Martial Arts Organization Celebrates the American Dream: 45th Anniversary Teaching in the U.S.

February 13th, 2023

Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts celebrates its 45th Anniversary of teaching a traditional martial art called HapKiDo in America. Since the opening of the first school in 1978, founder Grandmaster JiMong Choe has opened several schools across the nation to share the impact of Choe’s HapKiDo to as many lives as possible. 

Born in South Korea, Grandmaster Choe’s father taught him special family techniques passed down in his family from first son to first son for nearly 2,000 years. It is this unique style of HapKiDo, called Chung Mu HapKiDo, that Grandmaster Choe has focused on sharing in the United States.  One of the biggest goals Grandmaster Choe has aimed to accomplish over the past 45 years was to share the beautiful culture and traditions of South Korea to the American people through teaching HapKiDo.  HapKiDo instructors have done this now for decades by instilling in all the students the three Purposes of HapKiDo training, which are Self Defense, Health and Completion of Self Culture.

Since the first location opened in 1978, Choe’s HapKiDo schools have helped to cultivate nearly 2,000 Black Belts who are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, mothers and fathers.  A Chung Mu HapKiDo Black Belt takes all the skills and character development they learned in their training and apply that to all aspects of their lives.  Some have continued training over the years, while others may have moved away, but they all are making the world a better place using what Grandmaster Choe decided to share with us 45 years ago.

Over the years, Choe’s HapKiDo has opened schools in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, New York, and Georgia. The first location here in Georgia opened in Duluth in 2004, and there are now four locations with plans to expand in the future.  Currently the Georgia locations are in the following cities: Cumming, Duluth, Flowery Branch, and Grayson.

To honor Grandmaster Choe’s 45th anniversary in teaching martial arts in America, Choe’s HapKiDo Georgia schools will have a huge Black Belt Promotion in March. In addition, they are hosting the 5th annual Kick-A-Thon fundraiser in April! Finally, Choe’s HapKiDo offers a special HapKiDo Membership for any new student: the first month of training for just $45 with a free uniform!