About the head instructor

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Head instructor Emilia Freegard with Grand Master Choi

Emilia Freegard is a 3rd Dan Black Belt, Certified Chief Instructor, School Owner and International Associate Examiner in the Korean martial art of Choi Kwang-Do. After her 15th year of practising other martial arts, she converted and began her training in Choi Kwang-Do in 2002. Emilia then certified as an Assistant Instructor, which helped in developing her skills to further her education in this discipline. She started teaching kids and adults in 2003, and later became a Chief Instructor under the Choi Kwang-Do Martial Art International Organisation. She opened the Cheam Choi Kwang-Do school in the November 2006 and it has been successfully growing ever since.

When Emilia became affiliated with Choi Kwang-Do, she was initially looking for a structured martial arts program for herself and her daughter (who was 10 years old at the time). This was to help build self-confidence and improve her co-ordination skills. As a parent, she was able to see first hand the numerous physical and mental benefits, as well as discipline, that children gain from training in this wonderful programme.

Throughout her training, Emilia has always felt strongly about giving back to others what she has received from the fundamental teachings of this highly-effective and powerful martial art. She is a community helper, dealing with kids and adults of all ages, which she finds incredibly rewarding. Now Emilia’s passion, enthusiasm and strength gained from Choi Kwang-Do has made her life complete, and positioned her to pass this knowledge on so everyone can benefit.

The Cheam Choi Kwang-Do School is growing fast, and Emilia is so proud to see the progress of her students whilst supporting them to achieve their goals and be successful in their lives. She is always positive and teaches with enthusiasm to encourage her students to always do their best and never give up, which is the fundamental concept behind Choi Kwang-Do.

Emilia is a very keen marathon runner and has a deep love for leading a fit and healthy lifestyle. Although primary and secondary schools often fail to encourage regular exercise, Emilia can provide a huge range of fitness regimes at her school for kids and adults.

Emilia is fully qualified and CRB checked for total peace of mind.