What is Hopae Sool?

Hopae Sool is a Korean martial art systematized by grandmaster Do Ki-Hyun.

Hopae served several times in Korean history as an identification card and every Korean had to wear hopae. There was written basic information about the owner as a name, birth, domicile or occupation on Hopae. In dangerous situations, Hopae, of course, was the only weapon that each Korean had with him, and so he learned to use it for self-defence.

These techniques have been systematized in recent decades by Korean Grandmaster of Taekkyun and fencing Do Ki-Hyun. Thus arose Hopae Sool, a martial art suitable as a supplement to every fighting style. This was also the idea of Grandmaster to create a platform for meeting students and teachers of various martial arts. The basic techniques are divided between the techniques in the grip and the very dangerous snap techniques.

Hopae is a very practical weapon for self-defence. It is easy to use, very dangerous and easily portable in your pocket, purse bag or behind a belt. Within a second you can very effectively use Hopae without any need of training. Grandmaster Do flies regularly with Hopae by plane :-)


start of the new school year
September 7, 2023

Dear students,

All training sessions are slowly getting underway this school year. You can see the current status of all training sessions on our website. Please note the slight changes in times. So don''t delay and see you at the trainings soon!

Your master and the team of teachers and assistants !

author: Martin Zámečník
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text: Letní tréninky
June 14, 2023
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text:

Rozpis letních tréninků naleznete na hlavní stránce v části Tréninky.

author: Vladimír Laš
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text: zrušení tréninků
May 2, 2023
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text:

Z důvodu soustředění STM odpadají všechny středeční tréninky na Campanusu a ve čtvrtek bude trénink zkrácen do 19:55. Připomínám, že o prodlouženém víkendu tréninky také odpadají, jak již bylo oznámeno dříve.

author: Martin Zámečník
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text: Zrušení čtvrtečního tréninku
March 30, 2022
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text:

Ve čtvrtek 31.3. odpadá trénink hopae a taekkyon kvůli cestě na ME do Chorvatska.

author: Martin Zámečník
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text: Tréninky o prázdninách a Velkém podzimním soustředění
October 21, 2021
There is no equivalent for english. Czech text:


v průběhu Velkého podzimního soustředění a prázdnin (od pátku 22. do neděle 31.10.) odpadají všechny tréninky, pokud učitel neoznámí jinak. Pokud si chcete intenzivně zacvičit a třeba na konci zvládnout zkoušky, rádi vás uvidíme na soustředění.

author: Vladimír Laš

Hopae Sool in the Czech Republic

The history of Hopae Sool in the Czech Republic began to write itself in 2016, when Martin Zámečník, a master of Taekwon-Do ITF, on his way to a better understanding of Korean martial arts traveled for a two-week stay to Korean Seoul, where he also completed daily trainings of Taekkyun and taught Taekwon-Do ITF. In this way he became acquainted with the Grandmaster of Taekkyun, Grandmaster Do, who began to teach him personally from the first hour.

Over the next years Martin Zámečník continued in training with Hopae on other training stays in Korea or at the Grand Master´s seminars in Paris until 2018 when he gained, as the first non-Korean, permission to teach from Grandmaster Do. In this year, the Czech association of Hopae Sool (ČSHP) was also founded and regular trainings and seminars started. The first seminar was conducted in February 2018 in Prague under the leadership of Grandmaster Do and his student Master Hwang In-Mu. The seminar was attended by the first Hopae student of Martin Zámečník - Radek Záhejský and the Korean martial arts enthusiast Luděk Kastner, who had previously met Hopae on the Internet.


Trainings are suitable for all age categories without the need of previous martial arts experience. For preschool children we recommend the participation of older sibling, parents or grandparents.

Since 10. 5. 2018 we start trial trainings. Meanwhile, we are opening up to three lessons per week at elementary school Campanus, Prague 11. On the basis of interest we will open other groups outside of Prague since September 2018.

You will be also able to practice Hopae at selected camps of School TKD ITF GBHS.

  • Monday 18:00 – 19:15 - Kostelec n. Č. l., náměstí Smiřických 29 - Martin Zámečník
  • Monday 19:30 – 21:00 - Kladno, Sportovní gymnázium, Plzeňská 3103 - Radek Záhejský
  • Thursday 17:30 – 18:30 - ZŠ Campanus, Praha 11 - Martin Zámečník
  • Friday 16:45 – 18:00 - Dobříš, malá tělocvična u ZŠ - Radek Záhejský
  • Summer trainnings - ZŠ Campanus:
    • 7.7. 18:00 - 19:30
    • 11.7. 19:00 - 21:30
    • 7.8. 19:00 - 21:30
    • 25.8. 18:00 - 19:30

Trainings and examinations are only for members. Perhaps one training to try. Except for the first exam, exams must be carried out exclusively in hp uniform.


Camp by the sea, Spain
23rd Jun - 5th Jul 2024
Deadline pro slevy: 15. 3. 2024
Registered people: 18
1st Summer Taekwon-do and Hopae 7.7.- 11.7. and 1st Summer Exams 11.7. - 15.7.
7th - 15th Jul 2024
Registered people: 115
Hopae and Taekkyon weekend
12th - 14th Jul 2024
Registered people: 13
Korea - Experience camp
15th - 31st Jul 2024
Deadline pro slevy: 1. 3. 2024
Registered people: 5


Tution-fee are required for participation in regular trainings, trainings at GBHS camps, special weekends and exams. The first training is a trial. To sign up to study hopae sool, fill out the online application form. You can finish your studies by excluding, dying, or completing a cancellation form.

The annual tuition fee is for the period August to July of the following year. Half-yearly are August - January and February - July.

Teachers and assistants have a 100% discount. The second member of the family has a discount of 25%, the third member 50%, the fourth member 75%, the fifth and each additional member 100%. One family is defined as 2 parents and children living in the same household.

A new member pays 1500 CZK in the semester in which he/she first comes to the training. Newcomers in January and July can pay this fee in the next semester.

By paying a lifetime membership, you get the opportunity to register for free in all other martial arts offered by our school and receive a 20% discount on renting our center in Beztahov.

A member paying an annual or semi-annual membership receives a 10% discount on renting our center at Beztahov.

It is possible to pay at the trainings in cash to the teacher or to an account with the name for whom and what you pay for in the note. For example, "Jan Žižka tuition hopae".

Account number : 2001870779
Bank code : 2010
Newcommer Annual fee Semestral fee Keeping membership Lifetime membership
1 500 CZK 4 800 CZK 2 700 CZK 1 500 CZK 99 999 CZK


Martin Zámečník
+420 603 302 739
Radek Záhejský
+420 736 222 675

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