What is Choi Kwang Do

Choi Kwang Do is a dynamic, innovative approach to martial arts training that has been developed to focus on the areas of optimum health, self defence and personal development.

Based on traditional martial arts philosophy that emphasises the ideal of personal and social development rather than sports competition; Choi Kwang Do classes provide a safe and non-competitive environment for students that helps them to grow not only physically, but mentally too.

The development of good manners, courtesy, self-discipline, self-confidence, and good social adjustment can be considered primary objectives of this art, along with the development of practical self-defence skills.

Founded by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi in 1987, Choi Kwang Do is the culmination of Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi's 50 years of martial arts experience and studies. The techniques and concepts of this art are considered very non-traditional with studies in the areas of psychology, kinesiology, and biomechanics used to form the basis for all Choi Kwang Do techniques.

As an art, Choi Kwang Do continues to evolve. As new information on health, fitness and improved training methods are discovered and developed they may be formally integrated to the Choi Kwang Do training system.

Further information about Choi Kwang Do is available on our international website 

Grandmaster Choi

Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi is a 9th Degree Black Belt and the founder of Choi Kwang Do.

At the age of 12 Grandmaster Choi studied his first martial art called 'Kwon Bup', under Grandmaster Dong Ju Li. Having attained the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt he enlisted into the Republic Of Korea Army where he was appointed to teach Kwon Bup.

Whilst in the army Grandmaster Choi met with General Choi Hong Hi (the founder of Tae Kwon-Do) and demonstrated his Kwon Bup for him. After rectification in his art he was appointed Chief Instructor for the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation and was soon teaching Tae Kwon-Do to the army.

Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi was an internationally renowned master of Tae Kwon-Do under its founder General Choi Hong Hi. However at the age of 30, he was forced to retire due to debilitating injuries caused by the lock-out movements he practiced. During his recovery, he set out to develop a new system of martial art that was less stressful to the body.

Through his research and the help of medical experts, he discovered new techniques that were by far safer and more effective than anything else known at the time. In essence, he maximized the benefits of martial arts whilst reducing the risk of injury.

Choi Kwang Do, as an entirely new martial arts system, was officially introduced to the world from Atlanta on March 2, 1987.