What is Choi Kwang Do

Choi Kwang Do is founded in the basic priciples of non-violent self-defense, health, character development and humanity.

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. 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).

Choi Kwang Do is not designed for competition and does not follow the intensity of sports training. The system is meant for all individuals who want to learn real-life, practical self-defense skills and achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not people solely interested in winning trophies. Because it's a non-contact, 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. 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.


Choi Kwang Do is a unique martial art based on scientific principles and developed to promote optimum health, fitness and self-defense, not winners in sports competitions.

Since developing Choi Kwang Do, Grandmaster Choi has taught CKD to the American military at Fort Benning, Georgia, the largest infantry training center in the U.S.; the U.S. Rangers; Georgia state law enforcement officers; US narcotic agents; and to tens of thousands of dedicated Choi Kwang Do students around the world.

Our training is based on individual needs, capabilities, skill levels 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 minimizing 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 maladies such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. Everyone is welcome at Choi Kwang Do.

HUMILITY - INTEGRITY - GENTLENESS - PERSEVERANCE - SELF-CONTROL - UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT