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
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