Frequently asked questions
Q: What style of martial art will I learn?
A: You will learn Choi Kwang-Do (CKD), a revolutionary martial art and exercise programme developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi 9th Degree Black Belt. For nearly 5 decades, Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi has been studying and teaching martial arts and developed CKD between 1978 and 1987. The martial art is founded on the principle that self defence techniques should generate maximum force, be practical and easy to learn, enhance your health as you practise, as well as develop physical and mental conditioning. For more information on CKD and Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi please visit our international website www.ChoiKwangDo.com.
Q: Why have the techniques been 'scientifically designed' and what exactly do you mean?
A: When developing CKD, Grandmaster Choi worked alongside experts in the fields of human anatomy, physiology, psychology, kinesiology, neurophysiology and biomechanics. These are sciences that understand various parts of the human body, how they work and how they relate to one another. Grandmaster Choi then devised the martial art techniques and drills based upon his findings from these sciences. The unique method of blocking, punching, striking and kicking in CKD are easy to learn and enable practitioners to generate tremendous power for self defence, while reducing the risk of stressful hyper-extension injury to their joints. Regular practise of the CKD techniques and drills exercises the whole body and will improve your strength, flexibility, co-ordination and agility without having to supplement your training at the gym unless desired. This is why CKD is called
The Future Martial Art.
Q: What kind of experience is required?
A: All students take an Introductory Lesson specifically designed in introduce new students to the unique concepts in CKD. You will be taught by Mr Anthony Wendt, an experienced CKD 5th Degree Black Belt Master Instructor who will modify your lesson based upon your personal needs and experience, whether you are a complete beginner or already have experience in the martial arts.
Q: I'm worried about getting injured. Is CKD safe?
A: Yes! CKD is one of the safest martial arts you will find because it is non-contact and non-competitive. Experience shows that most students rarely get injured during class. Despite our low injury rate, student safety is still very important and certain drills require students to wear mandatory protective equipment. You will also be instructed in the correct way to train with a partner and how to use equipment safely.
Q: Is CKD suitable for women and children?
A: Yes! CKD is based mainly on the development of powerful striking skills. This is because an attacker may be larger than you meaning your ability to wrestle with them may be limited to strength alone. In terms of self defence, awareness and avoidance are paramount. However, if you have to use your defensive skills, the powerful striking techniques will enable you stun or stop an attacker, even as a smaller person. This makes CKD particularly suitable for women and children.
Q: What if I have NOT taken part in physical activity for some time?
A: Part of the philosophy of CKD is that martial art training should promote optimum health and well-being leading to a happier, healthier and more productive life. You do not need to be fit before starting CKD. However, you will become fitter as a natural result of CKD training! All students are encouraged to work at their own preferred pace and intensity in class.
Q: How much do CKD lessons cost?
A: Membership fees for CKD are paid monthly in advance and equate to around £7.50 - £9.50 per class dependant upon various factors including the number of classes taken per week. Special offers are also available for annual advance payments and family groups. Full details of membership fees and how to enrol will be provided after your Introductory Lesson.
Q: What do I need to do if I want to know more?
A: Our classes are for children and adults in Richmond and the surroundings areas. If you would like to find out more, follow the link below to make an email enquiry.