Chun Kuk Do

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Chun Kuk Do
Also known as CKD
Focus Hybrid
Country of origin United States USA
Creator Chuck Norris
Famous practitioners Chuck Norris, Richard Norton, Bob Wall, Howard Jackson, Aaron Norris
Parenthood Tang Soo Do, Judo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Official website Official Site for Chun Kuk Do

Chun Kuk Do (CKD) is a Korean-based, American hybrid martial art style. Founded in 1990 by Chuck Norris, CKD evolved from Tang Soo Do and combines elements from several different fighting styles. "Chun Kuk Do" is Korean and is loosely translated as "The Universal Way." 1 Norris trained in various other styles under some of the most respected instructors in the United States. These instructors included Tang Soo Do instructor Shin Jae Chul, 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 training conference and the Chun Kuk Do world championship tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.2

Code of honor

Like many other martial arts, Chun Kuk Do includes a code of honor and rules to live by. These rules are from Chuck Norris' personal code. They are:

  1. I will develop to the maximum of my potential.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past, and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness, and loyalty to my family.
  4. I will look for the good in everyone, and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority, and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, my family, and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life; a positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself.


Like most traditional martial arts, Chun Kuk Do includes the practice of forms (Korean hyung and Japanese kata). The majority of the system’s forms are taken from Shotokan, but also includes 2 empty hand organization forms, and 1 organization weapon form.3

  • Giecho Hyung Il Bu
  • Giecho Hyung Il Bu Sang Gup
  • Giecho Hyung Yi Bu
  • Giecho Hyung Yi Bu Sang Gup
  • Giecho Hyung Sahm Bu
  • Pyong An Cho Dan
  • Pyong An Yi Dan
  • Pyong An Sahm Dan
  • Pyong An Sa Dan
  • Pyong An Oh Dan
  • Bassai
  • Kong Sang Koon
  • Jion
  • UFAF Form 1
  • UFAF Form 2
  • UFAF Bo Form


As of 2010, The United Fighting Arts Federation had more than 5,000 members and 3,000 black belts world-wide.4

There are about 90 member schools in the USA, Mexico, Norway, and Paraguay. Growth is currently taking place in South America and Europe, and the list of countries where CKD is represented is expected to grow significantly in the near future. The UFAF also has individual members around the world in the military or residing in other countries, including South Korea.


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  2. ^ Jeffrey, Douglas. "Wright Finally KOed - By Chuck Norris - At UFAF Convention." Black Belt Magazine. December 1993. P. 20.
  3. ^ UFAF/Chun Kuk Do list of approved forms
  4. ^ Rimington, Dana. "72-year-old can Chun Kuk Do / Layton senior's focus turns from fancy writing to fancy footwork." Standard-Examiner. Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 9:23pm. | Weblink: | Access date 11 January 2011.

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