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.
On our second day in the Netherlands we taught at the headquarters of the Dutch HKD Federation (NHF). During the day we mainly taught the instructors, in the evening it was time for a youth and adult class. We taught self defence and spinning kicks.
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 mostly spend traveling from Turkey to Finland. We arrived at Helsinki Airport in the afternoon where we were greeted by members of the Finnish HKD Federation. From the airport it was an hour long drive to Lohja where most training will take place.
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.
Today master Ko Baek-yong and master Ko Se-hwan arrived in Istanbul, Turkey. They will stay there for a week to introduce hankido to members of the Korean Sports Federation. They are accompanied by Klaas Barends and Mustafa Fidanci of the Dutch HKD Federation.