8.7.2019 / Summer traning camp
6.7.2019 / International technical seminar with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong (IX. dan)
Practicing unites!
Czech Taekwondo Federation organized International Technical Seminar with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong (IX. dan) in the date from 31st of May to 2nd of June. As in the several past years, the venue was sports hall TJ Chodov at Prague 4. Many high degrees of Czech Taekwondo gathered on the tatami but also several guests from Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Moldavia. Most honored guests were surely Master Andrew Whiteley and Grandmaster Wayne Brown with his wife Dorine. Sonkal members who attended the seminar were Ondřej Vrábel and Pavel Šnábl. The plan was to go throu
1.7.2019 / Test for color belts
Grading at the end of the school year
The end of the school year is usually full of exams, tests and is dedicated to earning the best final mark. Sonkal members added one more test to their schedule – color belt grading which took place on 13th of June. Almost forty adepts for higher grade gathered at Vybíralova School’s gym on that hot afternoon. Most of the adepts were newbies – adepts for 9th and 8th kup. Most advanced adept was Martin Schwáb who applied for blue belt or 4th kup. The grading was quite ceremonial because the juror was GM Hwang Ho-yong. Grandmaster awarded everyone with points according to their per
21.5.2019 / Sonkal Open
13.5.2019 / Seminar with GM Kim Bok Man
Meeting the legend
Seminar with 85 years old grandmaster Kim Bok Man Hip twist, no sine wave, being kicked, sword, different techniques preparations, hips, Taekwon-do history, ball of the foot, self-defence, fighting fans, „challenge me with knife“, hips, pain in elbow, ripping the shoulder, stances, real boards… These words are floating in my mind 2 weeks after experience with GM Kim Bok Man seminar. With Pavel Šnábl, III. Dan we did easy training in our park day before, chatted drinking beer and left Prague before 6 AM on Saturday. Was pretty tired but looking forward to it. It was intensive exp
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19.4.2019 / Easter's Sonkal Taekwon-do Camp
Easter's camp
Take a look into Sonkal's ongoing sport camp in Zákupy. We have also plenty of movies on our Facebook page!
15.4.2019 / Easter's Sonkal Taekwon-do Camp
Cookbook for Easter's Sonkal Taekwon-do Camp
Easter Taekwon-Do camp is coming and we have some important information for all attendants: - We are going to meet on Thursday 18th of April at 9 a.m. at the gym in Černý Most – we will load necessary stuff that we will take with us - The departure is planned about 9:30 a.m. from Plechárna - Once we arrive we will unload the stuff then accommodate and have lunch. First training will be in the afternoon Training groups will be divided as follows: - white belts (the beginners who have not done testing yet) - yellow stripes - yellow belts + green stripes - green belts and highe
12.3.2019 / Instructors' and assistants' weekend with Martin Svitek and SGM Hwang (organizer Taekwon-Do School Velešín)
How was the instructors camp on Lipno?
Thanks to great responses from last year’s instructor’s weekend, I decided to participate as well. To train with other black belts, get to know each other, go for a trip, have a beer in the evening, sing… And in the morning have a wake-up bath in icy water of Lipno dam – isn’t it tempting? This year, the date was the second weekend of March. The program was different due to a visit of grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong who led two blocks on Saturday evening and Sunday morning focused on theory and moral culture of Taekwondo. Friday and two Saturday blocks were led by Martin Svitek (Svíťa
3.3.2019 / Sport camp on other continent
Egyptian in Egypt
At the turn of Sunday 17th of February an unusual event awaited some people of Sonkal school. A trip to a training holiday in Egypt on Sinai peninsula with the final destination in Sharm El Sheikh. This was an idea of our head-instructor Ondřej Vrábel. The main reason of this trip was to visit our other instructor Vladimír Švanda who is on business trip as a soldier in this locality. Despite the interest of this visit among trainees was great at the beginning there were eventually just seven of us who made that trip. Ondřej Vrábel, Veronika Holečková, Pavel Šnábl, Jna Veškrna, Jiř
27.2.2019 / Test for color belts
76 new color belt holders
On Tuesday February 12 we held first color belts promotion of this year. We achieved the highest number of applicants in history, it was together 76 new belts! Check out photos from whole promotion in our main gym at Černý Most.
19.2.2019 / Sport camp on other continent
Sun, sea, training and our friend Vlada
Currently we are staying in Sharm El-Sheikh like our member Vladimir Svanda, who is here serving as a member of Multinational Force & Observers (MFO). So, look on pictures taken during our stay :)
3.2.2019 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
Zákupy!
Winter camp is past. Everyone survived hard cold and snowy weather. Watch all pictures from our stay in Zákápy. We will be back on Easter's holiday! :)
18.1.2019 / Instructors' and assistants' weekend with Martin Svitek and SGM Hwang (organizer Taekwon-Do School Velešín)
8.7.2019 / Black belts examinations
New 3rd dan holder in Sonkal
On Sunday June 2 stood in front of promotion committee of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation Jiří Novák. Jirka performed his great level and was awarded with 3rd dan with average score 67 points. Later passed promotion Přemysl Šesták who is training in Sonkal. You can watch performance of both guys in attached videos :-) Published first part of photos, rest on Tuesday morning.
31.3.2019 / Christmas Taekwon-Do demonstration
End good, all good!
Christmas time has been in Sonkal for many years associated with Christmas exhibitions. After the successful celebration of 20 years of Sonkal in June, we decided to organize a Christmas exhibition in the Horní Počernice’s Theater. On Thursday, December 13, individual performers started to enter the Theater at about six thirty in the evening. We even bought new tatami. After a slightly hectic start, including spilled water on doboks and one of the cameras was upside down, everything was set for the 19th hour and we could start. The theater seats were already occupied by parents and
5.7.2019 / Czech national championship of Czech national union
Brief visit to other Taekwon-Do federation
Championship of Czech Republic of Czech National Union Taekwon-Do ITF 2019 is a competition that is very known to us and Sonkal has been taking part in it for several years. Often we win lots of medals there. This year was no exception. Our team of 31 contestants was definitely the most successful. At the beginning our black belts were dressed in ties judging the performances of pupils and juniors and later even they changed to Doboks to show their skills at patterns, sparring, power breaking and special techniques. There was no discipline in which our contestant would not manage it to fina
4.7.2019 / Sonkal Open
We can do it in another hall
Medals hung on successful necks, cups passed into even more successful hands, the hall is empty as if no tournament has taken place. So we could characterize the hectic Saturday, when more than 220 taekwondists and taekwondists from 23 schools in the Czech Republic and Slovakia met in Ruzyně sports hall. It is 7:30 Saturday 25th of May and crowds of sonkal’s boys and girls occupie the TJ Ruzyně Hall. Intensive preparation of sports hall begins - tables, tatami, decoration, registration, weighing…. Everything goes at the speed of serial production in a stale factory :-) 8:00 starts
3.7.2019 / Nitra Cup
Winning at our neighbours
On Friday April 26th at about 2 p.m. Sonkal team left for Slovakia where the Nitra Cup competition took place on Saturday April 27th. Sixteen members of Sonakl took part to represent our school. We went by two cars and one van. Not far away from boundary we met a traffic jam caused by a burning car on the D2 highway. Except that, there were no troubles on the road. We arrived at our final destination around 7:30 p.m. and right away we went to weigh ourselves. No one had trouble to fit his or her weight category. After that we went for dinner to McDonald in nearby mall. It is our tradition o
2.7.2019 / Czech Open (youth, juniors & adults)
Czech Open - We were second again
In days 1st to 3rd of March the biggest international competition in Czech Republic, traditional Czech Open, took place in Nymburk´s sport centre. There were lots of team from abroad – Estonia, Moldavia, Poland, Russia, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Also Czech schools were represented by large number of contestants. In total there were 399 competitors, 9 countries and 38 schools. Our school were represented by 20 contestants. On Friday we registered then weighted ourselves and then we had renowned Nymburk´s dinner. After registration each school went to its own lodgings. Th
14.3.2019 / Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation
Feelings of our most successful junior contestant
On Friday May the 15th at 2 p.m. we met in Opatov to set out for the contest of Czech Federation of Taekwon-Do Cup in Brno. It was a long way but I personally expected traffic jam and other issues that fortunately did not happen. Around 5 p.m. our group of Sonkal School arrived in Brno. We immediately went to weighing. After that, when we fulfilled sometimes difficult task to fit in chosen weight category, we had dinner in nearby restaurant. The food was not so good there so we went for another meal to the closest KFC. Then we had to accommodate ourselves and sleep for it is very importa
26.2.2019 / Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation
Good start of new competition season
Photos from Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do ITF Federation in Brno are completed.
3.2.2019 / Czech national championship
How great it went at Nationals
You probably understand from title, that I really enjoyed what we did at Czech national championship 2018 this weekend and I believe I am not only one from Sonkal. Few things were different this year. First our preparation – we focused autumn trainig camp on competitors (nearly) only. So we have enough place, time and focus to really do advanced things. Second – Nationals were only for red belts and above with blue allowed to compete if they´ve accepted rules for „A group“. Third all sparring matches were for 2 two minutes rounds with 30 second break. I was a bit afraid from point
16.1.2019 / Bulgaria Open
Competing in Bulgaria
The competition in Bulgaria (Plovdiv) was held on the weekend 24th to 25th of November. As our school wanted to participate in the competition, we left Prague on Friday (23rd of November), early in the morning by a plane. The whole flight was without any complications. After landing in Sofia,Bulgaria we rented cars at the airport and started the last part of our journey to Plovdiv. While driving from the airport we had the opportunity to observe the capital city of Bulgaria and we were rather disappointed by the view. There were ruined buildings everywhere and animals (goats, dogs, sheeps, etc
13.1.2019 / 6th King of Taekwon-Do
King's fight in Greece
The last weekend before Christmas the most popular competition called King of Tkd 2018 took place in Thessaloniki, Greece. Between 12 best competitors from Czech were chosen our three Jana Kovářová, Tereza Štekerová a Jan Veškrna. For me personaly this is not the best time for big competition like this, but every good warrior should be ready anytime. Its good for us to gain new experiences, which we will use in European championship. This will be at the beggining of April in Italy. We won here on King of Tkd 4 medals. Jana won 2 bronz - sparring and pattern, Tereza was in final and won s
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