|Also known as||CKD|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
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 United States 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, Puerto Rico with schools in Guaynabo, Las Piedras, Caguas and San Lorenzo.
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.
Principles of Choi Kwang Do
- Unbreakable Spirit
Choi Kwang Do commands
|Swieo||쉬어||At ease, relax|
|To Rah||뒤로 돌아||Turn around (about turn)|
Choi Kwang-Do Grading Information
Choi Kwang-Do White Belt Choi Kwang-Do White Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Yellow Belt Choi Kwang-Do Yellow Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Gold Belt Choi Kwang-Do Gold Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Orange Belt Choi Kwang-Do Orange Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Green Belt Choi Kwang-Do Green Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Blue Belt Choi Kwang-Do Blue Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Purple Belt Choi Kwang-Do Purple Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Red Belt Choi Kwang-Do Red Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Brown Belt Choi Kwang-Do Brown Belt Senior Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt
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