Ryan Williams, 14, Young Black Belt Trained for 3 years at Orpington Choikwangdo August 27, 2004
“ 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 Choi Kwang 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 martial arts.
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.”
Testimonial from Andrew Gammon M.A. (Hons) M.Litt. 25 yrs old
Doctoral Student University of St. Andrews Brown Senior Orpington CKD
I discovered Choikwangdo in 1995 and was immediately impressed by the combination of practised forms and practical techniques and the way that beginners were encouraged to participate at their own level and feel valued members of the club.
Indeed, the twin aspects of a challenging and rewarding learning environment and an atmosphere of friendly support have been at the centre of my experience of CKD. From my first lesson I found myself hooked by the powerful and effective kicks and punches deftly performed by the instructor and senior grades and was inspired to practise what I had been taught and to learn new skills and techniques.
The effectiveness of the instruction and enjoyment of study were enhanced by the ethos that students should concentrate on improving their own performance and compete with themselves in order to improve, rather than against each other. At the same time the strong emphasis on self-defence and how to deal with dangerous situations means that CKD is an extremely practical martial art.
The grading system encourages students to improve their current skills and continue training and learning by introducing new techniques at each level which are immediately practicable in self-defence situations.
Exhilarating focus mitt work, based on simulations of real situations, has developed my cardiovascular fitness, strength, endurance and co-ordination, whilst shield drills add an additional weight and intensity that is only superseded in training by the free moving exercises in which the two are combined.
The atmosphere of the club is in large part due to the excellence of the chief instructor and his assistants whose dynamic and creative attitude towards training continues to make the club a success and ensure my return whenever I am able.
Testimonial from Tony Dyer Gold Senior Trained for approximately one year.
Aged 68. Businessman
“I decided, with our more violent world, I should be able to defend both myself and my wife should we ever be unlucky enough to be attacked. My problem was, what type of self defence did I need.
I didn’t fancy falling all over the ground as in judo and the thought of learning all the Japanese phrases that are required in karate did not encourage me at all. I wanted something that trained me to ‘get in first’ without having to learn things I didn’t need to know.
Self defence such as I wanted I began to think did not exist. Then I started talking to Mr Jack Watson who, to my surprise, had a club teaching just what I wanted to learn. It was a form of self defence of which I had never heard, called ‘Choikwangdo’.
Going to my first meeting was a little nerve-wracking as maybe I would be thought too old. When I arrived these fears immediately disappeared. The youngest was a girl, 10 years old and from there every age group was represented up to people in their 60’s.
It is great to be a member of a club where everyone, from black belts down, are willing to explain and help you. A club where you are made to feel you can make it to the top if you want to, no matter what your age.
Choikwangdo does many things for you including keeping you fit but for me, the most important is the feeling of self confidence.
How old am I? I was 68 last May.”
1st September 2004
Testimonial from Michael Spilling, Eltham Businessman Aged 50
I was a 47 year old man, who has suffered with soft tissue damage to both ankles for the last 20 years. Being unable to run at all, and walk only short distances, my general fitness was at an all time low.
Choikwangdo was recommended to me by a close friend who happened to be an instructor. He invited me along to the CKD Orpington club were I was introduced to Jack Watson, who explained that CKD is a martial art based on individual improvement.
I would be able to work around my ankle injury and might improve my mobility. I was impressed with their interest in my problem and the friendliness of this CKD club and gave it a go.
Now at the age of 50 I can walk and run. I have also improved my fitness. I am an assistant instructor at Orpington CKD and at the next grading I will be taking black belt.
Without doubt joining CKD has changed my life in many ways, and my only regret is not discovering CKD years before