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History of the club

Karate Husovice is one of the oldest clubs in Brno. The history of Karate in South Moravia started in 1966, when a group of enthusiasts began to practice at the former Military Academy of Antonín Zápotocký (VAAZ). Leader of the club was Maj. Vladimír Polach, instructor Mr. Kraus and the early practitioners Skovajsa, Mederly, Hruza, and others. Later other popular students joined the club: Slajer, Hanes, Masničák, Jašké, Lyzičiar etc. As a second club came into existence in 1968 TJ Stavební podnik Brno with instructor Ing. Curda. So called “Czech karate school” was practiced until 1970 in both clubs.

Crucial years for the Moravians were 1971 and 1972, when Czechoslovakia was visited by Japanese master Hideo Ochi (5th dan instructor JKA in Germany), who performed basics of methodology training and demonstrations of kumite and kata at several seminars. The first demonstration of karate was held in January 1971 in the Dolní Počernice near Prague, together with master Fujinaga (4th Dan, JKA instructor in Austria). The only participant from Brno was Karel Kočička. Master Hideo Ochi ranked also some technically advanced karatekas (1st dan for Mr. Vlcek, Fuchs and Kolár brothers) and considerably supported the activities of all participating clubs. The Japanese style of Shotokan Karate-Do was practiced in the following years not only in Brno, but also in the whole Czech Republic.

Another karateka helping with the development of karate in the South Moravian Region, was an Egyptian student Nabyl El Nady, 1st Dan, and academic champion of Egypt, who also represented his country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 in swimming. He had a great theoretical and practical experience gained under Master Yamamoto, chief instructor of Shotokan in Egypt. He practiced in Stavební podnik in the years 1974 – 1976.

History of TJ Stavební podnik is the richest of all the clubs that have ever operated in southern Moravia. Although in the years 1979-1980 the whole club fell apart, another 10 or 11 new clubs arose directly or indirectly from it. Direct successor of this legendary club is now SOKOL BRNO-HUSOVICE and Tesla Brno. The third oldest club in the region was a military club at the Military University of the Ground Forces (founded in 1973 by a former member of VAAZ Mr. Masničák). The club Moravská Slavia was created under the direction of Statis Karakevas in 1978.

Since 1971 Mr. Karel Kočička takes over the presidency of the Stavební podnik. In the end of 1975 TJ Stavební podnik changes to TJ Tatran and remains so until 1979, when it finally fell apart into other clubs. Karel Fiala and Alois Kobzík became leaders of the club. In 1978 Vladislav Krčma left the club and establishes a separate club at TJ Královopolská strojírna (KPS) in 1979. In the same year Jiří Drápa founded another club in Žďár. Pavel Taťák leaves Brno after his graduation and founds a club in Otrokovice. Another person who greatly helped to the development of karate was Jiří Kočárek, who founded the club TJ Slovan Černá Pole (Brno) and was also head coach and examiner at TJ Tesla Brno. This club was created by mutual agreement of the presidents of five clubs who wanted to move the best athletes to the newly created club to assert beyond the South Moravian region.

Thanks to Alois Kobzík club passed in 1979 under the TJ Sokol Husovice. Members who left Tatran then not only founded clubs in the region, but also helped to found clubs in Pilsen, Olomouc, Havířov, Přerov and elsewhere. At the end of the 70s another club arised, eg. Modeta Jihlava, VUT, the Moravská Slavia etc.

Regional competition started during the 80s. Grand Prix of Brno, attended by athletes from all over Czechoslovakia, took place in the years 1981, 1982 and 1986. The national championship of Czechoslovakia was held in Brno in 1984. In the second half of the 80s a regional team league started, with the kata team and the five-team kumite competition. One of the most important clubs since 1983 was Elán Brno, which arised from karatekas leaving TJ KPS under the leadership of Aleš Roth. This club was visited by another man who affected the quality of karate in the region - Italian master Walter Corra, 5th Dan.

End of 80s and beginning of the 90s is marked by changes in the society, which was also reflected in the development of karate. First, there is the emergence of new clubs - Shobukan (successor of Elán), Tarokan, Global, DDM Nový Lískovec etc., and also the emergence of new unions. Besides the South Moravian Association of karate also the Association of Traditional Karate Federation and Goju- ryu Union started to operate in the region.

Karate club Sokol Brno - Husovice has about 50 members currently. The main part consists of young people aged 10 to 20 years. The club has high-quality instructors who are fully dedicated to the preparation of all students. The club also collaborates with other clubs and martial arts masters for not to be focused only on Shotokan karate. We cooperate with the club SK Global Brno and its head coach Miroslav Haluza (2nd dan) for many years. M. Haluza was a member of the national team for a long time and achieved many outstanding accomplishments, which is known on his specialized kumite trainings methods.

Source: Yearbook of TJ Tesla Brno from 1985, Dr. Emil Holeš, memories of Sensei Karel Kočička, etc.

History of the club

TJ Stavební podnik - TJ Tatran - TJ Sokol Husovice - TJ Spartak Husovice- TJ Sokol Husovice - Karate Sokol Husovice

Head coaches of the club

  • JUDr. Karel Kočička 1972 - 1978
  • JUDr. Alois Kobzík 1978 - 1991
  • Ing. Viliam Gago 1991 - 1995
  • MUDr. Martin Man 1995 - 2005
  • Ing. Vít Štencel 2005- 2009
  • Mgr. František Doleček 2009 - ?

Other instructors

Karel Fiala, Ladislav Vondrka, Karel Urbánek, Ladislav Koloczi, Jiří Štancl, Michael Man, Oto Nagy , Miroslav Moučka, Vít Štencel, Petr Šteflíček, Zdena Hodová, Abbas Hanah, Miroslav Haluza, Milada Jakubcová, ...

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