about me

My story

Undergraduate degree

  • Masaryk University, Brno: Psychology
  • Barry University, Miami: Sport, Exercise & Sport Psychology
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu: Psychology (graduation with B.A. in Psychology)

Master degree (currently pursuing, graduation 2020)

  • University of Denver, Colorado: Sport & Performance Psychology

Certifications

Tennis (individual career and college tennis)

Ice hockey (HC Karviná, Czech Republic)

Boxing (current preparation for the first fight)

2017 Mindfulness meditation retreat, Spirit Rock, California

2018 Vipassana meditation retreat, Japan

My story

My interest in mental performance came through my experience on a tennis court. As most children, I was experiencing tournament matches differently from my practices. Practice was fun for me, whilst tournaments were stressful. Matches went for one to two hours at a time sometimes with multiple matches a day. Wins were pleasurable, but some losses were tougher than others. During junior competitions, I realized that mentality reflects the athlete’s performance, especially in important moments. It was not only about self confidence, nervousness, and stress, but also about reaction speed, the ability to choose the appropriate strategy, and the motivation itself to fight and win. In other words, it was about the connection of the mental side with the body.

My interest in mental performance came through my experience on a tennis court. As most children, I was experiencing tournament matches differently from my practices. Practice was fun for me, whilst tournaments were stressful. Matches went for one to two hours at a time sometimes with multiple matches a day. Wins were pleasurable, but some losses were tougher than others. During junior competitions, I realized that mentality reflects the athlete’s performance, especially in important moments. It was not only about self confidence, nervousness, and stress, but also about reaction speed, the ability to choose the appropriate strategy, and the motivation itself to fight and win. In other words, it was about the connection of the mental side with the body.

Competing in sport whilst attending high school school daily taught me how to manage time more effectively. I learned to set priorities and to be constantly choosing tennis (and ice hockey) over other activities to invest in my potential.

Competing in sport whilst attending high school school daily taught me how to manage time more effectively. I learned to set priorities and to be constantly choosing tennis (and ice hockey) over other activities to invest in my potential.

Those conditions fueled my interest about how an athlete’s mentality functions, and how to increase well-being and effectivity during performance.

In 2013, I enrolled in Psychology at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic). With my strong motivation to explore sports psychology, but little emphasis on the topic in my country, I decided to move on. After two years in Brno, I transferred to Barry University (Miami, Florida) in 2016 and received a scholarship for tennis.

 

I wanted a new experience abroad, I wanted knew knowledge by studying sport, exercise and performance psychology and I wanted the chance to test my theories in practice (tennis). It was a combination of opportunities that aligned with my vision.

After a season full of new experience in sport psychology, sport and communication within an international team, I transferred to Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, Hawaii), where I continued my studies and tennis in the color blue.

 

A different experience from both teams provided me different perspectives to how coaching techniques, team cohesiveness, and my performance can be interrelated to each other.

 

In 2017, we achieved third place at the national championship in NCAA Division II, in Florida. In 2018, we placed first in NCAA DII women’s tennis rankings. For the first time in HPU’s history, we became PacWest Conference Champions. Again, we placed third at the national championship in NCAA Division II, in Arizona.

 

That year, I graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.A. in Psychology.

That year, I graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.A. in Psychology.

 

What did my experience in tennis teach me?

 
 

Teamwork – tennis was not about me anymore, each member was crucial to the team

The team impact on an individual’s well-being and performance and vice versa

  • Collective accountability, team flow
  • Motivation, communication, mutual trust

Different coaching and mentoring methods –  more team focused

Dealing with consequences of travel (over 6 hours of flights from Hawaii) affecting performance during matches

Personal growth – time-management, acceptance of change, tolerance, adjusting to new roles, places, and rules

 

Playing ice hockey for 6 years and competing in one of the top teams in the Czech Republic belong to my experience as well.

 

Experiences from ice hockey, college tennis, and individual tennis career provided me clear ideas related to principles of individual and team sports. I have an experience from how these principles can reflect on an athlete’s mentality and performance.

 

In fall 2018, I enrolled at the University of Denver (Colorado), M.A. in Sport & Performance Psychology.

 

I also started practicing boxing with a goal to go into a fight.

University of Denver

Continuing study I strive to find new information in literature and my courses. I choose them according to my intended specialization. Here is a list of my favorite ones

 

Within my education I focus on following:

Therapy – ACT, Mindfulness, CBT, Systems therapy

Mental coaching, teaching mental skills

Samurai code Bushido (the way of the warrior)

Self Development leading to improving life quality (experience and effectivity)

Therapy – ACT, Mindfulness, CBT, Systems therapy

Mental coaching, teaching mental skills

Samurai code Bushido (the way of the warrior)

Self-development leading to improving life quality (experience and effectivity)

In the summer of 2017, I attended a mindfulness meditation course in San Rafael, California. The course included sitting and walking mindfulness meditations 10 hours a day for six days in total silence without any kind of communication, electronics, writing, or reading.

Spirit Rock, California

In the summer of 2018 I got to a centre of Zen Buddhism and Samurai culture, Japan, looking to find a deeper exploration of meditations and Samurai way of warrior, Bushido.

 

I attended a more intense vipassana meditation course for 10 days (10 hours of sitting meditations a day). I also searched for resources of Samurai and Bushido in Kyoto (historical centre of Japan) and visited local temples devoted to Zen Buddhism and Shintoism.

Kyoto, Japan

Since 2018, boxing has been another chapter in my sports career. My goal is to reach a level, with which I will be able to go into an official fight fight. With tennis and hockey, boxing will be the third sport that I will have participated in on a competitive level.

 

Four reasons why I chose boxing:

TO GROW – to accept, adjust, operate, and grow in discomfort by applying mental skills

TO INSPIRE YOU – I decided to start boxing and train for a fight in fall 2017, when I was 24. Was it late? Yes. Is it hard? A lot. Do I have doubts? Yes. Fear? Sure thing. Will it stop me? No. Why? Because I know how to stay on a track towards what I believe in. And I want you to do the same. This is actually my main fuel. The belief you will see that knowing what based on why, staying on a chosen path, growing, accepting discomfort, and achieving the goals is a SKILL that can be developed.

Boxing for me is not really about boxing. It is a way to show you that you can choose your goals based on your dreams and values. That you can go for them by applying the right attitude and mental skills. Regardless the discomfort, fears, doubts, or failure on the path.)

TO APPLY BUSHIDO – “way of a warrior” principles in action closest to the original one based on fighting

TO EXPLORE PRINCIPLES of boxing as my 3rd sport on a competitive level

 

TO GROW

to accept, adjust, operate, and grow in discomfort by applying mental skills

TO INSPIRE YOU

to make a decision and follow your own values and goals regardless hardships, doubts, or failure

TO APPLY BUSHIDO

“way of a warrior” principles in action closest to the original one based on fighting

TO EXPLORE PRINCIPLES

of boxing as my 3rd sport on a competitive level

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