ANCIENT WISDOM FOR MODERN TIMES

Good Morning

Well I guess everyone has noticed that i have posted a lot of pictures with quotes from older times. Most particular by Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman of all time from Japan.

You may wonder why I have been doing so.

Older and ancient wisdom seemingly appears to be outdated. Words may have been spoken on things that we necessarily do not apply to modern time.

But these ancient titbits of wisdom applies to our modern days. We just have to apply them differently.

To take the old time wisdom and read between the lines for their true meanings in every aspect of your life.

Our lives now are not much different from hundreds of years ago yet they are also completely different at the same time.

Basic rules of life still remain pretty much the same. How you should treat others remains the same. How you conduct yourself is the same.

Basic human values still hold today. Learning and growing is still the same. Aging is the same.

History is doomed to repeat itself. So it pays to take the time to learn history and read the words of yesterdays.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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PERCEIVE THAT WHICH THE ……

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WHICH STYLE IS THE BEST?

Which style of Martial Arts is the best?

Simply put; the style you train in is the best.

The style you train that suits your needs is the best one for you.

There is really no real best martial arts style out there.

They all have their own unique techniques, strategies, concepts, rules, culture, and etc,.

They all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

In today’s era we live in a relatively safe time compared to the rest of history.

We don’t have mass amounts of countries invading other countries using hand held weapons or engaging in hand to hand combat.

Martial Arts has evolved more into self defense and self preservation.

What I mean about self preservation is that martial arts training helps us improve or maintain good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health plus teaches us how to physically defend ourselves and our loved ones.

Martial Arts is a way of fitness with a purpose for some and a sport for others. Some few it as a hobby. Others like myself see it as a way of life.

With so many factors and some many different people studying the arts there is bound to be various styles for various people.

Comparing someone’s style to another person’s style is like comparing apples with nuts. Haha you thought I was going to say oranges, yes? Anyway apples and nuts or oranges are two to three completely different things.

One should not concern themselves with what other people are training or who has the best style.

The focus should be on your training in the style you are doing.

If the arts that you are studying and practicing makes you feel good and you are benefitting from it than that is the one for you.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A STEP BACKWARDS……

A step backwards gives you the advantage

Now what do you think this means?

I think it means that when you step back from any given situation you can have a clearer view of what is really going on.

Taking a step back allows you the time you need to think and react in a more controlled manner.

Taking a step back allows you to see from many possible angles.

Stepping back gives you the time to make the best decisions possible with the information and time a lotted.

Taking a step back allows for adjustments in your plans.

Taking a step back is not a bad thing. It’s all about how you view things.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

KNOWING OTHERS IS WISDOM……

Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is enlightenment.

The ability to figure out others is easy compared to figuring out yourself.

The hardest person to master is ones’ self because it can be extremely difficult at times to be 100% honest with yourself.

As well as enjoying it and growing from it, life is about mastering yourself. It takes a lifetime and even than very few people achieve self mastery.

It takes complete dedication in this pursuit but a worthwhile one.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae kwon Do

TO FIND YOUR WAY…..

To find your way, you must close your eyes and walk in the dark.

Sometimes what you see is not really what is there.

Your eyes may mislead you there be open to listening to your other senses and feelings.

What you may not see with your eyes you may feel with your hands and feet.

What your eyes cannot see you may hear with your ears.

What your eyes don’t catch, your nose picks up the scent.

What your eyes cannot conceive, you may taste.

Complete darkness may tell more than total light can ever.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TO FORGET ONESELF…..

To forget oneself is to be enlightened.

To let go of your ego.

To forget all you have learned to allow new ideas and concepts to enter.

To forget your past and enter your future.

To let go of your habits so you may form new ones.

To let go of your fears so you can overcome.

To grow without limitation.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

ZEN: HE WHO CONQUERS……

He who conquers himself is mighty

He who is able to conquers others is strong

But conquering ones’ self is a far greater accomplishment that involves much greater amount of time and effort

Conquering ones’ self is a life long pursuit of trials and errors but of ultimately learning about yourself

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

ZEN: THE EYE THAT….

The eye that sees cannot see itself

If one can only see outwards and not inwards as well it better off not seeing at all

Being able to see all perspectives is an unique gift that many ignore

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Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

ZEN: THE QUIETER YOU BECOME…….

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear

Too much is lost through the noise that we create

Sometimes silence brings us more usefulness than our own chatter

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do