Hanmu-kwan

한무관 · 韓武館

Hanmu-kwan is one of the nine schools of martial arts that contributed to the foundation of Taekwondo. Opened by 이교윤 (Li Kyo-yun) in 1956 CE, the school is now a society, which officially supports the style of Taekwondo taught by 국기원 國技院 (Gukgiwon, Kukkiwon).

History

Li Kyo-yun was formerly a student of Yeonmu-kwan (which was later renamed to Jido-kwan), having trained under its founder 전상섭 (Jeon Sang-seop). He left to start his own school after falling into conflict with another high-grade student.

Whilst Jido-kwan now only exists as a society, Li Kyo-yun remains its president.

Etymology

(han) refers to Korea, (mu) refers to martial arts, and (gwan, kwan) refers to a training hall. Therefore, 한무관 韓武館 (hanmugwan) means 'Korean Martial Arts School', and is clearly shows the interest in a strong national identity after the Japanese occupation.

The name 'Hanmu-kwan' follows the traditional naming scheme for martial arts styles. This would therefore mean that the style of martial arts practised at Hanmu-kwan is called 'Hanmu-kwan Taekwondo'.

Korean Date

The date today is,

4350 년 3 월 30 일 (4350, Month 3 Day 30) (25 May 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 (Dan-gun Wanggeom).