Everyone has their own journey in life.

A journey that is uniquely their own.

Not like the one you are on or like the one I am on. But their own journey.

Full of unique mistakes, failures, successes, wins, and experiences.

Full of their own personal goals, ambitions, and accomplishments. They have them. You have them. I have them.

We are all uniquely different. Hard to compare one person to another for each of our journeys is so vastly different.

Respect that we all travel different paths. Not wrong because it’s a different path but different than yours or mine.

One degree difference at the beginning of a journey can change the final destination and the path dramatically.

Understand that 4 billion people will have 4 billion journeys. And that is OKAY!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do


To help support our local Boston Pizza here in Cobourg with their Charity project we are selling their Kids Card. You make a donation of $5 and you get 5 free kids meals. Plus there is some other benefits. See the pictures below for the details. The proceeds goes to kids charities like Kids Help Phone, Big Brothers Big Sisters to name a few. If you would like to purchase some cards you can get them here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do or at Boston pizza. Please let me know if you are interested.




Deflecting Negative Energy

This blog entry was partially inspired by a facebook post I read earlier today(yesterday for you) written by Dave Kovar. A brilliant Master Martial Arts Instructor and Martial Artist. His post was about how he deflects negative energy. He went into a few examples of this and it got me to thinking about what he said and about my own views and experiences with negative energy and negative people. So after much thought as you all know I tend to think a lot on various topics, I thought I would write a little something on this topic.

In everyday life we run into various situations, people, and environments that are positive, negative, and neutral. We obviously want to only deal with the positive or at the bare minimum the neutral but we also tend to run into the negatives as well. It is just how things work out. But the good news is we can do things to help deflect some of this negative energy away from us.

For starters we can look to avoid going to places that have negative environments. Is there certain neighbourhoods, parks, bars, public places, and etc,. that negative stuff allows seems to happen because they attract people what cause the negative things to happen. If you know that such and such place is not a good place for you to be hanging out in, why would you go to that place? You can deflect some negative energy by avoiding places that breed the not so good energy.

Another things you can do is to try to avoid negative people. I know this is easier said than done. Sometimes you can’t avoid them based on your work, and etc,. However you can minimize your interaction with those people. There is people out there that seem to always have problems/issues with their jobs, their friends, their co-workers, their children, their children’s friends, other parents, teachers/instructors, the government, and so on and so forth. We all have days where we are off and not our upbeat selves. That is perfectly natural but wasting your time on those that make everyday negative for themselves and others is a waste of time. Avoid dealing with them. If you must, keep it to a bare minimum and don’t give them a second thought.

I, unfortunately am a little slow when it comes to this last one. I tend to give people a second, third, fourth and more chances than some people deserve. I let some people carry on with their negativity for some time before it starts to bother me. But over the past year or so I have really tried to focus on the positive stuff that is going on. I tried to avoid the negatives. I focused on trying to create positives. How can I help others? That is my focus. Also through self reflection I see that most of the people who were extremely negative in my personal or professional life did not last long around me. Too much conflict between my agenda of trying to create positive and helping others versus their negative attitudes. I also see that everyone including myself has their off days and moments but it is what you do with those off moments that count. You can dwell on the negatives or you can focus on finding the positives. If there is no positives, how can you create the positives? If that cannot be done, how can you walk away with minimal damage done?

To deflect negative energy, try to avoid negative people, negative situations, not so good environments, and dwelling on the negatives. You have for the most part the power to choose what you do and how you deal with any given situation/person. You can decide whether you focus on the negatives or the positives. It is up to you to create positives in your life.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do


No matter what you are doing or working on, give it a little extra. A little extra can go a long way in getting you in better shape, eating healthier, getting a promotion, improving your relationships, and so much more.

If you are use to just doing what the minimum is to coast through life you won’t feel the enjoyment of a job well done, or the admiration of others, or the love of others to the fullest extend.

Whatever it is that you are doing, give it the 100% effort then add another 10% on top of that. Even if you believe you can’t do it, do it anyway.

Make it a habit of going above and beyond. Making this a habit will only improve the quality of your life through improvements in self confidence, self respect, and discipline. These character traits can take you a long way in all areas you choose to excel in.

Everything great in this world that was created was by people who gave it that little extra. They drove themselves to be better. They worked on making the impossible possible.

What can you do in your everyday life to improve what you are doing? What can you go above and beyond in? WHat areas do you need to give it a 110%?

A lot of little extras add up to big things!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do


uk-0825-397817-frontGood Morning

How do you spend your Saturdays? Did you know about the six classes that run on Saturdays here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do?

We have quite a busy and fun day every Saturday.

Our day starts at 7:30am with the Sunrise Workout with Master Richard. Great cardio, strength, and conditioning class available to the Taekwondo students, kickboxers, and kettlebellers.

Next we have kettlebell class at 8:30am taught by me. Great low impact class using kettlebells to condition and tone muscles and the cardio system.

At 9:30am we have our lil’ dragons class for 4-5 year olds. Great class for the young children to learn martial arts, life skills, and coordination.

10:00am we have Black Belt Club for orange belts and up. We cover traditional martial arts weapons such as chuks, bo staff, sword, and escrima sticks. Great hand and eye coordination and lots of fun.

11:00am we have our sparring class for children and adults of all belt ranks. Lots of fun watching the kids and adults work together while having a great time.

12:00pm our Team Wolverine does their training for breaking competitions. Lots of sweating going on here.

I hope to see everyone come out to some great Saturday morning classes. Great way to start off your weekend.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do


Do you workout? Do you train? If so, what is it that got you started? What was your main motivation for getting started? WHat kept you going?

These are all questions that you need to ask yourself when you feel that you don’t want to workout/train on a particular day or when you feel like quitting all together.

We all know that working out and training is good for our physical health, good for our mental health. It helps when you train with or for a purpose versus a generic thing.

We all have goals in our lives that we are working towards. Training allows us to achieve those goals because through training we become more physical fit and mentally fit. When our bodies and minds are in shape we can conquer day to day challenges much better. We have clearer minds. We tend to be happier and feel good more often. We reduce aches and pains and can handle physical activities with much greater ease.  Our bodies and mind will remain healthier for a longer period of time as we age. We will have the ability to enjoy our family and friends more as we can engage with them more often and for longer. If we have jobs that require a lot of physical work being in shape makes it easier. You tend to avoid more conflicts when you are in shape as your mind is more clear and you have got rid of the physical stress that can be built up over time. Training allows us to release built up energy in a positive way.

There is so many benefits to training. These are all good  motivators I believe. And no one ever says “Man, I wished I didn’t work out today.”

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do



LOL well we all know someone who will voice their opinions that they clearly hate certain parts of training. Puts everyone else in a bad mood that is training around them. ANd it’s hard to ignore them but you must or you just tell them oh well don’t be here.

The only purpose of training is to get results. Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, a person trying to get fit again, a martial artist, or someone who just likes to train, you all should have one thing in mind. You all to some degree want to see results. If you are not training to receive some sort of benefit from it than why are you training?

Now the ones that are really serious about training learn to love it. All aspects of it. The pain, the sweat, the pump, the heavy breathing, the struggles, the accomplishments, and etc,.

We all will have areas in training that we hate. It’s a reality that we cannot avoid. However you do it anyway with a good attitude. If you are going to do part of your training that you hate than you better do it with a good attitude otherwise you are just making it more painful for yourself and if you are complaining about it then you are making it more painful for everyone else. Don’t do that!

There will be many reasons why you may hate a certain part of your training so I am not going to make a list here but I bet the number one reason you hate it is because you are no good at it. Often times we hate the things we are not good at. There is a simple solution to this. One word actually…….


Just keep practicing and you will get better. And either you will like what you hate or hate it a little less.

The point is have a good attitude and you’ll enjoy your training more.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do



I ran across this list on the internet the other day and thought I would share it with all of you.

A few different ways to exercise are;

– Martial Arts like Taekwondo

– Workout with weights

– Running/jogging

– Take a fitness class like Fitness Kickboxing or Kettlebells

– Take a Yoga class

– and so much more

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do



It takes 524 burpees to burn off 1 large fries. Choose wisely.

This statement basically refers to the fact that you cannot out exercise your diet.

Your nutrition and your exercise have to go hand and hand.

You cannot exercise all the time and eat poorly. It’s not good for your health.

On the other hand you cannot just eat healthy and not exercise. This can also be bad for your health.

Nutrition and Fitness are partners. They have to work together. The best way is to find a balance between the two were it fits your lifestyle.

And yes it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. We all do otherwise we all go crazy!

Master Jonathan