ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Successful aging requires ongoing physical exercise and maintenance. Research and statistics now view aging in general as lifestyle related. Physical and mental deterioration is dependent on lifestyle and environmental influences: primarily improper diet and lack of exercise. With better lifestyle habits, including exercise, people can avoid many health problems.
The Musculoskeletal System
The development of strong, healthy bones begins in early childhood, but the maintenance of a healthy skeleton takes lifelong commitment and effort. While low bone density after menopause is a common problem with women today, age-related thinning and porosity of bones is very common in men and women. Because the main reason for early bone weakness and degeneration is lack of use, activity and exercise, Choi Kwang Do SM can help by providing the proper amount and intensity of exercise! It can also help preserve your joint structure because joint motions are never isolated to one plane in a CKD technique. Even the person holding the air shield that is being hit will develop endurance and overall conditioning, including bone and muscle strength.
Ligaments are bands of joint connective tissue made up of the proteins collagen and elastin, and they hold bones in synovial joints together. Ligaments are strong and flexible, but not very elastic. They resist movements that overstress joints, and h e l p limit joint movement. However, ligaments don't always manage to prevent abnormal joint motions and so can tear. Blood supply to ligaments is limited, so an injury can take many months to heal. At Choi Kwang Do SM, we teach that it's important to gradually and progressively practice techniques in order t o strengthen ligaments and avoid injury.
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. Sports training has little to do with health— the goal is winning. Competitions overstress the body with high-intensity workouts that overtax the immune system and cause injuries. Statistics show more than 10,000,000 sports injuries are treated each year in the United States.
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. We encourage all our students to exercise regularly and to live a wholesome lifestyle.
We have many exciting and enjoyable drills to develop individuals aerobically and anaerobically. Both are important: Aerobic fitness training develops stamina and endurance, which assists you in daily life. Anaerobic training develops speed, agility and explosive power, which is essential in self-defense. And the combination strengthens the heart and lungs. We also teach a complete stretching method designed to strengthen all muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, and our patterns use natural, rhythmic, fluid, contra-lateral movements. We systematically train both sides of the body evenly, in coordination with the eyes, which allows students to stimulate and develop their brain as well as their muscles.
All of Choi Kwang Do's techniques are based on biomechanical principles—sudden, jerky movements are not used. This allows a practitioner to not only produce maximum force and promote health, but also to decrease the chance of injury. Our integrated movements also allow elder individuals to adapt slowly. Joint and muscle strength, mobility level, joints' range of motion, endurance and fitness can be gradually improved. Because you use your entire body in the exercises, even bones can become stronger.
At Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International (CKDMAI), we are committed to educating our instructors and students whom decide to further their career with us. 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.
The main reasons for becoming a student in Choi Kwang Do is to achieve optimum health, to learn practical self-defense and for personal development purposes. Within two weeks of joining a Choi Kwang Do school, students often experience a greater feeling of physical and mental well being than they have ever experienced before. Students can test every 2 months for their next belt (from White Belt to 1st Degree Black belt).
Assistant Instructor – At Gold belt, dedicated students can certify as Assistant Instructors. While helping others with achieving their goals in Choi Kwang Do, Assistant Instructors learn leadership skills, teaching skills and may also benefit with the privilege of accelerated promotion.
Head Instructor – Dedicated and capable Black Belt Assistant Instructors can be certified as Head Instructors if they are recommended to do so by their Chief Instructor. A Head Instructor is able to teach a class without needing any assistance from a Chief Instructor. A Choi Kwang Do school can have many Head Instructors.
Chief Instructor/School Owner – Chief Instructors are Choi Kwang Do instructors who run their own schools. They are responsible for the quality and delivery of Choi Kwang Do at their school as well as managing their own team of Assistant and Head Instructors.
Advanced Chief Instructor – Advanced Chief Instructors hold a Diploma with CKDMAI. In addition to teaching at and owning their own school, they are licensed by CKDMAI to train new school owners.
Advanced Chief Instructors go through intensive physical and academic training under the Founder. As the highest level of instructor qualification attainable within CKDMAI, Advanced Chief Instructors possess the most comprehensive knowledge of our art as well as martial arts business.
International Faculty Member – An International Faculty Member (IFM) has certified as an Advanced Chief Instructor, and is trained and consulted by the Founder. All IFM have been personally selected by the Founder for their individual qualities and strengths. IFM members are not necessarily the highest-ranking Black belts but are individuals who are the most dedicated to the growth of Choi Kwang Do. IFM are the most qualified Choi Kwang Do Instructors in the organization and receive up-to-date information on health, fitness and science directly from the Founder and from the CKDMAI research group. IFM members are also authorized to represent CKDMAI at prestigious events and in the media around the world.
Professional Program Director
Anyone over the age of 18 may apply for this position. Applicants must be hard working, people friendly, self motivated, energetic and dedicated. Applicants will be trained from A to Z in the day-to-day business operations of full-time professional school. Upon completion of the program, they will be offered a full-time position in one of our professional locations with high earning potential. There is a high demand for Professional Program Directors worldwide.
Professional Instructor Certification
Anyone over the age of 18 may apply for this position. Applicants who wish to be certified as a Professional Instructor will be trained from A to Z to be a top notch instructor. Upon completion of the program, they will be offered a full-time position in one of our professional locations with high earning potential. Applicants will certify as Chief Instructors in a considerably shorter time period than going through the belt rank system from White belt to Black belt There is a high demand for Professional Instructors worldwide.
School Owner Certification
Suitable and dedicated individuals who desire to make a fulfilling career change and become professional Choi Kwang Do instructors, can apply to enter into the CKDMAI School Owner Program. They are taken through intense one-on-one Professional Instructor training as well as a comprehensive Choi Kwang Do business course. Applicants may become certified as Chief Instructors in a considerably shorter period of time and are authorized to open their own Choi Kwang Do schools upon completion of the course. An Advanced Chief Instructor or Faculty Member will certify a new school owner.
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