31.12.2012 / 3rd Christmas camp for red & black belts
Christmas Event 2012 by Tereza
Hello Sonkal members and you other people visiting our webpage. You could have noticed that from 27th to 29th of December our red and black belts attended the Christmas training camp. It took place in Malé Svatoňovice where our summer training camps are. And if you haven´t noticed or you just couldn´t go with us, I will describe to you how such event looks like. We met on Thursday 27th of December at 9 a.m. in front of Česká Spořitelna bank at Černý Most. When all of us arrived, we got into the cars and started our journey. Together we were 13 equals 15 people (because I count also
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25.12.2012 / Tests for color belts
30 new color belts
At Tuesday of 11th of December a color belt grading took place in our gym at Černý Most. After hard examination in front of our instructors 30 practitioners showed their skills to GM Hwang Ho-Yong including all color belts except 5. kup. Grandmaster was pleased with performance of the students which was shown by the points he gave and by the small number of corrections during the grading. Next grading is planned for the spring (probably April) and we wish a good luck to all Sonkal students who will apply for that grading. Congratulations to all for their new grades.
16.12.2012 / Examination for I.-IV. dan
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29.10.2012 / Autumn Sonkal camp
Sun, wind, snow, ice.... ou yeah and taekwondo
Look at 104 photos taken during Sonkal's camp in Zakupy. Unfortunatelly due my illness there is only small bunch of photos.
4.10.2012 / Sonkal 2013
New project for competition team
We have stabilized training schedules for our groups and were thinking and discussing possibility of specialized trainings dedicated to sport part of taekwondo for many years. And finally we did it. We thought of Sunday evening to be the best day to train, but with regards to GM Hwang seminars monthly on Sunday evening we chose Friday evening 5-7 P.M. . This will influence everyone as we will have more time for non-sport aspects of Taekwon-do on regular trainings.
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1.10.2012 / International course with GM Choi Jung-hwa
Son of taekwondo founder in Czech Republic
Five mighty (because you had to wake up at about 5 A.M.) members of Sonkal travelled on Saturday 22/9 to Znojmo. Their federation organized seminar with son of founder of Taekwon-do - Choi Jung Hwa. It was about two hours to get there without any problems, so we arrived in time to warm-up a little. I assume there were about 200 participants from Italy, Germany, Croatia, Ireland, Czech republic....and much more I do not remember. Seminar started at 10 o´clock with stretching led by master from Slovakia, it was fast and furious. Seminar itself was more lecture than training. We exercise
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30.9.2012 / 42nd Sonkal sportcamp
42nd Sonkal's training camp
Year has passed quickly and we spent 9 days of wonderful, magnificent and great time in (for us) well known Malé Svatoňovice. Let´s start from the beginning. Departure for the camp was planned for half past 8 on Saturday morning in front of our dojang to help pack all our equipment. I came a bit late and was happy to see so many people already helping. Journey was long as always, but we were looking forward to lunch and first training, which started at 3 P.M. focusing on fundamental techniques and patterns. Our bodies were happy to move sharp again after a month of rest. Practicing in gy
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20.9.2012 / 3rd round Moravian team league
Meeting friends and fighting in Třebíč
I was honoured to be invited to third round of moravian team league to fight in their all weight pyramid. There is always eight people in the pyramid with those who won at least one round going to next round of league and 4 loosing in first round are changed by "fresh meat". I was one of "fresh meats" (if you consider me so). Oraganizer Kamil Šamal promised me Vojta Fiala in first round (hooray - will bring baseball bat to be able to hurt him) later changef for Honza Vrchovecký (hooray wasn´t hit by bandae dollyo chagi for a while), but finally I fought Martin Kosík (hooray winner of first
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10.9.2012 / Night Prague Run
How we practiced fighting and then running away
Last year´s inspiration (when for the first time I was able to run 10 kms without my back dying) brought me idea, that we may deepen our friendship with other taekwondoists not only by meeting on sparring seminars kicking our heads, but maybe through hard run. So I registred to 10km night run through Prague and invited other taekwondo friends, that often visisits my sparring seminars. After all (registration mail was to long for some of us...) there were 5 of us. Saturday morning...more parts of my body are in pain than without it, but someone says you should go to the grave shattered. We h
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20.8.2012 / Self defense seminar
Self defense seminar
Thank to bojovaumeni.cz, I´ve read plenty of pages of flame war discussions, but also met few very interesting and nice people and learnt a lot. Thank to this I´ve spent this Saturday in Jihlava. Few discussion members were interested in how to behave before real physical conflict, how when lucky don´t have to fight or how to even avoid to be part of it. We met in Hung Kyun school in Jihlava and Jan Niesyt, person whose his profession led to many conflicts spoke about behaviour before conflict itself (not only, when he start to speak, topics are just flowing out of him :o) ). People from wh
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10.8.2012 / Scotish mission
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10.8.2012 / Summer Taekwon-do camp with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong, VIII. dan
Summer camp with GM Hwang Ho Yong
My plan was not to write article from summer camp, not to make you bored and because my creativity is a bit drained. Finally I got kissed by muse a bit, so let me share few thoughts and photos. Camp traditionally took place in Sklárna naer Žihle which is an old and unattractive accommodation, with strange food, nearly no mobile signal and wifi connection that is even slower than my computer. Last two things are enjoyed only by backers of my kind. One would anticipate that 10th camp will be special - VIP guests, many people, something more and sparkling, like when you celebrate your 18. b
29.7.2012 / Seminar with Hwang Kwang Sung
Next journey to the origins
Hello from czech summer camp, I started to write this article just a moment after I´ve returned from the event, but then laziness appeared and it was rotting till now when I got kissed again by muse. I took part in another interesting seminar. It´s been few months now so I don´t remember all the boring information you don´t want to know, when it was, how long were trainings etc. I ´ll write just what comes to my tongue (ok, to my fingers)… First taekwondists are aging like normal people. After General Choi passed away I was sad also because I have never had chance to meet him
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22.7.2012 / Okinawa karate seminar
Inspiration from Okinawa
I am deeply loyal to Taekwon-do, but for good Taekwon-do there have to be broad overview. So I joined open seminar of Okinawan karate to got inspired. After all General Choi created Taekwon-do regarding his experiences with Karate (eventhough it was Shotokan style) and Taekkyon, so don´t call me false hearted. Available information about seminar said that it is open for all styles so I anticipated 30 karatekas and 15 people in track suit, final info said that there will be about 30 traditional karatekas and about 20 other styles´ practicioners. My brain had holiday probably, because after en
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14.6.2012 / 42nd Sonkal sportcamp
Summer training camp - what to look forward to :o)
Another year of training passed, next summer holidays are coming together with our traditional training camp. We have prepared 9 days full of Taekwon-do and other activities. What may we look forward to? - at least two trainings per day - evening trainings focused on patterns, step sparring and funny competitions - it is more than 20 trainings through whole vent - tournments - ultimate tournament in Tekken - step sparring tournament - action scenes - art competition with Taekwon-Do theme -
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26.4.2012 / Czech national team camp
One day with czech national team
My long-term life philosophy is "I´ll sleep enough in grave" so after returning from Nitra Cup I´ve turned alarm clock to 6:30AM to brought Tomáš Vodička to national team preparation camp for European championship (he competed in Nitra so was allowed to join rest of national team later). Our eyes were hard to keep open, but fortunately we have few minutes left to pump some caffeine into our veins. Morning training was in Aurora spa and trainers were able to cope with smaller space. Female seniors practiced team patterns, juniors practiced individual patterns and veterans practiced p
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24.4.2012 / Tests for color belts
50 Sonkal members has been promoted
On Thursaday (19/4/12) 50 members of our school took part in grading. All adepts were thoroughly tested by their trainers during easter camp and next trainings. Everyone did well and achieve hogher belt. We have to mention Ondra Faltýn, who achieved score of 70 points and got double promotion to yellow belt. Nela Morkovcová also did well, she is third member of their family who started Taekwon-do. We also enjoyed pan-jaju matsogi (semi-free sparring) of Vendula Benediktová and Tereza Žilinská which was of high standard regarding their age. Next grading will held during summer camp in
11.4.2012 / Spring Sonkal camp
Neither rain nor snow (and wind) could stop Sonkal!
"Finally spring and hot weather and finally spring training camp" was running through my head walking to our gym to help pack equipment on Thursday morning. First possitive thing - we do not bring tatami, so less work and less cleaning. It took about 30 minutes so we left to Zákupy and was there in about hour and half. Our stay started with traditionally tasty lunch and then went for a walk (Zákupy village is pretty nice). First traning was easy, focused on fundamental movements, patterns and kicks. We also spent some time with theory - this time history of Sonkal dojang. Evening training h
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5.4.2012 / Eugenij Piksaev
Surprise of tkd weekend
After weekend spent on Czech Open, one would enjoy one weekend of relax, doing nothing and healing of body. So we had sparring seminar on Saturday (and it hurt) and on Sunday Dan promotions (3 hours of sitting is hard job, you know) and seminar with GM Hwang. Martin Záměčník (Czech federation president) told me and Tomáš Kuba (boss of Il Kyok dojang) that Eugenij Piksaev - russian national team member, multiple medallist from World championships, student of master Pak Bong Dok and owner of one of the fastest non-asian hands I´ve ever seen, is here on visit and will lead training we are
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2.4.2012 / Examination for I.-V. dan
New black belts holders
On Sunday, April 1 was organized promotions for higher black belt degrees. His first exam for I. dan applied Jiri Huml and for II. dan Tomas Vodicka. Both our guys were doing very well and they achieved new degrees. Warm congratulation from Sonkal.
5.3.2012 / International umpire course
International umpire course in Croatia
From Friday 17 till Sunday 19 January was held international umpire course in Novigrad, Croatia. Ondrej Vrabel, member of Sonkal, and Rostislav Kanka took a part in this event. Saturday's part of seminar was dedicated to technical seminar led by GM Hwang Ho-yong. All participants enjoyed this part very much. Sunday's morning session was focused on practising umpires duties. Check photos from technical seminar.
17.2.2012 / Regional course for 2nd kup and higher
Seminar with GM Hwang in Třeboň
First seminar on South of Bohemia in this year was held on January 18 in Trebon. At the start of seminar GM Hwang spoke and discussed with participants about basic principles of DO in our Martial Art. Main training session was focused on sparring and self-defense exercises and the last part was filled with special techniques and some power breaking. Everybody enjoyed this seminar and was tired, but satisfied :)
21.1.2012 / Scotish mission
Scotland mission - first training under UKTA
As some of you knows, I left to Glasgow to spend here half a year at university. I was sure that I want to practice Taekwon-do here as well. First days here were pretty rough, had many things to arrange and to buy. I did not like Glasgow first - it´s dirty here, city transport impossible to understand and not really nice. But I got used to it and found nice and interesting places here. I had 2 addresses of tkd dojangs and asked at both places when do they train. First place is just 5 minutes away from where I live, they have trainings on Wednesday and Friday, moreover there is special tr
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