1. It is unlikely that the police will be on hand
when you or a member of your family are attacked by one or more muggers or worse.
The best advice is to give them your money or mobile phone etc. but what if they want to show off to their friends by beating you or your family up?
One solution is to run fast to get away but
you or your family may not be able to run faster than the muggers.
It makes sense, these days, to learn how to defend yourself. One great modern martial art can teach you self-defence skills in the shortest possible time. It is called Choikwangdo – the way of Kwang Jo Choi, the great martial artist who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Choikwangdo focuses on self-defence rather than competition. Competition will help you get fit but some techniques which help you score points in competitions (like kicking to the head) may not work too well in the street. It is probably wiser to stamp on your attacker’s foot or kick him in the knee area. This is not allowed in competition.
2. Many martial arts use training methods which can leave you injured or crippled for life. This is less likely in Choikwangdo. The founder, Kwang Jo Choi, has studied how to perform techiques which do not injure the body. On the contrary, they contribute to the health of the body and help create a positive attitude of mind. You can, of course, still injure yourself if you overdo things before you are fully warmed up.
3. You can be sure of a welcome and a friendly non-competitive atmosphere at a Choikwangdo class. The only person you compete with is yourself. If you work hard and improve your skills you will usually pass your grading examinations and eventually achieve black belt.
4. There is no free sparring in Choikwangdo. The only sparring you do is with a partner who holds a shield or focus mitts for you to hit or kick or head butt etc. Free sparring leads to bad feeling when your partner carelessly breaks your nose or accidentally kicks you in the knee cap. It also leads to pulling your punches and kicks so that you do not hurt your partner. When focus mitts and shields are used, you train your body to hit hard every time unless your partner is a lot weaker or smaller than you. You also avoid the kind of bad feeling described above.
5. Choikwangdo classes at Orpington are family classes with students aged from 10 to 70.
If you are young or old you are more vulnerable to attack. The mugger does not ask how old you are before they attack you. People of all ages, therefore, need to learn and practice some form of self-defence. Most students enjoy the lessons and even the grading examinations. Gradings are not compulsory but they give you a goal and a deadline to work towards.
To find out more about Choikwangdo click here or call Jack Watson on 01689 835777
Can you learn self-defence through studying a martial art?
Yes. But some martial arts focus on sport competition and some focus more on self-defence.
A competition martial art will spend ages doing stretching
exercises so that students can kick high and score more points.
A self defence oriented martial art will spend less time on the
stretching and concentrate more on practising low kicks and practical
strikes including head butts and elbow strikes which are more effective
in a street attack.
One student gives his comments on Choikwangdo:
“ Choi Kwang Do , the most revolutionary
and ever-developing martial art in the world, has helped me
in many aspects of life for as long as have studied it, just
three years. I find that a relaxed environment without competition
is the best place to learn any art, not just ChoiKwang Do
I have developed my fitness, mental awareness and personal
safety without painful stretches, impractical and self-damaging
movements and the threat of being paired with the feared
black belt sparring partner that you would find in traditional
An art with elements of yoga, boxing and practical, effective
street defence which encourages easy but powerful techniques
is one that has allowed me to protect myself, family and
friends in the past. I can safely say that Choi Kwang Do
is truly the best martial art in the world.”
Choikwangdo is a martial art that concentrates on self-defence.
It is designed to help the smaller person when they are attacked
by a bigger person. It will also make the big person even more formidable.
It teaches you how to use all your body weight to hit really hard
so that you change the mind of someone attacking you. If they feel
enough pain they will lose interest.
Hopefully, it will give you so much confidence that you won’t look
like a victim and attackers will be much less likely to pick on you.
of my students have been attacked over the last 19 years and all
except one found that what they had learned allowed them to survive.
In many of the cases they flattened their attackers.
Obviously I can’t promise what will happen if you are attacked
but you should stand a much better chance if you study a martial
art like Choikwangdo.
We will also teach you ways of dealing with aggressive people which
make a violent confrontation less likely.
Don’t worry about coming on your own to a class. The vast majority
of Choikwangdo students and instructors are very friendly and will
make you feel at home. You won’t get yelled at if you put a foot
wrong. The atmosphere is relaxed but hard working.
You just work at your own pace and don’t compare yourself with
other people. They may be better or worse than you. What matters
is your own improvement.
Beginners lessons cost only £5 per lesson.
If you are able to get to Orpington , Kent you are more than welcome to
show up at
THE CROFTON HALLS
The first class from 6.30 to 7.30 is ideal for beginners aged from 10 to 70
If you don’t live anyway near Orpington you can find out if there is a
Choikwangdo school nearer to you by checking out this website www.choikwangdo.com Go to ‘Locations’ on the top menu.
My own website is this one at: www.self-defence.org
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki, 1904-1971, Japanese Zen Master of the Soto School”
The Success Secret of Daily Practice
Practice may seem to be a very obvious ‘secret’ of success in most walks of life but it is often anything but obvious because the practitioner seems to do his or her thing so easily and spontaneously. They appear to be so talented that they can improvise brilliantly without the help of rehearsal.
On closer examination, the performance is far from easy. It follows hours and hours of daily practice and rehearsal.
Recently Lilia Kopylova won the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ program partnered by England fast bowler, Darren Gough. She made her performances seem easy. She also achieved miracles in teaching Darren to be a competent partner.
However, Lilia has been training every day for years. She began dancing when she was nine and initially trained in Ballet, Gymnastics and Ice-Skating (which she began aged four and went on to become a Moscow champion in figure skating). It is no wonder that she can put in stunning dance performances.
Darren, had much less time – a few months – in which to learn to dance but he put in hours and hours of concentrated practice with the added benefit of Lilia’s tuition.
Recently Robert Ringer has written a brilliant article on the power of ‘orchestration’ i.e. detailed rehearsal and practice.
He is a great speaker himself and has noticed how other great speakers give apparently flawless performances which appear to be the result of natural ability. He has realized, however, that these great speeches are anything but spontaneous.
He was so impressed by a speech by Zig Ziglar that he went to listen to him again. He was amazed to hear that the words and sentences were exactly the same. So was the body language. He also noticed that Anthony Robbins has his own sound man at all his speaking gigs. Speech and sound are carefully coordinated.
I heard Robbins in London at his fire walk seminar in Docklands. I, too, noticed huge banks of sound equipment at the back of the hall with a sound man always in charge.
Robbins appeared spontaneous and dynamic but he must have rehearsed his speech and delivery with his sound man many times before he finally appeared on stage.
Some performers have so much natural talent that they think they can get away without practising. However, they are taking a big risk. Practice can make a natural performer great. Lack of practice can make him or her look mediocre.
The above gives us all hope. Someone without natural ability can give a presentable performance if they practice enough. They can even appear talented. Practice can almost create talent.
I have often noticed in the martial arts that the people who practice regularly and with determined effort can put in competent performances at their grading.
They can focus all their energies on the required moves rather than on wondering what they should be doing next.
As they increase the speed of their well rehearsed moves, they can even begin to appear talented.
I have seen talented performers floundering because they had not put in the necessary practice.
People who worry about performing in public should stop worrying and start practising. Daily practice can work miracles and can create its own talent.
Joe Frazier, a former heavyweight boxing champion of the world knew the importance of practising before you face the world:
“You can have a life plan or a fight plan, but when
the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes —
your training. If you’ve cheated on your training in
the dark of the morning, you’ll be found out under the