Chun Kuk Do (CKD) is a Korean-based American hard style of karate. The style was founded by Mr. Chuck Norris, and was originally based on Mr. Norris' Tang Soo Do training in Korea while he was in the military. During his unprecedented competitive fighting career (undefeated world middleweight karate champion six years running), Mr. Norris began to evolve the style to make it more effective and well-rounded. He did this through committed study of other systems which he felt would complement his Tang Soo Do foundation. This evolution, along with his personal commitment to excellence, resulted in his phenomenal success. This openness continues today, as Chun Kuk Do continues to evolve to include aspects of other systems, or completely original aspects which make it more complete. Having gone by several names since the early 70's, the style has been known as Chun Kuk Do since 1990. The name is loosely translated to mean "The Universal Way." The Korean terms actually mean 'the way of 1000 lands,' or 'the way of many lands.'
CKD is not
an ad hoc
collection of various techniques from different systems. Rather, it is a style with a deepl
y-rooted traditional foundation of its own - now unique and different from its Tang Soo Do predecessor -
to which various other elements that complement its fundamentals h
ave been added. Chun Kuk Do
has come to emphasize self defense, competition, weapons, grappling, fitness, and more.
United Fighting Arts Federation (U.F.A.F.)
The art evolved from Chuck Norris' original training in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, a Korean style known primarily for its kicking techniques. Norris would train in various other styles under some of the most respected instructors in the United States. These instructors included Shotokan Karate masters Tsutomu Ohshima and Hidetaka Nishiyama, Shitō-ryū Karate instructor Fumio Demura, American Kenpo Karate founder Ed Parker, Judo expert Gene LeBell, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends the Machado family.
Each summer the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) holds a members-only Chun Kuk Do training conference and world championship tournament for all level students in Las Vegas, Nevada.