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Martial Art Centre
741 Riverway Drive,
(Formally: 741 Ross River Rd)
Thuringowa Central

Ph: 47739794
E: info@choikwang-do.com.au


Our instructors are the best, they thoroughly enjoy the martial arts and are the most dedicated with specialised training sessions held every week where our instructors are continually updating their technical abilities, training methods and instructional techniques their thirst for self improvement is insatiable and the benefit are many. We have regularly brought Grandmaster Choi to Townsville and on each visit he runs specialised training sessions for our instructors giving them the highest technical insights available in the world direct from the founder of our martial art style.

We are only as good as our Instructors and our instructors are the best !!, their dedication and pursuit of excellence makes them stand out as great Role Models - we provide special instructional training sessions and instructor meetings each week which keep our instructors up to date and training at the highest levels with the most experienced and best martial art mentors in the Australasian region continuing to develop their own technical standards every week as well as their class management, instruction and professional school management skills.



Commenced formal training in the Martial Arts in 1983 with the NSW Martial Arts Academy run by Master Geoff T Stubbs, he then moved in 1985 to Perth to undertake training under Master Lam Sai Thow at his Headquarters in Rivervale Perth until early 1988 before travelling Australia training in various martial arts styles for almost 2 years until moving to the UK in late 1989 where he trained under the head of the UK CKD organization Master Roger Koo.   Master Bruce became the Chief Instructor and owner of the CKD Croydon school in London UK and was an official member of the board of examiners for the UK 1990 & 1991.   When Master Bruce returned to Australia and commenced teaching Choi Kwang-Do in 1992 and officially opened a formal school again on August the 10th 1993.  Master Bruce, Chief Instructor for the CHOI KWANG-DO Martial Arts Centre Kirwan has dedicated himself 100% to the martial arts since 1998 when he moved to a full-time profession in the martial arts and opened Australia’s first full-time Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art facility in Townsville

Master Bruce aims to give back to his students 10 fold in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005,and again in 2008 when he bought Grandmaster Choi  to Townsville to host seminars bringing the highest level of technical instruction available in the world to his students doorstep – ‘in pursuit of excellence’ and dedicated to bringing the best possible experience and quality instruction to his members.

In 2001 Master Bruce brought martial arts movie star and kids hero 5th Dan Black Belt Jason David Frank a.k.a. Power Ranger “TOMMY”  to Townsville for the motivation and benefit of the local junior martial arts students

Master Bruce's dedication towards his technical excellence has been recognised by his appointment to Chairman with Choi Kwang-Do International in 1999 and again in 2000,2001,2002,2003 & 2004 and more recently when in 2005 he was accepted as a member to the Choi Kwang-Do International Facility Program
dedicated to bringing the best in martial arts instruction to Townsville

Master Bruce’s pursuit of excellence in martial arts instruction and program development has been recognised by the EFC (Educational Funding Company) with his school receiving the accolade of Australia’s No.1 Nationally Recognised EFC Black Belt school, across all styles in 2000, 2001, 2002 and Master Cairney receiving 2 international awards for ‘Excellence in the martial arts’ from the EFC in 2002 -  dedicated to bringing the best in martial arts instruction to Townsville

Master Bruce’s caring nature, commitment and support to the local community over the years has also been recognised being a recipient of  the  2003 Australia Day Awards for leadership in the  Martial Arts, 2004 Disability Awards, ‘Award in Sport’ and the 2004  “The Spirit of Thuringowa” award presented by Mayor Les Tyrell -  dedicated to sharing the life long benefits of the martial art with the Townsville community

Master Bruce has continued to educate himself by attending, assisting, demonstrating and participating in martial arts seminars and conferences in Atlanta GA, Miami Florida, Nashville & Michigan USA, Halifax Nova Scotia & Vancouver Canada, London & Aberdeen Scotland UK, Auckland New Zealand, Buenos Aires & Mal Del Plata Argentina, Kuala Lumper Malaysia, St Petersburg Russia and multiple various events throughout Australia.   Undertaking trips to the USA in 1995, 97, 2001, 03, 08, 09.    His pursuit of excellence resulted in him becoming a guest at martial arts schools across the United States of America in California, Michigan, Fort Lauderdale, Oklahoma City and Atlanta Georgia.   A member of Choi Kwang Do International, Martial Arts Professionals (Aust.), the Martial Arts Industry Association (USA), the Educational Funding Company and Martial Arts Standards, these organisations from time to time use examples of  Master Bruce’s achievements and experience to help motivate and educate other martial arts school owners – in pursuit of excellence

Recognised within the martial arts community as a pioneer of the martial arts Master Bruce was most honoured when in 2000 Grandmaster Choi declared him the very honourable title of   “The Father of Choi Kwang Do in Australia”

“I want your adventure in the martial arts to be a good and memorable one, if you are in Townsville come see us first”,  call 47739794
The greatest experience, the best instruction possible and the most precious better health, positive mental outlook and confidence.


Born March 2, 1942 in Tae Gu City, Korea, Kwang Jo Choi began his formal study of martial arts at age 12 under the famous Master Instructor, Dong Ju Li until the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. Driven by the need to survive in the war torn streets of South Korea and an innate desire for perfection.
After his tenure in the Korean Army where he was the Instructor for the 20th Infantry Battalion, Kwang Jo Choi began his study of Tae Kwon-Do (Korean hand and foot fighting art) under its founder, General Choi Hong Hi. Through Kwang Jo Choi’s talent and dedicated training, he was awarded the prestigious title of Chief Instructor under General Choi’s International Tae Kwon Do Federation before he was 25 years old.

In addition to teaching self-defence to the Korean Army and National Police, Kwang Jo Choi was personally selected by General Choi to serve as an elite member of a group of experts chosen to spread Tae Kwon Do throughout the world. Through his mission, Kwang Jo Choi became one of Tae Kwon Do’s most prominent ambassadors and was directly responsible for its spread throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and eventually, the United States.

Motivated by his continuing dedication to the advancement of the martial arts and his desire for self-improvement, Grandmaster Choi searched for ways to improve on techniques and teaching methods of his predecessors. It was during his first years in Hong Kong that Grandmaster Kwang Choi began consolidating his revolutionary martial arts theories and concepts.

For some time, Grandmaster Choi had felt that many of the traditional techniques were too stylised and rigid for practical self-defence. He discovered that many of these same techniques could actually harm the body and, over the long term, and is detrimental to one’s health and longevity. In fact, Grandmaster Choi had completely injured his body due to the lock out movements found in traditional martial art techniques, which forced him to move to North America in order to seek medical treatment. It was during his first years in Hong Kong that Grandmaster Choi created new techniques that would later form the initial foundation for Choi Kwang-Do.

Grandmaster Choi also witnessed too much importance being placed on sports competition with the winning of trophies taking precedence over the ideals of personal and human development. The instructor-student relationship, which is crucial to development of a student in the martial arts, was quickly fading into a coach-athlete relationship where the only goal was to win.

Based on these observations, coupled with years of research and practical experience, Grandmaster Choi pioneered one of the most revolutionary changes in recent martial arts history; the introduction of an entirely new martial arts form - Choi Kwang-Do.

Named after its founder, Choi Kwang-Do was officially introduced on March 2, 1987. Grandmaster Choi has since founded his own world organisation, Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International, and spends his time teaching, training instructors and giving seminars at his many branches throughout the world. In addition to the CKD instructional series DVD's, the Audio terminology tutorial and the Choi Kwang Do Book “Optimum Health -Self Defence – Personal Development”, he is currently involved in producing videos and written literature from his headquarters in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Optimum Health – Self Defence – Personal Development

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