31.12.2022 / Taekwon-Do demonstration in Vybíralova Primary school
Three taekwondo demonstrations at Vybíralova Primary School
On Thursday, 29th September, we performed three taekwondo demonstrations for schoolchildren at Vybíralova Primary School. The demonstrations were intended for the complete first grade and because it is a large school, the audience was very large in all three cases. The success of the demonstrations is evidenced by the fact that it brought a large number of people to our recruitment group. As we have already mentioned, there were three demonstrations and thus the themes in the photographs are repeated. Take a look at the 137 photos and the video edited by Alex Mach.
31.12.2022 / Taekwon-Do demonstration in Hloubětín Primary school
Successful demonstration of Taekwo-Do for schoolchildren
On Tuesday, 27th September, we presented a Taekwon-Do demonstration to the first and second grade schoolchildren of the Hloubětín Primary School. Because the local gym is very small, we divided our presentation into three demonstrations with slight variations. The photos are therefore interlaced and the techniques may be repeated. In addition to the photos, you can also watch the video footage. The aim of the demonstration was to attract more people interested in our order in BPA Hloubětín, which is directly adjacent to the Hloubětín Primary School.
30.11.2022 / Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open 2022 / 7th Devil's cup ( info pack )
Taekwondo men and women are ready for the devil
The last competition of 2022 is upon us and the hall of the sports centre in Prague Řepi can look forward to 322 competitors from 23 schools from the Czech and Slovak Republic. Surprisingly, we managed to break the Sonkal Open record for the number of competitors set in May. The number of countries will be standard and it looks like we will set the standard in the number of rings, which will be 6 again on Saturday! And what will be better than last year? Mainly that we don't have to deal with any covid measures, taping of arm bands and keeping track of how many people are in which area of
21.11.2022 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
Return to south bohemia
A lot of water has passed in the rivers since our last visit to Borotin in South Bohemia. Of the current camp participants, we could count on one hand the number of people who remember the last time they attended in 2008. A lot has changed in those 14 years, but definitely for the better. Throughout the camp we were accompanied by unusually warm weather, which tempted us to explore the area during the afternoon breaks. Even though the camp was for five days, they passed as quickly as the water mentioned in the introduction. And we can look forward to the Easter return, which we will make m
29.9.2022 / Test for color belts
42 higher belts in taekwondo
At the end of June was the date of our next exams for higher technical levels - colour bands. After testing in individual gyms, 42 of our members finally made it to the final exam! Most of the applicants were for the white and yellow belts. The highest grade was the 3rd kup. All candidates were successful in their exam and were able to celebrate the end of the school year with a higher technical grade.
18.9.2022 / Volnofest 2022
Taekwon-Do shone even in bad weather
The last years of Volnofest were marked by beautiful weather, but this year it was exactly the opposite. The forecast from the beginning of the week did not promise anything great and Saturday afternoon only confirmed it. However, taekwondo players know how to fight not only with opponents, but also with more difficult conditions. Especially for the youngest ones, it meant an intense battle between washing machines and mud, but that's nothing that modern washing machines can't handle :-D This time there were a lot of boys and girls from our school, so there was plenty of time for everyone
6.5.2022 / Easter's Sonkal Taekwon-do Camp
Easter holidays and taekwon-do
Unfortunately, we could not enjoy Easter for the last two years in connection with taekwondo, or camp in Zákupy. This year the right moment came and we could all go for 5 days of taekwondo training, fun and perfect time. At the beginning of every camp there is a blissful feeling of how much time is ahead of us and how much we can do in no time and before we know it, the last training and packing is here :-) It was the same this time... The very end of the training camp belonged to the tests for higher technical levels. There were 15 male and female sonkalers who reached the higher technica
14.3.2022 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
We are not bears
Taekwondists do not hibernate like the bears in winter, but train hard. Last year we could have dreamed of winter training, but this year it was a different story. Although the Omikron epidemic was at its peak in the Czech Republic and the list of participants was shortened on the day of departure, it was an extremely successful event. We divided the training sessions by technical bands and in the lower ones we welcomed a bunch of newcomers who started training a few months ago. Everyone interspersed the workouts as they saw fit - playing board games, reading, walking, or passively gaining
3.1.2022 / On-line technical seminar
Final on-line Taekwon-Do seminar
We had planned a national seminar for mid-December, but Covid was of a different opinion. Therefore, we hastily managed to organize a substitute online form involving Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong, Master Martin Zámečník and as practicing Přemysl Šesták (Tong-Il) and Tereza Štekerová (Sonkal). The online transmission and the whole technical part was provided by Master Ondřej Vrábel and Alex Mach. The content this time was not techniques or patterns, but special techniques and power breaking. During the two-hour session Grandmaster Hwang explained and together with the practitioners sh
30.12.2022 / Black belts promotions
Sunday for black belts
The last event of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF in 2022 was the examinations for the technical dan, i.e. black belt, on Sunday 12th December. Over 30 adepts appeared before the examination committee of the Czech Federation and among them were four members of Sonkal. The first to take the exam for I. dan was Katerina Vitechkova for whom it was the culmination of the life of the coloured belt. Katka passed the exam without any difficulties and after receiving the official certificate she will be able to exchange her red belt for the monothematic but beautiful black one. Among the candidates for
30.12.2022 / National technical seminar with Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong (IX. dan) & masters
120 participants
On December 10, Brno belonged to taekwondists from all over the Czech Republic on the occasion of the national seminar. The seminar itself was divided into three separate blocks. The first, in the morning, block was led by Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong and in its introduction he repeated the most important theoretical basics of Taekwon-do - the meaning of the word Taekwon-do, the theory of power and or horizontal levels in the execution of techniques. The Grand Master not only reminded the facts, but also his sense of humour was given space. This was followed by the students practicing individ
30.12.2022 / Technical course with Master Jerzy Jedut (VIII. dan)
Two-day training marathon
The last weekend in November belonged to taekwondo in Stránčice under the baton of Polish Master - Jerzy Jeduta. Compared to the previous years, both days of the seminar were tuned more into drills and exercises for sparring. From introductory games and warm-up exercises, through interesting combinations to strengthening exercises at the very end. During the seminar there was also time to practice basic techniques, patterns and self-defense. However, this time they were neglected in the program and got the upper hand again in another part of taekwondo. Master Jedut came into the semin
29.12.2022 / Christmas Taekwon-Do demonstration
Taekwon-Do at the Plecharna
After a two-year break, we had a pre-Christmas show at the Plechárna na Černém Most. And just like in 2019, this time it was also on the occasion of the Christmas exhibition. During the hour-long demonstration, there were full demonstrations by students from five of our gyms (Vybíralova Elementary School - Černý Most, Věra Čáslavské Elementary School - Petřiny, FZŠ Chodovická - Horní Počernice, BPA Hloubětín and Jablíčko Kindergarten - Velké Přílepy. Demonstrations of the lower bands were interspersed with performances of the red and black bands. The spectators could s
24.12.2022 / Sonkal's year 2022
Two, zero, two, two
On Christmas Eve, we have the usual roundup of major events in 2022. Stop by and reminisce with us about what the year was like with the three deuces in the year.
19.9.2022 / Summer traning camp
Super end of summer holidays
We have 581 photos and tomorrow we will add the last set, which will include only the exhibition photo shoot on the day off.
10.8.2022 / Summer traning camp
9.8.2022 / Black belts promotions
Summer blackbelts
On Sunday the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF Federation held examinations for technical levels I. to VI. dan. There were almost 50 candidates and the biggest part of them were applicants for I. dan, the gateway between master technical grades. The examination committee was chaired by Grand Master Hwang Ho-yong (IX. dan) and the members were Dr. Rostislav Kaňka (VIII. dan), Martin Zámečník (VII. dan) and Ing. Milan Prokeš (VII. dan). The head of the Petriny branch Martin Svitek took the exam from our school, specifically for VI. dan. All adepts did well and passed the exam successfully. Cong
7.5.2022 / Online international instructor course with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong
Instructors from all over the world
Czech Taekwon-Do Federation in cooperation with Alexander Mach and Master Ondrej Vrabel prepared and arranged another international taekwondo event at the turn of April and May - instructor course with Grand master Hwang Ho-yong. The course was traditionally divided into three three-hour blocks of which the first two were purely theoretical, the third one was practical, or devoted to explanations and practice. The content of the course is theory and information for international instructors. In the online form, all participants can get acquainted with important information that every inter
19.4.2022 / Trainers´ course with Martin Svitek
Acute injuries - P.E.A.C.E. and L.O.V.E
Article about acute injuries and how to treat them. Original acticle here Martin Svitek, V. Dan
15.4.2022 / Online international technical seminar with GM Hwang Ho-yong
From Řepy to the other side of the world
The title of the article sounds far-fetched, but it is true. On the weekend of April 9th and 10th, the large hall of the sports centre in Prague Řepi became the starting point of an international online technical seminar with Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong. And the other side of the world? It had several outcomes - Japan, China, Malaysia, India, South Africa, UK, Grenada, USA.... And so we could go on :-) However, the important thing was the content, which was provided by Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong and I, together with Master Martin Zamecnik, had the honour of assisting him and translating. Sonk
25.3.2022 / Photo shoot in the park
Sun, heat and taekwon-do
Some of the photographs are left to rest for a while and after some time we will return to processing them. This time it was like this with the photos we took in Komenský park during the Czech Republic Color Tape Championship in Ostrava. So check out the beautiful afternoon, now that the competition is over :-)
17.3.2022 / Sparring seminar with Tomaž Barada
Icon of sparring in the Czech Republic
While some weekends may seem very full and quite intense, the opportunity to see a taekwondo (and kickboxing) sparring icon's seminar in person will make them a little hell. But that "hell" is completely outweighed by the benefits of the seminar, which is led by Tomaž Barada. On the other hand, I gathered from the short chat that Tomaž is in a very similar position. A few days ago he returned from China, where he represented the Slovenian Olympic Committee at the Beijing Games. He then moved to Prague for a full-day kickboxing seminar, and on Sunday morning he stopped in Brandýs to take
16.3.2022 / 1st longterm camp of Czech national Taekwon-Do team
The first part of the long-term preparation of the Czech national team
On Saturday, 26th February, Alex Mach and I visited the first long-term training camp of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF team before the European Championships in Croatia. You can see the photos and Alex's video cut.
15.3.2022 / Test for color belts
Over fifty higher belts
In mid-February, in the gym of Vybíralova Primary School in Černý Most, exams for higher technical levels - colour belts were held. The examinations were conducted by Grandmaster Hwang Ho-yong and after a careful examination in the individual gyms, 58 candidates appeared before him. All technical grades were represented and the pass rate was 100%. Grandmaster Hwang praised the comprehensive preparedness, which is high praise for the entire Sonkal coaching team! Congratulations to all those successful and we wish them a speedy learning programme for the next exams, which will be at the
31.1.2022 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
20.1.2022 / Sonkal's taekwon-do camp
Information and documents for the February camp
All participants in the winter camp must meet the requirements listed below and comply with the measures set out in the valid decision of the Government of the Czech Republic. All documents must be submitted no later than upon departure for the camp. The declaration of infection-free status must be from the date of arrival at the camp. Other confirmations can also be sent by e-mail or by showing them in the Tečka application upon departure. Participants up to 11 years of age (inclusive): - Declaration of infection-free status (child) - A health certificate that is no older than 24 months
9.1.2022 / Camp of Taekwon-Do national team
Start of preparation for the European Taekwon-Do ITF Championships
From Friday to Sunday the initial training camp of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF team for the European Championships in Croatia in March took place in Brandýs nad Labem. The selection of new adepts for the national team took place on Saturday. Our cameras captured the Saturday morning training, which was dedicated to practicing routines and sparring.
3.1.2022 / Black belts promotions
December black belt tests
On Saturday 11th December, the large gym of Vybíralova Primary School in Černý Most hosted the last exams for technical levels I to VI. dan. Photos are complete.
13.12.2022 / 15th Serbia Open
Serbian mission
On Friday 18th October we set off from Prague for our first participation in the Serbia Open, which was held for the fifteenth time in the second largest city of Serbia, Novi Sad.11 competitors in two cars set off on an 800km long journey, but thanks to the non-stop driving on the highways of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia it was not as bad as it might seem from the kilometres. With a few short breaks, we arrived at the venue around 6:30. Accommodation, weigh-in and dinner at the hotel followed. In the evening we still managed to walk around the city centre, which is very nic
5.12.2022 / Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open 2022 / 7th Devil's cup ( info pack )
Pre-Christmas taekwondo devil's flick
The hall of the sports centre in Prague Řepi hosted the seventh year of the Ataxon Taekwon-Do Open - Devil's Cup. After last year's covid edition, it was very pleasant to deal only with ordinary operational matters, and not how to protect the participants and comply with the ever-changing measures. But the past is the past and let's get on with the year just ended. With five days to go before the entry deadline it was looking like a more intimate number of competitors, however the weekend and the last day was a crushing conclusion. There were 323 entries but only 291 competitors entered th
24.11.2022 / UK Open 2022
Sonkal in the British Isles
In 2019 we went to the competitions in Scotland for the first time, which were organized by the United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association. We really liked the competitions then - friendly atmosphere, solid organization and interesting opponents. The following three years we had to postpone our participation because of Covid 19. This year it finally worked out and our choice fell on the UK Open, which is held regularly in November in the town of Guilford. This town of 100,000 is located southwest of London. It is worth mentioning the actual sports centre where the races were held, because the avera
17.11.2022 / Czech national championship 2022
National championship for the first time in Ostrava
This year's national championship - Czech Republic Championship was held in Ostrava for the first time. Sonkal was represented by 23 competitors after two medical corrections. The whole team was very well prepared and the performances were at the top level! In the competition of 22 other schools of the Czech Taekwon-Do Federation our competitors did great. In this case it is not only about the second position, but also about the ratio of the number of competitors - our 23 versus 89 at GBHS. The difference was in the final count three gold medals :-) In addition to the second place trophy
19.10.2022 / 2nd national testing members of CYT
Autumn meeting of young taekwon-do talents in Nymburk
On 15th and 16th October the hall of the Sports Centre in Nymburk belonged to young talents from 6 regional centres. On Saturday, there was a matching of forces in the pupil age group, Sunday was dedicated to juniors and junior girls. Sonkal as a long-time member of STM Praha II participated with 16 competitors. The green belt holders were the main ones to transfer, but the blue, red and black belts were not left behind either. You will find a complete list of our results soon in the achievements section. Now we have more competitions, training camps and in mid
1.10.2022 / Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation
Under the banner of the association again in Prague
Probably we would have to search in very old archive materials when the last competition of the Czech Taekwon-Do ITF was held in Prague, but it is not important, because the past is the past. On Friday, September 23rd, taekwondists from all over the Czech Republic came to the sports hall in Řepy to register and weigh in for Saturday's 2nd round of the Czech Taekwon-Do Federation Cup. Saturday's opening ceremony included first a minute of silence in memory of the recently deceased president of our federation ing. Marek Lazor. Then followed the repeatedly postponed announcement of the wi
28.9.2022 / Czech national championship of Czech national union
Union Championship of the Czech Republic in Taekwon-do
On Saturday 21 May we accepted an invitation from the Czech National Taekwon-Do ITF Union to participate in the national championship. Before the covid pandemic we had already participated in this event several times and therefore we went to Benátky nad Jizerou with 18 competitors to measure their strength. The team of our junior girls was especially successful, who for the third competition in a row did not give the opponents, and this time also the rivals, a chance and again won gold medals from the team patterns! Our colours for this competition were strengthened by Masha Nemykina, who
27.9.2022 / Czech national championship for color belts
Coloured belts at the national championship
The second weekend of May belonged to the national championship of colour belts in Nymburk. That is, the holders of yellow, green, blue and red belts. Sonkal was represented by 18 male and female taekwondists who showed very good performances, which is evidenced by the 7 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals. You can see a detailed list of medals in the achievements section.
26.9.2022 / 1st National testing members of CYT
With talents to the north of Moravia
Ve druhé polovině dubna se talentovaná mládež STM Praha II vydala do Ostravy na první letošní soutěžní setkání. Sobotní velmi brzký odjezd z Prahy vybízel k pospávání. Po nezbytné registraci byla naše sonkalácká část vyslána do technického muzea, aby zde strávila značnou část pro ně nesoutěžního dne. Jejich čas přišel až neděli a během celého dne jsme sbírali četné medailové úspěchy. Velmi se zúročila příprava na Velikonočním soustředění a to především v týmových sestavách našich juniorek. Holky porazily všechny ostatní tým
25.9.2022 / Best of best, international taekwon-do competition
International taekwon-do competition in Říčany
The Czech Taekwon-Do Federation held its traditional international competition Best of the best at the beginning of April. A small team participated for Sonkal and collected many medals. Take a look at the 38 photos.
20.6.2022 / Sofia Open
Sonkals in Sofia
After more than a decade, the competition in the Bulgarian capital was renewed under its original name, the Sofia Open. For many years the Bulgarian Taekwon-Do ITF Federation has been organizing the international competition Bulgaria Open, where the organizing cities of Plovdiv and Blagoevgrad alternate. Sonkal went by air to this competition with 8 competitors and it was all about gaining valuable experience. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favour throughout our stay - the atypically heavy rain took only very short breaks and therefore we could not even use our free time to explo
31.5.2022 / Sonkal Open 2022 ( info pack )
Sonkal Open 2022 - 734 matches in taekwon-do itf
The last Saturday in May belonged to Sonkal Open in taekwondo again after two years. This year's edition was not only a return to the traditional date, but also to normal operation without covid measures. It was also a year of several records. The first was the number of competitors - 308, the next record was the number of countries - 5, and the next was the number of divisions - 28. This also resulted in a very nice record of 6 wrestling venues that were in operation for practically 90% of the competition time! The positive thing was that the sports hall in Řepy could accommodate all this wi
24.5.2022 / Sonkal Open 2022 ( info pack )
300+ taekwondo men and women at Saturday's Sonkal Open
Last year we tried racing during the off-covid wave and this year we can really rock it. The number of competitors registered for the 2022 Sonkal Open confirms that there is a great hunger for competitions. Even more pleasing is the number of foreign teams. In the past we have hosted competitors from Croatia and Slovakia, but this year we will have the premiere participation of teams from Ukraine and Norway. The participation of the Ukrainian team is admirable, as travelling to/from a country wracked by war, sparked by Russia exactly 3 months ago, is still very complicated. Not to mention re
14.4.2022 / 27th Junior, 36th Adult, 13th Veteran & 11th Youth European Championships
Photos by Vladimír Švanda
We will gradually offer you photos from Vladi Švanda, who was at the European Championships as an official photographer of the organizing country. In the meantime, take a look at the first set, which includes 614 photos from the training sessions before the competition and the first day of the competition. We are adding a second set, this time with 264 photos. The second day of the competition, the EITF Congress and the third day of the competition. And today is the last set from the European Championships with 332 photos.
27.3.2022 / 27th Junior, 36th Adult, 13th Veteran & 11th Youth European Championships
Photo gallery from the European Championships in Poreč
Today we start to supply you with photos from the European Championships, which officially starts tomorrow with the first day of competition. So far, it's been a bit of preparation and a recap before it all kicks off on Monday at 9:00am. Cheer, view the photos and share them too! First smaller set from the opening day of the European Championship. Added another 393 photos from the first day. 294 photos from the first day of the competition and finally we can add the second day of the Championship. Another 283 photos - this time on the 2nd day of the championship. 282 photos fro
18.3.2022 / Cup of Czech Taekwon-Do Federation
First at First
On Saturday 5th March the competition Cup of Czech Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF took place in Brno. The registration took place on Friday 4th so we arrived on that day in Brno. Our school was represented by 17 competitors. There were only two disciplines on this competition – patterns and sport sparring, and the competition system was each against each. Thanks to this the contestants had the opportunity to fight against a lot of opponents and so gain lots of new skills. Our competitors were fighting greatly and acting perfectly. Some of them even won the award as the best contestants i
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