Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi is a 9th Degree Black Belt and the founder of Choi Kwang Do.
At the age of 12 Grandmaster Choi studied his first martial art called ‘Kwon Bup’, under Grandmaster Dong Ju Li. Having attained the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt he enlisted into the Republic Of Korea Army where he was appointed to teach Kwon Bup.
Whilst in the army Grandmaster Choi met with General Choi Hong Hi (the founder of Tae Kwon-Do) and demonstrated his Kwon Bup for him. After rectification in his art he was appointed Chief Instructor for the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation and was soon teaching Tae Kwon-Do to the army.
Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi was an internationally renowned master of Tae Kwon-Do under its founder General Choi Hong Hi. However at the age of 30, he was forced to retire due to debilitating injuries caused by the lock-out movements he practiced. 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 new techniques that were by far safer and more effective than anything else known at the time. In essence, he maximised the benefits of martial arts whilst reducing the risk of injury.
Choi Kwang Do, as an entirely new martial arts system, was officially introduced to the world from Atlanta on March 2, 1987.