Our Team

CHANGING LIVES ONE CLASS AT A TIME


MEET THE CHOE’S HAPKIDO CUMMING TEAM!


Choe’s HapKiDo Cumming has been a part of Forsyth County since 2010!


  • Instructor RJ LoPresti at Choe's HapKiDo Cumming
  • Instructor Zach Vaughn at Choe's HapKiDo Cumming
  • Instructor Kelsey Gafford at Choe's HapKiDo Cumming
  • Choe's HapKiDo Cumming's Kick-a-thon Fundraiser
  • Grandmaster JiMong Choe with Choe's HapKiDo Cumming Student
  • Master Maurice Murphy, Choe's HapKiDo Georgia
  • Instructor Kelsey Gafford With Star Student of the Week!
  • Instructor RJ LoPresti, Cumming GA Martial Arts
  • Instructor Zach Vaughn, Cumming GA Martial Arts
  • Awesome Cumming Martial Arts Students
  • Instructor Zach Vaughn, Choe's HapKiDo Cumming Martial Arts
  • Great Friends at Martial Arts Cumming, GA
  • Advanced Flying Kick, Choe's HapKiDo Cumming
  • Meditation at Choe's HapKiDo Cumming, Georgia
  • Choe's HapKiDo Cumming
  • Instructor Kelsey Gafford, Choe's HapKiDo Cumming

INSTRUCTOR RJ LOPRESTI

Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

INSTRUCTOR RJ LOPRESTI


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Hello! My name is RJ LoPresti, and I am one of the owners and head instructors of the Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts Cumming, Georgia location.

I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 6 years old, and being a Choe’s HapKiDo Instructor has always been more than just a hobby for me — it’s my life! From when I was a child just starting out on my HapKiDo journey, I knew there was so much more to Martial Arts than just punching and kicking. I loved the Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles growing up, they were a big influence in me starting martial arts, and watching those shows as a kid I enjoyed the morals and lessons in every episode. That is why being a Martial Arts Instructor at Choe’s HapKiDo just made sense to me. Our motto at Choe’s HapKiDo is “Changing the world, one Black Belt at a time,” and I feel that with each class, I am able to improve the world by teaching HapKiDo.

My favorite part of HapKiDo is definitely the people. I love getting to meet the wide range of people that walk through our doors. From kids to adults, people who are in shape to people who haven’t worked out in ages. Making a difference in the community in a way that is accessible to everyone is such an amazing thing to me! I am very grateful to Grandmaster Choe, Master Murphy and all the other amazing teachers and instructors I have had. They helped me take an activity that I loved and enjoyed and made it possible for me to share it with the world! My passion is making a difference, and HapKiDo allows me to work with anyone who is willing to improve their lives. It is very special and I am honored to be a part of the HapKiDo Family!

INSTRUCTOR ZACH VAUGHN

Martial Arts Cumming Georgia

INSTRUCTOR ZACH VAUGHN


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My name is Zach Doe Young Vaughn, and I’ve been a part of Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts in Cumming, Georgia since 2015. It’s safe to say that one of my favorite times was earning my black belt. It was a lifelong dream of mine, and it was well worth the venture. Now as an instructor, I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals.

A little bit more about me: One of my heroes growing up—and still is!—Bruce Lee. He inspired me to be brave, strong, and to always have an open mind. 

It wasn’t until I came across Choe’s HapKiDo that I decided to dive into this long-time passion of martial arts. After a couple years of hard work and dedication, I achieved my childhood dream of earning my Black Belt, and I strive to bring that same passion out of any student who is willing to learn. Being a martial arts instructor is unfathomably rewarding. It has given me the opportunity to be that same hero to my students and to help others become bigger than their fears.  

I look forward to one day meeting with you. I hope for the opportunity to help you unlock your true potential and to live the life you desire to live.

Other Hobbies Include: Hip Hop, Dance, Anime, and Philosophy.

INSTRUCTOR KELSEY GAFFORD

Martial Arts Cumming Ga

INSTRUCTOR KELSEY GAFFORD


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Hello! My name is Kelsey Gafford, and I am one of the head instructors of Choe’s HapKiDo Martial Arts in Cumming, Georgia! I have had the privilege of teaching classes and changing lives here since 2015!

Martial arts impacts a community like nothing else. While it is an extra curricular activity that allows people to train and get fit, it also allows you to dive into yourself and come face-to-face with who you are, and allows you the tools and opportunity to become the best you can be. It’s so much more than just kicking and punching. Choe’s HapKiDo has given me that opportunity, to learn and grow and strive to be my best, and I love that I get to share that. I love that I get the opportunity to impact the lives of so many students, be that through teaching respect, discipline, and focus, or by helping them build the confidence and determination to handle anything that may come their way in life. I’ve seen so many students transform and flourish through this program— students that improve their focus and suddenly are succeeding at work and school; students that practice patience and respect, and are then able to overcome anger issues or salvage a relationship considered lost; students that transform from paralyzingly shy to confident leaders ready to take on the world. Helping a student learn to overcome challenges and succeed— to me, that’s what it’s all about.  

Although I took martial arts as a child, it was not until I found Choe’s HapKiDo that it became a passion. Not only have I gotten to take part in teaching others, but I have gotten the opportunity to learn from an amazing group of teachers that have truly made a difference in my life. In every class, I strive to pass on to my students the teaching and guidance that I know has impacted my life.