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Choi Kwang Do (CKD) is a modern, scientific Martial Art. CKD’s natural, sequential movements maximise your body’s force producing capabilities, but more importantly, they increase opportunities to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Choi Kwang-Do is a unique Martial Art based on modern scientific principles and has been developed to promote optimum health, fitness and self-defence. CKD’s system is founded on the principles that its self-defence techniques should generate maximum force, be practical, enhance the student’s health as they practice, as well as developing mental and physical conditioning.

As a Martial Art, Choi Kwang Do is meant for all, both adults and children alike, who want to learn real-life, practical self-defence skills whilst achieving a greater level of health and well-being. As Choi Kwang Do is a non-contact, non-fighting and non-competitive martial art, in teaching it we aim to improve and enhance the practitioners’ mental, physical, emotional and social development. With Guiding principles and pledges to help focus students, Choi Kwang Do promotes non-violent resolutions to conflict where possible, practical solutions to cardiovascular improvement and enjoyable methods of exercise. With a progressive system from White Belt to the highest level of 9th Degree Black Belt, Choi Kwang Do always offers something new and challenging to learn, experience and enjoy.

A great deal of time, and scientific knowledge has been applied to the development of Choi Kwang Do by Grand Master Choi. More can be read here about his life and history. You can also visit Headquarters website here.

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Choi Kwang Do Belt System
& Gradings

The Korean Martial Art Choi Kwang Do uses a belt system to denote your rank (progression). This method of Grading is often used in many other Martial Arts and is based on the obi which was first introduced by Kano Jigoro, the founder of Judo and has been widely adopted by most martial arts.

As a Choi Kwang Do student progresses through the curriculum the process of grading occurs to test the student’s skills alongside their discipline, leadership skills and humility. The rank (belt) achieved should always be looked upon as an honour; it is not a ‘status symbol’ and should in no way be treated this way.

The belt system works through the colours starting with white belt, then white belt senior (denoted by the black stripe), then yellow belt and so on all the way to black belt (known as IL Dan). On average it takes approximately 3 years for a student to progress through the colour belts and reach 1st Degree Black Belt rank based on attendance, attitude and technical knowledge / ability.

In order to grade, a student will need to be put forward by the recommendation of a Head Instructor. 

White Belt
White Belt Senior
Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt Senior
Gold Belt
Gold Belt Senior
Orange Belt
Orange Belt Senior
Green Belt
Green Belt Senior
Blue Belt
Blue Belt Senior
Purple Belt
Purple Belt Senior
Red Belt
Red Belt Senior
Brown Belt
Brown Belt Senior

Black Belt – (1st Dan- Il Dan)
Il Dan – Yellow Tag
Il Dan – Gold Tag
Il Dan – Orange Tag
Il Dan – Green Tag
Il Dan – Blue Tag
Il Dan – Purple Tag
Il Dan – Red Tag
Il Dan – Brown Tag
Black Belt – (2nd Dan- EE Dan)
EE Dan – Gold Tag
EE Dan – Green Tag
EE Dan – Blue Tag
EE Dan – Red Tag
EE Dan – Brown Tag

Black Belt (3rd Dan – Sam Dan)
Sam Dan – Gold Tag
Sam Dan – Blue Tag
Sam Dan – Brown Tag
Black Belt – (4th Dan – Sa Dan)
Black Belt – (5th Dan – O Dan)
Black Belt – (6th Dan – Uk Dan)
Black Belt – (7th Dan – Chil Dan)
Black Belt – (8th Dan)
Black Belt – (9th Dan)