지도관 · 智道館

Jido-kwan is one of the nine schools of martial arts that contributed to the foundation of Taekwondo. The school is now a society, which officially supports the style of Taekwondo taught by 국기원 國技院 (Gukgiwon, Kukkiwon).



The man credited with founding Jido-kwan is 전상섭 (Jeon Sang-seop). Whilst in Japan to attend college, Jeon Sang-seop studied Shōtōkan Karate under its founder Funakoshi Gichin. When he returned to Korea, he started teaching Karate at 조선 연무관 공수도 부 (Joseon Yeonmu-kwan Gongsudo Bu, or just Yeonmu-kwan), which was one of the few martial arts schools that the occupying forces of the Japanese allowed to exist at the time.

During the Korean war, Yeonmu-kwan was closed, along with all martial arts schools. Jeon Sang-seop went missing during the war, and later when the school was re-opened by his students, they voted to change the name to Jido-kwan.


(ji) means 'wisdom', (do) means 'way', and (gwan, kwan) refers to a training hall, so 지도관 智道館 (jidogwan) means 'The School of Wisdom'.

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


Korean Date

The date today is,

4350 년 8 월 4 일 (4350, Month 8 Day 4) (24 September 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).