Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi
Founder & President of Choi Kwang Do
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-
Shortly thereafter, Kwang Jo was named a chief instructor for the International Taekwon-
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-
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 center 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.