Spending Time to Relieve Stress? - Snellville Kickboxing



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While stress can push a person to do well under situations, continuous pressure without relief results in negative consequences. Aside from the potential health problems caused by stress, as discussed on WebMD, it also harms the mind. It causes people to be hostile, have irregular food patterns, and increase anxiety and depression. This attention seeker also lets people dwell and skip out on everything good. With a little bit of exercise squeezed into the day, like in a kickboxing studio at I Love Kickboxing Snellville, people’s day will be brighter.

 



I Love Kickboxing Snellville = An infinity of benefits!

  • Great for the built-up anger, depression, and anxiety in response to stress.
  • Makes people take a break from life and concentrate on something else.
  • Produces positive energy.
  • Awesome connections with encouraging kickboxing instructors.
  • Results that reel in confidence.
  • Boosts self-esteem.
  • New Friends.
  • Positive changes for life!

Although people react to stress differently from one another, they receive similar benefits from exercise. And with a motivating work out like kickboxing at I Love Kickboxing Buckhead, people change incredibly.


For more information on I Love Kickboxing Snellville, visit here. Also find us on Facebook!


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Written by: Christie McGowan

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Grayson Karate - Give Support When You Can!


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Leaves need branches the way people need support. It is possible to live without someone caring, but that lifestyle can result in a cold one. When people realize that others support them in what they do, something beautiful happens. Suddenly, extra energy surges and motivation spouts. The fact that someone else cares gives a cause more reason. 

We see this all the time in our studio at Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson. A strong support requires positive energy not only from HapKiDo students, but also from parents, peers, and instructors. As a result, a healthy community is formed. And from this foundation, greatness is bound to happen.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month calls on all sorts of communities to congregate. As this month is flooded with pink, it can also be seen as a reminder that a cure is still needed. While treatment and research on curing breast cancer have increased, more is still desired. And in order for there to be progression, all have to care. 



Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson is hosting a T-Shirt Fundraiser all October long. By wearing and selling custom made t-shirts, ALL PROCEEDS will go to the Susan G. Koman Foundation in support of breast cancer research. We hope that through this fundraiser to help make a difference.

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


For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson, visit here.

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Written by: Christie McGowan



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grayson Kickboxing - Perseverance is Key!


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Developing the ability to persevere is a work out on its own. And without a good teacher or guide, learning how to push through difficulties is harder. Because people tend to sell themselves short, it usually takes someone on the outside to see another person’s potential. That is why fitness coaches are an effective way to get in shape. 

 

At I LoveKickboxing Buckhead, our instructors make it part of their careers to motivate people to new fitness levels. We understand that the pain resulted from kickboxing can make life difficult, but it is only temporary. After the pain leaves, the body shines the results of good, hard exercise. 

All of our teaching and pushing at I LoveKickboxing Buckhead are really to influence people to persevere. If we can show people the positive outcomes of pushing through hard work, then we will be able to influence a change in the mind. Soon, people are able to persuade themselves to persevere through exercise. 

We love watching people transform into confident, persevering individuals. Especially when they realize they can take control over their lives! If anything, we love watching people become happier about themselves. Through the I LoveKickboxing Buckhead program, people learn to see the best of themselves.

For more information on I LoveKickboxing Buckhead, visit our website. Also follow us on Facebook!
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Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Confident Child Does Better in School!



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If anything, having confidence leads people to try and to persevere. When people are equipped to apply these ideals on the fly, life is more approachable, more successful. Oftentimes, people find they need to improve this area in their lives. Because it is easier to tear ourselves down with negative thoughts, we also get discouraged. 

When it comes to students at school, sometimes it is a confidence booster that the children need in order to do well. In class, it is easy to be intimidated by peers, teachers, the level of work, and the need to speak up.

With a little bit of training in HapKiDo karate, we excitedly watch children grow in confidence in multiple areas. With the martial arts instructors constantly engaging the students in encouragement, students eventually find they can start encouraging themselves. It can be said that training at Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson builds and repairs the wings of many kinds of people. And when children are walking around with confidence as a guide, they become more content with themselves.

HapKiDo karate training in Grayson gives its students opportunities to practice giving speeches, to develop a positive mind, and to learn new skills. Our training helps students realize their full potential and to always believe they can strive for more.

When students can incorporate HapKiDo training while attending school, they are able to shine in class. They develop confidence to try to speak up in class and to always attempt everything with a 100%.


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Written by: Christie McGowan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun Karate Birthday Parties in Grayson!

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The latest phenomenon at Choe’s HapKiDo in GraysonKids Karate Birthday Parties! As the birthday kid and gang enjoy stuffing their faces with pizza and cake, the goal of the party is to build the birthday star’s and peers' confidence and self-esteem. Throughout the entire party, the birthday child will be guided through a martial arts lesson, which entails teachings of various kicks and effective self-defense tactics. The special star will get to help lead the class, and witness breaking a board with all his/her might! The party gang will be in awe of your child's breaking moment! Games and more fun follow the lesson! Without a doubt, the end result has everyone having a great time.

...It's also a treat for parents!
A Kids Karate Birthday Party is a celebratory treat for all – especially when parents have the opportunity to sit back and relax. From the second Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson starts planning for a birthday party, the entire staff follows the child's picked theme, takes care of all the party set-up, arranges party food and drink details, and organizes games and martial arts lessons. And another advantage for having us host the birthday star's party? - We Take Care of ALL the Mess! 

Having our crew supervise the 2-hour-party allows parents to take off the pressure of throwing a party. Parents are able to freely walk around, take pictures, and enjoy the fun of the party! This Karate Birthday Party occasion also welcomes parents to be involved as much as they would like. There are many ways to have parents joining in on the fun with their kids!


Birthday Child Cuts Cake with Samurai Sword!!


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Written By: Christie McGowan

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why Respect Matters- Grayson HapKiDo

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
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If not for respect, and if everyone instead acted on self-preferences, the world would be in constant chaos. Just imagine it – a world lacking respect would result everyone being more careless and less trustworthy. People wouldn’t care about others so much, and people would be greedier because gratitude would also not exist.

The effects of respect—showing gratitude, trust, and sensitivity towards others—allows peace to be possible. For example, respect between the bond of parent and child allows both sides to grow positively. If the child shows respect towards parent, it means he/she understands the purposes for parents. From years of receiving shelter and love, children grow up with gratitude and try to show it—if not from listening and obeying, then definitely through holidays and birthdays. If children show respect, then parents will also have respect for them. So, for there to be peace, everyone has to be on the same page.

At Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson, we care to influence respect to our students. Through practices of different styles of bowing and attentive listening, HapKiDo students carry the principles of respect into other areas of their lives: home, school, work, and social events. And eventually, they realize that they have also gained respect from their surrounding peers.

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson, visit: http://www.graysonmartialarts.com/index.php.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Have Your Child Learn Self-Discipline!


It’s the little things that we miss
[Ignoring mom and eating more than 2 cookies
Buying something you didn’t plan on
Having a mean comment put you in a bad mood
Getting onto Facebook too often during study hours
Letting self to not finish a book]

Before they escalate.
[Consuming an entire plate even though full
Having a closet full of unused and old stuff
Pushing over your brother because he hit you first
Lacking the ability to concentrate
Dismissing a goal]

But with a little self-discipline,
[Watching your portions
Making effort to give and save
Calming down
Avoiding distractions
Pushing through]

You happily accept the consequences!
[Looking good
Being good
Feeling good
Clapping good
Mighty good]

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Self-discipline is the key when training at Choe's HapKiDo in Grayson. Students learn to tackle all situations with perseverance, decision making, and good attitude. Watch your child grow within a year’s worth training. You’ll notice a big change in your child’s stride.

For more information, visit: http://choeshapkido.com/grayson/.

-By: Christie McGowan-

Friday, September 5, 2014

Confidence is Necessary

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The truth about lack-of-confidence is that it has no age limit; it is a feeling that both children and adults relate to. At Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson, we understand that the reasons for lack of confidence are endless, but they are reasonable: the feeling of inadequacy compared to others; a history of negative feedback; the fear of being wrong; the idea of set-limitations. Our martial art program is developed to show students how to grow in confidence.

The Outcomes of Confidence:

SELF-ESTEEM BOOST. From day to day training, HapKiDo instructors make sure a student knows when something is done right. Through hard work and a positive attitude, students experience the feeling of being correct. And after one technique is conquered, students find energy to keep at it.

REALIZED POTENTIAL. The best part of watching progression in the training studio is when the student realizes it. It is like suddenly, a light bulb flashes and he/she witnesses the growth. Maybe an increase in strength is noticed, or a kick is flawless. But regardless, seeing the changes influences the want to do more.

NEW FOUND INDEPENDENCE. The instructors train students every step of the way until they believe he/she is ready for the next belt test. The belt tests allow students to perform independently. And after a new belt is achieved, it is understood that it was earned.

Although confidence can result in cockiness and false-pride, consistent training results in the students developing confidence in a healthy way. From being corrected on technique and etiquette, students learn that perfection comes from listening to advice and persevering to try again and again.
For more information about Choe’s HapKiDo in Grayson, visit: http://www.graysonmartialarts.com/index.php

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Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan 





Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Love Kickboxing Grayson- Reasons WHY People LOVE Us!

Last year's winner for the 45 Day Kickboxing Challenge!

At I Love Kickboxing Grayson, the kickboxers keep roaring in.

…Here’s why.

You know an exercise is good when…

  1. It motivates to change diet
  2. Excuses aren’t made to stop
  3. People push for more
  4. Fun is added
  5. Music becomes a bonus
  6. More people join.
  7. Results are endless
  8. Stress is relieved
  9. Weight is lost
  10. Happiness is found

For more information about kickboxing classes at I Love Kickboxing Grayson, visit:

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Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan