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What is Choi Kwang-Do?

Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi

Choi Kwang-Do is a unique martial art based on scientific principles and developed to promote optimum health and fitness, provide a practical form self-defence, and to encourage personal development.Choi Kwang-Do was developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987 and has proven to be the most effective martial arts system in the world. Choi Kwang-Do’s natural, easy-to-learn, sequential movements maximize your body’s force-producing capabilities, but more importantly, they increase opportunities to enhance your health. The techniques and concepts of this art can be considered very non-traditional. It’s a unique program based on modern scientific principles from human anatomy, physiology (the branch of biological sciences dealing with the functioning of

organisms), psychology (the science of mental life), kinesiology (the branch of physiology that studies mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement), neurophysiology (the branch of neuroscience that studies the physiology of the nervous system) and biomechanics (human movement science), as opposed to conventional martial arts methodology, which is more often based on mysticism, impractical traditional techniques, or sports competition.

Choi Kwang-Do is not designed for competition and does not follow the intensity of sports training. The system has been designed for all individuals who want to learn real-life, practical self defence skills and achieve a greater level of health and well-being. Because it’s a non-fighting, non-competitive art that stresses mental, physical, emotional and social development, Choi Kwang-Do promotes non-violent resolutions to conflict, practical solutions to cardiovascular improvement, and enjoyable methods of exercise. In addition, with competition removed, students can continually develop – not against each other, but with each other.

Protect yourself and those around you...

Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi

It's a sad fact that there is a great need for people of all ages to learn self defence skills in the modern world. Even if you have never been a direct victim of violence, its constant presence can cause you worry and stress which can undermine your health and lessen your enjoyment of life. Students of Choi Kwang-Do learn how to take care of themselves, wherever possible without violence, which leads to more effective self defence and greater peace of mind.

Choi Kwang-Do's system is based on the principles that its self defence techniques should:

  • Generate maximum force

  • Be practical and easy to learn

  • Enhance the individual's health as they practise

  • Develop reflexes and the ability to respond against threats

  • Develop mental as well as physical conditioning


Each student's personal development is monitored in Choi Kwang-Do and can be adapted to individual physical condition, ability and skill level and age. Our student's range in years from 3 to 90, and some of our instructors are over 70.

Since our primary goals are to prevent or reduce illness and disease and to promote optimum health and longevity by minimising degeneration of body and mind, we also welcome those with limitations, such as individuals who use wheelchairs, who are amputees, who are blind, and who have conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. Everyone is welcome at Choi Kwang-Do.


With a progressive system from White belt to the highest level of 9th Degree Black belt, Choi Kwang-Do always offers you something new and challenging to learn, experience and enjoy.

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