TRAINING GOOD SO FAR/VICTORIA DAY

Good Morning

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

Good Morning

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

MEANINGS TO THE DIFFERENT COLOUR OR RANKS OF BELTS

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From White Belt to Black belt

In Taekwondo as well as most style of Martial Arts you will find white belts, black belts, various colours of colour belts, and various degrees of black belt as well as various degrees of certain ranks of colour. But what do they all mean?

Various styles of different orders of colure which you earn along your way to black belt and beyond. Some styles go white belt, yellow belt, and so forth. Other styles go white belt, red belt, yellow belt, and so forth. Others use red belts as higher than black belts. Some use stripes on their belts. Some use different colure such as purple and brown where others don’t.

Some systems will go into detail about how each belt represents certain things in nature or human nature. Some will be described as the learning process in which you go through as person. Some styles use ranks to show nothing other than progression of skill and knowledge. Some systems the ranks are meaningless.

It would be hard press to find two styles that can come together and completely agree with what the belts mean and what it takes to earn each belt. This is because there is so many different unique view points on the subject. And that is okay. That is actually a good thing. The more view points the more one can learn.

Ultimately the different ranks means that you have learned new skills per belt level and meet the minimum requirements to progress to the next level. They are mini goals towards black belt and beyond. You can view them as a metaphor for life. Always learning something new. Always challenging yourself to be better. Always improving. Always setting goals and achieving them. Stepping stones in life.

And black belt is not the ultimate goal. Going beyond black belt is not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is striving to be better than you were yesterday. Taekwondo is one path to self excellence through hard work and dedication.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WHITE IS BLACK AND BLACK IS WHITE

If I held up a white belt in my hand and asked you what colour that this belt was, you’d probably say white.

Then if I held up a black belt in my other hand and asked you what colour it was, you’d probably say black.

Am I right so far?

But what if I said that the white was actually black and the black was actually white? What would you think?

You would probably be wondering what I was getting at right?

Well here it goes.

I see the white belt as a potential black belt. Everyone who earns a white belt is capable of earning a black belt some day. As long as they are willing to put in all the hard work and show the integrity and respect one needs in order to achieve a black belt.

I see the black belt as a white belt that never gave up. They persevered through all the training. They made sacrifices. They went through times of being uncomfortable but got through it. They learned and grew. They accomplish something that few actually get to do. They didn’t give up on themselves.

White, Black, or any other colour doesn’t really matter. What matters is the journey and the path you choose and what you learn from it. What experiences did you have. Who are the people that were along side you.

Being a black belt is to realize that you are just a white belt that is still on the journey to bettering yourself and hopefully the people around you. But you are only a black belt if you remain a white belt.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WBA ONTARIO BREAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS IS ONLINE

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Good Morning

Just letting you know that the 2nd Annual WBA Ontario Breaking Championships is up online at http://www.usbawba.org/2016Event2W.aspx

You can check out some of the details there and if you have any questions please contact me at 905-373-0032 or jfield@usbawba.com

The online registration will be up soon. In the meantime you can check out a few of these links below.

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This is a great event for all ages and rank levels to compete at because it is one of the most fairest forms of competition and really helps build the confidence up in anyone.

I look forward to seeing everyone competing this year. Plus there is going to be two world records happening that day.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A BLACK BELT SHOULD KNOW HOW TO FIGHT, BUT…..

10404419_10153207480772000_4020232407628815716_nA Black Belt should know how to fight, but be equally skilled at avoiding one. If not, more so….

Yes having a Black Belt in martial arts teaches you how to fight and defend yourself however a good black belt also knows how to avoid getting into fights if they can.

A good black belt also know and practices courtesy, loyalty, integrity, perseverance, self control, passion, empathy, compassion, generosity, love, inspiration, motivation, and so on and so forth.

Good black belts practice the life skills that not only improves their lives but also the lives of those around them.

To some this comes naturally, to others it must be taught. But for everyone it must be a daily practice of these good habits.

Strictly knowing how to fight and using those skills incorrectly does not make a person a black belt. They may have received one but are not one.

Black Belt is a state of being, not what is wrapped around your waist.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A FEW ANSWERS FROM YESTERDAY’S BLOG ON WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS TO YOU?

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    So yesterday I posted a question of what does a black belt mean to you? I got a few well thought out replies and here are a few of them. All very well written.

    What does a Black Belt mean to me? Well it means that all the committment I put in from the day I started as a White Belt up and until Black Belt grading day. All the hard work and goals I met were definately worth it especially when I was presented with and tied it around my waste. It may me very proud to know I have achieved something not a lot of people have. So in saying that it means a lot to me to become a Black Belt knowing all the hard work I put into the journey was well worth it and showed me I can do whatever I put my mind to.

Without sound too corney………..When I started kick boxing many years ago I would watch the TKD class and always thought it might be fun to try it. So….I tried it, liked it and then I started wondering if were possible to get by black belt one day. I was sure I would never attain that goal. Then………..Voila. For myself it means I achieved a goal and every time I wear it it is with a sense of pride. it also represents a lot of friends made along the way

There is no real correct answer per say unless someone thought it was about all the wrong reasons but for most people this is not the case.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT MEAN TO YOU?

Good Morning

I have a question for everyone who has earned a black belt, is currently training for a black belt, or anyone in general.

What does a black belt mean to you?

Please leave your thoughts and comments below. I am genuinely curious to see what some of the answers will be.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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A VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE 2016 BLACK BELT CANDIDATES

One of my martial arts buddies, Tom Callos filmed this video a few years ago and I like to share it every year with the black belt candidates. I hope this inspires them and their training and journey. I hope it also inspires though who will be grading for their black belts in the next few years as well.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

BLACK BELT MIDTERM EVALUATION

Good Morning

Well we had the 2016 Black Belt Midterm Evaluations yesterday morning from 9am to 12pm. It went quite well. The 2016 candidates are looking good and this year’s black belt grading should be a good one. Lots of hard work goes into earning a black belt here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. Lots of training in preparation for the actual grading day. Lots of assignments that must be completed throughout the black belt cycle. Team building day which the candidates work on their team and communication skills. Being mentored by other black belt mentors and instructors. Everything that they are tested on on the day of grading. The feelings during the aftermath. The black belt ceremony which their friends and family come to watch them put on a demonstration of their skills. Finally being able to wrap those new black belts around their waist.

For those who can make it through the process are glad they did. I offered them yesterday $10,000 if I could take back their black belts and all the experiences and friends they have made along the journey. Not one of them took me up on that offer. Actually I could offer a $100,000 or even $1,000,000 and I know they would not take the offer. Earning your black belt is something special that goes beyond the description of words. It is not something you are given or something you can buy. You have to earn it with sweat, blood, tears, pain, but also with joy, happiness, excitement, and the knowing that this is only the beginning.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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