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Family • Photo Restoration • 27 • Kende

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

• My mother always instilled in me the need for a good education. She wanted me to have an education in home economics. In those days, my mom couldn’t conceive of a woman attaining a university education. During the socialist era, the importance of serving the greater good was valued above individual needs. My mother believed that secretaries would always be needed in the workforce, and that was her job after World War II. Many woman from that era felt their place was in the home. The fact that she had a job was even frowned upon by the old establishment. In a way, my mother was ahead of her time. Low wages paid by the socialist state drove most women into the workforce after the second world war, to earn the badly needed secondary income for the family.

• Socialism promised to make everyone’s life easier. But as time went on it was clear that was not going to happen. As a child I even believed in the propaganda. I watched my mother toil late into the night after she finished at the office. I spent much of my time helping her. She was a tiny woman, eternally bent over due to scoliosis. Because of her ailments her body aged prematurely. I only remember my mother with platinum white hair. I grew up fearing that she would die at any time. I don’t remember her smiling a lot, and she certainly never laughed. Her face concealed any happiness she may have experienced as a young girl.

• I would constantly bring home stray cats from the yard across from our house. Even though we hardly had food, my mother always find something to give them. She would give me one Koruna (around 5 cents today) to go to the butcher’s store and buy the cheapest meat – usually the spleen. She would cook it and I would feed it to my four legged friends. I’d even go to the school cafeteria and ask them for leftovers so I could feed them. I’d spend hours in that yard just watching the strays scavenging and playing. My mother eventually came to understand my love for animals.

• My father was an intellectual, who also wrote poetry in his spare time. He tried to write plays, but that didn’t quite pan out. He was an antiquarian – an scholar of old books – one of only three experts in Czechoslovakia. We had access to a wide array of books that most people did not. We were all avid readers and literature was certainly my second love. If I wouldn’t have become a veterinarian I probably would have worked with books in some capacity. The cultural sector, as it was called, paid the lowest salaries, so only the love for his job kept my father immersed in his profession. Unfortunately my father did not pass his expertise onto us, which was a pity. But I am thankful that he instilling in me the love of arts, literature, poetry, and opera.

• Kende

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 9 minutes 56 seconds

47 - Košice · Eva Kendeova
47 – Košice · Eva Kendeova

• Postscript from Gabriel Dusil • Isn’t my mom so cute, at two and a half years old?  The major challenge in this photo was recovering touch-ups done by the photographer – It was a common method of “enhancing” the photos back then.  You can see in the restoration video that when I zoomed in to her face, the eyes and eyebrows had been accented by ink pen.  The challenge is to reproduce what is underneath. I’m not an artist, so I don’t quite have a grasp of manually reproducing facial features.  Thankfully, my mom is an artist, so over Skype we hashed out what I needed to do. Eventually we got the eyes and mouth just right. Thanks Mamička. Love you ♥

 

48 - Košice · Eva Kendeova & Valeria Kendeova
48 – Košice · Eva Kendeova & Valeria Kendeova
49 - Košice · Kende family
49 – Košice · Kende family (Csaba, Valeria, Eva, Stefan, Attila)
49 - Košice · Kende family (portrait)
49 – Košice · Kende family (Stefan, Valeria, Eva, Csaba, Attila)
65 - Košice · Eva, Attila & Csaba Kende
65 – Košice · Eva, Attila & Csaba Kende

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • This photo was taken at Krmanova 3, Košice on the day of Attila’s wedding to Anka.

 

 9 minutes 40 seconds

71.Apr.7 - Košice · Kende Family (Stefan Kende's birthday)
71.Apr.7 – Košice · Kende Family (Stefan Kende’s birthday)

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • This is a family photo, taken on my father’s 71st birthday. From left standing: my uncle Csaba Kende, Ladislav (Lacko) Kende, my aunt Marta Kolos, Anka Kendeova, and Attila Kende holding Tomas Kende. Sitting, Valeria Kendeova, Ingrid Kende, Iveta Kende, Stefan Kende, my cousin Zsusanna Kolos holding Peter Kende, Viera Kende holding Richard Kende.

 3 minutes 31 seconds

71 - Košice · Aci, Anka, Iveta, Valeria, Tomas, Petr & Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Aci, Anka, Iveta, Valeria, Tomas, Petr & Stefan Kende
72 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende (audio recording)
72 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende (audio recording)
71 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kendeova (passport photo)
71 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kendeova (passport photo)
71 - Košice · Csaba, Ladislav, Valeria, Viera, Ingrid & Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Csaba, Ladislav, Valeria, Viera, Ingrid & Stefan Kende

71 - Košice · Aci, Anka, Iveta, Valeria, Tomas, Petr, Stefan Kende (premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 8 • Kende

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

• My mother, Valeria Kendeova, was the shining light in our family. I sometimes wonder where her strength and vision came from, since most of her life she suffered ill health. My mother contracted scoliosis as a teenager. This was due to malnourishment while attending private school in Budapest. When she came home for the summer holidays her mother noticed she had bowed legs, due to the onset of rickets. Valeria told her parents that she was always hungry at boarding school, but they didn’t believe her. Malnutrition at the school later manifested into scoliosis. The curvature of my mother’s spine worsened when she started to work as a clerk – sitting all day at a typewriter. The fact that my mother had a job was considered an achievement. Most women in post-war Czechoslovakia were homemakers. Valeria’s employment was further challenged by the fact that her Slovak wasn’t very good. Her mother tongue was Hungarian, and she also spoke German fluently. My mother also learned French while attending boarding school in Belgium. When the grandchildren were born my mother’s nickname became “Nanika”. This is from the Hungarian, “nagymama”, or grandmother. My mom was the one that guided me to getting a good education, and to strive for post-secondary studies. She allowed me to be independent.

• My father, Stefan Kende’s nickname was “Nadapi”, for the grandchildren. This was taken from the Hungarian “nagyapa”, or grandfather. My father wasn’t involved in nurturing me. Maybe it was different for my older brothers – Csaba who was twelve years my elder, and Attila was seven years older. Stefan had a reputation as an intellectual in our community. He worked as an antique book expert in Czechoslovakia – one of only three experts in the country, who would appraise old books throughout the state. This service was mainly for private libraries, collectors, and antique stores. My father was also a champion chess player – certainly one of the top ten best players in Czechoslovakia. Stefan would finish work at 18:00, come home for supper, then go to the café at Hotel Slovan to play chess. Nadapi played with a group of friends for one koruna per game (about five Canadian cents in today’s exchange rate). With their colorful game commentary they entertained onlookers. He also played in regional and national chess matches. He was a well known chess champion in Košice.

• Kende

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• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 17 seconds

 5 minutes 55 seconds

 5 minutes 25 seconds

 

69.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
69.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Apr.7 - Košice · Stefan Kende's birthday
70.Apr.7 – Košice · Stefan Kende’s birthday

• Postscript from my Mom • 2014 October • This photo was taken on my father’s 71st birthday.

 

70.Dec.24 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70.Dec.24 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
70 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende

 

70 - Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova
70 – Košice · Stefan Kende, Valeria Kendeova

• Postscript from my Mom • September 2014 • This is a photo of my Mom and Dad, taken in Kosice, at their home on Krmanova 3, Kosice, shortly after we emigrated to Canada.

 

71.Jul - Košice · Stefan Kende
71.Jul – Košice · Stefan Kende

 

71 - Košice · Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Stefan Kende
71 - Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
71 – Košice · Valeria & Stefan Kende
73 - Košice · Stefan Kende
73 – Košice · Stefan Kende
74 - Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)
74 – Bardejov · Stefan & Csaba Kende (Bardejovské Kúpele)

 

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Anka Kendeova, Attila Kende, Csaba Kende, dusil.com, Eva Dusil, Eva Kendeova, Gabriel Dusil, Hotel Slovan, Lacko Kende, Ladislav Kende, Marta Kolos, Nadapi, Nanika, Richard Kende, Stefan Kende, Tibor Kolos, Valeria Kendeova, Zsusanna Kolos


 

73 - Košice · Stefan Kende (thumbnail)

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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Bruce Lee, circuit training, conditioning, dragon flag, dusil.com, Ferus Fitness Fight Club, fitness training + Prague, Gabriel Dusil, Jetty Motel, Jetty Motel + Entrance, Judo + Košice, Judo Kosice, Karate, Karel Ferus, Kickboxing, martial arts prague, Martina Kendeova, Mixed Martial Arts, muay thai, Prague + Kickboxing, Praha + Kickboxing, Richard Kende, self defense, strength + conditioning, thai box, Thai Boxing

 

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