Thursday, August 28, 2014

10 Reasons Why People Love Kickboxing with Us!



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At I Love Kickboxing Loganville, 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


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Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I Took My First Legit Karate Test...and PASSED.



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

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I couldn’t believe where I was Saturday night. As I sat down to join strangers and peers of Choe’s HapKiDo for a celebration dinner, the accomplishment of passing my yellow belt test that morning had finally sunk in. A test that I had been anticipating and obsessing over since having spectated July’s belt test…was strangely over. Somehow, the calm feeling that came over me the second I entered Grayson’s HapKiDo studio finally wore off by dinner time. A couple chairs down from me at the celebratory table, InstructorGasstrom explained the feeling was the result of positive inner energy and strong focus, a karate concept that is also identified as ‘Ki’. He also explained how the energy could have easily turned negative.



There were good reasons to be nervous:
  • The test required students to demonstrate in front of a panel of judges – all whom are the head instructors of different Choe’s HapKiDo studios.
  • Not knowing how the judges were going to run the test.
  • If you were a white belt (first belt rank in HapKiDo), this test initiated the first of many to be demonstrated in a public and collaborative setting. This reason applied to me and ten other students.
  • Feeling not so confident with certain moves.
  • Any miscellaneous reason or reasons that could affect a student's performance. For some it was emotions; for me, I was testing with a elbow/wrist injury.

I am beyond glad that none of these factors affected my mind negatively.

My surprise of the day: One of the students who I competed against in a board breaking competition this past summer – we became pals during the test. There is definitely some comfort in seeing someone experiencing the same things as you. At Choe's HapKiDo summer tournament, neither of us had a belt or the required uniform federation patches. And now we had the opportunity to test for our yellow belts…AND PASSED!

But my favorite part of the test, aside from passing, was getting to watch peers from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville test and pass too. These are students who I have had the pleasure of working with and hope to continue as long as possible. Watching them gives a younger belt a sneak peek of what to expect next. From what I saw, sparring is definitely something I am going to work hard at in order to not fear it so much…..Hopefully all works out! 

WAY TO GO EVERYBODY!!!
For more information on Choe's HapKiDo Karate and Kickboxing, visit http://www.loganvillekarate.com/index.php and http://www.ilovekickboxing.com/.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keep and Carry On Through the HapKiDo Way



Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe's HapKiDo in Loganville

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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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