Thursday, September 18, 2014

Self-Discipline + HapKiDo = Child Success!

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]

. . .

Self-discipline is the key when training at Choe's HapKiDo in Duluth. 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.

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-By: Christie McGowan-

Friday, September 5, 2014

Confidence is More Possible Than You Think

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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 Duluth, 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 Duluth, visit:

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Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

10 Reasons Why People Keep Coming to iLoveKickboxing Duluth!

At I Love Kickboxing Duluth, 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 Duluth, visit: 

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kicking Your Body Into Shape!

Kick boxing is an awesome and fun way to get in shape, just in time for the summer. This workout activity provides the whole package for your body’s wellbeing. Cardio kick boxing is a very intensive work-out that tones, builds muscle, and melts fat. Kick boxing includes stretching, punching, kicking and core exercises. This style of exercise can be intimidating due to its intensity. The average class time lasts for an hour. When taken seriously the rewards are worth it.   
Taking kick boxing classes three to four times a week offers many health benefits such as reducing stress, diffusing anger and alleviating frustration. After the second or third class a person may start to feel rejuvenated and less stressed. The next time you're finished working out, you'll probably notice that you feel better than when you first started! One of the reasons why you may feel this way is because while exercising our bodies release a hormones called endorphins into our blood stream which puts us in a better mood. Stress plays a major factor in our health and well-being, and if a person does not have some sort of stress reliever, the body could potentially start to break down, which in return, could possibly lead to a variety of health issues.  

Stress can destroy you if you let it. Modern life here in Duluth and Atlanta is fast paced and full of stress potential! That’s why exercising regularly helps more than just our physical health but our mental health as well. That’s why activities such as Kickboxing, Martial arts, running or anything that keeps our heart rate up and our body in motion, is beneficial to our health and the longevity of our bodies. Remember to do things like: using the steps instead of the elevator, stretch during commercials or take a walk around the neighborhood. Whichever you choose make sure to have fun with it and be safe! 
Stay in Motion!
Rahkeen Williams
Kickboxing Instructor  

Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Duluth

Monday, April 28, 2014

Essence & Spirit of Martial Arts: Part 3

Welcome to the Essence & Spirit of Martial Arts Part 3!  The qualities for Orange Belt are Sincerity and Friendship.  We'll start with Sincerity.  Our handbook defines sincerity as "honesty of mind".  This means that you need to believe it.  You need to believe what your saying is true so that others believe what your saying is true.  If you are teaching something, especially about philosophy or character development, you need to believe in it and understand it inside yourself.  If you tell someone to be good, you must believe and know inside that it is good.  Be honest with yourself about what your doing and teaching.  This is a do as I do word.  There has to be this self honesty in not just your words, but in your actions and behavior as well.  Sincerity is essential in friendship.  You can't have a positive healthy relationship based on falsity.  If one or both parties aren't honest with themselves, how can they be honest with others.  Honesty of mind is essential in all our relationships; our relationship with ourselves, with others, even our relationship with things.  To live our best life here in Duluth, GA or wherever we may roam, the virtue of Sincerity is indispensable.

The 2nd term for Orange Belt is Friendship.  We define Friendship in our handbook as "one attached to another by affection".  Ask most kids what makes a friend and they say "someone who is nice to you and plays with you."  I can't do better than that.  I've always been told and continue to hear that you can't make through life without one true friend, or if you have one real friend you are lucky.   Humans need each other.  We have to have other humans to share this experience with.  Someone to relate to and be happy to see.  As a base and a tuning fork and a mirror.  Someone to be nice to us and play with us.  It is universal to know the affection of friendship, but hard to describe in words something so magical and essential.  Don't take your friendships for granted, treasure them.  Participate in your friendships, make sure you are being nice and playing what your friends want to play.  Be grateful for your friends!

Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Duluth

Friday, April 11, 2014

Berry Happy!

There are many super foods that contain high sources of antioxidants and polyphenols.  Antioxidants and polyphenols is a group of chemicals that boost our immune system and dispose of free radicals. Free radicals destroy our cells, tissue and DNA in the body in result in leaving our body more vulnerable to cancer and disease.

Berries have numerous health benefits for our body, and there are many eye catching, colorful berries to choose from such as: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, black berries, boysenberries, acai, noni, maqui, goji, aronia, logan, grapes and many more. All of these berries are just bursting with vitamin A and C. Vitamin A and C functions in the aid of vision, tissue strength, immunity, growth and more.  In addition, there are many other sources to get these vitamins, such as carrots, kale, spinach and sweet potatoes; all of these are essential for the proper function of our bodies.

Berries can be enjoyed in many ways including raw, frozen, cooked or even added to your favorite meals. Before eating your eye catching and delusions berries, one of the best cleaning agents is baking soda and vinegar. This cleansing method strips the pesticide off of your fruit and even vegetables. When eating berries I personally enjoy it in my oatmeal, cream of wheat, or cereal. Although berries are healthy and nutritious there are many companies that do not offer the benefits of providing “real,” fresh wholesome berries in their products. They add preservatives and additives that are made with soybean oil, food coloring and miniscule bits of dried fruit. For example, some of those ingredients are found in such items as cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Be careful when companies claim to have “real” fruit in their products, for the most part, they are just clumps of sugar. When shopping for food items that advertise “made with real fruit” remember to read the ingredients and nutrients provided on the product that you are purchasing.
        Living a healthy lifestyle in Duluth, GA can be challenging, but doing super exercises like kickboxing and martial arts; and eating fresh, wholesome foods like berries makes it not only possible but rewarding and fun!

Stay informed,

Rahkeen Williams, Kickboxing Instructor

Choe's HapKiDo Karate of Duluth
1630 Pleasant Hill Rd. #210
Duluth, GA 30096

Friday, March 14, 2014

Water Is Best!

Most of us have had that sweet, flavorful drink known as soda at least once in our lives, if not more. Soda is internationally known as a tasty beverage, it seems as though soda is the beverage choice with every meal; lunch, dinner and sometimes even breakfast. Although this beverage is tasty and refreshing, it is not a healthy choice. Soda has many negative impacts on the body, including the amount of strong acid that it contains and the damage that it causes on the body, and as martial artists and athletes here in Duluth Georgia, we need to put the best fuel we can into these amazing machines we use so hard.  

Soda contains several ingredients that is potentially harmful to our bodies. Such as phosphoric acid, high fructose corn syrup, artificial color and caffeine. The phosphoric acid gives soda that tangy taste, but it is also used to slow the growth process of mold. In addition, it is also used to remove build up dirt from tiles and sulfation from car batteries. An ingredient that can be used to remove dirt and sulfation from a car battery does not sound like something that we should put in our bodies.
It seems as though high fructose corn syrup is in everything that we eat and drink today. Many food companies use high fructose corn syrup because it is the most inexpensive sweetener to use. High fructose corn syrup comes from genetically modified corn (GM food is the combination of a specific trait in an organism and then genetically engineered into another organism, causing a change in the genetic structure). For example, they may take an arctic fishes’ dna trait that can survive in cold weather climates and then fuse it with a tomato, therefore, causing the tomato to also survive in cold weather climates without freezing. Some of the harmful side effects of high fructose corn syrup include kidney stones, obesity, diabetes and many more.
Artificial colors is used in thousands of our foods and drinks. The dye is used to improve taste and the appearance of our soda. According to Dr. Mercola, the common side effects of artificial coloring causes hyperactivity, and other behavioral effects in children.
Last but not least caffeine is the mighty and most used natural drug (not man made) that is found in plants, seeds, vegetables and some fruits. Caffeine isn’t as bad as some may think depending on how much or how little your body can take. Caffeine has health benefits such as, protecting us from cancer, to name a few oral cancer and throat cancer. On the down side, it can cause upset stomach, Sleep disorders, Panic attacks, Irregular heartbeat, Difficulty concentrating and more. 
Water is always your best choice, especially when your working out.  But don’t get down just yet, you can still enjoy your sports drink or your favorite pineapple soda in moderations. Along with daily exercising , healthy drinking and eating habits. Remember one step at a time. Hard to do, but not impossible!

Keep moving forward!
Written By:
Rahkeen Williams
Choe's HapKiDo of Duluth & Lilburn GA
1630 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Suite 210
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 380-0022