29.12.2013 / 4th Christmas camp for red & black belts
Members of Sonkal said goodbye to 2013
If some action is repeated annually for the fourth time, you can call it traditional. So our traditional action is Christmas TKD camp for red belts and higher. After Christmas holidays, our highest grades went to three-day-long stay in Malé Svatoňovice to enjoy the end of year together. This year from Friday to Sunday, this extended weekend was full of training, trips and enjoying free time. Have a look at the pictures!
10.12.2013 / Test for color belts
33 higher grades
Today was this year´s last day of promoting in Sonkal. 33 applicants passed their exam on Černý Most in Prague. GM Hwang was the one who examined them on this special occasion. Congratulation to our new 1.kup Vendy Benediktová, who did really well with overall 67 points. Congratulation to everyone and keep your hard training.
10.12.2013 / Black belt examination
New Dans in Petřiny
Sadly these are not names of our new students. Just two of our members passed their I. Dan exam - Jirka Novák and me (Jan Dvořáček). Our exam took place in Brno on December 8. It went like this....Ondra Vrábel woke up us at 7:40, I packed my equipment a waited for hour for Jirka (I will sleep longer next time!). Then breakfast and we went to dojang. We brought Tom and Jana to train station on our way as they were travelling to Třebíč to watch some thaiboxing match. Everyone was preparing in dojang, warming up and stretchnig. Ondra registred us and we were informed about procedure o
9.12.2013 / Black belt examination
Two of us with black belt
Winter Dan promotions took place in Brno. Honza Dvořáček and Jirka Novák were succesful in our pretest during autumn training camp and did even better during promotion itself. I have to mention that Honza did power test for his weaker (but still strong!) hand as he (indomitably :o) ) broke his dominant one on Czech national championship. And Jirka was awarded as best applicant in his age group and got tie with logo of Czech taekwondo federation.
8.12.2013 / National technical course with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong
National seminar with GM Hwang
National seminar with GM Hwang took place in Brno December 7th. We had to wake up early for Saturday to be in Brno in time as it started to snow in Czech republic that day. One car driven by our instructor Martin Svitek left his home at 7 AM with me, Jirka Huml and Jirka Novák. I don´t know how was the jurney of other car (with Ondra Vrábel, Tomáš Vodička, Jana Kovářová and Vendy Benediktová), but we enjoyed our very much as Mrs. Nováková (Jirka´s mum) prepared so much food that all of us had to gain at least two kilos of weight during 2hours trip. Arriving to Brno without any
26.11.2013 / Pavel Loupal, 1977-2013
Indomitable spirit
"Here lie 300, who did their duty." - that´s classical quotation from Taekwon-do Encyclopedia as example of indomitable spirit. For me personally, Pavel Loupal is even better example for his long fight with serious illness. Pavel started his taekwondo career in home Třebíč during 1992 with few year´s break and then returned to our martial art in Sonkal during 2002. Pavel loved travelling and visited large part of our planet during his high school and university studies. His experiences both serious and funny happily shared with us. Year 2006 was his Round the World trip year when he vi
24.11.2013 / International umpire course
Refferees on toboggan?
What? Refferees on toboggan? In suits? Of course not, but it is partly true as you will see later.There were International referee course and seminar hosted by Czech Taekwon-do Federation. It took place in Aqua palace in Prague so now you probably undestand why I mention toboggan all the time. Seminar participants had chance to use all aqua palace facilities to both relax and enjoy themselves. And they had right to do it as Saturday training took 7 hours of training with GM Hwang Ho Yong. Theoretical part was led by master Michael E. Prewett. Both part of event were held in friendly athmosph
3.11.2013 / Autumn Sonkal's camp
Final day of autumn training camp
Wednesday was begun by breakfast after which most of us rested to get ready for first training. Training was focused on technical aspects - patterns for lower grades and team patterns, sport self-defence and special techniques for more advanced students. Technical training, but hard enough to make us hungry for schnitzel we got for lunch. Lunch break was shorter and we started sparring training at 2 PM. Reflex game was warm-up, better to see than to describe with new variation of one of four attacking center person who tried to avoid and counterattac ;o) Large pads training followed. Then
3.11.2013 / Autumn Sonkal's camp
Third and fourth day of autumn torture
Festive day of Monday was cloudy. Few brave individuals went for morning run, rest stayed in bed dreaming of breakfast. After breakfast dreamers went to bed again, hyperactives played some games. Morning training was focused on hand striking and foot techniques with some time for team patterns. Hard cardio followed so lunch was sincerely appreciated. We used lunch break to visit town where is a castle with scenic garden and very antisocial bear. Afternoon training was led by Svíťa (Martin Svitek) focusing on sparring stepping and pad drills. It was two hour of very hard work. Som
28.10.2013 / Autumn Sonkal's camp
Autumn sonkal´s camp 2013 - firs two days
It was Saturday 26th of October 2013 when we sallied to autumn sonkal´s camp that takes place at every year right before the Championship of Czech republic. It also took place in Zákupy (it´s a small village on the North of Czech republic nearby Česká Lípa) as last few years ago. We departed on Saturday 26th of October from primary school Vybíralova from Černý most about 9:00 a. m. For many most of participants was the transport by bus. Someone including me used their own coaches. Immediately after the arriving everybody started to move all of stuff from the bus to the dormitory an
19.9.2013 / Teachers´ course in South Bohemia
Great instructor meeting in South Bohemia
It was second half of September when instructor meeting took place near Lipno. Participants from most of Czech TKD schools arrived during Friday Afternoon. First training with GM Hwang started the meeting. We revised the basic techniques, patterns and also applications of the techniques. This training was “for warm up”. Immediately after that came Jan Mraček and Jan Klaška who led together a training aimed for sparring. Both of these trainers of Czech representation team took their roles very seriously. For us participants it meant two-hour-long marathon of combinations and techniques
3.9.2013 /
Do you want start practise Taekwon-do?
If you want to start practise Taekwon-do just visit our regular training session. We are looking for new Sonkal's members during whole September. Our training sessions starts on Tuesday September 4 on Cerny Most and on Monday September 10 on Petriny. Detailed info about training you can find here.
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2.9.2013 / Interview with Jan Chaloupka
Interview with Jan Chaloupka
Trying to be informed about czech results during this year´s Worlds, I was aware about our first individual medal being won by Jan Chaloupka (3rd place, male senior patterns III. Degree). And I knew in that moment that he is the next person I want to question thoroughly. Here I share result of our email conversation. 1/ Jan, first of all, congratulation to your success on Worlds. Bronze medal on such a level of competition is great. How do you feel about it? Satisfied or you saw yourself even higher? Thank you. I am terribly happy for breaking ill-luck I had on all Worlds I took
6.8.2013 / Black belt examination
18.6.2013 / Taekwondo skiing
Don´t forget the Winter
It is getting warm so people are starting to complain saying "It is horribly hot." me having an answer in my mind "What do you want in summer? If cold weather, move to Greenland." So let me cool you by memory of winter. We were planning (=chating about while drinking beer) with Štěpán Procházka (friend of our school from Toi-gye Prague, who is training with us as add-up to his training, but still he trains in our dojang more than some of our own students!) to go skiing as taekwondo event. I was interested because Štěpán like to hurt himself while doing long jumps and various tricks. A
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23.4.2013 /
Another charity collection
Sonkal massively joined charitable collection of PET bottles caps. Past year we got more than 70 kgs, this year we got more than 100. We are happy to slightly help such a warrior as Michalka Laníková, who fights her illness each day.
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21.4.2013 / Tests for color belts
28 higher grades in Sonkal
Spring grading took place in our dojang in Černý Most. All 28 participants were succesful. Also highest grades - 1.kup were achieved. Congratulation to everyone, enjoy photos. Next grading is planned as part of our summer camp.
14.4.2013 / International technical course with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong, IX. dan (info pack & application form)
Another international training
12 training hours in 4 trainings were well-prepared for participants of this year´s International technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho Yong. More than 30 taekwondists took part in this traditional meeting. Members of Czech national team joined us during Saturday, so Třeboň´s dojang was crowded with people. Seminar started on Friday when GM Hwang described and explained all basics principles of Taekwon-do. Special focus was put on composition of our great martial art and on proper developing of power in our techniques. Theory was followed by hard practice, when even the most basic movement
2.4.2013 / Easter's Sonkal camp
Snow got punched, Ice kicked
Easter is commonly understood as coming of spring, unfortunately it was just a joke this year with winter holding tight. Fourty Sonkals trained hard on our traditional training camp no matter what. We got 13 trainings in 5 days, focused mainly on coming grading and also improving skills in sport sparring. Easter monday was in name of tradition when girl got (gently) beaten and boys splashed by water. It was quite a battle. And it was also time for poetry (because Tereza Žilinská lose a bet :-D ). Big summer camp is coming and signing in will be available soon. And because so many pe
27.3.2013 / International Technical Course with GrandMaster Hwang Ho-yong, IX. dan
Improving our Taekwon-do on international level
We practiced on intertnational seminar with GM Hwang in Nitra, Slovakia. Photos available.
24.2.2013 / Training with members of Korean national demo team
First training of its kind in Czech republic!
124 photos from special training with members of korean national demonstration team available!
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19.1.2013 / International technical course with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong (IX. dan) ( info pack )
International training
One of the last TKD events of 2012 took place from 7th to 9th of December on Chodov in Prague. This event was international seminar with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong. From organizational reasons the term changed from spring to winter but everything else stayed the same – four three-hour-long trainings. Actually there was a change. At Saturday there were two trainings also for national seminar participants so international seminar participants could meet many Czech Taekwondists and see them in action. Friday evening´s training was focused on practicing basic techniques and detailed explanati
1.1.2013 / Interview with Milan Prokeš
Interview with "doyen" Milan Prokeš
When I first met Milan (Milan Prokeš, V. Dan, head instructor of Velešín Taekwon-do school, national team member, head of czech Taekwon-do federation technical comittee), I though he is just old guy from south bohemia, who is respected because he is head instructor of his own school and practices for long. What a mistake. In few years we know each other I had the privilege to develop friendship with him, to see that he is still improving despite of age and motivates me in much more ways than only physical part of Taekwon-do. So he is perfect person to interview. Milan, how did you g
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21.12.2013 / Christmas Sonkal's demonstration
Nice ending of year 2013
On Thursday 19th of December we organised Christmas exhibition for parents and friends for the tenth time. After long time, few former members came to remind themselves the years in dobok. Because this year our club celebrated 15 years of existence, there was a lot of to remember during photo presentation and we could also see all belt categories from 10. kup to V. dan in a video. Charity collection for little Maxim brought 3 452 CZK. We thank to everyone who made a donation and the money were sent on 30th of December.
11.12.2013 / Christmas Sonkal's demonstration
Christmas demonstration invitation
Year 2013 was very succesful for us, but it is reaching its end. Symbolical end of taekwondo year is traditional Christmas demonstration we are organizing for few past years. It will take place on thursday December 19 from 19 PM. So let us invite all members, parents, relatives, friends and whoever wants to start Christmas mood in our way. Demonstration, special video and awarding the most succesful (in many different ways) members are scheduled. So don´t miss it! PS: we have decided to sl
3.11.2013 / Autumn photo shoot
Taekwon-do on the road? Why not?
I got this idea year before while travelling to autumn training camp. But weather got cloudy that year, fortunately my memory not. So as Sunday got very sunny I grasped 12 of our red and black belts for quick action. Everyone behaved like proffesionals what was neccesary as we have many skills, but stopping traffic without injury is not one of it. Sixty photos are available, feel free to comment!
22.10.2013 / Vintgar valley
We were back in action after six years
Just one day before European Championship in Bled we took a short trip to close Vintgar valley where we already made some pictures in 2007. Now you can look at taken pictures.
23.9.2013 / Demonstration at primary school Chodovická
Demonstration for school kids
Our demonstration team led by Tomáš Vodiška performed their skills on Monday. It was organized in Chodovická primary school for small school kids. As audience was more than warm shouting "more, more, MORE!!" after demonstration, we added small training where they tried basic Taekwon-Do movement.
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14.9.2013 / Ladronkafest
27.3.2013 / Taekwon-do demonstration during Petriny aerobic cup
Demostration for aerobics again
Also our second demonstration of 2013 was on aerobics comepetition, but this time in Prague Petřiny.
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3.3.2013 / Taekwon-do demonstration - Ball of FitStudio D
This year first demonstration
We have been invited by aerobic Fit StudioD for their annual ball. Because they are our neighbours at Cerny Most we gladly accepted. Eight Sonkal's members performed nice demonstration of our beautiful martial art. Audience enjoyed Taekwon-do demonstration with big applause. You can watch 39 photos and also video footage (sorry for that kind of view but in the hall place was very restricted).
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23.2.2013 / Demonstration of korean team
Photo material & link for video
All 375 photos are available :) You can watch video footage at website of Czech TV -> martial arts magazine.
6.12.2013 / Třeboň Open - youth, junior and senior (tul, matsogi, t-ki & wirok) info pack & application form
Třeboň Open by Jirka
On Friday 29th of November we had meeting in front of sports hall in Třeboň at 5 p.m. We had registration there and then we went to accommodate ourselves. We were accommodated at fishing school's dormitory. Then we went back to have a dinner in restaurant "Rybí bašta". I didn't have dinner there so I can't tell how was the food. For many of our competitors, good dinner is ground stone of success on a competition. After dinner we went to the hall to prepare rings and other equipment. There was not a lot of us but still we finished it quickly and we could go back to the dormitory. Next da
2.12.2013 / Třeboň Open - youth, junior and senior (tul, matsogi, t-ki & wirok) info pack & application form
How we did not catch a carp
We took part in Třeboň Open for the fifth time in a row. We left Prague on last Friday of this year´s November. We were really fast thank to new part of highway opened without traffic jams we were used to in the past. As we leave highway E55 we are looking forward to see famous south bohemian ponds, but all of them are realesed - fishless :o) So no opportunity to catch a carp so we focus on catching some medals in Třeboň sport hall on tournament organized by Won-Hyo, Sonkal and Tong-Il tkd schools. Registration goes smoothly and we soon know that there is more than 150 competitors fro
28.11.2013 / Třeboň Open - youth, junior and senior (tul, matsogi, t-ki & wirok) info pack & application form
Třeboň Open
Invitation for event Třeboň Open. Articles from event itself are already available, so no translation is needed ;o)
20.11.2013 / Czech national Championship
First day in Kuba´s view
I got chance to participate in Czech national championship as organizer for my second time. It is interesting job as you see competition from different point of view. I think noone else know how many things had to be prepared, repaired and found. On Friday, first day of competition, we went to bed after midnight as tablet couldn´t be find, trophies were mostly broken and lot of other work is prepared for team of 4 people led by Jan Kratochvíl. And on Saturday we had to wake up at 7 AM, take breakfast and work again. It was interesting day full of hard long work (from 8 AM to 9 PM). But I
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17.11.2013 / Czech national Championship
Second day of tournament
Last day of Czech national championship was bright and sunny (what a time to be spent in a hall!). Senior elite who compete on the last day went for breakfast to stuck their stomachs and discredit their coming appearances. Competition started at 8:30 with team patterns. We got our first Sonkal gold of the day in female senior team. Our boys also did well loosing closely in final. Male juniors had to finish their special techniques from Saturday. Individual patterns started after with first two hopes in ....us :o) After hard matches (I. Dan category) Kristýna got gold and Veronika bronze. Our
16.11.2013 / Czech national Championship
10.11.2013 / Czech national Championship
Sonkal won Best school of national championship
Czech National championship took place in Nymburk 8-10. November 2013. Sonkal brought 27 competitors. Our Tereza Štekerová and Michaela Bártů (female junior B and female kid) got awarded as the Czech national Champions. Our seniors added few medals on Sunday what meant victory of Sonkal in overall and we became the most succesful Taekwon-do school of 2013. Photos, videos and articles are already available.
3.11.2013 / 2nd national competition of CYT
CYT competition in Ostrava
Second round of national CYT competition took place in Ostrava on 19th and 20th of October. Both training and competition were held in Bonver Arena. This sports hall looked almost like a ruin from the outside, but in the inside it met all requirements needed for TKD competition. On the other hand, we were accommodated in 4* hotel Park Inn. Saturday's training led by CTY was aimed for fake hits and other stuff that look good on exhibitions. 150 participants enjoyed it very well. After this training there was another one for instructors and assistants and its theme was padding. This training
6.9.2013 / Summer traning camp
Great Summer Sonkal Camp 2013
At Friday 23rd of August it came again. Our summer camp that we had been looking forward to started. After loading tatami, board holders, balls, pads and all other equipment at about nine o’clock in the morning we headed by bus to our favourite location, to Malé Svatoňovice. There we met people who came there alone and also Radek Kolář, the instructor of Pardubice TKD school. It was beautiful weather the day we came so we started our first training on fresh mountain air. The training on nearby concrete field began with knowledge games and then colour belts were divided into groups and
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16.8.2013 / Summer traning camp
Holidays are just around the corner and TKD summer camp around the next one
Next school year is going to end and I believe that you all have improved your skills and knowledge of our beautiful martial art which General Choi Hong-hi had left to us. To start a new season 2013/2014 properly, we’re going to need intensive preparation. And this preparation is our traditional summer camp in Male Svatonovice. This year, 10 days full of Taekwon-do are waiting for us. What can we look forward to? - at least two trainings a day - evening training reserved for learning new patterns, step sparring and also for competitions - during the camp there is more than 20 trainin
17.7.2013 / 18th World Adult Championship
Photos from Sofia
Sonkal's photo reportage form 18th World Adult Championship is finished. You can see 1325 photos from whole stay in Sofia. At the end of next week you can enjoy for some interesting videos.
16.7.2013 / 18th World Adult Championship
10.6.2013 / 2nd round of Czech national league 2012-2013
First half of competition season behind us
We got together small group of our students to compete in final round of national league which is organized by the other federation in Czech republic, so by Taekwondo Union. Competition took place in central Bohemian Pečky. Our students did great and got plenty of medals not only in patterns, but also in special techniques and sparring. We used this event as testing for new team members, because it was possible to compete in more categories and with lower belts than on our events. Tereza štekerová needs to be mentioned as I named her Boston killer, not being afraid of getting punched an
28.5.2013 / Sonkal Open
point of view of Franta Sakař
This event is held every year and for me it is quite special because our Sonkal is organizing it. It was great adventage that everyone fought everyone and that you were allowed to compete both in higher belt and age category. It was good as you was able to get more medals. All was great. Athmosphere was nice what I appreciate the most during tournaments. Noone argued anad everyone was helping each other. I have to say that Sonkal was really succesful. Our Tomáš Vodička, Jana Kovářová and Jiří Huml got the most succesful c
27.5.2013 / Sonkal Open
Crowd of competitors and nice successes
Czech Taekwon-do federation competition of first half of year were finished by meeting of talented youth organization in Nymburk. Sonkal with history of organizing Prague local competition for more than 10 years used again nice hall in Petřiny to organize this year´s Sonkal Open. More than 125 competitors from 9 schools took part - Dan-Gun, GBHS, Chon-Ji, Kerberos, Kwang Myong, Panter, Pardubice, Silla and home Sonkal. We are thankful to 4 referees from Tong-Il České Budějovice (South Bohemia) who travelled to Prague from ea
16.5.2013 / Sonkal Open
12.5.2013 / 19th Junior, 28th Senior, 5th Veteran & 3rd Youth European Championships
European championship is done
European championship was preceded by long and hard preparation on training camps with national team. This year´s Euro was not my first, but was the first in this ITF. Many people asked me about difference between european championship in two ITF I was member of. But I have to say there are just details in rules, otherwise you still have two legs and arms and have to train hard to succeed. We met on Monday really early morning in Prague Chodov, travelling to South Bohemia to get rest of team for Slovenia. Trip was pretty smooth thank to movies. I was looking forward to weighing because I d
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9.5.2013 / 1. meeting of CYT
Winning row of our talented youths continues
This kind of event is organized every year (two times a year - translator) and takes place in other destination each time (not really :o)- translator). Two years ago it was in Frýdek Místek, last year in Brno and this year in Nymburk. But talented youth organizations meeting is not only about competing and learning from it, but also about meeting taekwondists from other parts of republic and make new friendships. The event took 2 weekend days, Saturday was dedicated to programme prepared by different instructors based on making better social relations through fun :o) Games and taekwondo
21.4.2013 / 19th Junior, 28th Senior, 5th Veteran & 3rd Youth European Championships
17.4.2013 / Nitra Cup (info pack a přihláška)
Another jurney to the East - Nitra Cup 2013
We travelled again to Nitra, 13 Sonkal competitors - Libor, Ali, Terka and Verča (alias cobra and cobra :oD), Míša, Lenka, Jirka, Herbert and three of us competing for czech national team -Jirka Huml, Jana and Vóďa :o). We three travelled from Chodov with rest of national team, stopping in Brno to get moravian part of the team. It was long trip so we spent time playing cards, loosers had to do some funny tasks, so everyone was trying hard. But you know, unlucky in games, lucky in love ;o) We arrived to Nitra at 5 P.M. meeting rest of Sonkal. I had to do my cards task during weighing
14.4.2013 / Czech Open (youth, juniors & adults) ( info pack & application form )
12.4.2013 / Czech Open (youth, juniors & adults) ( info pack & application form )
Biggest international event in Czech Republic
Czech republic´s biggest Taekwon-do ITF international event of this year - Czech Open. It took place in Nymburk April 6.-7. and was linked to number 10. It was 10th Czech Open and 10 countries took part in it. Czech Open is becoming respected event of European standard thank to diligent and hard work of Tournament committee of Czech Taekwondo-do ITF federation. We hope to keep rising standard in future years. Date of the event is scheduled in order to allow national team members to test their performance before European championship (this year 24.-28.April, Bled, Slovenia). How was t
27.3.2013 / Nitra Cup (info pack a přihláška)
Travelling East again
Another year had passed so we travelled East to compare our techniques with our frineds from Slovakia. Eight Sonkal members (and 3 more competing for national team) took part in Nitra cup. Medals hanging around necks of our fighters says everything. Check photos!
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21.3.2013 / Bohemia Championship
My first Bohemian chapionship with Sonkal
Sunday 10/3, Bohemian championship in Nymburk. We left Prague pretty early to have enough time to help prepare the hall and warm-up for the competition. Even preparing hall may be fun and we had nice time playing with draw cards for breaking. Sense of play in Sonkal is strong and self-control of our instructor Ondra si high :o) Me and Tomáš Vodička helped also with weighing - it was hard to decide who will weight girls and who boys, but finally we stuck in old-fashioned model, so I weighted girls. First matches started at about 1 P.M. and it was not KO system but everyone had match wit
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