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About Choi Kwang Do

Korean martial arts are military practices and methods which have their place in the history of Korea but have been adapted for use by both military and non-military personnel as a method of personal growth or recreation.

 Choi Kwang Do is a martial art developed by Kwang Jo Choi. The style relies more on flexibility and fluidity of movement as opposed to the more rigid lines of some other martial arts. To achieve this it employs yoga-based stretching to develop the flexibility of practitioners.


Choi Kwang Do was founded by Kwang Jo Choi on March 2, 1987. Kwang Jo Choi was born in South Korea before emigrating to Canada in the early 1970s. Choi was a successful ITF Tae Kwon Do practitioner and trainer (serving as a chief instructor) before establishing his own style.

While teaching and demonstrating ITF Tae Kwon Do in South East Asia, Kwang Jo Choi became injured through his training and demonstrations to the point where he was unable to continue with the discipline. So he left Malaysia (where he was demonstrating at the time) for North America, in the hope of finding orthopedic surgeons who would be able to help with his injuries. Determining that the injuries were caused by the way he was performing martial arts, Choi undertook rehabilitative exercises, attended various seminars and studied techniques for rehabilitation. Choi incorporated these techniques into his own fighting style, and from that he developed Choi Kwang Do.

Today, Choi Kwang-Do is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia by one organization and Temperance, Michigan by another organization. It is taught in numerous countries including the United Kingdom with schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

Style and Training

Choi Kwang Do emphasizes the use of biomechanics, and to employ a number of modern disciplines, such as kinesiology and psychology, in its design. The result is a tendency towards the use of natural bilateral movement and fluid sequential motion to develop optimum force on impact to place less pressure on the joints. The style also incorporates breathing and stretching exercises from yoga.

Choi Kwang Do is not designed for competition, but for a natural and effective response to everyday stimuli and training is a mix of contact drills using pads and shields, non-contact drills and "in-fighting" close-quarter drills.


Notable practitioners of the Choi Kwang Do style include:

  • Kwang Jo Choi (founder) - inducted into the Taekwondo Times Magazine Hall of Fame, 2006.
  • Lynne Russell - Deputy Sheriff, Private Investigator and author of How to Win Friends, Kick Ass and Influence People.
  • Silvio Simac - Actor, Famous martial artist, 1999 ITF (non-olympic) Taekwondo world champion. He holds 4th Dan Black Belt in ITF Taekwondo, 5th Dan in Choi Kwang Do, 3rd Dan in Kickboxing, and 1st Dan Black Belt in Combat Self-Defence. He starred alongside Jet Li (Wushu practitioner) in Unleashed and other feature movies.

Principles of Choi Kwang do

  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Gentleness
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Unbreakable Spirit

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Choi Kwang Do", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.






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