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Chun Kuk Do (???) is a hybrid martial art founded and first taught by Chuck Norris. Norris started to develop the style in the 1970s and after using a number of names for his developing style the current name was adopted in 1990. The phrase “Chun Kuk Do” is loosely translated as “Universal Way” – more literal translations from the Korean are “the way of 1000 lands” or “the way of many lands.” This art evolved from Chuck Norris’ original training in Tang Soo Do, a Korean hard style striking martial art. This development has included the evolution and integration of Tang Soo Do with elements of Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Shotokan and many other martial arts. In some areas, the style was initially marketed as “Chuck Norris-style Tang Soo Do”.
Each summer Chun Kuk Do and its governing organization the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) hold a convention and Chun Kuk Do world championship tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chun Kuk Do includes a code of ethics and rules to live by, much like other forms of martial arts. These rules are from Chuck Norris’ personal code.
The Chun Kuk Do creed consists of four basic principles:
In Chun Kuk Do the belt ranks are as follows:
Optionally, striped belts may be awarded between ranks. The exception is Red w/ Black Stripe, which is a required rank, just before first degree black belt. There are ten degrees of black belt, with 10th presently belonging exclusively to system founder Chuck Norris. Fifth Degree and up is known as the Master Ranks, which are promoted by the UFAF board of directors.