Instructors

The Choi Foundation, Brighton Martial Arts and Self-defence

Fitness evening classes at Dorothy Stringer Sports Complex

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

“Born and bred in Brighton I started my Martial Arts Adventure in my early teens first with Karate where I was introduced to the holistic or wellbeing side of life, then like every teen who watches movies like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, captured my imagination of Martial arts. At the age of 16 I became a practitioner of T.M to help better understand the holistic or wellbeing of life, shortly after I followed the art of Tai Chi & Wing Chun, as I became older I moved into Kickboxing, Judo, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jitzu. I discovered Choi Kwang Do in 2007 where I found my local school after reading about the work of Grand Master Choi. I have not looked back since. Drawing on my long experience of the other martial arts. I was promoted to Assistant Instructor 2008, I Gained my IL Dan Black Belt and Instructor’s uniform in 2009. Presently I hold the rank of Sa Dan – International Instructor & Examiner. It’s the holistic and wellbeing nature of Eastern life and martial arts that has held my fascination for so long. The way that training is about so much more than sport or physical fitness, founded, as it is, on ancient philosophies that train the mind as much as the body. In Choi Kwang Do (CKD) I found a practise that reinforces ancient tradition with 21st century science. Every technique has been based on up-to-date research to prevent muscle and joint injury, making it suitable for all ages and abilities. I thoroughly enjoy teaching a mixed class, it is incredibly rewarding to help students, no matter what their age, gender or ability, move from self consciousness white belts to roaring black belts and more moving through the ranking system, each week gaining more in terms of fitness, techniques and self-confidence and wellbeing. Once again, it is the philosophy behind Choi Kwang Do that has inspired me. Choi Kwang Do is unusual among martial arts in that it is non-competitive. It is not about being better than anyone else. It is about being the best you can be. It isn’t ego-driven. It is based on self-empowerment and respect for others.”  Says Robert

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

“I have been a student since 2008 and achieved my Black Belt in 2014. It took me about a year to get into the habit of attending classes but now it’s a part of my life. Choi gives me the feeling of achievement as well as the exercise. Classes are about leaning and improving your techniques. I also really enjoy the camaraderie with the other students, of all ages. Helping each other to learn and grow, adults and kids! I can only describe Choi as a bit like dancing, it’s a set of moves (patterns) you learn with every belt and combining them together to create your own set of drills (punching and kicking). I recommend Martial Arts to everyone who need to de-stress from life for an hour an evening. Robert has been a real inspiration to get me where I am today as a Black Belt and Assistant Instructor.” Says Sarahjane “I have been a student since 2008 and achieved my Black Belt in 2014. It took me about a year to get into the habit of attending classes but now it’s a part of my life. Choi gives me the feeling of achievement as well as the exercise. Classes are about leaning and improving your techniques. I also really enjoy the camaraderie with the other students, of all ages. Helping each other to learn and grow, adults and kids! I can only describe Choi as a bit like dancing, it’s a set of moves (patterns) you learn with every belt and combining them together to create your own set of drills (punching and kicking). I recommend Martial Arts to everyone who need to de-stress from life for an hour an evening. Robert has been a real inspiration to get me where I am today as a Black Belt and Assistant Instructor.” Says Sarahjane

Brighton Martial Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

“I enjoy Choi because it is a great exercise for all ages and it is also a good place to make new friends.” Says Renata

Brighton Martial Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

“I still can’t believe that I am a Black Belt! I also don’t believe that anyone other than Rob would have had the patience, persistence, endurance, innate teaching skills and good humour to have got me here. As someone who used to loath doing any sort of sport, I’m amazed (and so are my friends and family) at how much I look forward to classes twice week. For me, Choi is a great fun way to boost confidence, boost energy levels and to do sport without realising it.” Says Carol

Brighton Marital Arts and Self-defence fitness classes, The Choi Foundation, Robert Tanswell

“I have been attending Robs classes since 2014, initially with my son, and subsequently also my daughter. I started the classes hoping that it would help with the pain in my lower back. It has worked very well; the exercises have strengthened my core muscles helping to support my back. But I also really enjoy going to the classes, I look forward to them twice a week. They are a great way to de-stress and a great way of getting some exercise and regaining some energy. My kids both love coming to the classes as well, they have made new friends and it has given them both greater self-confidence. Rob runs the classes with a good balance of discipline and fun, and each grading gives us all a real sense of achievement. All the instructors are friendly, helpful and encouraging. I recommend the Brighton Choi Foundation classes to anyone who wants to get fitter and learn self-defence.” Says Alex