Chapkoondo or cha chue tao in Cantonese … Cha (Chap) translates into a short, sharp hit. Chue (Koon) ie punch and Tao (Do) spiritual path. Metaphorically it means sharp perception, power and path to knowledge.
When practicing Chapkoondo all the parts of the body are being utilized, there are no restrictions on the types of movement. Students learn all styles of fighting, hard and soft. Like joint locks, strikes throughout the body, but also the use of weapons such as swords, axes and swords near double. Learning includes hits to the head, hands, feet, knees, elbows, fingers. There are courses such as anatomy, philosophy, chinese massage, and meditation. The more advanced practitioners are learning the art of Dim Mak, ie blows or pressures on vital points of human body.
The objective of Chapkoondo is not only the victory against the opponent. Like most martial arts, it aims at health, harmony and the well being of the practitioner. This is why the art that began with a few hundred members in Singapore soon spread around the world. Europe, Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Greece … All hold a respect to ChapKoondo that gives great importance to internal balance.