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

Good Morning

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

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TEAM WOLVERINE TIMES THREE/BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR

Good Morning

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

TICKETS ON SALE/NO CLASSES THIS SATURDAY

Good Morning

Two things for you this morning

Number One, there is no classes this Saturday June 11th because we are conducting our annual black belt grading for 13 black belt candidates. They will be going through a 10 hour grading. So we wish them all the best of luck.

Number two, tickets are on sale for the annual black belt ceremony and hall of fame ceremony being held on Saturday June 18th at 7pm at the Cobourg Memorial Temple on University Ave. and Victoria Street. You can purchase the tickets are Cobourg Tae Kwon Do.

Hope everyone has a great day 🙂

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships Highlights

Good Morning

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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BLACK BELT CEREMONY TICKETS & T-SHIRT WEATHER

Good Morning

Four important things you need to know for the month of June here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

1- As of June 1st until August 31st, it is t-shirt weather. This means you can wear a Cobourg Tae Kwon Do t-shirt to class instead of your dobuk top if you wish to do so. I have ordered the shirts people asked me to order and have a few extra coming in as well.

2- June 11th is the annual black belt grading. There will be no classes on June 11th.

3- June 18th at 7pm is the our annual black belt spectacular and hall of fame ceremony. This will be held at the Cobourg Memorial Temple on University Street in Cobourg at 7pm on Saturday June 18th. Tickets are $5 a person. Please see me at the office to purchase your tickets.

4- This quarter’s Colour belt gradings will be held on Friday June 24th. If you are eligible to grade please check your card for attendance and make sure you will have enough classes to grade.

If anyone has any questions about this please let me know ASAP.

Thanks

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

BLACK BELT GRADING JUNE 11TH

Good Morning

Well the 2016 Black Belt grading is coming up on Saturday June 11th from 9am to 7pm. This means there will be no regular classes on Saturday June 11th.

Our annual black belt ceremony and hall of fame ceremony will be held on Saturday June 18th in the evening at the Cobourg Memorial Temple. Tickets will go on sale in the next few days.

Also a reminder that t-shirt weather starts here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do on Wednesday June 1st until August 31st. This means you can wear a Cobourg Tae Kwon Do t-shirt to classes instead of your dobuk top if you wish too. I will be placing an t-shirt order Tuesday May 31st if you wish to order one.

Have a great day 🙂

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

CHILD SAFETY SEMINAR

Good Morning

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

DOGGIE ON A CHAIN

Good Morning

I read this story yesterday and I thought I would share it with all of you today.

There was a dog who would be tied up to a pull on a twelve foot chain in his yard when he was outside. He was a happy little guy who loved to play. Every time some other dogs would come by he would run towards them to meet them. However when he reached the end of his chain it would hold him back from going any further. This would happen time after time after time. The owner of the dog felt sad and sorry for his little friend so one day he took the chain off the pole in which it was attached too. The chain was still on the collar of the dog though. So the next time some other dogs came by the dog took off running towards them. When he reached the length which the chain would normally stop him the dog should stopped on his own. He has been trained to stop at that distance. Even though the chain was now not restricting him it was still holding him back. This made the owner of the little dog sad as well. He wanted his little buddy to be happy and go explore and play with the other dogs.

The chain holding the dog back is a metaphor for what is holding you back in life. Is there really something holding you back or is it you that holds you back from accomplishing big things?

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do