A FEW VIDEOS FROM BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR

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I wanted to share with you all a few videos of myself and Team Wolverine performing at a few Black Belt Spectaculars in Toronto Ontario. My Master, Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos of DeSantos Martial Arts Studio puts on a graduation show of the black belts that she just graded. Similar to our black belt ceremony each year after our annual black beret grading.

Hope you enjoy these videos.

Master Jonathan Field

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DeSantos Martial Arts Black Belt Spectular 2010

I am going up to DeSantos Martial Arts Studio on Saturday May 10th in the evening to help teach at their annual Black Belt grading. Myself with Ma’am Charlotte and Ma’am Mikaela will be teaching my Master’s students how to break and introduce them to competition breaking. So that will be a cool evening. Here is a video from 2010 of their school’s black belt ceremony. Enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

Kwan Jan Nim Veronica De Santos’s Hall of Fame Video

This past Friday night I inducted my master, Kwan Jan Nim Veronica De Santos into the Cobourg Tae Kwon Do’s Hall of Fame. Here’s her intro video.

Master Jonathan Field

De Santos Martial Arts 2013 Black Belt Spectacular

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I was at the De Santos Martial Arts 2013 Black Belt Spectacular on Saturday night and what a great show it was. I believe there was 43-45 Black Belt candidates who performed and receive their new black belts at the end of the show. There was oh so many new 1st degree black belts, some 2nd degree black belt, three degree black belts, and a 4th degree black belt(master level).

There was lots of traditional forms, musical forms, self defense, weapons, kicking, and so on. Mikaela Lavoy and myself(Team Attitude) performed some chuking for the audience. There was also lots of awards given to the students who supportive the team the most as well as awards for the candidates that walked 147.2km to Niagara Falls the weekend before grading to help support Kwan Jan Nim Veronica’s charity.

Every year the candidates all get together to buy some sort of gift to present to KJN Veronica as a token of their appreciation for all she does for them through their training and what not. It’s all a lovely gesture. Also each year during the show the candidates hand out flowers to their loved ones that help support them through their journey to black belt and beyond.

It was a good evening and I am now looking forward to our own black belt grading and the black belt ceremony and hall of fame ceremony the week after. This year we will be inducting KJN Veronica DeSantos into our hall of fame so you won’t want to miss that. The show will be on Friday June 28th at 7:30pm. You can get tickets at the office so let me know if you want any.

I like to end this blog by saying congrats to all the new black belts. You worked so hard and it has paid off big time!

Master Jonathan

BREAKING HIGHLIGHTS AT 2012 BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR IN TORONTO

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Here’s a video of my breaking at the 2012 Black belt Spectacular in Toronto hosted by DeSantos Martial Arts.

Hope you Enjoy.

Master Jonathan Field

4 Time Martial Arts World Champion

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

FIRST COMMUNITY BASED PROJECT FOR BLACK BELT GRADING 2012

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Each year our black belts that are grading must come up and do a community based project that will benefit our local, or global community in which we live in. The first one I want to write about is the project Liam Andrews is doing. Liam is grading for his 2nd Degree Black Belt in June.

Liams project involved joining the Eastern Ontario Bluebird association to aid in the building, placing, monitoring, providing proper food for the young and most importantly counting and reporting fledgling losses and successes during the season. Liam had to build his own boxes according to the societies plan and mount them in the proper habitat.
He also wrote a small paper on the eastern Bluebird and donated it to his schools outdoor classroom seeing that the school is located as well in a Bluebird friendly habitat.
Also here’s a picture of Master Richard Bernier’s poster from his Black Belt grading in May 2011.
Master Jonathan Field
4 Time Martial Arts World Champion

FIRST BLACK BELT JOURNEY POSTER IN FOR 2012

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Well the 2012 Black Belt grading here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do is getting closer. Our students will be testing for various levels of Black Belts in June. Each year the candidates have to do various projects along their way to grading. One of the projects is to create a Black Belt Journey Poster. We have had some pretty talented students create some pretty awesome posters and paintings. Here’s the first one for 2012 painted by Sarena Thompson who is going for 1st degree Black Belt.  I’ll post some of last year’s poster tomorrow once I find the pictures.

Here’s some pictures from 2011 when Master Richard Bernier and I did our community based projects for our own gradings in at DeSantos Martial Arts conducted by  Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos. I did Candy for Kicks and Richard did Pennies for Peace.

I’ll be posting the various black belt posters and community based projects as they come in. So keep your eyes open for more blogs to come.

Master Jonathan Field

4 Time Martial Arts World Champion

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

Some Recent Videos I did

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Just thought I would post a few videos I recently posted to youtube.

First video is a demo reel we did for Canada’s Got Talent when we auditioned back in September. We didn’t make the cut but it was a good learning experience.

Second video is of some breaking stuff we have done over the past few years.

Hope you enjoyed!

Master Jonathan Field

2011 ISKA World Champion

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

Hierarchy of Instructors and Black Belts

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Today’s blog is about the hierarchy of Instructors and Black Belts in Taekwondo. I had an adult Taekwondo student out of general curiosity and for their own personal knowledge ask me what the hierarchy of the instructors’ spot in the class line up, and how it worked. I also realize that most people are wondering the same thing.So here it is.

At our dojang the head instructor of that particular class stands at the front of the class facing the students. The students line up from highest rank to lowest rank in front of the instructor starting at the instructor’s left side moving down the ranks to the instructors’s right. So for example if there was 10 students in class with 3 red belts, 3 blue belts, 3 yellow belts and 1 white belt the order would go like this.  Front Line: Red, Red, Red, Blue, Blue  Black Line: Blue, Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, White   Now if their was a second instructor helping teach class then that instructor would stand to the left of the front line in the assistant/instructor spot. If there was a third instructor in class helping teach then they would line up behind the second instructor and to the left of the back line. So the line of command for that class would be the main structor is first in command, the second instructor is second in command, and the third instructor is third in command. Also at my school only the black belts are only allowed to stand in these spots.

As far as the ranks goes for Black Belts the highest rank in that school most commonly the owner of the dojang is first command. They are in charge of overseeing all Black Belts and Colour Belts. I am gonna use my dojang for example. I hold a 5th Dan Black Belt but so does Master Joyce. I out rank her because I own the school granted she has been in Taekwondo a few years longer and is of older age than I. If I didn’t won Cobourg Tae Kwon Do then she would out rank me. Now we have two 4th Dan Masters here at our dojang too. Master Gayle would out rank Master Richard as she has held 4th Dan longer and is currently training for her 5th Dan grading in May 2012. Next we got some 2nd degree black belts here as well. Sir Jeff would out rank Sir Reilly, Sir Brodie, or Sir Ismael as he is an adult 2nd degree black belt versus a junior second degree black belt. Now for our 1st degreess,Sir Ryan, Sir Luke or Sir Liam would out rank Ma’am Mikaela and Sir Liam because they are older. We also got several black belts and the adults out rank the juniors. We got several more black belts and higher ranks but these are just a few examples. Way too many to list here at this time.

So in a nutshell a 5th degree outranks a 4th degree, a 3rd degree outranks a 2nd degree, a 2nd degree outranks a 1st degree, a 1st degree outranks a black belt,  and a black belt outranks a colour belt. Adult black belts will outrank the junior black belts.

Another thing to take in consideration as well as what you call them. Different schools have slightly different ways of doing this. The two I have seen are that you call the Black Belts and Instructors Sir or Ma’am, or Mr. and Ms. I have always be taught to cal the higher ranks Sir or Ma’am. So Jacob for example who is a black belt here would be called Sir or Sir Jacob or Mikaela who is a 1st degree would be called Ma’am or Ma’am Mikaela. Master Joyce or Master Gayle would be called Master or Ma’am with or without their names mentioned after. Master Richard and myself would be referred to Master Richard, Master Jonathan, Master, or Sir.

Some more on what to call the instructors. Master or master of the school is known as Kwan Jan Nim in Korean. An instructor is Sa Buhm Nim in Korean. A more personal name for a instructor in Korean is Soo Buhm Nim. Also as far as competition teams goes the more experience instructors, black belts, and students are higher up the line of command. And Black Belts are called upon in class more to lead exercises and demonstrate new techniques as they are the ones that show be able to do it properly and give an positive example for everyone else to follow.

Okay now this all seems like everyone is just trying to climb the ranks to be the one in charge and have more respect granted to them. This is quite the opposite. Higher ranks just lets everyone else know that that person has more knowledge and can help teach lower ranks. Also regardless of rank at my school everyone is referred to Sir or Ma’am to show mutual respect because at the end of the day we are all still basically human, We all brush our teeth the same. We all have feelings. We all feel love and pain.

I hope this gives everyone a good idea of the whole ranking system and line of command. If you got any questions let me know.

Master Jonthan Field

ISKA World Champion
3 Time WBA World Champion
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Videos from Black Belt Spectacular 2011

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Down below are some videos from The Black Belt Spectacular 2011 that was held this past Saturday in Toronto held at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. This is where Master Joyce and I received our 5th Dan Black Belts while Maser Richard received his 4th Dan Black Belt. Team Wolverine also did a little demo at the show. The footage only shows a little bit of the show. There is lots that wasn’t captured. Enjoy.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do