17.6.2021 / Black belts promotions
Hubert gets One
Wednesday 9th June was D-day for Hubert Skala. And what is D-Day for a taekwondists? I'm sure there are many, but the most important one is the I. dan exam. The black belt is the end of the colored world, or the student world, and the black world - the master world - begins. Due to the ongoing anti-covid measures, the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF Federation announced three black belt examination dates at the end of May and during June. Prague and the surrounding area finally gathered in the gym of Vybíralova Elementary School and there was a lot to see! Besides Hubert, there were two more adepts f
15.6.2021 / Taekwon-Do E-Learning
Do you understand the basic techniques?
If you have problems with basic taekwondo techniques, learn them in our new videos, where you can see them from your own perspective. After that it will be no problem to pass the exam for the 9th kup ;-) Check out the videos and, if necessary, visit the tutorial section for beginners.
22.5.2021 / April pattern challenge
17.4.2021 / Colectors cards
7.4.2021 / April pattern challenge
5.4.2021 / Online technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
If it can’t be offline, it has to be online
During those last 13 months we had to get used to many limitations - face masks, school, work and trainings via internet. One of the forms of education are online trainings, which went through some changes since autumn. Mainly because of suggestion of Martin Zámečník. I was able to do technical seminars with GM Hwang Ho-yong or other Czech taekwon-do Masters. On Sundays seminar with our Grand Master it was honoured to be his assistant again. Our other assistants were Tereza Simandlová and Ondřej Faltin. In the introductory part Grand Master repeated some important theoretical basic
1.4.2021 / April pattern challenge
9.2.2021 / Online international technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the las weekend was dedicated to the online International Taekwondo Seminar not even in Prague but all over the world. Based on our good experience, the seminar was run on the ZOOM App as tested many times before. To prevent any issue, we installed all the necessities to run the online seminar on Friday evening which did not prevent us from improvisation. Because of the local installation which resulted in transmission issues, we had to find out the way to make it happen and we finally did. Having tested all the camera settings and installation, GM Hwang
1.1.2021 / Year 2020
366 very special days
The year 2020 is past for now, 366 very special days ... The past year has taught us a lot - sewing and using face masks, constantly adapting to changing regulations and, most importantly, trying to practice taekwondo in any way. Looking back in time, I am very happy that we managed a summer camp perfectly. We all probably see now that it was a taekwondo paradise between two covid waves. Unfortunately, in the summer we could hardly imagine ,that March and April without training will be repeated again. However, the reality was completely different and for several more long months it will be
16.6.2021 / Trial camp of Taekwon-Do national team
One + one
On Saturday, 5th of June, the selection camp of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF team took place. The purpose was to discover new talented male and female taekwondo players who will expand the national selection in all age groups. Sonkal sent junior Tereza Simandlova and junior Hubert Skala to the one-day training camp. The camp included two training blocks. The morning one focused on basic techniques, patterns, special techniques and in the case of seniors and veterans also power breaking. The afternoon was entirely devoted to sparring. It was very nice to see so many people together and in dec
2.6.2021 / 65th Anniversary of Taekwon-Do
Taekwon-Do pattern mobile application
Do you want to have all Taekwon-Do patterns in your mobile phone? Each one of all 24 Taekwon-Do patterns is available for going through technique by technique. And what more? You can view every one of the techniques from 4 different angles. You can also watch a video of all patterns from Saju Jirugi to Yong-Ge on our YouTube channel by clicking the link in description of the chosen pattern. If you need to quickly view a specific technique, you can use a list of techniques- when you access it, just click on the name of the technique you are looking for and you can overlook a photo of it (also f
17.5.2021 / 29th online technical seminar with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong ( YouTube stream )
Also Grand Master of Taekwon-Do can be surprised
The last online seminar of Czech ITF federation took place on 9th of May. It was led by Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong, the most important person of the day for number of reasons. Apart from all the knowledge passed on by Grand Master a second enticement was in place in the form of a secret celebration of Grand Master’s 65th birthday. Looking back, I must say that moving the seminar week later than originally planned, thus closer to Grand Master’s actual birthday was a great idea. To make it a proper celebration during the covid times, we connected our schools’ main coaches and other instruc
14.5.2021 / Payments, training, etc.
8.5.2021 / 28th online technical seminar with Master Ondřej Vrábel YouTube stream
How not to get lost in Kwang-Gae
On Sunday, May the 2nd I had the privilege to lead the 28. online seminar for members of Czech ITF Federation. I had a complete freedom in choosing the seminars content, so I choose the pattern Kwang-Gae and it's techniques. I asked my student Tereza Žilinská, 2nd Dan, to perform the techniques. During the 90 minute-long seminar, we went through the individual techniques that are new in for the 1st Dan holders. All of the three patterns that are required for 2nd Dan are very technically demanding. Kwang-Gae is know for it's slow pace and hard-to-balance movements. I believe that all pa
7.5.2021 / Breathing in Taekwon-do
How to fight after fight with Covid
Article in czech language about home-based exercises to help with long-covid breathing problems. Written by our instructor and physiotherapist Martin Svitek, V.Dan.
15.4.2021 / 2nd Online international technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong ( info pack )
For a second time and even better
We once again managed to set a new meaning to the phrase “busy weekend”. Having two hours of technical seminar twice on Saturday and once on Sunday isn’t enough. It’s only after you add recording of two podcasts and finishing it all with live-streaming the Czech ITF online training. It all started on Friday. The preparation had two parts. First one was to go through the matsugi system with Ondřej Faltin and Tereza Simandlová, which was an absolute tragic, because they messed up everything they could. The second part was setting up all the cameras, microphones, wires, the technical
27.3.2021 / International instructor online course
Instructors in virtual world
In February, we had our first technical seminar in the online world. After such a successful event, an online instructor course followed not so long after. The Zoom platform was used again, but there was one difference- number of participants. I personally expected something like 50 or 60 of them, but the final number of 140 participants was just incredible. The mere amount of people who attended it, meant success. The whole two days long seminar was led by grandmaster Hwang Ho- Yong (IX. Dan) with assistance from myself and Master Martin Zámečník. For me, it was a first time in this role
1.3.2021 / March challenge
13.2.2021 / Online international technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
Internationally online
At the weekend 6th-7th February the International seminar under the lead of Grandmaster Hwang ho Yong IX. degree took place. For there were lots of students from foreign countries the teaching was in English. Masters Martin Zámečník VII. degree and Ondřej Vrábel VII. degree helped Grandmaster Hwang with the explanation. Pavel Zavadil III. degree and Martin Svitek V. degree appeared as the demonstrators. Because of the Corona virus situation, the whole seminar was broadcast online via Zoom which was a little drawback for nobody could practice under the direct Grandmaster´s supervision.
23.1.2021 / Payments, training, etc.
22.1.2021 / Czech Republic & Taekwon-Do
South bohemian trip
In the first half of August, we undertook a South Bohemian mission, the expansion of our Prague & Taekwon-Do project. With words of a classic - Prague was already small for us ... We will bring you many more interesting places from Prague, but there was also an opportunity to approach two very interesting tourist cities in South Bohemia - Český Krumlov and Třeboň. Český Krumlov was not under siege due to the absence of foreign tourists, so we managed to shoot it with Sonkal’s forces. In the region of ponds, ponds and ponds, we welcomed the help of members of the Třeboň taekwondo sc
31.3.2021 / Czech E-Open
Very successful online competition
Just few steps from the idea of attending UKTA e-competition to having e-Czech Open, despite of some technical issues all competing videos were not even successfully taken and uploaded to Cyber Arena. Organizing team and I were surprised of the worldwide interest and numbers of competitors which led us to postpone the beginning of the competition the same day as it should have been kicked off. Unfortunately, the judging was rescheduled to many weeks. Anyway, let’s talk about the Czech e-Open. Having seen the immense motivation among my students as well as the interest of others, I was ser
1.3.2021 / Czech E-Open
First Taekwon-Do ITF Czech E-Open
The pandemic situation is unfortunately not getting any better and what seemed as a few week affair a year ago, is still here today. But all Taekwon-Do practitioners are fighters and they are not only looking for training options with gyms closed, but also for a way to compete, even in times of very strong restrictions. A year ago, most of us couldn’t even imagine online trainings, training camps, seminars and for sure any kind of competition. Sadly, the Covid time and its very limited options had thought us what is possible. Although some very strict restrictions had come in force by the
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