THE 500 YEAR OLD MIND

The 500 year old mind is the mind that sees everything in white or black.

Meaning it is either this way or that way. It’s wrong or right. There is no room in the middle for other ways of looking at it.

This 500 year old mind is outdated.

A better mind set is to realize that there is somethings that are in black and white but everything else it various shades of grey.

Almost like white belts and black belts with a bunch of colour belts in the middle.

Anyway in today’s society with all the knowledge that we have about almost everything, or what we believe anyway is not either wrong or right, this way or that way. It is a mixture of a bunch of things.

We need to realize that there may be many different ways or answers to any given.

There is room for many different view points and opinions. Many different ways to do things. Not necessarily the right way and the wrong way. Granted there may be better options but not the right or wrong way in most cases. Yet in some cases there is a right or wrong but not as often as you may think.

The 500 year old mind is more of a mind that is closed. Our new modern mindset should be that of an open mind with very few exceptions of course on things that we all in society can agree that is wrong like killing people, robbing banks, and etc,.

The focus should be to have an open mind that sees everything from various viewpoints and is aware of all options, opinions, circumstances, and so forth.

The new modern mind is more open to make things work versus shutting things down. To see everything for what it really is and not through the eyes of our built in filter.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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YOU TEACH ME FIGHTING BUT TALK ABOUT PEACE

I saw this quote twice yesterday and I believe in it wholeheartedly.

Just because you are trained in fighting or violence does not mean you cannot be peaceful. I believe you can be more powerful because you understand what you can do. You know you can take care of yourself so there is no need to show aggression. There is no better confidence than knowing self defense.

Martial Arts brings a balance when trained and taught properly. In order for there to be beauty and light, there must also be ugly and dark.

One must go about their days as the gardener but when it’s time for battle, the warrior appears. Simply to do what is needed then goes back to being a gardener.

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TEAM WOLVERINE DOES GREAT AT 2016 US OPEN/WBA WORLDS/ISKA WORLDS

Good Morning

Well all the team wolverine members are back home safely from their trip to the 2016 US OPEN, WBA Worlds, and ISKA Worlds hosted at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando Florida on July 8th and 9th.

Our team did fantastic as we won 19 first places on the Friday events and 1 first place on saturdays event. Team members from Ontario, Florida, and Tennessee did a great job representing team wolverine, their state/province, and the sport of breaking in general.

Congratulations to Michael, Samantha, Eric, Todd, Eryn, Amber, Shawn, Michael, Daniel, and Jonathan for your wins and hard work. You did the team proud.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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WHY DOES EVERYONE EXPERIENCE THE SAME THINGS DIFFERENTLY?

Why does everyone experience the same things differently?

I often wonder how many people can go through the same thing or see the same thing and yet the experiences are different as night and day?

If the same thing happen to many people at the same time, why is one person seeing this, another feeling this, and another hearing this?

How come the feelings and memories of the experience be so different from person to person?

I have visualized the following example in my head.

There is three people of the same age, fitness level, same general background, and so forth. Two of these people are in a big glass room together. The third person is outside of the big glass room. The two people in the room are asked to do 50 push ups, 50 burpees, 50 squats, 50 crunches, 50 clapping push ups, and another 50 burpees. Both these two in the room went through each exercise with very similar results and finished at about the same time. They seem to have gone through the same amount of overall stress to their system. The third person outside of the room could only watch them go through this similar experience. They could only see what was going on. No other senses were involved. So to the third person the two in the glass room should have had the exact same experience. However the two in the room had very different experiences. One person absolutely loved what they went through. They were ready to go at it again. The second person absolutely hated it. Yet both people had the same physically experience and outcome. So what makes one person have a totally different experience than the other yet both went through the same thing?

Well some of the things that could make up someone’s experiences are

  1. Past experiences
  2. Dreams and Goals
  3. Motivation
  4. Positive or Negative mindset
  5. Whether they like challenges or do they see problems
  6. How they were raised
  7. Their genetics
  8. Emotional state
  9. Mental Health
  10. Physical Fitness
  11. Age and what generation they grew up in
  12. Social conditioning
  13. Religious beliefs
  14. and many more factors

There is many reasons why many different people can have many different experiences about the exact same thing.

When experiencing this, keep in mind all these factors and have a deep understanding of what is what, be aware of your mindset, and be open minded.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS

What others think of you is none of your business. People’s opinions are just that, their opinions. Opinions created in their conscious mind for them and them alone.

Yes obviously we all want others to like us, love us, and etc,. This is normal. However we only want the select few of those people like friends, family, some co-workers, clients, students, and etc,. The rest do not matter. And what I mean about the rest is those people that think negativity about you.

You do not need to concern yourself with the negative opinions of negative people who create negative experiences in their own negative conscious minds. Phew that’s a lot of negative. But that is the reality of the situation.

You see, people tend to form negative opinions about you based on their own insecurities about themselves. They cannot seem to or don’t want to deal with their own issues so they must find negative traits or faults in what you do or what others do. Whether they are jealous about the amount of success you have, or how you live your life, or you won something, and so forth. Or perhaps you had to make an ethical decision that they don’t agree with so they have to find fault in that.

What you will find from this though is that they have created these negative experiences entirely in their own head. Most of what happened is solely inside their conscious mind and they won’t or can’t take responsibility for these opinions and feelings. They would rather past them off on someone else than to deal with it themselves.

Instead of being inspired by someone else’s success they have to tare that person down so they can make themselves feel better. Or instead of looking at all viewpoints of any given situation they just find a faulty view and go running with that.

All humans including you and I are all guilty of this behaviour from time to time. Most of us control it though and not allow it to effect ourselves or anyone else in a negative way. But some do allow it. But like I said before, it is none of our business to care about the opinions of others. We should be focus on creating happiness and excellence in the lives of the people we meet and love, as well as in ourselves.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

MY VIEW OF THE 2016 BLACK BELT GRADING AT COBOURG TAE KWON DO

Good Morning

Well our annual black belt grading has come and gone this past Saturday. We had 13 black belt candidates going for the ranks of black, 1st degree black belt, and 2nd degree black belt. The students completed a 10 hour grading from 9am to 7pm at the dojang and at the beach/boardwalk. They were tested on their physical conditioning, flexibility, forms, blocks, punchings, sparring, self defense, one steps, kicking, musical forms, breaking, and korean terminology. This is what you would think they would typically be tested on for black belts in Taekwondo right? But they were also tested on team work, their spirit, self confidence, perseverance, integrity, self control, loyalty, focus, leadership, courtesy, and courage.

The grading is very important in achieving your black belt but what is of more importance is the journey along the way to black belt. How did you deal with all the tasks and challenges that were presented to you? How did you grow as a person? When things got tough, how did you deal with it? Who were the ones that supported you along the way?

What is more important after earning your black belt is what you do with it. What type of black belt are you going to be? Are you going to be a black belt or just a person who has a black belt? There is a difference. A black belt is how you carry yourself in your personal and professional life. How do you use your skills? Are they being used to help others or are they being used selfishly? Is your black belt a final destination or is it just the start of a life long journey?

I am very proud of this year’s 2016 black belt graduates. They worked extremely hard. They worked well as a team to get through their grading. They owned what they did throughout the day. They kept up their energy throughout the day. They took care of each other. They listened and focused well. They had fun. They were very respectful to the instructors and to each other. They displayed the traits that I mentioned above. They are going to be on a great show this Saturday night at 7pm at the Cobourg Memorial Temple during our annual black belt spectacular and hall of fame ceremony. If you have not got your tickets yet for the show please see me at the office.

I am excited for the show as I am putting something special together.

See you there.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TEAM WOLVERINE TIMES THREE/BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR

Good Morning

Lots of cool news about Coboyrg Tae Kwon Do’s Team Wolverine.

1- Team Wolverine member Jonathan Schnepp from Tennessee competed at the USBA/WBA North American Breaking Championships on June 4th and won some championships which qualifies him for the ISKA Worlds coming up in July. Congrats to Jonathan.

2- Michael Cussack and Daniel Edgeman, two team wolverine members from Florida competed on June 11th at the USBA/WBA Longwood Martial Arts Invitiational in Orlando Florida won a  few championships and grand championships in breaking. Congrats to both of them.

3- Team Wolverine performed a demo at the 2016 DeSantos Black Belt Spectacular yesterday in Toronto Ontario for Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos. You can watched our demo here at this link. http://livestream.com/TDSMM/BBS2016 It starts around 9 minutes into the video. You can watch the whole show.

4- Congrats to my master, Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos for receiving her 7th degree black belt and for be inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall Of fame.

Tomorrow or Wednesday I will talk about the Black belt grading that just happened here on Saturday with 13 of our Black Belt candidates.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

TICKETS ON SALE/NO CLASSES THIS SATURDAY

Good Morning

Two things for you this morning

Number One, there is no classes this Saturday June 11th because we are conducting our annual black belt grading for 13 black belt candidates. They will be going through a 10 hour grading. So we wish them all the best of luck.

Number two, tickets are on sale for the annual black belt ceremony and hall of fame ceremony being held on Saturday June 18th at 7pm at the Cobourg Memorial Temple on University Ave. and Victoria Street. You can purchase the tickets are Cobourg Tae Kwon Do.

Hope everyone has a great day 🙂

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships Highlights

Good Morning

Here is the highlight video of the 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships held on Saturday May8, 2016 hosted by Cobourg Tae Kwon Do and sanctioned by the USBA/WBA.

Hope you enjoy!

(VIDEO) Team World Record (200 One Inch Boards Broken in Fastest Time)

Good Morning

Here is the video of the Team World Record (200 One Inch Boards Broken in Fastest Time) that Cobourg Tae Kwon Do’s Team Wolverine members Darren Everson, Michael Liscio, Brady Clarke, and Master Jonathan Field(me) did at the 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships on Saturday May 8, 2016. This world record was sanctioned by the USBA/WBA and C-Founder Grandmaster Ralph Bergamo from Connecticut.

Enjoy!