31.12.2021 / Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open 2021 / 6th Devil's cup
Taekwon-Do devils and devilesses fought
On Saturday, December 4, the last competition of the year awaited all devils and devils, this time at the Řepy Sports Centre in Prague. The traditional pre-Christmas meeting called Ataxon Open - Devil's Cup closes the competition season. Despite a smaller number of participants than usual, and with a few limitations due to the high number of covid cases, the competition could still take place. In the end, 17 schools from all over the Czech Republic entered the competition. Although this year's competition was not international, it was at least multifederal. Schools were represented not on
30.12.2021 / Czech national championship 2021
After five years we're golden again
Despite the unfavourable situation brought about by Covid, on weekend 19th – 21st of November 2021 the Championship of the Czech Republic took place in Nymburk. This year, the number of competitors was a little bit lower than the previous years. But even the slight regulations didn't scare off the attendants from showing great performance. As usual, the Saturday part belonged to the youngest, senior and veteran contestants. Our only female competitor among the youngest, Anežka Bičíková, gained two bronze medals in patterns and sport sparring. As well, we had only one person in the vet
1.12.2021 / Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open 2021 / 6th Devil's cup
24.10.2021 / 26th Junior, 35th Adult, 12th Veteran & 10th Youth European Championships
Photos from Crete
Check out the first photos from the European Taekwon-Do ITF Championships in Crete. Another batch of photos from the afternoon training added. The third set of photos - a trip of the judges to Knossos to see the remains of the Mimoean civilization and then to the port fortress in Heraklion. Plus the morning repre training and the afternoon opening ceremony of the European Championships. Tomorrow we start at 9.00 am (8.00 am Czech time). We're having a bit of a slip because the day still has an awkward 24 hours. Photos for day 1 and 2 are complete. 273 photos from Thursday's competi
21.10.2021 / National testing members of CYT
For a second time in Ostrava
This autumn has been marked by trips to Ostrava. First at the beginning of October for the Czech Championship of colour bands and now for the national meeting of talented youth. In both cases our home was the athletic hall of Ostravar Arena, which offers plenty of space. Sonkal sent 16 competitors as part of the joint nomination of STM Praha II, who performed very well throughout the competition. The main drivers of our team were Karolína Chmelíková and Jan Veškrna, recent members of the Czech national team. Honza won three individual gold medals and Karolína won one gold and one bronz
7.10.2021 / Czech national championship for color belts
Ostrava played with colours
The weekend of 1st to 3rd October was marked by the Czech Republic Championship of coloured bands. Sonkal sent 11 competitors and they did not do badly at all! The aim of this competition is to compare colour belts, without black belts. The main negative of the competition was the absence of more competitors, which was evident in the early end. The latter is fine, but it's better to compete one day until the evening than to spend the whole weekend indoors and away from home. We'll see if this changes for future years. On the actual competition - medal-wise we were very successful in patt
4.10.2021 / Sonkal Open 2021 - new date
Successfully in the new sports hall
The Sonkal Open had its premiere in the new Řepy Sports Centre on Saturday 25th September. However, if it wasn't for Covid, we would have already held the second edition in a beautiful big hall... But let's go in order - the hall is new, big, beautiful and also definitely big :-D The doubling of the word big is right on the spot, because there is plenty of space and automatically the idea came up - let's put all 5 wrestling grounds next to each other. This way is not only great for the management of the competition itself, but also for the competitors and last but not least the spectators
21.9.2021 / Sonkal Open 2021 - new date
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
29.12.2021 / Technical course with Master Jerzy Jedut (VIII. dan)
Polish taekwon-do legend again in the Czech Republic
Master Jerzy Jedut (VIII. dan) needs no introduction to the older taekwondists, but for the younger ones we will do a little recap. Master Jedut was a coach of a very successful Polish national team in the past, from his school MKS Lewart AGS Lubartów came dozens of European champions and also many world champions. Master's most successful student is Master Jaroslaw Suska (VII. dan) - 6 times World Champion and 20 times European Champion. But let's come to the seminar itself, which has been organized for many years by the Czech National Taekwon-Do Union in Stránčice. After a year-long br
28.12.2021 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
Preparation for the Championship of the Czech Republic after two years
In the last two years the virus Covid 19 has brought about a lot of troubles in our lives. As Taekwon-Do trainees we were very influenced by this disease mostly in training classes, seminars and competitions, which could only be held under strict rules, or were totally canceled. For that reason, the last Championship of the Czech Republic took place two years ago in November 2019. The following year the competition was canceled and so was our autumn camp which is meant to be our preparation for the contest. All of us were afraid of what the situation would allow us this year. Although we
22.12.2021 / Year 2021
Sonkal's year 2021
The year 2021 is slowly coming to an end and we are about to recap what it has brought. The current situation is not conducive for us to meet together on a more massive scale, i.e. at the Christmas show, but we still have, or rather will have, a recap video for you on Friday. The video will premiere on Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve, at 7:30 pm CET. So, if you're going to have Christmas Eve dinner and gift-giving behind you, tune in. Well, more like our YouTube channel where the video will run. Of course, you'll also find it attached to this article and on Facebook. For international r
21.10.2021 / Last Online international technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong ( ZOOM )
Last time online
This year's third online international technical seminar with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong was subtitled the last one. And why the last one? Because we hope that anti-covid measures will continue to enable physical gatherings like the seminars. The content of the seminar was traditional - theory, fundamental movements, patterns and system of sparring. Some might say it's the same thing over and over again, but each participant got a chance to learn new things or rather become aware of them. I have attended my third international seminar with the Grand Master this year and several other smalle
30.9.2021 / Sport camp of Czech national team
Sunday visit to the national team camp
On Sunday, September 26, Master Ondřej Vrábel and Alex Mach went to visit the training camp of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF team and take photos and video footage. You can see the result - photos and videos are available! The entire national team is directing their efforts towards the European Championships in Heraklion, Crete in October. In 14 days, everyone will have another training camp and a week later the last preparation is on the agenda. Alex Mach and Master Ondrej Vrábel will be heading to Crete with the national team, so you can expect more photos and videos during the champions
30.9.2021 / Black belts promotions
Work till you're black
Last weekend was one of those really hectic ones. After Friday's preparation, Saturday's Sonkal Open and Sunday's block of the national training camp and mainly the tests for the technical grades of dan, i.e. black belts. One of the candidates was Tereza Simandlová, who has been a member of the Czech national team since June this year and will take part in the European Championships in Crete in a few weeks. Despite a slight health handicap in the previous days, Terka showed a very good performance and deservedly, like the other colleagues from the national team, won I. dan. Terka together
17.9.2021 / Few steps to the top
Few steps to the top
This article describes my experience from national team training camp, where I taught movement physiology from point of view of taekwondoists and physical therapist. Even these talented, succesful practicioners have uneconomical ways how to move, limiting their performance and increasing risk of injury. It is partly a reminder that we again plan some deeper movement and corrections seminars for not only instructors. Few articles and learning materials attached. Only one translated is „Advanced stretching notes“ that our friends from Switzerland asked me to translate after meeting at the
22.8.2021 / Summer traning camp
Photogallery from stay in Malé Svatoňovice
Take a look at the photos from the second day of the training camp in Malé Svatoňovice. And we have photos from the third and fourth day. Wednesday (day 5) was a free day, but filled with several competitions and trips to the lookout tower and to the local mining equipment exhibition. At the exposition, we took photos of everyone at the booth! We will probably offer these tomorrow evening ;-) Another set from before last day of our stay are uploaded. New set from Sunday's color belt promotion is uploaded. We have added the last set of photos from the free day (Wednesday), which i
16.8.2021 / Summer traning camp
11.8.2021 / Sport camp of Czech Taekwon-Do ITF national team
Preparation for the European Championships is in full swing
Last weekend in Brandýs nad Labem belonged to the training camp of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF team. After the agreement with the head coach, there was a visit of master Ondrej Vrabel and Alex Mach, who took photos and footage for the video editing. In the afternoon break, shots were taken for the recruitment campaign of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF. You can see the results of the work in the attached photos and video. Another visit is planned at the end of the preparation for this year's European Championships in Crete. We wish all the athletes a successful preparation and may they avoid injuri
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
12.9.2021 / Volnofest 2021
We freely festivalised
Volnofest 2021 was a more important event for us this year than in previous years because it was the first event after Covid. It was attended by 16 sonkalers and sonkalers. I was in charge of the organization with my sister Veronika. We had already had the experience of organizing, for example, a Christmas exhibition, but a full-day event like this one was a first for us. This event always takes place at the beginning of September from 1 pm to 8 pm. You could see the different sports or leisure activities that are at Prague 14. Sonkal had their booth number 2 where we had a monkey bars and
30.8.2021 / Recruitment
Taekwon-Do recruitment for the school year 2021-2022
In September we hold our annual recruitment drive for new members in our gyms. Everyone can take advantage of the varied range of training locations below: - Vybíralova Primary School, Vybíralova 8/964, Prague 14 - Černý Most - group from 6-7 years starts on Tuesday 7 September - Vybíralova Primary School, Vybíralova 8/964, Prague 14 - Černý Most - pre-school group 4-6 years starts from Monday 6 September - BPA Hloubětín, Hloubětínská 78/26, Prague 14 - Hloubětín - group from 6-7 years starts from Tuesday 7 September - Jablíčko Kindergarten, Na Parcelách 250, Velké Př
27.6.2021 / Payments, training, etc.
25.6.2021 / Help to south of Moravia
22.6.2021 / Summer Sonkal competition 2021
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
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
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