Chun Kuk Do

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Chun Kuk Do
Also known as Chuck Norris System, Chunkukdo, CKD, CNS
Focus Hybrid
Country of origin South Korea South Korea
Creator United States Chuck Norris
Famous practitioners Chuck Norris, Richard Norton, Bob Wall, Howard Jackson, Aaron Norris
Parenthood Tang Soo Do, Shotokan Karate, Shitō-ryū Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, American Kenpo
Official website

Chun Kuk Do, or Chuck Norris System, is a Korean hybrid martial art style founded by American martial artist Chuck Norris.


Chun Kuk Do was founded by Chuck Norris, and was originally based on Norris' Tang Soo Do training in Korea while he was in the military. During his competitive fighting career, Norris began to evolve the style to make it more effective and well-rounded by studying other systems which he felt would complement his Tang Soo Do foundation. Chun Kuk Do now emphasizes self defense, competition, weapons, grappling, and fitness, among other things.[1]

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:[3]

  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 adapted from Korean Tang Soo Do and Japanese Shitō-ryū and Shotokan Karate, but also includes two organization-specific introductory forms, two organization-specific empty-hand forms, and one organization-specific weapon form (UFAF Bo Form).[4][5]

  • Giecho Hyung Il Bu (similar to Taikyoku from which it is derived)
  • Giecho Hyung Il Bu Sang Gup (an organization-specific introductory form)
  • Giecho Hyung Yi Bu
  • Giecho Hyung Yi Bu Sang Gup (an organization-specific introductory form)
  • Giecho Hyung Sahm Bu
  • Pyong An Cho Dan (based on the Pinan series from Shotokan karate)
  • Pyong An Yi Dan
  • Pyong An Sah Dan
  • Pyong An Oh Dan
  • Bassai
  • Koon Sang Koon
  • Jion
  • UFAF Form 1 (an organization-specific empty-hand form)
  • UFAF Form 2 (an organization-specific empty-hand form)
  • UFAF Bo Form (an organization-specific weapon form)


The United Fighting Arts Federation has graduated over 3,000 black belts in its history, and currently has nearly 3,000 active members world-wide.[6]

There are about 90 member schools in the USA, Mexico, Norway, and Paraguay. Growth at one point took place in South America and Europe. The UFAF also has individual members in other locales.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "About the Chuck Norris System". Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey, Douglas. "Wright Finally KOed - By Chuck Norris - At UFAF Convention." Black Belt Magazine. December 1993. P. 20.
  3. ^ "UFAF Chuck Norris Biography". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ UFAF/Chun Kuk Do list of approved forms
  5. ^ "UFAF Teacher's Guide" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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
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