청도관 · 靑濤館
Cheongdo-kwan is one of the nine schools of martial arts that contributed
to the foundation of Taekwondo. Opened by
이원국 (Li Won-guk) around 1944 CE, the school
is now a society, which officially supports the style of Taekwondo taught
by 국기원 國技院 (Gukgiwon, Kukkiwon).
The founder of Cheongdo-kwan was 이원국 (Li Won-guk), who had trained in Taekkyeon
in Seoul, and had also trained in Shōtōkan Karate under
이원국 (Li Won-guk)
손덕성 (Son Deok-seong)
엄운규 (Eom Wun-gyu)
청 靑 (cheong) refers to celadon
- a colour of ceramic that originated in China and is a pale green-blue similar
to jade. This style of ceramics later became popular in Korea, where the colour
celadon has the name 청자 (cheongja).
도 濤 (do) refers to a wave, and
관 館 (gwan, kwan) refers
to a training hall. Therefore, 청도관 靑濤館
(cheongdogwan) means 'Celadon Wave School' (though is often translated
to 'Blue Wave School').
The name 'Cheongdo-kwan' follows the traditional naming scheme for martial
arts styles. This would therefore mean that the style of martial arts practised
at Cheongdo-kwan is called 'Cheongdo-kwan 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