Time of rest, lounging, eating Christmas desserts connected with gaining weight are away and group of Sonkal’s tried to spice Christmas mood with some taekwondo.
Nine red and black belts left Prague slightly after 9 A.M. on December 27. Two cars consisted of Ondra, Vláďa, Svíťa, Pavel Bareš, Petr Legner, Michal Zacharuk, Pavel Šnábl, Veronika Holečková and me. Our way led to, well known (for us), Malé Svatoňovice. Everyone is able to imagine this village in summertime, because we spent many summer camps here, but no one is able to imagine it covered by snow. We got there just at lunch-time and were enchanted by how winter changed the place .... we were hardly able to recognize it at all. I said: „we ran here during morning warm-up“ and Pavel Šnábl replied: “It cannot be.“ Landscape looked rea
Look at 189 photos from Sunday"s examination for black belts.
Have a look at 172 photos from national course in Nymburk.
On Thursday December 9 we organized the last exams for higher belts in gym of Vybiralova school. 21 adepts chosen by trainers successfuly applied for their higher belts. Warm congratulation to all!
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We did demonstration for rest home Šlejnická Christmas event. We prepared simple plan that had to be changed in few minutes because we were provided space of about 1,5x7m (yes, row between tables as you may see on photos), but we did well. Three of our youngest (young enough to be skilled, but also still cute) demonstrated – Filip Morkovca, Jirka Novák and Tomáš Pavlíček. They showed step sparring (where Filip almost ripped his eye off by his own belt and then received nice high turning kick to the head, but despite of this he survived and became favorite of all the audience :o) , Jirka ate one nice apchagi but also fortunately stood still). Boys did both basic and advanced techniques to the pad afterwards, I did Po-eun (I wanted
We met on frozen Saturday December, 4 in Černý Most, where Svíťa (Martin Svitek) organized training focused on integrating moves from greco-roman wrestling and ground fighting to our skills.
Goal was to introduce techniques for close distance and ground, so different situations than normally taught in taekwondo trainings.
Warm-up was enriched by falls, rolls, handstands and few variations that prepared our bodies and tuned our minds for fun on m
Empty ponds and snow-covered landscape reminded coming Christmas. Despite of below zero weather, atmosphere in Třeboň sport hall was warm, because of 250 competitors from 25 taekwondo schools taking part in second international open competition – Třeboň Open. Three clubs from Slovakia and youth from Belarus came to compete together with Czech taekwondoists.
Four tatamis were prepared for patterns and sparring, one for special techniques and one for power breaking.
This Saturday will be held in Trebon 2nd annual international championship - Trebon Open. Applications sent already 250 competitors from 25 clubs (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus). There will be also almost all members of Czech national team. It will be the last competition test for them before European Championship in Tallinn (February 23-26, 2011).
We would like to invite all Taekwon-Do fans to Trebon"s sport hall. Tournament starts at 9:30 AM on Saturday 27. Chosen final matches with gala program will be from 6:00 PM.
During Sunday we bring you photos from whole competition and also movies of some fights.
Look at 152 photos from Budoshow in Brno. There was also performance of internation instructors demonstration team of Czech Taekwon-Do ITF Federation. Members of team were holdes of IV., V. & VI. dans. In video gallery you can find movie of demonstration!
226 photos from overview of martial arts in Prague, check video gallery for movies.
Jiři Huml became best junior male B and Monika Junová best junior female A. Sonkal won third time in raw title of the most successful school of Czech National Championship.
733 photos from whole Championship are available.
In video gallery is available 14 movies with final matches!
5 days long training marathon is done and you can see 183 photos. Check here.
So another regularly irregular Saturday training event is behind us. I was sad that time for special training (special time, special content) will be probably after National championship, so I decided that intensive sparring session will be the right thing. I have tried to invite few friends from other taekwondo schools and styles to organize nice Saturday, unfortunately my karma is probably not right, because lot of things went different way than I planned (as always in my case). Ondřej Vrábel (IV. Dan) remembered that he promised us to lead training for black belts patterns and intensive plan was formed. Two hours of patterns in the morning and then 2 or more hours of sparring in the afternoon.
I sent information about this training to many people, some of them apologized because of important reasons some because of spe
Because weather forecast said that not only pressure, condensation point, humidity and side wind should be optimal, but also sun should shine, our plan for sunny Sunday 10/10/2010 was decided. Three Sonkal girls went to Prague historical center to make some photos. They were not alone dressed in strange way .... we met many Scots in traditional kilts :o)
We started in front of Powder Gate than through Celetná street to Old Town Square. Then we systematically raked through streets to Charles Bridge. We finished on Kampa´s Lenon Wall. But why to speak about interesting sites of Prague... watch them.
First victim of my interview mission is small Vendulka Bluchová from Frýdek-Místek. I interviewed Vendulka on talented youth organization competition on Moravia.
Vendy is 8 years old, attending third grade of primary school, but she says school is boring for her except of physical education. She has small animal farm at home – two dogs, three cats, parrot and hamster. Favourite leisure time activities are Taekwondo, playing with her dog Viklík and she loves swimming in the pool.
Look at 122 photos from Moravia Championship which been held on Saturday October 2 in Frýdek-Místek.
Four Sonkal"s members paid a visit to Brno"s downtown during Friday afternoon. In the mornig on Saturday all teams showed their skills in pattern and sparring.
Check together 417 photos!
presentation and demonstration of Taekwon-do
I took part in another exercise-demonstration-social-taekwondo event during weekend 3.-5. September, so I am going to write a few lines about it.
Takwon-do school Velesin celebrates 20th birthday this year (exactly in December), I got to know from federation Bulletin and wrote congratulation email to Milan Prokeš (IV. Dan, big boss of Velesin school and apropos person I do really respect). He probably took pity on me and invited me for whole event – demonstration, concert, raut and seminar.
Way out of Prague with Radek Kolář (taekwondo Pardubice) was fine (hour of waiting in traffic jam.
presentation and demonstration of Taekwon-do
Our students took part in Ladronkafest on Saturday September 11. It is huge leisure activities´ festival of Prague 6 in which we took part for the second time (but it was my first time because of leg fracture I had last year and I am happy that I had opportunity to be there this year).
Me, Pavel Šnábl and Michal Zacharuk came to Ladronka shortly before 9 A.M. After moment we saw cyclotaekwondist Svíťa, rushing for us to show us our place. Both Godzillas (Petr and Lukáš Legner) were there and Vláďa arrived with all of our equipment. Our first task was to prepare our presentation. Building tent we got from organizers was piece of cake, but second tent we got from Theo was kind of riddle (fortunately few o
For Sunday night we made movie with match of Czech girls against DPR Korea national team members. This is semifinal fight and our girls have bronze medals after they loose.
During this week we already added 5 movies from self-defense junior mix.
Today afternoon returned to Czech Republic members of National Taekwon-Do ITF team who participated at 9th junior & 4th veteran World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Two members of Sonkal took a part in - Kristyna Hudkova (junior female) & Ondrej Vrabel (umpire).
Have a look together with us for photos from very short sight seeing of town and also from technical seminar before tournament. Today you can watch 358 photos and for tomorrow will be ready set from Day Nr. 1 of competition!
Results: 2nd place - team sparring junior female (Kristýna Hudková) 3rd place - team pattern junior female (Kristýna Hudková) 5th place - Czech Republic
You can see 1036 photos from whole Championship.
Look in video gallery, you will find there first movies from championship!
special guest Hwang Su-il
This year’s camp was, in one word, wonderful. I have never visited summer camp before, so I was thinking if it is worth of taking part. I had just returned from camp in Slovakia and I. Dan exams were before me, so I was not sure if have strength to manage everything. Finally Svíťa (Martin Svitek) persuaded me and we left Prague to travel to Sklárna two days before camp. You know, I had to use this chance to train with such a „masters“ like Hwang Su-il and others (We know that Mr. Hwang, Knighton and Dekker are not Masters yet, but Tomáš
Tonight have a look at movie with footage of all participating pairs in step & model sparring tournament. We added movie with action scenarios competition. This year it was much better than previous years.
After years of camps spent in Malé Svatoňovice, changing place to Sklárna near Pilsen (where summer camp with Master is organized for last few years) was a breath of fresh air. So our direction changed from Trutnov to Pilzen region.
Departure was planned to 6/8/10 8:30 from our gym, but some Taekwon-do enthusiasts cannot sleep waiting for the camp, they came more than hour earlier...so no work loading our equipment left for me. At the other hand I looked like I was kicked out of my home, because of rucksack and two bags I carried, but I have to say I was not the one with most luggage. It was nice to see happiness and excitement in eyes of everyone, motivated to train hard after summer break. Michal Zacharuk came to say hello, unfortunately he could not come with us, because of shattered back. The bus left and me and Ondra Vrábel were trying to connect our special techniques post to car roof....in rain...and then go for LCD display for Tekken tournament...so after all, some work left for me :D
We arrived to Sklárna jus
special guest Hwang Su-il
Next summer camp is over (unfortunately) and because it was again (for the 8time) great experience and left many never-to-forget memories in me I want to share some with you. Normally only me and Lenka Dvořáková take part from Sonkal dojang, but this year I persuaded also Tomáš Vodička (that time 1. kup, now I. Dan ;o) to accompany me (it took me about 7 seconds saying „you may have 5 trainings with Hwang Su-il instead of 1“). My brother „happily“ (good to be older brother) brought us there, so it took just slightly more than hour to be in Sklárna (we got lost just two times – I did the driving, fortunately speed meter (tachometer) was not working so I was not sure if I am breaking laws ;o) Sklárna had great taekwondo atmosphere just when we arrived, because younger students of Ge-baek Hosinsool school practiced in
One day remains to our traditional summer training camp. Our caravan will not travel East as always, but in a 180 degrees different way. Sklárna u Žihle north of Pilsen (huge facility for various events as children and sport camps etc.) will shelter us this year. Participants of summer camps with Master Hwang knows this place very well and it will be interesting change for the rest of our students.Let´s see what awaits us: at least 2 trainings per day – we gonna practice all parts of our art. Everyone will get plenty of trainings focused on fundamental exercises, patterns, kicks, sparring system, special techniques and power breaking. This should bring more speed, power and flexibility to all that will take part seriously. Taekwondo theory lectures screening of various deonstrations discussion about interesting World and european championships´ matches Tekken tournament no. 3 mobum matsogi tournament action scenes tournament great place for taking exibition photos trip to nature during free day training with Master Hwang Ho-yong (VIII. Dan) at the end of the camp grading with Master Hwang and much more :o)
We have prepared 10 original T-shirts (and 2 more for Tekken tournament) as awards. We also have 10 photos of Hwang Su-il (VI. Dan) with his original signature.
Check our photo gallery from last year´s summer camp.
Look at more than 230 photos. Some info will be available later.
special guest Hwang Su-il
Big numbers of Czech taekwondists are participating on this year camp and there is also many people from Poland, Switzerland and Netherland. VIP guest are VI. dan holders - Hwang Su-il (Japan), Paul Knighton (England) and Paul Dekker (Netherland). Master Hwang Ho-yong (VIII. dan) is traditional guest in spite of his return from Korea only last Wednesday.
Look at 71 photos from our one day stay on this excellent event.
Another 55 photos added!
On Tuesday July 20 at 6:15PM landed on airport Prague - Ruzyne airplane from Moscow and Master Hwang Ho-yong (VIII. dan) was also on the board. Master returns to Czech Republic after more than 6 months stay in Korea. His family should be back in one month. Master Hwang was in great mood and was very pleasent with welcome of a bunch taekwondo people.
Check a few photos from meeting with Master Hwang in the airport hall.
Joint Czechoslovak training camp 2010
Four Sonkals (members of Sonkal taekwondo school) – Ondra Vrábel, Vladimír Švanda, Pavel Šnábl and Tomáš Vodička went to Stará Turá to compare skills, learn new training methods and also to meet new friends at Taekwon-do Academy Slovakia training camp.
We left Prague at Saturday 3/8/10 short after 8 A.M., weather was deadly hot, but fortunately Vláďa has AC in his car. Only delay on our way to Slovakia was lunch in KFC – tasty chicken :o)
Adrenalin part of our trip started just after we crossed Slovakian
Look at more than 250 photos from competition which been held on Saturday in Pecky.
On May 23, 2010, a National seminar was held in Brno. Master Hwang Ho Yong was missing because of his trip to Korea. This seminar was led by Mr. Rostlislav Kaňka (6th black belt degree) and Mr. Martin Zámečník (5th black belt degree). There were also other international instructors like Mr. Petr Poklop (5th black belt degree), Mrs Jana Lazorová (4th black belt degree), Mr. Marek Lazor (4th black belt degree), Mr. Ondřej Vrábel (4th black belt degree) and Mr. Milan Prokeš (4th black belt degree).
The morning part of the seminar was led by Mr. Kaňka. The entire part was about techni
The most successful individual competitors: youth male - Mikuláš Kuna (Silla), 2-0-0 youth female - Petra Schacherlová (Tong-Il), 2-0-0 junior male - Michal Radotínský (Dan-Gun), 1-1-0 junior female - Kristýna Hudková (Sonkal), 2-1-0 senior male - Anton Kuznetsov (Silla), 1-1-1 senior female - Jitka Haisová (Silla), 2-0-0
First three places in club overall grabbed: 1. Sonkal, 12-9-6 2. Taekwondo Academy Slovakia, 10-5-3 3. Silla, 8-11-5
Check complete results HERE (PDF).
Look at 297 photos from whole day of tournament.
Eight in the morning is getting closer in corridors of Sport center CSTV in Nymburk appears more and more people in strange white habits. After first dose of caffeine my eyes opened and white habits became taekwondo doboks.
Enough of literary experiments, lets see what happened in this town on Elbe. On April 10 (day before 55. anniversary of taekwondo) more than 15 competitors and 20 referees from 10 schools came
About 150 young taekwondoists came to Nymburk"s sport center during Friday"s afternoon to proceed neccessary registration and weigh-in. Whole Saturday was dedicated to comparation of skills individuals and teams in pattern, sparring, special techniques and power breaking.
Look at 56 photos.
On Sunday January 17 we made a few photos in co-operation with Jan Broz (http://www.sunnyphoto.cz). Take a look at photos.
Sun was shining, wind blowing over the fields. Doboks waving in windows of an old mill.
One of the sentences on application form said: „Training camp will be focused on cardio conditioning“. I liked the idea so I took part. It was just four days camp and first was not so hard, so maybe you say „it is not possible to improve cardio in four days“. You are right, but I offer you different point of view. Everyone on this camp ran few kilometers and trained really hard, it is of no question (check photos), but still it does not improve one’s condition in any way. I was more influenc
You can look at complete photo set from European Championship in Barletta. Check 1004 photos.
Look at pictures from tournament in Borovany.
Next seminar with Martin Svitek took place at Černý most on Saturday (20/2/10), this time focused especially on hand techniques and also on cardio, what probably was not main goal, but we – lazy boys – had hard time :-D Less than expected came, but at the other hand Martin had enough time to put individual advices to everyone (of 4).
We started with warm-up and stretching, then with few rounds of light sparring
There was an examination for candidates of black belt degrees from Czech national team in Brandýs nad Labem on Saturday. Among seven of junior male & female members of the National team was Kristýna Hudková (candidate for the 1st black belt degree, a member of Sonkal). Monika Junová (also the member of Sonkal) was missing there because of injury. If Monika wasn"t injured she could participate on exam for 2nd black belt degree.
Warm congratulation to Kristýna Hudková pro successful achievement of I. dan and also to another members of Czech national team.
For now u can look at 90 photos from this examination.
We made for you 9 movies of finale matches at international tournament Czech Open 2010. Four matches in pattern and five in sparring been chosen.
Look at 500 photos from international tournament Czech Open 2010. There were 33 participating clubs from 13 countries. Right now you can find 9 movies from chosen finale matches in video gallery.
This year of international competition Czech Open will be held in 11 days. After deadline for foreing participants we can say it will be again championship with international participation. At this time we have applications from Austria, Croatia, England, Denmark, Greenland, Norway, Netherland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland. We registered contacts from Kazachstan and Moldova. Everyone is sure of participation many clubs from Czech Republic and members of Czech national team. Right now we have registered 12 participating countries, it"s same as the last year.
Addition: 19 Czech clubs applied and there is 256 competitors overall.
Info pack you can find here.