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

EACH NEW BELT IS A STEP

When training in Taekwondo and Martial Arts you earn various colures belts and various degrees of black belt.

Each one of these colours or degrees is a step.

A step in which you learn new skills in the martial arts.

But also with each step taken, you learn and gain experiences which will serve you not only as a martial artist but as a person on this earth.

You learn to overcome barriers and limitations which at one point you thought you would not overcome.

You learn how to trust your instincts to help with your judgment.

You learn to let go and trust in the natural process in which training naturally provides.

You gain self confidence and self respect through lots of practice.

You learn to focus more clearly on what is most important and with clarity.

But none of this happens if you don’t allow it to. It won’t happen if you fight the process. It never happens if you are too busy talking when you should be listening, doing, and experiencing.

Good things will happen because of your dedication to training but you have allow it to happen and not think too much. Nor fight it.

Your martial rte training is a metaphor for your life. Your training experiences should reflect your life to some extent.

I often see this a lot. I can see how people’s lives are like based on their training.

I get to witness a lot of the time the training improving the lives of the trainees.

And sometimes I get to see how their lives impact their training.

Most of it is good and a little bit I have see that is not so good.

Approach your training as single positive steps one after the other and you will see the difference it makes.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY

We need not worry too much as everything on this planet and in this life is temporary.

Life of it self is temporary.

Everything we see, smell, touch, hear, and taste is temporary.

Everything that we can imagine and envision is temporary.

All of man’s creations are temporary.

Our thoughts, memories, feelings, emotions, and so forth is temporary.

Relationships and friendships are temporary.

Knowing that nothing lasts forever is very powerful.

Very powerful in the sense that we can learn to enjoy everything while it last and nothing is forever.

We must learn to treat every moment as something to be cherished for it is temporary and will never come again.

Everything we are given only last for a brief moment in order for us to learn to be in the moment and cherish that moment and only that moment.

You can’t worry about the past and it is gone. You cannot worry about the future for it robs you of the now. Focus merely on the moments for they are beautiful but still only temporary.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

CHEATERS MAY WIN, BUT DO THEY REALLY?!

Cheaters may pick up the odd win. Get that medal or trophy that they so long for. Get one up over another competitor that played by the rules. But do cheaters really win?

Well the answer is pretty obvious. No! No they did not win. Just because a cheater got that trophy, medal, or victory down on paper doesn’t mean that actually won. You see, when someone has to cheat in order to gain  victory they are not actually winning. Once they feel they have to cheat and act upon those feelings they are starting to cheat themselves of a true victory.

True victory is not over someone else or winning at a competition. No, true victory is about being the best that you can become. Once you decide to cheat and actually do it you are robbing yourself of this. You are saying to yourself that you are not any good. You are saying that you cannot do what you set out to do. You are saying that others are better than you. You are telling yourself that the only way you can win is to cheat. You don’t have what it takes to be a real winner.

This is why cheaters are never really winners. They are cheating themselves. It is better bad to cheat others but it is so much worse to cheat yourself. Negative self talk and self doubt can really play with you. And not in a good playful way but rather in a bad dark way.

I have met hundreds and hundreds of competitors in the martial arts over the years and I have cane across many true champions who sometimes win and sometimes lose but that is okay. That is okay because they layer by the rules and were trying to be the best that they could be. They knew no matter what happens they were winning because they weren’t cheating themselves or anyone else in the process. They know that sometimes you wins and sometimes you learn. They can sleep at nights knowing they were true to themselves.

I have over the years met some competitors who were cheaters. They tried to find ways to get that one win over someone else at pretty much at all cost. They didn’t care how they won, as long as they got that medal or trophy and the bragging rights to say I won over so and so. What they don’t realize is that in the long run, no one cares but them. A win or lost is a personal thing. It is of no concern to anyone else. And what good is a win if it is not real? And why would anyone want a room full of fake trophies and medals? Wouldn’t it be a reminder that you are fake?

All the greatest competitors I know have rooms full of 1st place trophies and medals but they also have many ends, 3rds, 4ths, and so forth. They are proud of each and every win and lost because at least it was real. You can always be proud of yourself if every time you compete you were true to yourself and you tried your very best. Regardless of the outcome of that particular day or event it has no real bearing on you expect maybe that you are a true competitor and competed with integrity. I believe this is more important than all the 1st places in the world.

I have World Championships, World Records, International Championships, but I also have many 2nd places, 3rd places, 4th places, and so forth. I am proud of each one regardless of the place I won because there is a story behind each one. Good memories behind each ones. Hard work and passion behind each one. I stayed true to who I am. I will gladly take a lost over a fake win. I realize that in the long run that it only matters to me. No one else really cares. It is something personal that drives me to become better. I strive to pass this along to the next generations of competitors and students alike. To see another competitor or student go through this process like I have is very rewarding. It is rewarding that I see that they are staying true to themselves and not becoming cheaters. They know that if they cheat, they never win. They know that cheating is only cheating themselves.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A PERSON’S CHARACTER IS…

Good Morning

I posted this on my Facebook account yesterday as it was on my mind from the day before as I discussed this with my competition team. Now the following is not my absolute opinion or thoughts as I could go on and on for hours. I could also spend hours having an open discussion about it as well. This simply serves as a thumbnail sketch on the topic. Hope you get something out of it.

A person’s character is defined by what one does and not necessarily what one says they are going to do or what one says who they are. True character is being their original self and not stealing others’ ideas, talents, identity, character traits, and so on. They say imitating is the highest form of flattery unless someone steals from others only to make themselves look better and to make those they steal from worse. True character is having confidence in their own self and not having to use someone else’s name to put yourself up. True character is not trying to tare someone down in order for you to look better than you really are. True character is playing by the rules and not searching for wears to cheat in order to win over those that play by the rules. When one cheats, they may end up winning but in reality they lose every time because they are ultimately cheating themselves and living a lie. True character is taking the resources that they have been given and help others and not to be selfish and use for strictly their own personal gains. When in a position to help out many people, one should be selfless and use resources for what they re meant for. True character is accepting what is and not blaming others for the outcomes in which you may encounter because of your down falls. Take the blame and move forward. True character is standing up for yourself yet not when you feel you don’t have to follow the rules that everyone has too. True character is not about how many wins or loses you have. It is not about being seen a great person. It is not about obtaining as many material possessions as you can. It is not about showing off to others. It is not about elevating yourself over others. No, it is quite the opposite. It is about being humble. About working hard. About playing by the rules. About being true to yourself and who you really are. Being a kind person. A person who can inspire others through true acts of character without any thought of self imagery. Not doing so is simply cheating yourself.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

YOU HAVE SURVIVED 100%…

Good Morning

I came across the following quote yesterday and I thought I would share it. It is very true to pretty much everything that we all go through. It reminds us that we just need to relax sometimes and just get through it.

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ARE YOU TEACHABLE?

Are you teachable? Are you coachable?

Are you still willing to learn new things every day? Are you willing to experience and try new things?

In order to grow in life and grow in anything you pursue you must be willing to be teachable.

Without being teachable you simply stop growing. When you stop growing you start to die.

When you are surrounded by people that know more than you do in certain areas of expertise, listen to what they have to say.

Some stuff will click right away for you while others things will make you a little uncomfortable. That is okay. Growth is not about being comfortable. You tend to grow the most when you are uncomfortable.

Being teachable is a habit and a willingness to learn and be uncomfortable.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

 

2ND ANNUAL WBA ONTARIO BREAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS INTRO VIDEO

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Here is a video I did up last year for the 1st Annual WBA Ontario Breaking Championships that goes over the general rules for the competition. SO if you are interested in competing in the 2nd Annual WBA OBC please watch this video and then ask me any questions you may have.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

2nd Annual WBA Ontario Breaking Championships

MAKE A LIST

Do you ever have those days where you have a ton of tasks that need to be completed that day and you feel like you won’t accomplish everything?

It can feel a little overwhelming from time to time. Racking your brain over how could you possibly get everything done. How is it possible?

Well for starters, worry not. Things that need to get done just seem to get done.

Second, all you have to do is plan things out. Planning helps eliminate failure but if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

How you plan is by simply making a list of everything you have to do. Then you just start working away at the list until you have accomplished everything.

And the list does not have to be complicated. Simply writing out a simple list of things to get done on a piece of paper is quite good.

Everyday I will have like 20-30 things that need to get done each day. I will wonder how I will get it all done. So I write a list so I don’t forget anything and then I just go through it. Completing one task at a time until the list gets done.

It may seem a little too simple but it works. Give it a try. What’s the wort that can happen? You get a done of stuff done?!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

STOP TALKING AND GET IT DONE

There is time to talk and then there is time to just do it.

A certain amount of talk is required but he it is time to get the work done, just get it done.

There is such a thing as too much talk and not enough work getting done.

When this happens you just gotta stop talking and get it done!

Too much talking can lead to nothing getting done. Too but working without the talking can accomplish very little as well.

There must be a balance between the two but they must be separated when the time comes for each of the two tasks.

When it’s time to get the work done, just do it!

Master Jonathan field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do