Choi Kwang Do
Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Choi Kwang Do Bridge of Don was first opened in September 1994 by Mike Bruce. His instruction led to a very successful running School which has progressed and developed over the years. When he moved abroad, Kriss Ross took over the running of the Club and more recently, ownership has been taken over by Anne Jones and David Keith, both of whom have trained with Mr Bruce and Mr Ross over the past 14 years. They have created a strong leadership team consisting of Head, Assistant and Young Instructors and continue to grow and develop the School, which consists of over 40 students of all ages.
See below for details of the other Schools within Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire.
About Choi Kwang Do
Choi Kwang Do was developed by Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi between 1978 and 1987 and has proved to be the most effective martial arts system in the world. Choi Kwang Do’s natural, easy-to-learn, sequential movements maximize your body’s force-producing capabilities, but more importantly, they increase opportunities to enhance your health.
Choi Kwang Do is not designed for competition and does not have the intensity of sports training. The system is meant for the average individual who wants to learn real-life, practical self-defence skills and achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not people solely interested in winning trophies. Because it’s a non-contact, non-fighting, non-competitive art that stresses mental, physical, emotional and social development, Choi Kwang Do promotes nonviolent resolutions to conflict, practical solutions to cardiovascular improvement, and enjoyable methods of exercise. In addition, with competition removed, students can continually develop—not against each other, but with each other. With a progressive system from White belt to highest level of Black belt, Choi Kwang Do always offers you something new and challenging to learn, experience and enjoy.
Our training is based on individual needs, capabilities, skill levels and age. Our students range in years from 3 to 90, and some of our instructors are over 70. Since our primary goals are to prevent or reduce illness and disease and to promote optimum health and longevity by minimizing degeneration of body and mind, we also welcome those with limitations.
Choi Kwang-Do’s training is based on individual needs, capabilities, skill levels and age. Its students range in years from 3 to 90, and some of its instructors are over 70. Since Choi Kwang-Do’s primary goals are to prevent or reduce illness and disease, and to promote optimum health and longevity by minimizing degeneration of body and mind, it also welcomes those with limitations.
Everyone is welcome at Choi Kwang Do!
Other Local Choi Kwang-Do Schools
There are 6 other Choi Kwang-Do schools in Aberdeen and the surrounding area-
Newtonhill CKD train at the Bettridge Centre on Monday and Friday nights 6-8pm
Logie Durno CKD train at Logie Durno Hall on Wednesday nights from 7-830pm
Kingswells CKD train in Kingswells Church Hall on Friday nights from 6-10pm (various classes)
Westhill CKD train at the Ashdale Hall on Tuesdays 6-830pm, Thursdays 6-730pm and Saturday mornings 10-12pm
Alford CKD train at Alford Public Hall on Tuesdays 615-9pm (various classes) and Sundays 1030-12pm
Master Thomas (from Kingswells CKD) runs a class at St Margarets School for Girls on Wednesdays from 1230-130pm
“Choi Kwang Do’s natural, easy-to-learn, sequential movements maximize your body’s force-producing capabilities, but more importantly, they increase opportunities to enhance your health.”
The Choi Kwang Do system is based on the principles that its self-defense techniques should
- Generate maximum force
- Be practical and easy to learn
- Enhance the individual’s health as they practice
- Develop reflexes and ability to respond against threats
- Develop mental as well as physical conditioning
Choi Kwang Do is founded in nonviolent self-defence, health, character development and humanity. We want to help each other and anyone else who needs our assistance. Students recite our doctrines and a pledge at the beginning of every class, and living by the Choi Kwang Do principles at all times is considered to be of utmost importance.
Our 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.
Choi Kwang Do is a holistic health system. Every student within Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International is focused on living a more productive, healthier and longer life. Because of that, we tailor an individual’s training to meet their own personal needs and promote better health in their life.
At Choi Kwang Do, individuals may train at any age and enjoy the benefits of fitness and longevity. Levels of intensity, frequency and duration are all systematically developed for wellness.
Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International (CKDMAI) is committed to educating their instructors and students whom decide to further their career. CKDMAI currently has five levels of instructor accreditation so that instructors and students can continue to develop. For example, an International Faculty Member (the highest level of accreditation that can be achieved with CKDMAI) is rather like a “doctorate” and requires the highest level of commitment, dedication and study.