Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi is a 9th Degree Black Belt and founder of Choi Kwang-Do
In 1954, at the age of 12, Grandmaster Choi studied his first martial art called Kwon Bup, (a form of Korean Karate) under Grandmaster Dong Ju Li. Having attained the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt in Kwon Bup and during his second year at college, he enlisted into the Republic Of Korea Army where he was specifically appointed to teach Kwon Bup.
Whilst in the army, another martial art known as Tae Kwon-Do was becoming popular. Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi met with General Choi Hong Hi (the founder of Tae Kwon-Do) and demonstrated his Kwon Bup for him. After rectification he was appointed Chief Instructor for the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation (ITF) and was soon teaching Tae Kwon-Do to the army. In 1967, the ITF sanctioned him as one of six instructors to demonstrate and promote Tae Kwon-Do throughout Southeast Asia.
Grandmaster Choi moved to America to seek medical help. During his recovery he set out to develop a new system of martial art that was less stressful to the body. Through his research and the help of medical experts, he discovered and devised new techniques that were far safer and more effective than anything else known at the time. In essence, he maximised the benefits of martial arts training whilst reducing the risk of injury.
Choi Kwang-Do, an entirely new martial arts system, was officially introduced to the world from Atlanta on March 2, 1987. At 73 years of age, Grandmaster Choi is a living testimony to his art; punching and kicking with incredible agility, speed and power and has remarkable flexibility. He continues to travel the world, teaching training and promoting the martial art.
However at the age of 30, he was forced to retire due to debilitating injuries caused by the lock-out movements (called hyper-extension) of traditional martial arts.