Choi Kwang Do is of Korean origin - many of its traditions and customs, as well as terminology, stem from Korea's own heritage. Characteristics such as bowing, promoting respect for seniors, loyalty, are all examples of traditional Korean philosophy. Another important historical influence on Choi Kwang Do's philosophy is the Idea of Musado, or "way of the warrior spirit". This philosophy, emphasizing bravery in battle and a never give up attitude, was based on the heroic deeds of an ancient Korean military group called the Hwarang Do (literally, flower of youth or manhood). This elite group, comparable to today's special forces, were known for their self-imposed extreme training, which included early forms of martial arts training, mountain climbing, and swimming rivers during the cold of winter. Through such demanding mental and physical training, the Hwarang Do warriors were able to unite the three warring kingdoms of Korea for the first time in its history. The Hwarang Do had a strict code of honor, which has evolved to this day to become the Principles of Choi Kwang Do:
General Terms:Pil SuhngSchool Motto: Certain VictoryDojangThe School: House of DisciplineDo BokUniformHyungPattern or FormJung Sin YukMental Strength (Martial Art Spirit)Ki HapLoud yell to bring out mental and physical strengthSahjonim"Founder", Formal address for Grand Master ChoiSabumnim"Teacher", Formal address for all Instructors (1st - 3rd Degree)Boo SaboonimInternational Instructor/Deputy MasterGupGradeDanDegreeChoi Kwang-DoThe Art of Grand Master Kwang ChoiTae Kwon-DoKorean Art of Kicking and PunchingKarateMartial Art meaning literally "Empty Hand"Kung FuChinese Martial Art meaning "Skill"
Blocks:Ahrae MakkiLow BlockAnuro MakkiInward BlockBakuro MakkiOutward BlockDung Palmok Anuro MakkiBack Arm Inward BlockDwi Sonbadak Ulgool MakkiRear Hand Inward Block (Face Level)Dwi Sonbadak Momtong MakkiRear Hand Body BlockPi Ha GiDodge