As you can see from the photo of some of my Orpington
Choikwangdo students above, Choikwangdo is ideal for students of
all ages and sexes. The students are all helpful and friendly and
new students are welcomed rather than imposed upon.
The photo shows a swing kick to the knee area which could prevent the attacker from running after the young woman who has just kicked him.
The Orpington school has two training sessions a week.
a mixed class of youngsters and adults on
Monday nights from
7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
Those who wish to continue training can carry on until 9 p.m.
There is a class which is mainly for adults and teenagers on
Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
Those who wish to continue training can carry on until 9 p.m
The venue is The Crofton Halls, York Rise, Orpington, Kent BR6
We are usually in the Small Hall.
Crofton Halls is the large buiding second on the right up York
Rise. It overlooks Orpington Railway Station.
York Rise is a cul-de-sac just up the
hill from the Station. You will pass a Roman Villa on your
right before you reach York Rise.
If you would like further information
or phone him on 01689 835777 for further details
Below is an article by John Watson describing a recent
Choikwangdo grading. Mick who is in the blue uniform in the photo
above tested for his blackbelt and Nicky who is standing next to
him in the black uniform tested for her second degree blackbelt.
John who is in the black uniform next to Nicky spent many hours training
them both for their tests.
“My pledge: to set positive goals and strive
to achieve them”
On the last day of January 2005, two students from
my martial arts school in Orpington, Kent took tests to gain important
qualifications in the modern martial art of Choikwangdo.
Choikwangdo is a martial art which concentrates
on self-defence, health and success in general. It was founded in
1987 by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi who lives in Atlanta , Georgia
Mick was testing for blackbelt and Nicky was testing
for second degree blackbelt.
Both had been training for years to reach these
goals. They had passed one smaller grading after another until they
were near the top of the ladder ready to take a big step to a new
They had a deadline every one or two months to aim
at when the next minor grading would take place. The reward of passing
the grading and the fear of failing it also pushed them on.
The standard martial arts escalator of reaching
one belt after another is a powerful and systematic motivator.
Both Mick and Nicky were role models to everyone
in the way they achieved their goals.
After Christmas they stepped up their training to
the point where they were oblivious of all else except what they
needed to know for the big test.
They attended all the available lessons and spent most of those
single-mindedly focusing on their test syllabus.
One of the top instructors, John , spent hours teaching and helping
Mick and Nicky both showed a quiet but unstoppable
determination in the actual test.
At one point Mick hit one of the focus mitts or
pads which are used as a target with the weaker part of his hand
and dislocated his little finger.
It was sticking out at an angle which made most people gasp in horror.
Mick was concentrating so much on achieving his
black belt that he did not hesitate for a moment. He rushed over
to me, held out his hand and said
‘Go for it’.
I was as stunned as anyone else by the dislocation
but under the influence of his confidence that I could put things
right, grabbed his hand and yanked his little finger away from the
rest of his hand for about a quarter of an inch (in the direction
it was now pointing) and then relaxed my grip.
Mercifully, his finger popped back into place and
he continued with his grading without batting an eyelid. Two of the
other blackbelts thoughtfully bandaged his injured finger to another
finger so that he would be less likely to damage it again.
Both Mick and Nicky were exhausted by the end of
the grading but their determination and desire to achieve their goals
carried them through.
Their friends in the class gave them continuous
encouragement as well and a standing ovation when they achieved their
first and second degree blackbelts.
The first line of the pledge in Choikwangdo is:
“To set positive goals and strive to achieve
Both Mick and Nicky achieved their goals by first
having a keen desire to reach the prestigious award of a blackbelt
and, in Nicky’s case, a second degree blackbelt.
They then reached these awards through:
- A clear vision of what they wanted
- Belief that they could achieve their goals
- Monthly and two monthly deadlines in which to achieve the next
step on the ladder
- Regular training and grading which built up their momentum and
confidence step by step
- Long hours of consistent preparation with others and on their
- A lazer like focus on what they needed to know and do.
- A ferocious determination to keep going whatever happened
- The encouragement and support of their friends and instructors
The attitudes and attributes shown by Nicky and
Mick can be seen in martial arts classes all over the world.
They can of course be applied to achieving any goal
in life and the first line of the Choikwangdo pledge provides a great
mission statement for life in general.
“To set positive goals and strive to achieve
The free report offered for subscribers to the “Self-defence Newsletter” is about setting positive goals and includes the following mind map about achieving the goal of becoming a blackbelt. The photos are not of CKD students.The ideas apply to all martial arts students.