Choi Kwang Do UK has recently celebrated 30 years!!! Grandmaster Jo Choi held an International Seminar and Showcase of Excellence in London. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to train with the founder as well as to celebrate UK’s 30th Anniversary, as it was Sahjonim’s last quinquennial Seminar.
Over the week Sahjonim held classes, seminars and held competitions. Students and instructors from all over the world attended including those from Bridge of Don, Newtonhill and Logie Durno schools. The London schools continued with their own training classes throughout the week which everybody was welcome to, and our instructors learnt new drills and got to train with a host of people at different belt levels. And whilst this was all going on, there was also a 1st-3rd Dan grading held which Ms Kira Mcbain tested to 2nd Dan in! And a private 4th Dan and above grading which only Grandmaster Choi and Grandmaster Periera examined, and Mr David Keith tested to 4th Dan! Pil Seung!!!
And during the competitions, Mr Gardiner achieved 3rd places in Pattern and Speed Drill and Ms Mcbain achieved 1st place in Speed Drill and 3rd place in Pattern- amazing!!! They both competed against many others in each of their age groups and proved how hard they have both worked and prepared and performed on the day by winning trophies! Team Scotland (consisting of Master Debz Rafferty, Master Harrison Rafferty, Master Stott, Ms Boylan and Ms Mcbain) also placed 3rd in the Team 5 competition!!! Pil Seung!
Grandmaster Choi, at 76 years old, performed brilliantly in his classes demonstrating that there is no age limit to CKD! His techniques and strength are incredible to watch and he has inspired so many to strive to their best and achieve what some maybe never thought possible for themselves.
See a selection of photos taken from the week, videos will be uploaded shortly.