Soaring Dragon Martial Arts

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About Chun Kuk Do

Chun Kuk Do is an American  martial art that was founded by Chuck Norris in 1990, and combines elements from several different fighting styles.

Though officially founded in 1990, the foundations for Chun Kuk Do stretch back as far as the 1960s. The governing and standards body for Chun Kuk Do is the United Fighting Arts Federation. Norris started to develop the style in the mid 1960s after modifying the traditional Korean Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan system he had learned during a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in South Korea in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[2]

After using a number of names for his developing style, since the 1970s including American Tang Soo Do, Chuck Norris Karate System, and the Chuck Norris System, the current name was adopted in 1990. The phrase "Chun Kuk Do" is Korean and is loosely translated as "The Universal Way."

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.