Tomáš Vodička"s point of view
special guest Hwang Su-il
Tomáš Vodička, 25.8.2010 – This year’s camp was, in one word, wonderful. I have never visited summer camp before, so I was thinking if it is worth of taking part. I had just returned from camp in Slovakia and I. Dan exams were before me, so I was not sure if have strength to manage everything. Finally Svíťa (Martin Svitek) persuaded me and we left Prague to travel to Sklárna two days before camp. You know, I had to use this chance to train with such a „masters“ like Hwang Su-il and others (We know that Mr. Hwang, Knighton and Dekker are not Masters yet, but Tomáš uses this word expressing his respect for them - so I keep the translation this way, even though it is not correct in taekwondo terminology – translator).
And I could not do better decision. We arrived at GBHS training camp, where we had great opportunity to get to know foreign „masters“ before most of people comes. There were few on higher belts training, so we had kind of individual training. It is needless to describe trainings, because Svíťa did it in his article. Morning trainings with Hwang Su-il and evening one with Paul Knighton motivated me deeply. It is wonderful to practice with such a people, who have been in taekwon-do for such a long time and are still coming with something new to share and teach.
We also spent lot of time with them outside the dojang. We visited castle once and did some hiking the other day. Returning from trip, me and Svíťa went to pub for a beer, Hwang Su-il came in a moment saying „was afraid I won’t find you“. We spoke for a long time about nearly everything.
I was sad to leave camp earlier, but I needed some rest before my I. Dan exams. When I was looking for Peter Regan to say bye, Hwang Su-il caught me and said to wait for a moment. He returned with All Japan championship t-shirts as a present for me and Svíťa, I was really moved.
In short, this was unforgettable event which I am happy to took part in. I met interesting, cool, humble people, learnt new training methods and found out that I will for sure take part in next year’s camp. It a 100% choice (I am happy about this - translator).
Tomáš Vodička – The Sorcerer