오도관 · 吾道館
Odo-kwan is one of the nine schools of martial arts that contributed to
the foundation of Taekwondo. Opened by
최홍희 (Choi Hong-hi) and
남태희 (Nam Tae-hi) in 1953 CE, the school
is now a society, which officially supports the style of Taekwondo taught
by 국기원 國技院 (Gukgiwon, Kukkiwon).
Both Choi Hong-hi and Nam Tae-hi were formerly students at Cheongdo-kwan.
Choi Hong-hi, with the assistance of Nam Tae-hi, developed his
own style of Taekwondo, and so the two of them separated from Cheongdo-kwan
and opened their own school, calling it Odo-kwan. In the beginning, many
of the students at Odo-kwan were also former Cheongdo-kwan students.
Choi later gave a new name to his style of martial arts, 창헌유
蒼軒流 (Changheonyu), which is derived from his pen
name, 창헌 蒼軒 (Changheon),
meaning 'Blue Pavillion'.
오 吾 (o) means 'my' or 'our',
도 道 (o) means 'way', and
관 館 (gwan, kwan)
refers to a training hall. Therefore, 오도관 吾道館
(odogwan) means 'The School of Our Way'.
The name 'Odo-kwan' follows the traditional naming scheme for martial arts
styles. This would therefore mean that the style of martial arts practised at Odo-kwan
is called 'Odo-kwan Taekwondo'.