FOR MY EUROPEAN READERS

Good Morning

For my European readers who are interested in martial arts breaking.

The USBA/WBA is hosting the WBA European Breaking Championships in London England on July 2nd at the World Power Show and Expo.

If you are interested in competing or watching competitive breaking please check out the following link for all the details.

We would love it if you could come out and support this amazing event.

http://www.usbawba.org/2016Event1W.aspx

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

USBA/WBA Local Director for Ontario Canada

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HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS FROM THE 2015 US OPEN

Good Morning

I just wanted to share some of the highlight videos from the 2015 US OPEN. You will see some of our Team Wolverine members on there as well as a few new members that we just recruited from Florida.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) TEAM WOLVERINE AT 2015 US OPEN ISKA WORLDS AND USBA/WBA WORLDS

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It is the over due but finally here video of Cobourg Tae kwon Do’s Team Wolverine at the 2015 US OPEN, USBA/WBA Worlds and ISKA Worlds back in July at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando Florida. I hope you enjoy the video.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A VIDEO OF GRANDMASTER TROWER

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Here is a cool video on Youtube of Grandmaster Elton Trower. It’s a piece that a news program did of him. Gives you a very small idea of how powerful he was and what kind of a man he was.

Hope you enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TEAM WOLVERINE RESULTS AT 2015 US OPEN, WBA WORLDS, ISKA WORLDS

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Here is the results for Team Wolverine from the 2015 US OPEN, WBA Worlds, and ISKA Worlds. Our team did great in spite the more competitive divisions in the advance and black belt divisions in recent years. It was nice to see more black belts in the teen divisions as well as in the adult female divisions. Each year brings new challenges and we are always up for the challenge. Win or Learn, we do our best!

Thanks to the USBA/WBA and the ISKA for putting on world class competitions.

Master Jonathan Field

US OPEN Championships

2 Second Places

ISKA World Championships

1 Fourth Place

Performed at the ISKA Night of Championships in a Breaking Demo for Master Drew Serrano’s World Record Attempt live on ESPN2 and ESPN3

Officated at the US OPEN and USBA/WBA World Championships

Mikaela Lavoy

US OPEN Championships

2 First Places, 1 Second Place

USBA/WBA World Championships

2 World Championship

Performed at the ISKA Night of Championships in a Breaking Demo for Master Drew Serrano’s World Record Attempt live on ESPN2 and ESPN3

Jesse Johnston Newell

US OPEN Championships

1 Third Place

Brady Clarke

US OPEN Championships

2 First Places, 1 Second Place

USBA/WBA World Championships

2 World Championships

Allen Matthews

US OPEN Championships

1 First Place, 1 Second Place, 1 Third Place, 1 Fourth Place

USBA/WBA World Championships

1 World Championship

Jimmy Nguyen

US OPEN Championships

2 First Places, 1 fifth Place

Performed at the ISKA Night of Championships in a Breaking Demo for Master Drew Serrano’s World Record Attempt live on ESPN2 and ESPN3

Abby Sue Elder

US OPEN Championships

3 Third Places, 1 Fourth Place

Michael Liscio

US OPEN Championships

1 First Place, 2 Third Places, 1 Fourth Place

USBA/WBA World Championships

1 World Championship

Darren Everson

US OPEN Championships

3 Second Places, 1 Third Place, 2 Fourth Places

Shawn Heeley

US OPEN Championships

3 First Places, 1 Second Place, 1 Third Place, 1 Fourth Place

Amber Smelt

US OPEN Championships

4 First Places, 1 Competition Record

Eryn Smelt

US OPEN Championships

4 First Places, 1 Competition Record

Todd Smelt

US OPEN Championships

4 First Places, 1 Second Place

Gordon Strickland

US OPEN Championships

3 First Places, 1 Second Place

Eric Spagnolo

US OPEN Championships

1 First Place, 3 Second Places

 

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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LESSONS FOR COMPETITIVE BREAKERS

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I wanted to share some of my thoughts on competitive breaking or the lessons that all breakers should know or take the time to learn. These lessons come from personal experience, learning indirectly by watching other breakers, and some is just common sense.

1. You will win some and you will lose some. It happens to all of us. There is nothing you can do but be a good winner and a even better non winner.

2. Sometimes the material you are striking breaks and other times it does not. There is many factors that come into play with this. It’s all part of the game.

3. Never allow anger to get the better of you. If something does not go your way, it does not give you the right to take it out on others or the nearest object closest to you.

4. When competitive breaking you are there to try to win but also you are there to put on a show. People may not remember how much you broke at any given time but they will remember the performance you gave and how you acted.

5. Remember to maintain your focus as best you can. There is many distractions and things going on around you. You need to be able to tune all this out in order to do your best.

6. From day to day, competition to competition you will change your performance. Sometimes you are on the ball and nothing can stop you and other times you just can’t seem to do anything. We all go through this. Just cherish the moments you have and move on.

7. Build yourself up because you are good and are willing to work hard. Never use others to build your name up. Saying you beat so and so does not help your reputation. It actually shows that you value them more than yourself.

8. Rather than trying to beat individual competitors you should be concerned with outdoing your last performance and breaking your stacks. Ultiamtely breaking is a competition with ones’ self not against others.

9. Make sure you are enjoying yourself. If its’ not enjoyable then why are you doing it?

10. Do not compare your journey to that of another. We all have different journeys as we are all unique. One person’s journey is not necessarily more important or valuable compared to someone else’s.

11. It takes time to build up your conditioning for breaking. Rushing will only result in more injuries that may not have occurred if the proper time was taken.

12. When breaking using human holders one should avoid striking their holders if all possible. There is not art in smashing a stack of boards and recklessly hurt your holders at the same time. Got to have that self control.

13. Be courtesies to all those that volunteer to help you. No need for yelling and anger. The people that help the breakers help because they want to see the person do good. They should be treated with respect.

14. Breaking competition is one of the few sports where competitors will help each other set up their material, hold for the, clean up, and etc,. We all want the best person to win because they are the best and not for other stupid reasons.

15. Never dwell on a bad day. It will past and you will have more good days.

16. Make sure you fully understand the rules. If you don’t, ask someone who knows them well so they can help you.

17. Compete by the rules. Whatever the rules say that is what you go by. Never try to bend them so you can help an unfair advantage. The rules are in place so everyone has the same playing field in which to compete.

18. Use the proper material. Whatever the material you are breaking, make sure it is what you say it is. Sometimes breaking gets a bad name because some competitors doctor their material. When this happens it makes us all look bad.

19. Compete with integrity. You are not just representing yourself but also all breakers, the organizations and associations in which you are competing in, your schools, your instructors, your styles, and so forth.

20. Focus on being a good person and develop your skills to the best of your abilities and everything will take care of itself.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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(VIDEO) CREATIVE BREAKING AT THE 2015 ISKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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I wanted to share a video from this past weekend’s US OPEN/ISKA Worlds/USBA WBA Worlds. This video shows all the creative breaking at the ISKA worlds and was filmed by Team Breakwondo. I ended up with a 4th place finish. Pretty good for competing in creative breaking for the first time at ISKA Worlds. Aiming to do better next year. Hope you enjoy the video.

 

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

MY PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2015 US OPEN

Good Morning

Well the 2015 US OPEN, ISKA Worlds, and WBA Worlds has come and gone. Lots of memory made of everything that went on this past weekend.

I just wanted to take a few moments to share some of my personal highlights of the trip and will share the completed team wolverine results when I get all the results in.

1. I won two 2nd places on the US OPEn/WBA side of the competition. Not my best results but I did do a personal best in the high jump division with 22.5 inches over my head. The winner did 28 inches over their head.

2. I won 4th place in Creative Breaking at the ISKA World Championships. First time doing creative there. I always said I could be competitive in that division against the best in the world and I proved that on Saturday. Now it’s time to train to win.

3. Team wolverine won between 21-15 first places at the US OPEN, several WBA World Championships, and many 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th places. I have to say that the black belt divisions were extra competitive this year and our team held their own.

4. As team leader I was able to pick up pretty much everyone’s registration packages instead of waiting in the huge lines. That was a bonus.

5. I was made a VIP team leader so I received a special pass to wear around as well I received two VIP passes to the night of champions. Second row from the stage.

6. I spent a good chunk of Friday judging creative breaking so i got to see lots of really cool breaking routines. Our team had some of the best routines of the day. I really enjoyed judging and officiating. Especially at the largest martial arts tournament in the world.

7. Fellow team wolverine members Mikaela Lavoy, Jimmy Nguyen, and I were selected to perform at the Night of Champions live on ESPN. We performed in a breaking demonstration during Master Serrano’s World Record Baseball Bat breaking Attempt along side some other world class breakers ranging from young children up to breakers in their 60s. It was a huge honour. Many hours of practice throughout the entire weekend results in a great display of talent and skill.

8. I finished the weekend with a dinner with fellow USBA/WBA Directors and World Champion breakers. We shared stories, talked a little business, and share some fantastic Mexican food. It was a good night.

9. Our team were awesome team mates towards each other but also towards other competitors. When anyone outside of the team needed help, our team was there to provide it, Competitive breaking is one of the few sports where competitors will help each other. We want to win because we are better and not for any other reason. We try to bring out the best in each other.

So as soon as I get the completed results I will share it with all of you and as always I will get a video together ASAP.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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Team Wolverine Fundraising Auction

Good Morning

Just wanted to remind everyone about our Team Wolverine Fundraising Auction to help send members of Team Wolverine to the 2015 US OPEN, USBA/WBA Worlds, and the ISKA Worlds on July 3rd and 4th in Orlando Florida.

The auction ends on June 25th so check out the link below.

Thanks

Team Wolverine Fundraising Auction

FUNDRAISING AUCTION/T-SHIRT WEATHER

Good Morning

Two things I want to let you know about this morning.

1- Team Wolverine is having a fundraising auction to help support their travels to the 2015 US OPEN/WBA Worlds/ISKA Worlds in Orlando Florida on July 3rd and 4th. SO check out this link please https://www.charityauctionorganizer.com/Az/4c2de2a2-4ee1-4608-b68b-e060ffd2af11/OnlineCatalog/

2- Starting June 1st til August 31st it is t-shirt weather here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. This means you have three options. A) You can continue to wear your dobuk top during classes. B) You can wear a Cobourg Tae Kwon Do T-Shirt which we have for sale. $20 each. C) You can wear a Ontario Breaking Championships t-shirt. No other shirts are allowed.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do