About Choi Kwang Do


Choi Kwang Do is a unique martial art based on modern scientific principles of human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurophysiology, and biomechanics.

Choi Kwang-Do’s system is founded on principles that its self-defence techniques should generate maximum force, be practical & easy to learn, enhance the health of students as they practice, as well as developmental and physical conditioning.

Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi: President and Founder

Kwang Jo Choi was born on March 2, 1942, in Tae Gu City, Korea, which was under Japanese control at the time. He started training in the martial arts at the age of 12 because his father was concerned as 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 instructors were Grandmaster Dong Ju Lee and Grandmaster Jung D Cho. They trained him in Kwon Bup, a form of Korean karate.

During his 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.

Choi Kwang Do was developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987 and has proved to be the world’s most effective martial arts system. Choi Kwang-Do’s naturally easy to learn, sequential movements maximise your body’s force producing capabilities, but more importantly, they increase opportunities to enhance your health and well-being.