Choi Kwang Do
Also known asCKD
Country of originUnited States[citation needed]
Official website

Choi Kwang Do is a martial art developed by Choi Kwang-jo. 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.[1]


Choi Kwang Do was founded by Choi Kwang-jo on March 2, 1987. Choi Kwang-jo was born in South Korea before emigrating to United States in the early 1970s.[2] Choi was a successful ITF Tae Kwon Do practitioner and trainer (serving as a chief instructor) before establishing his own style.[3]

While teaching and demonstrating ITF Tae Kwon Do in South East Asia, Choi Kwang-jo became injured through his training and demonstrations to the point where he was unable to continue with the discipline.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5]

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.[3]

Style and training

Choi Kwang Do emphasizes the use of biomechanics,[5] and to employ a number of modern disciplines, such as kinesiology and psychology, in its design.[3] 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.[6] The style also incorporates breathing and stretching exercises from yoga.[7]

Choi Kwang Do is not designed for competition,[7] 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.[8]


Notable practitioners of the Choi Kwang Do style include:





Word ! Hangeul ! Meaning Pronunciation
Charyeot 차렷 Attention Char-deot
Gyongnye 경례 Bow Geeong-neeh
Baro 바로 Stop (Return) Ba-ro
Swieo 쉬어 At ease, relax Swyee-oh
Kihap 기합 Spirit Yell Kee-hap
Chumbi 준비 The act of getting a Readied Stance Chum-beeh
Sijah 시작 Begin See-jah
Kallyeo 갈려 Break (separate) Kal-yeeoh
Kaysok 계속 Continue Kaee-sohk
Kuman 그만 Finish (stop) Kuh-man
To Rah 뒤로 돌아 Turn around (about turn) Toh-rah
Haesan 해산 Dismiss Hey-san

Grading Information

Choi Kwang-Do
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 - (1st Dan - Il Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Yellow Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Gold Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Orange Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Green Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Blue Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Purple Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Red Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Il Dan - Brown Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (2nd Dan - EE Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do EE Dan - Gold Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do EE Dan - Green Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do EE Dan - Blue Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do EE Dan - Red Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do EE Dan - Brown Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (3rd Dan - Sam Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Sam Dan - Gold Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Sam Dan - Blue Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Sam Dan - Brown Stripe
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (4th Dan - Sa Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (5th Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (6th Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (7th Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (8th Dan)
Choi Kwang-Do Black Belt - (9th Dan)


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  4. ^ Maiolo, Dominic (March 1996). "Choi Kwang-Do - Evolution of the Revolution". Australasian Tae Kwon Do.
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