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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kick Out the Stress for A Healthier Happier Life!

There is no arguing the fact that life can stress you out. Work, family, friends, sometimes trying to juggle all the elements of life can make you feel like you are going to explode. Some people turn to unhealthy activities to alleviate the effects of stress, and others turn to prescription drugs that have all kinds of possible negative side effects. Thankfully, there is an alternative that can bring down your stress level naturally and improve your health at the same time – exercise.

The ability of moderate, regular exercise to reduce stress is well documented. Participating in activities like karate can help you regulate your mood by encouraging your body to produce endorphins, a natural neurotransmitter that is responsible for the “feel-good” sensation sometimes referred to as a runner’s high. You don’t have to run to access this natural resource; any form of exercise can boost your body’s production. Studying karate, hapkido or other martial arts will bring you great benefits, while also teaching you practical techniques for self-defense.

Engaging in regular exercise, such as practicing martial arts and Kickboxing, can aid you in ridding yourself of tension and throwing off the physical effects of stress on your body. Exercise will help improve your outlook and focus, while at the same time making you a physically and mentally healthier person. Exercise can help improve how you sleep and give you more confidence as you go about your everyday activities. This can help you stay calm and clear-minded in everything that you do.

In the Duluth, Georgia area, you will find no better environment to exercise and practice karate than Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Academy. No matter your age or current level of fitness, Choe’s Academy can help you to begin your journey towards a healthier, more confident you! 

Programs for adults and children alike in Karate, Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing and other martial arts are ideal for stress reduction, self-defense training, weight loss and general life development. Don’t waste another minute bogged down by stress, let the professional instructors at Choe’s HapKiDo Academy begin to help you today!

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Essence & Spirit of Martial Arts Part 2

The qualities of Yellow Belt, the Germination of Life, will be Part 2 of our exploration of the Essence & Spirit in Martial Arts.  The qualities are  Honor and Family.  In our student handbook we define Honor as "a good name with integrity".  Honor is used a lot in karate and the martial arts.  Honor is often invoked, but not always understood.  When I ask students what honor means, the answer is usually "to respect someone or something".  There is a lot of truth in that answer.  It also makes honor an action, not a noun like in our handbook definition.  Honor is an interesting and powerful word.  It can be a noun or a verb.  You can have honor (noun) and you can honor someone or something.  If we stay with our martial arts definition of honor as a good name with integrity, how can we make that actionable?  From our living example.  If we want to keep that integrity we have to live it, live it consistently over time.  In karate and martial arts we train hard, follow the teachings of our Grandmaster, listen to our Instructors.  We preserve the knowledge, and share it with the best of intentions and sincerity. We keep the respect and discipline that is our art's foundation and exemplify these qualities while passing this knowledge to the next generation.  We behave and treat others as gentlewomen and gentlemen, never allowing one to doubt the sincerity of HapKiDo's philosophical and virtuous foundations.  The Honor of future generations will be the proof of and reward of our Honor today.

The second quality of Yellow Belt is Family.  When asked about family or what family means, the first thought is our immediate blood related family; our parents, our children, our Grandparents, our aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  In karate and martial arts we define Family as "people united by a common goal".  We always refer to the members of our schools and their family members as Our HapKiDo Family.  The students learning ChungMu HapKiDo  with Grandmaster JiMong Choe as our Martial Arts Father are our HapKiDo brothers and sisters.  We are united by the common goal of Martial Arts.  What is the common goal of Martial Arts?  It is very difficult to narrow so broad a field with literally countless benefits.  Is it the ChungMu HapKiDo Purposes of Training?  Self Defense, Health, Completion of Self Culture.  The fellowship a student of The Way experiences in training is unique to martial arts.  Other team sports do not have the same necessity for Respect and Trust. Martial arts practiced without consideration can be dangerous!  You MUST have a profound level of of mutual respect, trust and friendship to practice safely and effectively.  As you progress in martial arts the philosophical foundations and tenets of virtue they were founded on becomes progressively more important and deepens the profundity of the relationships.  The common goal starts to take shape as making the world better by making ourselves better.  The HapKiDo/Karate/Martial Arts Family is so powerful  because it is Truly Good.  This is the kind of Family the world needs.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Turn over a New Leaf for the New Year!

“You are what you eat” is the phrase that we often hear, when referring to our eating habits. What we put in our body, is what we will produce. For example, if you put low grade oil or gasoline in your car, chances are that it won’t last as long, verses if you put high graded oil and gasoline in it. In today’s society, we are always on the move and it seems as though some of us hardly have time for ourselves, and our health. I totally understand how it feels to always be on the go, but at the same time, we must practice healthy habits to keep our body performing strong in our everyday routines. There are small changes that can make a big difference in how our body performs, which includes, eating a lot of green leafy foods and keeping plants in your
Green leafy foods such as spinach, cabbage, collards, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, kale, seaweed and much more, are very beneficial to our bodies. Leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals (biologically active compounds in plants). Green vegetables are rich in calcium, which helps keep our bones and teeth strong. They also contain vitamin E, which has multiple responsibilities such as keeping our skin healthy and protecting it from harmful sun rays. Eating green vegetables plays an essential role in the proper functioning of our bodies. 
Another healthy habit that can improve the body’s performance is as simple as putting plants in your home. There are two amazing plants that I would like to share; the snake plant (also known as mother in laws tongue) and the aloe plant (also known as aloe vera). In the snake plant, the mother in laws tongue improves the air quality in your home by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen mainly at nighttime. This action provides a deeper sleep, which in return provides a good night’s rest. Did you know that once consumed, the aloe vera plant helps detoxify our bodies? Inside the plant contains a gel substance that absorbs the toxins in our body and then exits through the colon. In addition, aloe vera plants are also great for healing wounds on the skin. The aloe plant is an amazing plant that has a ton to offer in the upkeep and the well being of our bodies. 
To get positive results, starts with a positive attitude. The Year of the Horse is here, so get started turning over a new leaf for the New Year! It may be hard, but not impossible! So, remember to eat plenty of green vegetables and add a plant or two in your home. These are a few simple things that can make a big difference in healthy living.

Happy New Year!

Written By: Rahkeen Williams, Kickboxing Instructor