History of Choi Kwang Do

Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International is a worldwide organization of affiliated Choi Kwang Do schools. The name Choi Kwang Do is derived from the name of Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi. "Choi Kwan" and the word "Do" means "The Way". Therefore, Choi Kwang Do is the art or the way of Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi.

Kwang Jo Choi was born on March 2nd 1942 in Tae Gu City, Korea which was under Japanese control at the time. He started training in Martial Arts at the age of 12 because his father was concerned that Kwang Jo was small and hysically weak, and he wanted his son to be able to protect himself in the war-torn streets. Kwang Jo's first official Martial Art instructors were Grand Master Dong Ju Lee and Grand Master Jung D Cho. They trained him in Kwon Bup, a form of Korean karate.

During his later military service, Kwang Jo became a chief instructor in the 20th infantry division and came into contact with General Choi (the founder of Tae Kwon Do) when the military began to use that system for unarmed combat.

After completing his military service, Kwang Jo traveled to Seoul to see General Choi, who taught him the art. Shortly thereafter, Kwang Jo was named a chief instructor for the international Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) and taught self defence 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 the six instructors to demonstrate and promote Tae Kwon Do throughout Southeast Asia.

Due to the lockout movements of his traditional Martial Art training, however, Kwang Jo injured his body, which forced him to move to North America for medical treatment in 1970. After visits with many doctors, Kwang Jo decided to try rehabilitating his body without surgery. He also studied physical therapy techniques and slowly began to recuperate and heal his condition. It was durint htis process that Kwang Jo started realising that the harsher, lockout movements used in conventional Martial Arts had caused his injuries. As a result, he began to study anatomy, physiology and human movement sciences.

From 1978 to 1987, as Kwang Jo completely restored his body and health, he incorporated everything he had learned into a new Martial Art system called Choi Kwang Do and it is now one of the fastest growing Martial art/health and fitness programs in the world.

Grand Master Choi's thorough study of biomechanics along with proper sequential movement, and exercise physiology has led him to put together a very powerful martial art generating maximum power in its punches and kicks through proper technique without damaging the joints. But it does not stop here. The total program in its belt structure and classes provides a road map that enhances ones health and longevity. This road map fits both young and old a like. This total program is what makes this art the essence of power, health and longevity.

Since developing Choi Kwang Do, GrandMaster Choi has taught CKD to the American military at Fort Benning in Georgia, the largest infantry training centre in the U.S.; to the U.S. Rangers; to Georgia law enforcement officers; to narcotic agents and to tens of thousands of dedicated Choi Kwang Do students around the world.

At 73 years of age, Grandmaster Choi is a living testimony to his art. He punches and kicks with incredible agility, speed and power, he is in outstanding health; and he still teaches reguarly.