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• Gabriel is a seasoned sales and marketing expert with over twenty years of experience in senior level positions at companies such as Motorola, VeriSign (part of Symantec), and SecureWorks (part of Dell). His strengths lie in international business development and strategic partnerships, as well as the unique ability to translate complex ideas and technologies into language that decision makers can easily understand. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of McMaster in Canada and possesses expert knowledge in cloud computing, IT security and video streaming technologies (Over the Top Content, OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups, and manages two blogs: https://dusil.com/ and https://gabrieldusil.com/

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 7 • Košice Judo

• Czech judo started in the 1930’s. Slovak judo started in 1954, in Bratislava, by Ing. Robert Binder. One year later, judo was established in Košice by Ladislav Magyar. In 1959 Mr. Magyar left and my dad, Vaclav (Vašek) Dusil, was elected to lead the judo “oddiel” of Lokomotíva Košice. The Dusil brothers continued to build on the foundations laid down by Ladislav Magyar. Judo in Košice had steady growth throughout the 1960’s, mainly due to the efforts of Lokomotíva Košice.

• Slovak men won very few medals in the 1950’s and 1960’s at the national level. The Czechs had a twenty year head start on the Slovaks, so the conditions to improve their skills were more developed. The bigger cities on the Czech side of the country meant more judokas, more and better training facilities & coaches and a higher level of competition. Women’s judo, on the other hand, started in the 1950’s in both Czech and Slovak parts of the country, so the gap in the skill levels was much smaller, if any.  In the early 1960’s Bratislava dominated women’s judo on a national level. They captured around 50% of the all medals available (six in weight categories across junior and senior age categories, and one for open competition, where there are no weight restrictions).

• In the 1960’s the top countries at the European level were France, Germany, the Netherlands and later the Russians (who “converted” to judo from their version of Sambo, “Samozaschita Bez Oružija”, meaning “self-defense without a weapon”). Czechoslovakian judoka won a few silver and bronze medals in European championships from time to time. In the 2004 Olympic games, in Athens, Greece a Slovak judoka, Jozef Krnáč won an Olympic silver in the 66kg division.

 

• Košice Judo

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 3 minutes 29 seconds

60 - Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil
60 – Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil

3 minutes 59 seconds

61 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil performing uchi mata 内股 on Robert Dusil (restored #b)
61 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil performing uchi mata 内股 on Robert Dusil

•  This is my dad performing uchi-mata (内股) on my uncle Robert – Photographed in their training facility.  It has since been torn down.

 

Article - medzi mužmi v kimonách
Article – medzi mužmi v kimonách
Article - Judisti TJ Lokomotívy Košice
Article – Judisti TJ Lokomotívy Košice

 

 2 minutes 47 seconds

61 - Brno · Vaclav Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazánek, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spišák, Joe Nalevanko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, Julka Tothova, Milka Matuchova
61 – Brno · Vaclav Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazánek, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spišák, Joe Nalevanko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, Julka Tothova, Milka Matuchova

 

 3 minutes 23 seconds

61 - Nitra · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Nitra · Vaclav & Robert Dusil

 

• This photo was taken at an open air tournament in Nitra, Slovakia.  The men’s team beat the local team in the finals.

 4 minutes 12 seconds

63 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Regional Senior Championship, restored)
63 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Regional Senior Championship)

 

• In this photo my dad is holding his gold medal and diploma for winning the regional senior championships in both under 70kg, as well as the open class (no weight restrictions).

 

• Publications & Documents

Article - Judo na košickom závode
Article – Judo na košickom závode

 

Article - Tri Tituly Dusilovcov
Article – Tri Tituly Dusilovcov
72.Oct.4 - Brampton · Daily Times, With Only A Few Pointers From Dad
72.Oct.4 – Brampton · Daily Times, With Only A Few Pointers From Dad

 

• My dad and I were featured in the local Brampton, Ontario, Canada newspaper. I am photographed here at four years old “throwing” my dad with a Seoi-nage (背負い投げ, or shoulder throw).  I vaguely remember this day. Training had finished, and the dojo was dark.  We were at the entrance with the newspaper photographer.  My dad jumped over me a few times, and it seemed that the photographer wasn’t satisfied. So my dad asked me to hold onto my arm as he jumped over me.  And there we have it – a beautifully staged Seoi-nage!

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60 - Košice · Robert & Vaclav Dusil (thumbnail)

Family • Photo Restoration • 6 • Dusil • Cezar

• Introduction by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 March

• Having veterinarian parents carried an expectation that we would always surrounded by animals. Certainly that was the case – even at home. But it also seemed appropriate for my parents to go above and beyond that expectation. That’s why, when I was five years old, getting a Great Dane made sense. Even more appropriate was to call him by the nobles of names: Caesar (Named after Julius Caesar – although we used the Slovak spelling of Cezar).

• When we took him for walks on our street we always had neighbors approaching us, fascinated by his size. “Wow, he’s as big as a horse!”, was the most common comment. Back then many people had never seen a Great Dane in their life. During those years we were always known on the street as, “The veterinarians with the big great dane”.

• When we were young we would even ride Cezar. In the early days he was strong enough to hold me, but eventually only my sister was light enough for Cezar to hold her weight. Looking back, it may have seemed like a form of torture – parading on Cezar’s back as if we were riding a horse. Our friends watch us as if we were a act circus. At the time we felt that Cezar was relishing in the attention. Eventually we stopped our antics when it was clear he could no longer carry us.

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• Digital Photo Restoration

• 6 minute 30 second

 

76 - Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
76 – Burlington · Cezar (photo by Mr. Kinzel)
75.Jul - Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Jul – Burlington · Alica & Cezar Dusil (drinking beer)
75.Dec - Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec – Burlington · Puci, Alica & Cezar Dusil (reading)
75.Dec - Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec – Burlington · Cezar, Gabriel & Alica Dusil (reading in bed)
75.Dec - Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75.Dec – Burlington · Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil (going for a walk)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs)
75.Nov - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
75.Nov – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Cezar, Spencer Smith Park)
76.Jul - Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
76.Jul – Burlington · Cezar & Vaclav Dusil (railroad ties)
78.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)
78.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (reading)

 

82 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)
82 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Cezar)

75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (standing on hind legs, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 2 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• In December, I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas. While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the second of four workouts we had together. On this day we did some strength and conditioning, then we worked on a lot of sparing techniques, and had some fun with Jiu Jitsu. We also did loads of strength & conditioning with a lot of emphasis on core strength. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her. She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website DusilDesign.comhere. I love you, Ali 🙂

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

 

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• 22 minute 34 seconds

 

• Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• These workouts are straight from the training sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us.  If you are interested in  strength & conditioning, improving your core strength and cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by for a lesson.  For more details feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 2, premiere pro)


 

Family • Photo Restoration • 5 • Mamička & Taci • Wedding

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 24th February 2015

• Our wedding was on the 24th of February 1968, and remember that it was a cold day. The first part was a civil wedding ceremony at the City Hall in Košice. From there we went to the big cathedral, Dóm svätej Alžbety. After the reception we went to my parent’s apartment on Krmanova 3. My father hired a cook to do the catering. Taci was responsible for getting the wine. Your father was still in the military at the time of the wedding.  He chose his brother as his best man, just as his brother chose Taci when he got married. The wedding group was not very big – somewhere around twenty people. The wedding party included close family, friends and teammates from judo. It was a happy day.  Today would have been our 47th anniversary.

• A year and a half later on 5th of September 1969  we left Czechoslovakia.  We celebrated your first birthday in Paris, and you took your first steps there as well.  We were there with your uncle’s family as well as your godparents, Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We spent nine weeks in Paris, arranging for visas to enter Canada.

Mamička

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 • 9 minutes 12 seconds

  • 5 minutes 55 seconds

 • 7 minutes 51 seconds

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (veil)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (down the isle)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (witness)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ceremony)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring, restored #b)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (ring)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (kiss)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (signature)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking plate)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (breaking vase)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (sweeping up)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (first dance, restored)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 2)

 

• Top row – Pista Oravec, Juraj Mazanek, Pepo Vosecky, and his sister Alica Vosecky • Second row – Uncle Nandor Wawrek (My dad’s uncle on his mother’s side), Karol Dusil, Erika Dusil, and partially hidden is Sonja Leitman • Third row – Csaba Kende (“Nadapy” my grandfather) Stefan Kende, Roman Dusil (baby), Attila Kende, Robert Dusil • Fourth row –  Viera Kendeova, Zuzka Dusil • Bottom row – Valeria Kendeova (“Nanika”, my grandmother) and the bride and groom, Eva Dusilova and Vaclav Dusil.

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (family & friends 1)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (bride)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (car)

 

68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple, restored)
68.Feb.24 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (Couple)

 

 

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68.Feb.24 - Košice · Eva Kendova & Vaclav Dusil Wedding (premiere pro)

 

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 1 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• Last month I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas.  While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the first of four workouts we had together.  On this day we did some strength & conditioning, then we worked on kickboxing footwork, kicking techniques, and the hook punches. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her.  She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website DusilDesign.com here. I love you, Ali 🙂

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

 

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• 15 minute 40 seconds

 

• Bringing Ferus Fitness Fight Club to Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• These workouts are straight from the training sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz or https://www.facebook.com/www.ferus.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us.  If you are interested in  strength & conditioningcore strength, improving your cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by.  For more details then feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 1, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Ferus Fitness Fight Club • Dragon Flag

15.Jan.12 - Prague · Ferus Fitness Fight Club, Gabriel Dusil (Dragon Flags)
15.Jan.12 – Prague · Ferus Fitness Fight Club, Gabriel Dusil (Dragon Flags)

• Dragon Flag

In the video below you’ll find an advanced core strength drill called the “Dragon Flag”. This exercise was originally popularized by Bruce Lee. It uses muscles from the entire torso, but mainly the core muscles in the lower back and abdominals are working. At Ferus Fitness Fight Club we train a lot on core strength, although no muscles are left behind – we run circuit training drills covering most muscle groups – from the head down to your feet.  There is also plenty of cardio training (so bring lots of water, so that you stay hydrated!).  For those interested in sparing, there is plenty of that as well.

• 1 minute 45 seconds

Our training philosophy is to leave your ego at the door.  Our main goal is to stay healthy, strong, and in-shape.  There is no room for tough guys at this gym.  We’re all about learning from each other, building confidence, and having a strong balance between the mind and body. The training team currently consists of men and women ranging in ages from 16 up to 46 years old. But all ages are welcome. If you’re interested,then training schedule can be found here. Private lessons outside of these hours are also available upon request.  Our trainer, Karel Ferus and I have over 40 years of combined martial arts experience. So we bring a wealth of knowledge to the students. For those that want to learn Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, or just self defense basics, there is something for everyone. It’s also about learning from each other, no matter what level you’re at – everyone has something to contribute.

Pricing for sessions at the Prague training facility are very reasonable.  More details can be found at fffc.cz, or feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below. If you need martial arts equipment, then Karel Ferus has negotiated discounts at the leading martial arts stores in Prague, so we’ve got that covered.

For those interested in something more intense, there is also a full day training camp every three to four months in Žabonosy, Czech Republic – about a one hour drive outside of Prague. Training varies at the camp but normally there are 3 two hour sessions.  Lunch and dinner is included in the camp fee.

I would like to dedicate this blog post to my cousin, Richard Kende, who is a black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu.  He was also a champion judoka in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1980’s. I love him like a brother, and I respect him as an athlete, friend, and entrepreneur. If you’re ever in Sydney, Australia, then take a trip up to The Entrance and stay at the Jetty Motel, which he owns with his wife Martina. The accommodations are awesome, and they consistently get great reviews on TripAdvisor.com.  If you want to relax, then Richard is also a professional masseuse! Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more unique, you may be able to convince him to teach you a few martial arts secrets 🙂

 

13.Sep - Kosice, Richard Kende, Gabriel Dusil, Csaba's 80th bday (119, crop)

13.Sep - Kosice, Richard Kende, Gabriel Dusil, Csaba's 80th bday (87, crop)

• Postscript

For readers snickering at the Dragon Flag as a relatively easy stunt, keep in mind that Bruce Lee did this exercise when he was 135lbs (61kg), and in his early 30’s. Now try it when you’re 200lbs (91kg), and 46 years old 😉

You’re As Young As You Feel

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Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 4 • Košice Judo

• In the 1960’s, Slovak judo clubs were not good enough to advance to the Czechoslovakian league. The Czech’s already had a standardized belt promotion (white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and black belts) and a relegation system.  For this reason Slovakia began to set up a separate league in 1967, in order to improve the quality of their teams. Fighters advanced their skills faster when they fought someone at their own level (or slightly higher), rather than an opponent that who would completely dominate them on the mat. Eight Košice clubs organized their own league: Lokomotiva Košice, Slavia Košice, Slávia Prešov,  Lokomotiva Zvolen, Slavia Žilina, Vinohrady Bratislava, Pozemné Stavby Bratislava and Martin. At a regional level, Košice dominated men’s judo in Slovakia, and had one of the best women’s team in Czechoslovakia for several years. In forming their own league, Košice gained a lot of experience, since each team fought an opposing team at least three times. Their plan to narrow the gap between Czech and Slovak judo was gradually accomplished throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s.

• During his military service in Opava, Czech Republic, from 1961-63, my uncle had an opportunity to fight for the Slezan Opava team in the Czechoslovakian Team Championship (Slezan Opava were part of the official Judo League of Czechoslovakia). He received special permission from the army to train with a civilian club because the military owned sport clubs in virtually every sport.  He returned as the first black belt in Košice judo with a wealth of experience. Csaba Kende, my father and his younger brother were awarded their black belts (Shodan) shortly afterwards.  In 1968, my father was one of the first to get his 2nd degree black belt (Nidan).

• Then came the Warsaw Pact invasion, where approximately 500,000 Russian troops invaded Czechoslovakia, on the night of 20–21 August 1968, and within one year nearly half the men’s team from Lokomotiva Košice emigrated.  Those who stayed had to re-build the Lokomotiva Košice judo club.

• Košice Judo

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 4 minutes 18 seconds

60 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Robert Dusil
60 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Robert Dusil

• This is my dad and his brother in their back yard, in Košice. The house is still standing, on Moyzesova in Košice, just across from the city’s main police station.  It currently houses university facilities. The Dusil’s lived behind the ornamental fence to the right of my dad. Behind them (in the dark “tunnel”, in the photo) was the main entrance to the house.  Around ten families lived there.

 

Article - Judisti sú agilným oddielom
Article – Judisti sú agilným oddielom

 

Article - Tohoročně majstrovstvá nášho kraja v Judo
Article – Tohoročně majstrovstvá nášho kraja v Judo

 

60 - Brno · Dusan Halasz, Robert Dusil, Nyarjas, Edo Novak, Csaba Kende, Vaclav Dusil
60 – Brno · Dusan Halasz, Robert Dusil, Nyarjas, Edo Novak, Csaba Kende, Vaclav Dusil

 

60 - Prague · Vaclav & Robert Dusil
60 – Prague · Vaclav & Robert Dusil

 

60 - Brno · Igor Fridrich, Nyarjas, Robert Dusil, Edo Novak, Vaclav Dusil, Csaba Kende, Dusan Halasz
60 – Brno · Igor Fridrich, Nyarjas, Robert Dusil, Edo Novak, Vaclav Dusil, Csaba Kende, Dusan Halasz

 6 minutes 27 seconds

61 - Košice · Lokomotiva Kosice, Men's judo team
61 – Košice · Lokomotiva Kosice, Men’s judo team

• Top row – x, Dusan Halasz, x, Jozef Grusecky, Joe Nalevanko, Csaba Kende • Next row – Nyaryas, Ivan Spisak, Juraj Mazanek, Vlado Babilonsky, Pavel Petrivalsky, x • Kneeling – x, Urban, Vojtech Agyagos, Hluchan, x  • Laying: Vaclav Dusil and Robert Dusil with the emblem of the Lokomotiva Košice Judo Club.

• Ivan Spisak was the junior judo champion with my uncle, in 1961. Hluchan wanted to lead the club in the early 1960’s, during a crisis in leadership.  But he did not succeed against the three Dusil brothers.

 

 4 minutes 12 seconds

60.May.1 - Košice · International Workers' Day
60.May.1 – Košice · International Workers’ Day

 

• This parade was for the International Workers’ Day.  The photo was taken on the main street of Košice.  The communist regime “encouraged” citizens to participate.  In other words, they were required to participate in the parade. The judo team did not attend with fellow students or co-workers, but rather as sportsmen, as it was far more fun.  My dad is holding the Czechoslovakian flag. Second from the right in Judo sweats and dark glasses is Joseph Nalevanko. Ivan Spisak is scratching his nose, and to the left of him is Dusan Halasz.

 

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68.Aug.17 - Toronto · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Judo, Nidan)
68.Aug.17 – Toronto · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Judo, 2nd Dan black belt, Nidan)

 

Article - Judo aj v našom kraji
Article – Judo aj v našom kraji

 

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Adolf Kostrian, Andrej Collak, Anna Collakova, Berco Allman, Csaba Kende, Czechoslovakia, Darina Poprenakova, Digital Restoration, Dusan Halasz, dusil.com, Edo Novak, Gabriel Dusil, Hluchan, Igor Fridrich, Ivan Spisak, Janosik Bastam, Joe Nalevanko, Jozef Arvay, Jozef Grusecky, Jozko Lemak, Julia Tothova, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazanek, Karol Dusil, Košice, Ladislav Kende, Lokomotiva Košice, Maria Collakova-Korytkova, Michal Korytko, Miro Brozek, Nyarjas, Orendas, Pavel Petrivalsky, Pepo Vesecky, Pepo Vosecky, Pista Oravec, Pozemné Stavby, Robert Binder, Robert Dusil, Sano Drabcak, Slavia Košice, Slavia Žilina, Slavo Sykorsky, Slezan Opava, Slovak Judo, Stefan Bartus, Ura Nage, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Vinohrady Bratislava, Vlado Babilonsky, Vojtech Agyagos

 


 

60.May.1 - Košice · International Workers' Day (thumbnail)

Family • Dusil • Kende • ©2015 Calendar

Family is legacy.
Legacy brings meaning to life.

Here is my latest mini-project – A 2015 calendar with old family photos. I set out to test my Adobe InDesign skills, and this is the end result. The calendar has a selection of photos that will be released on my blog over the next twelve months. I hope you like it.  You can download the calendar in a high resolution pdf here, or click on the image below.  The file is 174MB, so expect a fairly long download time, depending on your internet bandwidth.

Merry Christmas,

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

Home - Calendar 2015 (Dusil Family, A3+)
Home – Calendar 2015 (Dusil Family, A3+)

Calendar 2015 (January)
Calendar ©2015 (January)

Home - Calendar 2015 (Dusil Family 300dpi, 2, February)
Calendar ©2015 (February)

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Calendar ©2015 (March)

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Calendar ©2015 (April)

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Calendar ©2015 (May)

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Calendar ©2015 (July)

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Calendar ©2015 (August)

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Calendar ©2015 (September)

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Calendar ©2015 (October)

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Calendar ©2015 (November)

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Calendar ©2015 (December)

Family • Photo Restoration • 3 • Taci

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 October

• Four years after we emigrated, we bought our own veterinary clinic. It was a big achievement considering we didn’t even know a word of English when we first arrived in Canada. Vašek loved veterinary medicine, and was an excellent surgeon.  He was very much liked by our clients.

• Vašek was also a very good handyman – constantly busy building and improving things around the house. He enjoyed travelling, and seeing the world. Even with our tight finances it was important for Vašek to see the world. He would say,”They can take your ‘things’, but they can’t take what you have experienced”.  The comment partly came from his deep seated resentment of the communist regime, which confiscated all private property in 1948.

• Vašek also found a lot of fulfillment from sports. He enjoyed competing and teaching judo. He played soccer regularly with his Czech and Slovak friends, and hockey throughout the 70’s with his fellow veterinarians. He was competitive and ambitious, but would never boast about his success. The happiest moment in his life was when you and your sister were born.

• Taci

If you missed the other Taci posts, you can link to them here:

• Digital Photo Restoration

 1 minutes 42 seconds

65 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Pepo Vosecky
65 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil & Pepo Vosecky

• Pepo was one of my dad’s best friends.  He was like an uncle to me, and his son Tommy is like my brother.  To this day I will never forget the time that Pepo was over during one of our family parties. I was around eleven years old.  Pepo was an awesome chef, starting Pepo’s Bistro in the 80’s with his wife, Vlasta.  On one visit to our house he made the the most amazing lamb chops. I distinctly remember him pouring beer in the frying pan over and over again. I watched his passion for cooking, as he made our dinner.  To this day nothing has come close to those lamb chops.

 

 2 minutes 55 seconds

67 - Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Eva Kendeova, Vaclav Dusil
67 – Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Eva Kendeova, Vaclav Dusil

 

 • 6 minutes 38 seconds

67.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation Ceremony from Veterinary Medicine)
67.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation Ceremony from Veterinary Medicine)
67.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation Certificate for Veterinary Medicine)
67.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation Certificate for Veterinary Medicine)

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • Your father was the only one in his class to finish with honors, which meant that he received a red diploma. It was quite an achievement. By the time he graduated, his two brothers had also graduated with honors, so it was very important for him. There was a lot of competition between the brothers.

 

 • 4 minutes 4 seconds

67.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Veterinary Medicine, sako)
67.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Veterinary Medicine, sako)
67.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Veterinary Medicine)
67.Feb – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation photo from Veterinary Medicine)

 

67.Apr.9 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Veterinary Medicine, invitation)
67.Apr.9 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Veterinary Medicine, invitation)

 

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • This is Taci’s announcement of his graduation as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (MVDr.). This was a good example of his modesty, because he doesn’t even mention in the invitation that he graduated with honors (i.e. designated by the red diploma shown below).

 

67.Apr.9 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Veterinary Medicine, Honors Diploma, Czech)
67.Apr.9 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Veterinary Medicine, Honors Diploma, Czech)

 

• 1967 • Hlučίn, Czech Republic • Military Service

67 - Hlučίn · Vaclav Dusil (military service)
67 – Hlučίn · Vaclav Dusil (military service)

 

 • 3 minutes 22 seconds

68 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil w. chairman of department of internal medicine, University of Košice
68 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil with the Chairman of Internal Medicine, University of Košice

 

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Andrej Collak, Anna Collakova, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, Darina Poprenakova, Digital Restoration, Dusil Family, dusil.com, Edo Novak, Erika Dusil, Eva Dusil, Gabriel Dusil, Ivan Spisak, Iveta Kende, Juraj Bialko, Karol Dusil, Kende Family, Ladislav Kende, Maria Collakova-Korytkova, Maria Dusilova, Michal Jr, Michal Korytko, Nyarjas, Orendas, Pepo Vesecky, Robert Dusil, Robert Dusil sr., Slavo Sykorsky, Stefan Kende, Vaclav Dusil, Valeria Kendeova, Vera Kendeova


 

67.Feb - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Graduation Ceremony from Veterinary Medicine, thumbnail)

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 2 • Košice Judo

• My father, Vaclav (Vašek) Dusil started training judo in 1958, when he was 16.  His older brother started in 1959. The youngest of the three started in early 1960.  My dad and his older brother were the stars of Košice men’s judo throughout the 60’s, although his younger brother won junior regional titles in both 1961 and 1962. My uncle admitted that he was never as good as his two older brothers, but was a reasonably good coach, and a good organizer. This is one of the reasons why my dad gave him the task of coaching the women’s team in late 1961, when the previous coach, Juraj Mazanek went off to complete his military service. My uncle was also the president of the club from 1962 to 1968, and therefore took care of most of the bureaucracy.

•  In 1962, six months after my uncle took over the task of coaching the women’s team, one of the judoka, Julia Tothova won her first gold medal for Košice, at the Czechoslovakian Championships. The following year she also won gold at the the International judo tournament in Bratislava.  This event was attended by Austrian, Italian, and Czechoslovak competitors. Julia beat the reigning Austrian champion in the finals, which became a mini-public relations sensation in their home town. Košice was an eastern Slovakian town that was considered a relative backwater compared to Prague or Bratislava. It was their women’s judo team who mostly made the headlines in Košice in the 60’s. From 1962 to 1969 they won no less than 12 individual Czechoslovakian titles plus an unofficial team title. Due to their success the club also received increased funding for the whole judo team, from the Lokomotiva Kosice “brass”. My dad won a bronze medal in the Czechoslovakian Junior Championships in 1960, which according to my uncle, should be considered at least an equivalent achievement to Julia’s gold, due to the higher level of competition on the men’s side.

 

• A Note to the Reader

• All photos in this blog can be downloaded by just clicking on them.  The images will open in a new tab in your browser, where you can then save them to your computer.  If you want an even higher quality version (if you want a high resolution print for example) then let me know, as I have the original uncompressed Tiffs.

• If you have anecdotal information related to any photos in this blog, then please send me the details, and I would be happy to add your postscript below the photos.  Just send me an email or post your comments at the end of this blog.

 

• 1961 July • Janošikova Bašta, Slovakia • Judo Team Hike

60.Jul - Jánošíky · Csaba Kende, Darina Poprenakova, Karel Dusil, x, x, x, Zuzka Dusil, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil
60.Jul – Jánošíky · Csaba Kende, Darina Poprenakova, Karol Dusil, x, x, x, Zuzana Dusil, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil

• This photo was taken of the Kosice Judo team during a hike in Janosikova Basta, around 20km northwest of Košice.

 

• 1961 • Košice, Slovakia • Vaclav Dusil

4 minutes 52 seconds

61 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil jumping over Sano Drabcak, Vojtech Agyagos and Juraj Bialko (restored)
61 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil jumping over Sano Drabcak, Vojtech Agyagos and Juraj Bialko (restored)

 

• This photo was taken inside our the training facility. Juraj Bialko won the junior championship (under 18) Eastern Slovakian Regionals in 1961 together with my uncle, Ivan Spisak and Robert Pinter.  • Sano (Alexander) Drabcak worked as a waiter when the Russians invaded on the 21st of August 1968 (just before you were born). Within hours the stores were stripped of all groceries. The only items available were spirits and wine.  My uncle had nothing for his baby daughter except for sweet tea. Two days after invasion he went to Sano in desperation, and asked for liter of milk for his baby.  Sano gave him one. A week later the food supply returned to normal. Some acts of compassion are never forgotten.

• Postscript from me • 2014 October • Of the judo photos that I have restored so far, this is my favorite.  It’s my dad in action, so-to-speak.  I love his expression, together with Vojtech’s reaction, just as my dad leaps over his back. The press photographer captured the moment perfectly.

 

• 1961 • Košice, Slovakia • Lokomotiva Košice Judo Team

4 minutes 30 seconds

61 - Košice · Berco Allman, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko (East Slovak Region Judo Champions, restored #e)
61 – Košice · Berco Allman, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko (East Slovak Region Judo Champions, restored #e)

 

• Top row – Juraj Mazanek, Miro Brozek • Standing – Vaclav Dusil, Dusan Halasz, Igor Fridrich, Csaba Kende, Jozef Arvay • Kneeling – Adolf Kostrian, Pepo Vosecky, Jozko Lemak, Jozef Grusecky

• This photo taken inside the judo training facility.  Miro Brozek was the president of the men’s judo club for many years after we emigrated to Canada in 1969.  Miro was also one of the many attendees to Csaba Kende’s 80th birthday. The men and women’s teams separated as part of Csaba Kende’s reorganisation of the club in the early 1970’s. Jozko frequently visited my dad frequently during our early years in Canada.

 

• 1961 • Košice, Slovakia • Eastern Slovakia Regional Senior Champions

6 minutes 38 seconds

 

61 - Košice · Berco Allman, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko (East Slovak Region Judo Champions)
61 – Košice · Berco Allman, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko (East Slovak Region Judo Champions)

 

• Berco Allman won gold in heavy weight (80+ kg) and Joe Nalevanko won gold in light weight for Slavia Košice (-63kg). Robert Dusil won gold in middle weight (-80kg), Vašek Dusil won gold in welter weight (-70kg), for Lokomotíva Košice. This photo was taken in front of the building which housed a room with soft wrestling mats. This is where the judoka (Judo students) also trained. The building was torn down many years ago.

• Postscript from me • 2014 October • Growing up I saw my dad’s medals, displayed on the wall, on a purple velvet covered plaque. I remember asking him one day, what his medals were for – I must have been six or seven years old.  He told me that he won them in judo competitions.  But he didn’t say much more than that.  Only 40 years later can I truly appreciate my dad’s accomplishments.

 

• 1961 • Prague, Czech Republic • Lokomotiva Košice Judo Team

61 - Prague · Sano Drabcak, Dusan Halasz, Karel Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spisak, Vaclav Dusil
61 – Prague · Sano Drabcak, Dusan Halasz, Karol Dusil, Juraj Bialko, Robert Dusil, Ivan Spisak, Vaclav Dusil

 

• 1961 • Košice, Slovakia • Slovak Judo Team

61 - Kosice · Csaba Kende, Edo Novak,  Nyarjas, Dusan Halasz, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Igor Fridrich
61 – Kosice · Csaba Kende, Edo Novak, Nyarjas, Dusan Halasz, Robert Dusil, Vaclav Dusil, Igor Fridrich

 

Article, Ve'lká cena Košíce v Judo
Article, Ve’lká cena Košíce v Judo

 

• Publications & Documents

Article -Tentoraz aj v absolútnej
Article -Tentoraz aj v absolútnej

 

Article - Judisti v Brne na výbornú
Article – Judisti v Brne na výbornú

 

64.Oct.19 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Judo Papers, Czech)
64.Oct.19 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Judo Papers, Czech)

 

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Adolf Kostrian, Andrej Collak, Anna Collakova, Berco Allman, Csaba Kende, Czechoslovakia, Darina Poprenakova, Digital Restoration, Dusan Halasz, dusil.com, Edo Novak, Gabriel Dusil, Igor Fridrich, Ivan Spisak, Janosik Bastam, Joe Nalevanko, Jozef Arvay, Jozef Grusecky, Jozko Lemak, Julia Tothova, Juraj Bialko, Juraj Mazanek, Karol Dusil, Košice, Ladislav Kende, Michal Korytko, Miro Brozek, Nyarjas, Orendas, Pepo Vosecky, Robert Dusil, Sano Drabcak, Slavo Sykorsky, Slovak Judo, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Vojtech Agyagos, Zuzka Dusil

 


 

63 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Regional Senior Championship, thumbnail)