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.
Due to the lockout movements of his traditional martial arts training, however, Kwang Jo injured his body which forced him to move to North America for medical treatment in 1970.
Restoring the body's Health
After visits with many doctors, Kwang Jo decided to rehabilitate his body without surgery. He also studied physical therapy techniques and slowly began to recuperate and heal his condition. It was during this process that Kwang Jo started realizing that the harsher, lockout movements used in conventional martial arts had caused his injuries. As a result, he began to study anatomy, physiology and human-movement sciences. From 1978 to 1987, as Kwang Jo completely restored his body and health, he incorporated everything he had learned into a new martial arts system called Choi Kwang Do, which translates as “the art (or method) of Kwang Choi.” It is now one of the fastest growing martial arts/health and fitness programs in the world. At 67 years of age, Grandmaster Choi is a living testimony to his art. He punches and kicks with incredible agility, speed and power; he is in outstanding health; and he still teaches regularly.
GRAND MASTER CHOI DEMONSTRATING HIS FLEXIBILITY AT 67 YEARS OF AGE
Choi Kwang Do is a unique martial art based on modern scientific principles from human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurophysiology and biomechanics. Choi Kwang-Do's system is founded on the principles that its self defence techniques should generate maximum force, be practical & easy to learn, enhance the students health as they practice, as well as develop mental and physical conditioning.
Choi Kwang Do was developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987 and has proved to be the most effective martial arts system in the world. Choi Kwang-Do's natural 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.
Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi: President and Founder of
Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International
At Choi Kwang Do, individuals can train at any age and enjoy the benefits of fitness & longevity. Levels of intensity & frequency and duration are all systematically developed for wellness. The brain needs constant stimulation to remain in optimum health and to minimise degeneration.
As people grow as martial artists and develop their skills and techniques, they also grow phically and mentally. So the value and power of this art are not only the techniques, but also in the development of personal, social and charater skills.