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
On our first full day in the Netherlands we taught two classes at Baekyongkwan in Alphen. In Alphen one of our federation’s national instructors, Jenne Meyster (5th dan), teaches several classes with the help of a team of loyal instructors.
Today was our last day in Finland. Tomorrow we will fly to the Netherlands, where we will stay until Saturday May 3. We taught one final seminar on this last day and had a great time. Everyone was wearing his or her fresh new belt and was extra motivated to make the last seminar count.
Today we had only two training sessions, but that only means we also had a lot of time to talk with the instructors of the Finnish Hankido Federation about the future of Hankido in Finland.
During our morning training session a reporter from the local newspaper visited us for an interview and some pictures. People in Lohja are working hard to promote hankido. Later we visited Helsinki for some sightseeing and a training session at the local school.
Our second day in Finland started with a morning training at 8:30. Quite a few enthusiasts showed up and we practice circle and flow techniques together. In the afternoon we practiced hankumdo at a local school.
One last training session on our last day in Istanbul. Tomorrow we will fly to Finland. There we will stay for another week of training and practice.
On our fourth day in Istanbul we taught to the instructors of the Turkish Hankido Federation, gave a little demonstration at a local elementary school and introduced hankido at taekwondo gym.
Today’s training schedule started with some private instruction for Cem Uymak. Cem is the head instructor of the Turkish Hankido organisation and the representative for our federation in Istanbul. In the afternoon we trained with both Cem and his two assistants Yasin Erdogan and Fatih Cakir.
In the spring of 2014 master Ko Baek-yong (9th dan) will visit schools across Europe to teach hankido, hankumdo and hapkido. Master Ko Baek-yong will be accompanied by his son, international instructor Ko Se-hwan (5th dan). We invite anyone to join one of the many seminars that will be held this time.