Hopae sool

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 :-)

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 - link. 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 the camps of School TKD ITF GBHS.

  • Thursday 17:15 – 18:00
  • Sunday
    6. 1. 17:00 -18:00
    20. 1. 15:00 - 16:00
    27. 1. 17:00 - 18:00
    24. 2. 17:00 - 18:00
    10. 3. 17:00 - 18:00
    31. 3. 15:00 - 16:00
    7. 4. 17:00 - 18:00
    14. 4. 15:00 - 16:00
    5. 5. 17:00 - 18:00
    12. 5. 17:00 - 18:00
    2. 6. 17:00 - 18:00
    9. 6. 17:00 - 18:00

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.

Calendar of Events

  • Big autumn TKD camp from 30. 10. to 3. 11. 19:00 - 20:00.
    4. 11. exam
  • 23. - 25. 11. 2018 ZŠ Campanus, Praha – Víkendový seminář zdravotního taekkyonu, hopae sool a yetbeop - propositions
  • 22. - 24. 2. 2019 - Uhelná Příbram - Hopae and Taekkyon weekend - proposition - application form
  • 20. - 22. 9. 2019 - Beztahov - Hopae and Taekkyon weekend

You will be also able to practise Taekkyon at the camps of School TKD ITF GBHS.


To participate in regular trainings, trainings on GBHS camps, special weekends and exams the membership fee must be paid.

An electronic application for school membership is being prepared, it will be available since the next school year. You should inform yourself about the temporary payment method on trainings at that time.

Advantageous monthly fee Monthly fee Annual fee (until June 2020)
non-member of school GBHS 300 CZK 400 CZK 2 700 CZK
member of school GBHS 200 CZK 300 CZK 1 800 CZK
teacher GBHS 100 CZK 200 CZK 900 CZK
lifetime member GBHS free free free

Advantageous monthly fee has to be paid only by a collection order in an actual month, otherwise a monthly fee is required.

Account Number : 2982742001
Bank code : 5500


Martin Zámečník
+420 603 302 739

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