FLEXIBILITY IS IMPORTANT

055c9b4e1a27c7888024470efc5177baFlexibility is important. Both physically and mentally.

But we are talking about being flexible physically today.

Being flexible helps prevents injuries from sports, athletics, and everyday activities.

Being flexible helps with your strength and power. The ability to move your muscles and joints in a full range of motion allows everything to maximize their proficiency.

Having good flexibility allows you to age slower. The more you move your body in great ranges of motion, the slower the body ages where it cannot move youthful anymore.

Stretching on a daily basis can help reduce your physical and mental stress.

Being flexible just makes you feel better because you can move with grace and with no effort. Movement never becomes a chore when you don’t have to limit any range of motion due to lack of mobility.

Stretching everyday is important to our wellbeing. You don’t have to go hard at it. You don’t have to take it to pain. Stretching should be enjoyable and you can decide how challenging you want it based on your goals. Do you want to be the most flexible person you know or do you just want a full range of motion without any pain or limitations of mobility. It’s a personal choice. You can decide whether you want to spend only a few minutes a day working on your flexibility and mobility or you can stretch out more much long each day. Make it a daily ritual. Stretching can become a time of day where you take care of yourself in a quiet manner. It is almost like moving meditation.

Stretching is a very personal thing that competition should never come into play. Ego should never come into play as well. Stretching is something that is pure and selfish at the same time.

If you are not stretching or working on your flexibility each day, why not? And if you need some help getting started, please let me know and I can help you get started.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

1 Hour Long Workout Motivational Speech/ Epic Music Mix

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I have been listening to this video during some of my workouts lately. I find some of it quite motivating and some of the speeches relate to all aspects of life. Check it out.

(VIDEO) 540 Push Ups Workout In One Day at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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Here is a video I did a few years ago on Push Ups. Since the 2016 Black Belt Candidates have started their training and are required to do a minimum of 10,000 push ups before their grading I thought I would share this video to give them ideas on different push ups variations. Enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) How To Practice Taekwondo Kicking At Home

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Here is another video I filmed a few years ago on how to practice taekwondo kicking at home when you are not in class or feel you need a little extra practice.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) How To Practice Taekwondo Fitness At Home

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Here is a video entitle “How To Practice Taekwondo Fitness At Home ” I did about 2 years ago. I haven’t watched it since I uploaded it to YouTube. Hope you find a tip or two that may help you with your fitness.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

PULLED GROIN AND STILL GOING

It’s been a week since I pulled my groin pretty good. I went from barely walking for three days to slowly getting my range of motion back without dealing with the severe pain that comes from it. I still taught all the classes and did all my workouts but just modified. I went to physio to get back at it as fast as possible.

Now not once did I think about resting, taking it easy, or even complaining about it. It is what it is. There is nothing I can do to go back in time to change it so I don’t pull my groin. I have to live with it until it fully heals.

But what I can do is look at the positive side of it all. I can give my body a little rest while I change up my workouts to avoid the groin area but still build strength and muscle in all other areas of my body. I can change up my routines a little to freshen things up. I can look at my weaknesses and address them. I can focus on all the good things and not worry about any negatives that comes along.

Too many people get a little sore get a little injury and that is it for them. They complain about it. They let it overtake them. Than their is the other ones who do the exact opposite. They don’t complain. They don’t let the injury slow them down. They work around the injury. They keep a positive mindset. They come back stronger than before.

Anything and everything can be really good or really bad. It all depends on your viewpoint of it. You decide how you want to look at it and you decide the overall outcome.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WORKING OUT VS. TRAINING

Working Out vs. Training, there is a difference!

Working out is doing physical exercises either running, lifting weights, cardio machines, plyometrics, kettle bells, and etc,. without a specific goal in mind. You workout to sweat, feel the burn, get a pump, and what not. You do it cause you lie it or because you feel you have to for your health or otherwise.

When you train, you have specific goals that you want to achieve. Training is your workout with a purpose. You plan each training session around what you wish to accomplish. You are working towards something every time you step onto the field, step into the gym, tie your running shoes up, and etc,. Your goals motivate you to push harder and push beyond your current limits. You can train on your own, with a partner, or go to martial arts or fitness classes, and play on sports team. These all help you train. And you do it also for the same reasons as when you just workout.

Both working out and training are excellent for you. They keep you active, healthy, physical fit, mentally alert, keep you in a good, and so forth. So keep active and stay strong.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR WORKOUTS

When you work out, are you keeping tracks of sets, reps, how much weight, how long you ran, and etc,. ?

Do you know what you did last workout so you can do a little more this workout?

Do you write down one workout to the next so you can keep track of your progress?

If you are, good! If you are not, why not?

Physically writing down what you did workout to workout will help you achieve your goals by showing you your progression. Showing you what is working and what is not working. It makes you more accountable for your training sessions. It helps takes the guess work out of going to the gym and figuring out what to work on. If you want to achieve your goals it is important that you know where you have been and where you want to end up. You need to write down a clear map of your journey.

So if you are not tracking your workouts you might want to consider starting today. All you need is a pen or pencil and a notebook.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WHY I LIKE COMPETITIVE BREAKING

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As most of you know I am a world champion and world record holder in Competitive Breaking with the USBA/WBA(United States and World Breaking Association) and the ISKA(International Sport Karate Association). Mainly with the USBA/WBA. I love competitive breaking for various reasons.

  1. It allows you to hit breaking materials such as wooden boards and concrete as hard as you can
  2. It allows you to test the full effectiveness of your technique without hurting anyone else
  3. It gives you instant feedback on how well you perform your strikes
  4. It helps build self confidence
  5. Improves your accuracy
  6. It improves your speed
  7. It allows you to harden your bones and strengthen your muscles for a longer healthier life
  8. It teaches you 100% focus
  9. It teaches you to push beyond your limits and always challenges you
  10. It gives you a good sense of whether or not you can use your strikes effectively to defend yourself against an attacker
  11. It teaches you to develop your speed
  12. and so many other things….

Being a competitive breaker with the USBA/WBA is pretty cool. There is many tournaments one can attend each year. Our Team Wolverine mainly does the US OPEn each year in Orlando Florida and is slowly expanding the amount of tournaments we go to each year like the Florida Regionals, Indiana Regionals, North Eastern Regionals, Hall of Fame Tournament, and the WBA World Championships. Our team will be competing in a few weeks in Norwich Connecticut at the Hall of Fame Tournament.

Competing at USBA/WBA tournaments allow you to test your skills in a variety of ways through many different breaking divisions such as:

  • Power Wood Divisions for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Power Concrete Divisions for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Unspaced Power Wood for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Speed Breaking
  • Extreme Kicks
  • High Jump Kick
  • Creative Wood Breaking
  • Creative Open Breaking

Lots of different options for different people to test out their strengths and interests.

So that is a little on why I like competitive breaking.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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STRETCHING, DO YOU DO IT?

Stretching is something in my opinion that everyone should be doing. Are you stretching on a regular basis? If not, how come?

Here is some reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis:

  • It helps prevents injuries
  • It can improve your strength up to 18%
  • It can improve your athleticism
  • It will make you feel younger
  • Helps with your range of motion
  • Can help make you less sore after your workouts
  • Helps keeps the elasticity of your muscles for a longer period of time
  • and many other benefits

So please tell me why you are not stretching? The benefits clearly speak for themselves. And if you are stretching, keep it up my friend. You know how it feels to be flexible. It feels great doesn’t it?!

You know if you work out with weights they say you should be stretching out at least half the amount of time that you do weight training. So if you spend 5 hours a week training with weights, you should be spending at least 2.5 hours stretching if not more. It is very important that you do. When you are training with weights you are always contracting the muscles. Well you also need to relax and lengthen them in the opposite directions of the contractions otherwise you are creating an imbalance which can cause injuries and un-neccsary ware and tare on your body.

And if you think stretching is boring, you may be wrong. There is all kinds of ways to stretch out to keep it fresh. There is many different styles of athletic stretching and yoga style stretches that can keep you learning and progressing for almost forever. Having a good mixture of yoga and athletic stretching is what I do for balance in my conditioning. It certainly does make a difference in performance and health.

Do you have time in your busy schedule? Yes you do. If you spend any time at all watching tv or lying around, you can stretch out. So give it a good honest try.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do