The Principles of Choikwangdo - CKD aims to achieve
Unbreakable Spirit (Bool-gool)
The school motto "Pil Sung" translates as 'certain victory' but not in an aggressive manner, and not always in respect to outside forces. It means we never give in unless it's the right thing to do. We never give up until we achieve victory and we never allow our spirit to break. The Pil Sung attitude allows us to overcome any obstacle to achieve our goals.
"It is a sad fact that there is a great need for people of all ages to learn self-defence skills in the modern world. Even if you are not a direct victim of violence, its constant presence, and its overplay in the media, can cause you worry and stress, which can undermine your health and lessen your enjoyment of life.
Students at Choi Kwang Do learn how to take care of themselves, often without violence, which leads to more effective self-defence and greater peace of mind."
CKD self defence techniques follow certain principles. You might find that the acronym MEDEM helps you to remember them.
Maximum force is generated
Easy to learn
Develop reflexes and ability to respond to threats
Enhance your health
Mental and physical conditioning
"Students learn first how to avoid physical confrontation by calming an attacker if possible. Since CKD is a noble art we prefer forgiveness and compassion to kicking and punching. If we can't avoid a defence situation, we remain humble before responding and never telegraph that we know martial arts by putting our hands up. We try to resolve the situation without striking a blow. If, however, we must protect ourselves, we know how to take sudden confident action with our concealed CKD weapons.
Our techniques are very effective and powerful and can stop an attacker but we will only use them as a last resort. We don't like to see people get hurt - that's why we don't support martial arts competitions. CKD teaches usable applications, quite unlike the kicks and punches seen in martial arts movies and demonstrations."