MY VIEW OF THE 2016 BLACK BELT GRADING AT COBOURG TAE KWON DO

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Well our annual black belt grading has come and gone this past Saturday. We had 13 black belt candidates going for the ranks of black, 1st degree black belt, and 2nd degree black belt. The students completed a 10 hour grading from 9am to 7pm at the dojang and at the beach/boardwalk. They were tested on their physical conditioning, flexibility, forms, blocks, punchings, sparring, self defense, one steps, kicking, musical forms, breaking, and korean terminology. This is what you would think they would typically be tested on for black belts in Taekwondo right? But they were also tested on team work, their spirit, self confidence, perseverance, integrity, self control, loyalty, focus, leadership, courtesy, and courage.

The grading is very important in achieving your black belt but what is of more importance is the journey along the way to black belt. How did you deal with all the tasks and challenges that were presented to you? How did you grow as a person? When things got tough, how did you deal with it? Who were the ones that supported you along the way?

What is more important after earning your black belt is what you do with it. What type of black belt are you going to be? Are you going to be a black belt or just a person who has a black belt? There is a difference. A black belt is how you carry yourself in your personal and professional life. How do you use your skills? Are they being used to help others or are they being used selfishly? Is your black belt a final destination or is it just the start of a life long journey?

I am very proud of this year’s 2016 black belt graduates. They worked extremely hard. They worked well as a team to get through their grading. They owned what they did throughout the day. They kept up their energy throughout the day. They took care of each other. They listened and focused well. They had fun. They were very respectful to the instructors and to each other. They displayed the traits that I mentioned above. They are going to be on a great show this Saturday night at 7pm at the Cobourg Memorial Temple during our annual black belt spectacular and hall of fame ceremony. If you have not got your tickets yet for the show please see me at the office.

I am excited for the show as I am putting something special together.

See you there.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TEAM WOLVERINE TIMES THREE/BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR

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Lots of cool news about Coboyrg Tae Kwon Do’s Team Wolverine.

1- Team Wolverine member Jonathan Schnepp from Tennessee competed at the USBA/WBA North American Breaking Championships on June 4th and won some championships which qualifies him for the ISKA Worlds coming up in July. Congrats to Jonathan.

2- Michael Cussack and Daniel Edgeman, two team wolverine members from Florida competed on June 11th at the USBA/WBA Longwood Martial Arts Invitiational in Orlando Florida won a  few championships and grand championships in breaking. Congrats to both of them.

3- Team Wolverine performed a demo at the 2016 DeSantos Black Belt Spectacular yesterday in Toronto Ontario for Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos. You can watched our demo here at this link. http://livestream.com/TDSMM/BBS2016 It starts around 9 minutes into the video. You can watch the whole show.

4- Congrats to my master, Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos for receiving her 7th degree black belt and for be inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall Of fame.

Tomorrow or Wednesday I will talk about the Black belt grading that just happened here on Saturday with 13 of our Black Belt candidates.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships Highlights

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Here is the highlight video of the 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships held on Saturday May8, 2016 hosted by Cobourg Tae Kwon Do and sanctioned by the USBA/WBA.

Hope you enjoy!

(VIDEO) Team World Record (200 One Inch Boards Broken in Fastest Time)

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Here is the video of the Team World Record (200 One Inch Boards Broken in Fastest Time) that Cobourg Tae Kwon Do’s Team Wolverine members Darren Everson, Michael Liscio, Brady Clarke, and Master Jonathan Field(me) did at the 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships on Saturday May 8, 2016. This world record was sanctioned by the USBA/WBA and C-Founder Grandmaster Ralph Bergamo from Connecticut.

Enjoy!

2016 JOURNEY TO BLACK BELT POSTERS

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Here are pictures of most of the 2016 journey to black belt posters. Please come in to enjoy them in person.

Master Jonathan Field

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CHILD SAFETY SEMINAR

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Just letting everyone know about our Child Safety Seminar that we are hosting on Saturday June 4th from 2pm to 3pm here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. We will cover a bunch of safety tips for children as well as some self defense techniques to help keep them safe during the summer when they are out and about playing with their friends. This is a free community event. So let all your friends and family know about this free event.

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Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TRAINING GOOD SO FAR/VICTORIA DAY

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Well so far the training for my 6th degree black belt is going well. Starting out slowly and will build up the intensity as time goes on. This way I don’t burn myself out early and I can peak at the right moment. Proper training is really a fine tuned science that you have to learn very carefully. Going through three 40 hour black belt gradings I have learned what works and what does not work. What beats your body up and what doesn’t. I know what it’s like to be at the breaking point then push beyond it to new limits.

I feel really good right now because preparing for my next grading gives me a new set of goals and a focus to work towards. Having focus and goals is important when one wants to work on mastery of anything they do.

Also we will be closed on Monday May 23rd for Victoria Day. No regular classes. However we will be doing the annual team building day for the 2016 Black Belt Candidates. This is an opportunity for the candidates to work on their testing requirements together as well as learn to be leaders.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

THE JOURNEY BEGINS FOR MY 6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT

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Well the journey begins for me to earn my 6th degree black belt. Well actually it started after I earned my 5th degree black belt or more specifically it actually started when I first earned my white beret. But this part of my journey to earn my 6th degree started yesterday. The day after I met up with my Master to go over all the testing requirements. Lots of physical requirements to complete as well as lots of mental and personal requirements to work through as well.

I started yesterday on the easy side and I will build myself up from there one day at a time. One step at a time. If you look after the small steps, the journey of a 1,000 miles doesn’t seem so huge. I will tell you though that when looking at all that has to be accomplish before my grading in May 2017, it is a lot! It’s a huge challenge but I am up for the task. I know I can do it because I will focus on completing each step and each day one at a time. The genius lies in the process and not in the end destination. My journey to 6th degree is not about obtaining the new belt or rank but the transformation I go through in the process of the journey.

I am not alone in this journey as there will be six other students that will be going through their own journeys to obtain the ranks that they will be testing for. Although many may come along for the journey, the journey is still yours alone to take. As well as each of their journeys is their’s alone as well. There may be times when each other needs a little help or guidance but they alone has to go through it. They have to be disciplined enough to push through when the motivation to do so seems not to be there from day to day, moment to moment.

I look forward to this new journey, this new part of my life over the next year. It will not be easy. It will be challenging me and forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone but that is okay. Being outside the comfort zone and striving for Mastery is where the true genius lies.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TAEKWONDO, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

cobourg tae kwon doLast night one of my adult students posted on Facebook asking her taekwondo friends what their favourite tad thing was. There was plenty of replies including my own. All the replies had various answers of what everyone liked. Some were the same and others were not. However what was the same was the passion and love they all have for taekwondo.

What this shows is that Taekwondo has something for everyone.

Whether you do Taekwondo for the great intense workouts where you are dripping sweat or for the calming effects that doing forms can cause. Or perhaps the self confidence you receive while learning to defend yourself. Our the self accomplishments when you smash through a pile of boards. That feeling you get when you strikes pads or kick the paddles. That sound the heavy bags make when you land a great kick. The smiles and laughters from all the fun you are having training with your tad family. It’s a great feeling every time you come to class.

Taekwondo offers so many different things to train in; patterns/forms, one steps(han buns), kicking, punching, combos, self defense, sparring, weapons, breaking, competitions, physical conditioning, partner drills, solo drills, group drills, and on and on…

Man I am loving my/our Taekwondo academy and all the instructors and students here. We train hard but we also have a lot of fun. People you may have never met otherwise become good friends. Great quality training and the right training environment will do this.

I will say we are all blessed!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

EACH NEW BELT IS A STEP

When training in Taekwondo and Martial Arts you earn various colures belts and various degrees of black belt.

Each one of these colours or degrees is a step.

A step in which you learn new skills in the martial arts.

But also with each step taken, you learn and gain experiences which will serve you not only as a martial artist but as a person on this earth.

You learn to overcome barriers and limitations which at one point you thought you would not overcome.

You learn how to trust your instincts to help with your judgment.

You learn to let go and trust in the natural process in which training naturally provides.

You gain self confidence and self respect through lots of practice.

You learn to focus more clearly on what is most important and with clarity.

But none of this happens if you don’t allow it to. It won’t happen if you fight the process. It never happens if you are too busy talking when you should be listening, doing, and experiencing.

Good things will happen because of your dedication to training but you have allow it to happen and not think too much. Nor fight it.

Your martial rte training is a metaphor for your life. Your training experiences should reflect your life to some extent.

I often see this a lot. I can see how people’s lives are like based on their training.

I get to witness a lot of the time the training improving the lives of the trainees.

And sometimes I get to see how their lives impact their training.

Most of it is good and a little bit I have see that is not so good.

Approach your training as single positive steps one after the other and you will see the difference it makes.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do