Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Duluth Karate Birthday Parties!

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The latest phenomenon at Choe’s HapKiDo in DuluthKids 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 Duluth 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- Duluth 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 Duluth, 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 Duluth, visit:

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]

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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