- Jul 13, 2006
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KennethKu said:I came across some bad news about Choi Kwan Do.
"...Choi Kwang Do has a policy that no one fails the colored and black belt tests. With declining memberships after 95% of their original instructors have left, they have added more belts between white to black belts, 18 belts in fact which means more test fees. Furthermore, they have added more tests with fees in-between black belts, go figure! At CKD testings, Choi preaches about martial arts tenets, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable and yet does not adhere to them!..."
A lot of this is very true. I achieved black belt in Choi Kwang Do...after about 3000 dollars. The belts are white, yellow, gold, orange, green, blue, purple, red, brown, then black..but there is a senior belt for every color, so after having a yellow belt you still have to test to get a yellow-senior belt, which has a black stripe. The techniques work rather well for the most part, and there are some great defense drills and patterns..but 100 dollars a month and all the extra fees combined with the fact that a lot of times it seems like your in an aerobic class kind of makes it not worth it. I guess it depends on the school/instructor you're studying under. I remember the demonstration team was interesting and there were some very talented people participating, but there were 10 year olds with black belts running around everywhere.