Chung Do Kwan TaeKwon-Do
Chung Do Kwan means the "Blue Wave School" and was founded in 1944 by Grandmaster Won Kuk Lee. The logo, seen to the left, incorporates a fist holding a scroll of knowledge and is indicative of a blend of scholarly virtue and fighting skill. It is a distinct blend of Chinese kung-fu, Japanese karate, and native Korean Martial Arts. Following the Second World War, when Korea needed something to rally behind, the Chung Do Kwan was one of several incorporated into a new, national, Martial Art.
TaeKwon-Do means "Hand Foot Way." It is characterized by a mix of hard, direct, kicks, punches, and other techniques. As a name, "TaeKwon-Do" is fairly young; the term being adapted to describe unified Korean Martial Arts in 1955. Modern Olympic TaeKwon-Do is rightly famous for its high, flying, kicks. But, while the name is relatively recent, Traditional TaeKwon-Do has old roots. Direct precursors to TaeKwon-Do, the Korean Martial Arts of Soobak and Taek Kyon, can be traced and documented back for several thousand years. Paintings found in Korean caves clearly show men engaged in unarmed combat extremely similar to Soobak and Taek Kyon, and date to at least 50 BCE.