Thursday, 28 October 2010

Excellence - October 2010

Read the October issue of Excellence below.

Includes an update on gradings and a link to the recently released Choi Kwang-Do documentary!

Download Excellence (October 2010)

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Class Update: Ealing CKD 25/10/2010 & 27/10/2010

Please note that our Choi Kwang-Do classes this week, Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th October, will take place at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Crowne Plaza London Ealing
Western Avenue
Hanger Lane Gyratory System
London W5 1HG
Click here for a map of Crowne Plaza London Ealing

As usual the class will be held in the Knightsbridge Suite on the lower ground floor: Children 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Teens & Adults 7.15pm – 8.30pm.

NB. The grading for those attending our Teen & Adults Class will also take place during these classes. The grading for Children has been rescheduled until Wednesday 24th November.

As a reminder, free parking is available at the hotel on a first come first served basis, but clamping is in operation for unauthorised parking or parking in a space not designated for hotel users.

When you arrive at the hotel you should park first, then either get a permit from the hotel Reception or from me which you will need to display in your car. Local street parking is also available a short walk away.

Classes return to Ellen Wilkinson School on Monday 1st November.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Class Update: Ealing CKD 06/10/2010

A reminder that there will be no Choi Kwang-Do class on Wednesday 6th October due to a school event.

The next class will be on Monday 11th.

Friday, 1 October 2010

The Meaning Of Self Defence

What do you think of when you hear the term self defence?

- Practising releases from various restraining positions?
- Avoiding dimly lit streets?
- Hitting an attacker and then running away as fast as you can?

Any, if not all of these initial responses could be correct, although in Choi Kwang-Do, I believe the definition to self defence additionally follows two distinct paths:

Firstly, by employing principles of biomechanics, body movements are optimised to create powerful striking techniques while simultaneously reducing the risk of hyper extension damage in the joints.

Small adjustments to techniques can translate to greater output, even for those who are of small or medium build. These techniques are utilised within training drills designed to develop various aspects such as reactions, counter attacks, verbal skills, pre-emptive attacks and releases.

Such drills help to stimulate the central nervous system enabling it to more effectively recruit the muscle fibres required to execute the movements as well as respond with those movements faster.

This definition seems to best fall in line with the initial 'confrontation-based' responses to the definition of self defence.

Secondly, a core objective of Choi Kwang-Do is to employ martial arts training (the movements, combinations, training drills etc.) using the biomechanically designed techniques as a means of serving the well-being of the practitioner.

One example of this is the circular movement of the shoulder joint when punching creates synovial fluid which 'oils' the joint and helps maintain the active range of motion.

Think of this as defence for the self, if you like; protecting your physical and mental health now and in the future by taking moderate and regular exercise through Choi Kwang-Do training today.

I know that there may be some martial arts practitioners that may feel that such views dilute the true essence of martial arts, especially in the ever growing popularity of mixed martial arts and reality based training, but that's exactly the beauty of the martial arts world - there is more than enough choice to cater for everyone's needs and desires.

One could argue that if attacked, martial arts training would come into play to defend yourself. However, if you're never attacked for the whole of your life does that mean that the years spent refining your martial arts skills will have been a waste of your time?

Of course not.

No doubt your will have heard from various sources applauding the benefits of leading an active life, and I'm a strong advocate of martial arts as a stimulating and challenging method to fulfil this need.

If you're not already very active, could you include more activity and exercise in your life? Or to approach the same question from another angle: could you do it if your life depended upon it?

Many would argue that it does.

A few years ago the British Heart Foundation started a campaign called 30 A Day, the objective being to encourage people to take 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week which they say can halve the risk of heart disease.

(The good news is that if you're taking 2 Choi Kwang-Do classes per week you're already close to this).

Looking after your heart, whether through Choi Kwang-Do or any other activity, I hope you'll agree is definitely not a waste of your time.

Jason Wright is a 5th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor in the martial art Choi Kwang-Do. For further information on Choi Kwang-Do classes in Ealing, West London visit