The last training in IJsselstein was attended by students from every corner of the country. We had a great time with master Ko Baek-yong explaining the harmony principle. One last group photo and it was time to say good bye. Looking forward to our next international seminar all ready.
After Wim successfully tested for his 4th dan in the afternoon, we practiced Taichi and Hankumdo with the instructors of the Dutch HKD Federation (NHF) at night.
On Wednesday we visited Amsterdam. After a walk along the canals and shopping for some souvenirs it was time to teach a class with the students of Chongmukwan.
On this rainy Tuesday we first visited a children’s HKD camp. The camp was organised by two Dutch schools. The kids enjoy a week of games and martial arts at a ‘kampeerboerderij’ (camping farm).
During the day we practiced with the Dutch instructors in IJsselstein at the headquarters of the Netherlands HKD Federation. In the evening it was time to perfect our kicking techniques. Lots of spinning and low spinning kicks.
April 27, 2014 was an historic day for our federation. We officially announced our organisation and what better way to start than with a seminar? Just like the day before we taught all three HKD’s, with master Yang Yong-seok. teaching hapkido kicking, master Ko Baek-yong teaching hankido self defence and master Ko Se-hwan teaching hankumdo.
Our first big open seminar in the Netherlands took place in Urk. In total more than 40 people attended the seminars. The seminars started with a session in traditional hapkido kicking with master Yang Yong-seok. The second part was for master Ko Baek-yong who taught hankido self defence. The last sessions of the day was
Urk is a unique village in the Netherlands. This former island is where we will be staying today and Saturday. The main event of the day was the black belt test. Nine people successfully tested for their first or second dan. It was the first official dan test of our federation.
In the evening of our third day in the Netherlands we visited Cheonjikwan. Cheonjikwan is a school located in Veldhoven. On Sunday we will teach an open seminar, but today was for members-only.