Immediately before the formal inauguration of national and international associations,
similar or identical to the ones around today, and before the introduction of the
word 태권도 (taegwondo), there is a significant chapter
in the development of the art we now know. This is in the time during and following
the Japanese occupation of Korea.
Martial arts were not practised within large associations, but individual schools
or groups of schools would practise a common style, or subscribe to a common philosophy.
The word 관 (gwan) (very often written kwan)
literally refers to a hall where martial arts might be practised, however it also
refers to these stylistic groups.
Many of these groups would later be involved in the creation and naming of modern
Taekwondo. Though none of them formally exist today, there are some associations
and schools which claim to practise their styles.
The name Taesudo was a possible alternative to the name Taekwondo.
The date today is,
4350 년 1 월 3 일 (4350, Month 1 Day 3) (28 February 2017 CE)
This is the date according to the traditional lunisolar calendar of Korea. (Note
that this is not an authoritative calculation; I’m still working on the details.)
The years count back to the legendary founding of Korea by 단군 왕검