Ji Do Kwan Taekwondo
Philosophy of Jidokwan
Just like most martial arts, Jidokwan has a set of principles or a philosophy that each practitioner is expected to adhere to not only during combat or competition but also in daily life. In the 2006 Jidokwan 60th Anniversary Handbook, Taekwondo Jidokwan's philosophy is published as follows
- A leadership imbued with wisdom and refinement.
- A courageous activist who thinks before his action.
- A patriot who is devoted to the welfare of his/her nation.
The objectives of Instructor Education
- To help maintain a self-perfection which is respected by the public.
- To hel form an avant-garde in organizing national force to stop the aggressors.
- To help achieve ideological innovation in taekwondo spirit.
- To help actively participate in the service to the public for the community development.
- To help foster high hopes and great ambition by encouraging savings.
The Spirit of the Eight Manners of Solemnity
- View Rightly
- Feel Rightly
- Think Rightly
- Speak Rightly
- Order Rightly
- Contribute Rightly
- Use Abilities
- Conduct Rightly
Credo of Taekwondo Jidokwan
- Taekwondo for myself.
- Taekwondo for the Jidokwan.
- Taekwondo for our country.
- I will observe the rules and absolutely obey the order of Jidokwan.
- I will attain physical and mental discipline in the spirit of Jidokwan.
- I will devote myself to the creation of new tradition and achievement of Jidokwan.
History of Jidokwan
Jidokwan meaning "School of Wisdom" is one of the original nine Kwans of modern Korean martial arts. During the unification of all Kwans, it became Taekwondo. It was founded towards the end of World War II in what we now know as South Korea.
The foundation for Jidokawan were readied and laid down by Sang Sup Chun. While he was studying in Japan to attend College, he also trained under Gichin Fukanoshi until he mastered Shotokan Karate. When he returned to Korea, the Japanese who had taken over Korea, allowed only a few schools to exist. Sang Sup Chun was allowed to teach Karate at the Chosun Yun Moo Kwan school of Judo. He also became very close friends with Byung In Yoon, a paractitioner of Chuan-fa during his stay in Manchuria and became a Shotokan Karate Teacher under Kanken Toyama during his stay in Japan.
Chun and Yoon travelled and trained with other martial artists. This allowed them to grow so close as brothers would and Yoon taught class at Chun's school. After six months, he opened his own club named the "YMCA Kwon Bop Bu", which would later be known as Chang Moo Kwan. The Korean War caused all martial arts schools to close in Korea including those of Sang Sup Chun's and Byung In Yoon who both vainshed during the war. While Byung In Yoon died of lung cancer on April 3, 1983, nothing was heard from Sang Sup Chun since the war.