31.12.2020 / Promotion to 7th degree
Masters way
Where to begin? Let’s try it with few years 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2020. Nice load of numbers, but what do they mean? For me personally they are important milestones. Let’s break it down chronologically. 1992- September 28 years ago to be more specific. It was then, when this whole story began. And how? There was a recruiting poster for taekwondo on the door of our building and because it’s the early 90s it doesn’t really matter what’s on it. I had known about Taekwon-do earlier than that from TV, but it hadn’t been available then. N
20.12.2020 / International online technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
Great international seminar
On Saturday the 19th an internal online seminar with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong took place. The seminar was broadcasted on the YouTube channel of Czech taekwondo federation. 276 taekwondo practitioners from 34 countries attended the seminar! Nearly 130 attendees were foreigners. Beside that, members of Sonkal were a majority of the team that made this seminar happen. Master Ondřej Vrábel and assistant Pavel Zavadil led the seminar alongside Grandmaster and two of Sonkal's students provided the necessary behind the scenes support. Alexander Mach was the one changing cameras and making sure tha
8.12.2020 / gyms
14.10.2020 / Planet Earth is our dojang
20.9.2020 / Recruitment
14.9.2020 / Volnofest 2020
Sonkal members demonstrated taekwon-do
Saturday's afternoon at Černý Most park U Čeňku was dedicated to free time activities. Sonkal was also presented, you can look at photos from our two demonstrations of Taekwon-Do.
2.9.2020 / Recruitment
26.8.2020 / Summer traning camp
How do we practise in the summer camp?
Saturday described by Veronika Žilinská: While Easter camp was cancelled due to Corona virus, we are now lucky that we are after one year in Malé Svatoňovice on a summer camp that everyone was looking forward to. On Saturday 22.8. we met in front of Vybíralova school on Černý Most where mostly older, but also younger helped with loading of all equipment to the cars. There was many people helping so it went very fast and we could head soon to Malé Svatoňovice, this time by two busses. After the arrival, older prepared the sports hall and in the meantime younger accommodat
24.8.2020 / Summer traning camp
Photos from summer camp
Photogallery contains all photos from summer camp in Malé Svatoňovice. We will add only videos already published our Facebook page.
17.8.2020 / Summer traning camp
6.8.2020 / Cold baths
With cold to morality
While reading Taekwon-do Encyclopaedia I was always more attracted to non-technical topics like philosophy, moral culture and other with overreach to daily life. I had enough techniques and fighting from regular nearly everyday trainings. It was sometime after my I. Dan test when I found chapter with activities that should develop moral culture of student. One of it are cold baths. And because during that times I took everything in Encyclopaedia as great idea I started practicing it without question and continue doing so daily for most of my adulthood. Citing from the book: „Cold showers
10.7.2020 / Prague & Taekwon-Do
Let's pay visit of Prague
In the first video, you will visit Celetná Street and its surroundings with us. Celetná Street is part of the Royal Route. Find out more HERE. Also Russian info. Second part of our tour will bring you to Oldtown square (Staroměstské náměstí). Read more in English or
4.7.2020 / Test for color belts
Thirteen successful taekwon-do practitioners
At the end of the school year, this year's second examination for higher technical grades took place. Despite a training lapse as well as limited-time preparation, 13 candidates struggled through the examination, successfully passing their test and enjoying the holiday with a higher belt. To those who failed this time we wish much success in intensive training and in the next examination. Next examination will take place at the end of the summer camp in Malé Svatoňovice.
3.7.2020 / Traininng course for instructors & assistents
Instructors´ and trainers´ seminar in Brno - in the eyes of Jirka Huml
During the prolonged weekend 26.-29.6. we met each other at the intense seminar in our colleague´s gym in Brno city. The seminar was about deeper body corrections and breath work led by Martin Svitek (V. dan), my direct instructor. The adventure started by the travel by a train with Tereza Štekerová (II. dan), where we guessed what exactly we will do at the seminar. And not even at the seminar. We had a lot of time for check in and visit of the city center, where we tasted their culture. After the lunch in McDonald’s right next to the Astronomical Clock on the square we went to Brno do
1.6.2020 / Traininng course for instructors & assistents
Invitation to instructors´ and trainers´ camp led by our instructor
Article is na invitaiton for instructor camp in Brno at the end of June led by one of our instructor Martin Svitek. Topics covers health and strenght issues of practicing taekwondo from point of view both taekwondoist and physical therapist. If you are interested in such topics, consider reading this recent article about breathing HERE
24.5.2020 / gyms
4.5.2020 / gyms
27.4.2020 / Planet Earth is our dojang
27.3.2020 / Easter's Sonkal Taekwon-do Camp - CANCELLED
22.3.2020 / Breathing in Taekwon-do
Breath control in taekwondo from physiotherapist perspective
Breathing correction is one of my key focuses in my personal training, but also in working with both patients and taekwondists as physical therapist. In these times with restrictions and canceled trainings it is perfect time to correct this basic movement principle. Focus on breathing also work as psychical hygiene. Breathing is vital life sign. Maybe you can´t imagine living without kicking, punching and fighting, but we would survive without it. But there is no life without breathing. Normally we do not think about it, but we are able to voluntarily control it (for example holding bre
23.2.2020 / Test for color belts
Over 60 higher grades
Over than sixty girls and boys came to our main gym in Černý Most on Tuesday 11 of February to pass the colour belt grading. The complete line-up of colour belts stood in front of the testing committee, after prior try-outs during the winter camp in Zákupy or any of the other club gyms. That means the testing was from the testing to yellow tag (9th Kup) to black tag (1st Kup)! At the end of the testing each of the successful graduates was awarded with the certificate to confirm the new rank. Currently we can practice to the upcoming competitions in February, the European Taekwon-do ITF C
21.2.2020 / Sleep
Sleep through to Euros and few drops of sun
I believe most of Czech taekwondoists are now partly living for Euro 2020 in Prague. Some trains hard at national team camps, some thinks about how to improve their students even a bit more, some spends plenty of hours with organizing work. Some may motivate themselves with sport taekwondo videos and look forward participating as spectators. I´ve been thinking about and studying not only what to do during training to improve, but also what not to do and what is worthy part of your regime out of dojang. Laziness is one danger, but other is self-destroying manner of doing everything har
31.1.2020 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
3, 2, 1 ..... start!
Our winter sport camp already started, already training, already getting better! Later this afternoon & evening check our Facebook for videos. The last update of photos from our winter camp is available. We put online also video by Alex Mach :-)
7.1.2020 / Christmas Taekwon-Do demonstration
Successful Christmas event
A year went by and the Christmas exhibition time has come as the final Taekwon-do quest. The positive experiences of 2018 led us back to the Theatre in Horní Počernice. Unfortunately, as we experienced at the beginning of summer holidays one feels fate changes and this option fell due to the long-term reconstruction of the Theatre. Our next choice was the Plechárna in Černý Most. First, I would like to say it was not bad option at all – interesting interior, the possibility of refreshment, the base – ZŠ Vybíralova with all the material close by and mostly the very friendly staff
22.12.2020 / Christmas Sonkal charity
7.12.2020 / International online technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong internationally
On the Saturday 19th December Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong and the Czech Taekwon-Do Federation are making an online seminar for all black belts. The seminar will be streamed on the YouTube channel of Czech ITF federation (link). The seminar it self will be three hours long and split in two parts. In the first part Grand Master Hwang and his assistants (master Martin Zámečník and master Ondřej Vrábel) will present theory of power, fundamental movements and common mistakes in patterns from Chon-Ji to Tong-Il. Second part will take place a
22.11.2020 / Planet Earth is our dojang
30.10.2020 / Prague & Taekwon-Do
Prague through lens
During the summer, we focused on making propagation videos about Prague but we also found time for photo-walk around Prague's historical center. Our steps led us to Old Town Square and its surroundings. At the end ve visited lonely street near the Jewish Museum. Tereza Štekerová, Hubert Skála, and Lea and Thea Rathouská posed in front of the lens.
6.7.2020 / Training course not only for European Championship
Preparation not only for European Championship
At the begining of the year head couch of the school GBHS master Martin Zámečník has reached out to me with an idea. He wanted to do 4 seminars as a preparation for Europe Championship in April in Prague. I agreed to helped him even though it consumed a lot of time, because collective preparation is always good and by letting blue and red belts come as well it got another purpose. Each of the seminars were planed like this: first training with master Martin Zámečník before lunch and after lunch brake a second one with some of the best instructors in Czech Republic. I couldn't personal
17.4.2020 / Home training
1.4.2020 / Home trainings of sonkal's
Sonkal's home training
Look what and how are Sonkal members training at home. Some video maybe availabel later because schedule of publishing.
16.1.2020 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
3.1.2020 / Taekwon-Do demonstration
First-graders and Taekwon-do
On October 3rd we had great opportunity to perform Taekwon-do exhibition for first-grade students of Vybiralova grammar school where we have our regular trainings. Because this school is one of the big ones and we would need a sports hall to fit all first-graders in, we performed three separate exhibitions. Besides three adults, the performers were mostly students of this grammar school. It was very interesting for the teachers to see their actual or recent students during such activity. And the series of prasing their skills was very pleasant. All three exhibitions met with a response both
28.10.2020 / Czech national championships for color belts
National championship of color belts
After more than six months the competitors in Czech Republic could head back in the rings to compare their Taekwondo skills with others. Unfortunately because of the Covid-19 the competition was held under special conditions. Sonkal arrived with 20 competitors, most of them were fresh blue belts. Most successful competitors were Hubert Skála and Aneta Zelinková who were awarded with best competitor cups. It was mostly a test of current condition of all participants and possibility to test themselves among others in Czech Republic. And a pleasant challenge to train more to be better. :-
11.3.2020 / Czech Open (youth, juniors & adults)
Golden for the Second Time in History
The weekend 28th February – 1st March belonged to the traditional competition Czech Open which is held by Czech Taekwon-Do Federation. Because it´s an international contest, besides Czech schools there were also foreign ones who arrived. Because of the coronavirus plague, many states were in quarantine so schools from those couldn´t visit the competition. Compared to previous years, this time the number of contestants was little bit lower – 370 participants. It didn´t influence the competition to get started. On Saturday the contest began with patterns of seniors and youths and it pr
23.2.2020 / Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation
Czech Taekwon-Do Federation Cup
After a six-year break, the official Czech Taekwondo Federation competition returned to Třeboň with the same organization which give participants the opportunity to compete against more rivals. About 300 competitors from various clubs throughout our Federation came to Třeboň to test their abilities and skills before oncoming international tournament – the Czech Open. 25 Sonkal deputies in all three age categories participated and overall, they did great. Due to testing for higher ranks a lot of them (and some of them because they have simply grown older) had to compete in new, unexplo
10.1.2020 / 7th King of Taekwon-Do
The King of Taekwon-Do Contest in Salonica
The penultimate weekend in December a group of the Czech national team went to the Greek competition King of Taekwon-Do that is held in Salonica. It wasn´t the first time we visited this contest so we knew what we could expect. In the National team were two members of our Sonkal school, Jana Kovářová and Tereza Štekerová. Friday was really tough day for we departed from Prague in the early morning hours but we managed to register for the contest at about 6 p.m. On Saturday morning there was a bit of chaos and we didn´t know how to get to the hall. But we stood still. All of the co
6.1.2020 / Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open 2019 / 5th Devil's cup
Nice meeting prior to Christmas
After having been re-deployed from Egypt at the beginning of December, I had the first opportunity to attend taekwondo competition hosted by our school Sonkal, the Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open in Prague. What is more, these competitions are traditionally inspired by national custom “Saint Nicholas Day”. As well as the Saint Nicholas on his way, the Saint Nicholas Cup has been always accompanied by devils. You could see evils everywhere, especially on medals and dummies as well. From my point of view, it was really nice time spent on meeting taekwondo people shortly before Christmas. Seeing al
1.1.2020 / 9th North-West Cup
Adventure in Moscow
On Saturday, December 14th at 7 o'clock in the morning, our Sonkal team including Ondra, Vláďa, Stepan, Kája, Ondráš, Tea, Lea and me, met on Terminal 1 near Costa Coffee. Our flight left without any delays. After we successfully changed our seats and everyone was happy with who's sitting next to them, our two and half hour flight to Moscow started, most of our competitors fell asleep as soon as we took off. Around one o'clock in the afternoon (local time in Moscow) we arrived to the Sheremetyevo International Airport and then we moved to the hotel, where we did a weight check and also pu
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