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Kwang Jo Choi was born on March 2, 1942, in Daegu 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 physically weak, and he wanted his son to be able to protect himself in the war-torn streets. Kwang Jo's first official martial arts Young Kwang Jo Choiinstructors were Grandmaster Dong Ju Lee and Grandmaster Jung D Cho. They trained him in Kwon Bup, a form of Korean karate.
During his national military service, Kwang Jo became a chief instructor in the 20th infantry division and came into contact with General Choi (the founder of Taekwon-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 Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and 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.
Due to the lockout movements of his traditional martial arts 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 own body without surgery. He also studied physical therapy techniques and slowly began to recuperate and heal his condition. It was during this process that Kwang Jo started realizing 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, he incorporated everything he had learned into a new martial arts system called Choi Kwang Do...more
Choi Kwang Do is founded in nonviolent self-defense, health, character development and humanity. We want to help each other and anyone else who needs our assistance. Students recite our doctrines and a pledge at the beginning of every class, and living by the Choi Kwang Do principles at all times is considered to be of utmost importance.
Our school motto, Pil Sung, translates as "certain victory," but not in an aggressive manner, and not always in respect to outside forces. It means we never give in unless it's the right thing to do, we never give up until we achieve victory, and we never allow our spirit to break. The Pil Sung attitude allows us to overcome any obstacle to achieve our goals...more
Choi Kwang Do literally means the Art or Method of Kwang Jo Choi; the Founder of Choi Kwang Do. It is the most scientifically advanced form of martial art training in the world today and it develops the practitioner in three key areas: Optimum Health, Self Defence and Personal Success.
Choi Kwang Do is based on modern day sciences and principles found in human anatomy, psychology (the branch of biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms), biomechanics (the study of human movement science), kinesiology (the branch of physiology that studies mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement) and neurophysiology (the branch of neuroscience that studies the physiology of the nervous system). Many of these sciences were not available or even considered when some of the older forms of martial art training styles were being developed.
The deep rooted scientific principles and the natural movements found in Choi Kwang Do enables the practitioner to generate a devastating amount of power in each kick, punch or strike irrespective of age, gender or size thus making Choi Kwang Do a highly effective and safe form of self-defence...more
Choi Kwang Do is a holistic health system. Every student within Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International is focused on living a more productive, healthier and longer life. Because of that, we tailor an individual's training to meet their own personal needs and promote better health in their life. Sports training has little to do with health— the goal is winning. Competitions overstress the body with high-intensity workouts that overtax the immune system and cause injuries. Statistics show more than 10,000,000 sports injuries are treated each year in the United States.
At Choi Kwang Do, individuals may train at any age and enjoy the benefits of fitness and longevity. Levels of intensity, frequency and duration are all systematically developed for wellness. We encourage all our students to exercise regularly and to live a wholesome lifestyle...more
Students often ask, "Why do we have to sit silently? and what is the benefit in doing so?"...more