Martial Arts for Life Banner
 Home  |  About Us  |  What is Choi Kwang Do?  |  FAQ  |  Classes  |  Student Login  |  Contact Us  | Find us on Facebook  |

What is Choi Kwang Do?


ckd logo

Developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987  CKD is a natural easy to learn martial art.

Our founder, Grandmaster Choi, was a Tae Kwon Do Chief Instructor and worked directly under the founder of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi.  Due to the intensity of this martial art he injured his body and required rehabilitation.  Over this time he spent twenty years developing Choi Kwang Do.  Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame in 2006 as one of the most popular martial artists of our time.

Grandmaster Choi explains that Choi Kwang Do, unlike Tae Kwon Do is not designed for competition (tournaments) and does not have the intensity of sports training. For example there are no traditional joint locking out moves in our system.  A good example of this is that we have our hands up in a modern boxing manner and use practical punches and kicks, not just kicks designed to look good for points scoring.

Choi Kwang Do is based on the principles that self defence techniques should – Generate maximum force, be practical and easy to learn, enhance health, develop reflexes and ability to respond to threats, develop mental and physical conditioning. If you come away from a Choi Kwang Do class with injuries, then something has gone wrong.

Choi Kwang Do continues to grow with over 400 schools around the world. 

About Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi - President & Founder of Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts International

Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi

President and Founder of Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International. 

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 Taekwondo) when the military began to use that system for unarmed combat. After completing his military service, Kwang Jo travelled to Seoul to see General Choi, who taught him the art. Shortly thereafter, Kwang Jo was named a chief instructor for the International Taekwondo 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. After visits with many doctors, Kwang Jo decided to try rehabilitating 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.  Since developing Choi Kwang Do, Grandmaster Choi has taught CKD to the American military at Fort Benning in Georgia, the largest infantry training centre in the U.S.; to the U.S. Rangers; to Georgia law enforcement officers; to narcotic agents; and to tens of thousands of dedicated Choi Kwang Do students around the world.  At 70 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. 

You can contact him at: Choi Kwang Do International Headquarters

4327 Wade Green Road
Kennesaw GA, 30144, USA
Tel. (770) 795 0010

GM Choi Kick               GM choi and Maori in Auckland               GM choi ready stance Auckland




Ages 5 through to Adult

School Location

185 Upper Harbour Drive


(Walkway down left side of garage)

North Shore, Auckland, NZ


Phone: 021 263 8097

Postal Address:

Martial Arts for Life Academy Limited
PO Box 153
Auckland 0756

Find us on Facebook


                                                                    Copyright ©       

 Web design by Phill
Privacy Policy