What is Choi Kwang Do?
A unique, modern martial art based on scientific principles, Choi Kwang Do was developed for health and fitness as well as its easy-to-learn self-defence system.
This system is based on practical self defence techniques which are designed to produce great power as well as enhancing the student’s health and psychological well being as they practice the art.
Choi Kwang Do is practiced by people of all ages and abilities making it a real family martial art offering a non-contact style, in a non-competitive environment.
Choi Kwang Do uses natural, easy to learn moves which make the most of the body's power- generating abilities as well as increasing the chances of improving your overall health. It's a distinctive system based on a number of principles taken from scientific areas including biomechanics, human anatomy, kinesiology and psycho neurology.
As a non-fighting art which focuses heavily on physical, emotional and social development, Choi Kwang Do promotes peaceful resolutions to conflict, practical methods to improve to fitness levels and enjoyable ways to exercise.
With no competition involved students can continually develop together.
Main principles of Choi Kwang Do:-
Humility, Integrity, Gentleness, Perseverance, Self-Control and Unbreakable Spirit.
Where did Choi Kwang Do originate from?
Choi Kwang Do was developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987 at a time when he was allowing his body to heal from the rigours of training.
Kwang Jo integrated all his experience and learning into a new martial arts system - Choi Kwang Do, which translates as 'the art or way’ of Kwang Choi. It is now one of the fastest growing martial arts/health and fitness programmes in the world.
Kwang Jo Choi was born in 1942 in Tae Gu City, Korea, which was under Japanese rule at the time.
He began his martial arts training aged 12 due to his father’s concerns over Kwang Jo’s small size, weak appearance and ability to protect himself. Grandmaster Dong Ju Lee and Grandmaster Jung D Cho trained him in Kwon Bup, a form of Korean karate.
Years later after completing his military service, Kwang Jo travelled to Seoul to see General Choi (the founder of Taekwon-do), who taught him the art.
Kwang Jo was named a chief instructor for the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) soon after and he taught martial arts instructors from all over Korea and overseas. At the same time, Kwang Jo served as an instructor for the national police department, and taught many military instructors and members of the armed forces. In 1967, the ITF sanctioned him as one of six instructors to demonstrate and promote Taekwon-Do throughout Southeast Asia.
Unfortunately, as a consequence of the continual lockout movements of his traditional martial arts training, Kwang Jo’s injuries took hold forcing him to move to the U.S. to seek medical attention in 1970. However, after numerous doctor consultations, Kwang Jo decided to rehabilitate without undergoing surgery.
Kwang Jo also studied physical therapy techniques and he slowly started to heal.
During this period of recuperation he discovered that the harsher, lockout movements used in conventional martial arts had led to his injuries. So he began to study anatomy, physiology and human-movement sciences.
At over 70 years of age, Grandmaster Choi is testament to his art - he is in great health and still teaches regularly, performing with great speed and agility.