TEAM WOLVERINE TIMES THREE/BLACK BELT SPECTACULAR

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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

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THE JOURNEY BEGINS FOR MY 6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT

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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

THIS WEEKEND’S BREAKING PRACTICE/TOURNAMENT INTO

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There is no team wolverine/breaking practice this Saturday as I am away in Toronto at a black belt grading in the afternoon.
So we will be having a practice this Sunday instead at 9:30am to 11am for everyone doing creative breaking. We will make sure your routine is down and have the setups and holders all figured out. So if you are doing creative please attend. Team Wolverine will be there to help with everyone.
Also here is a list of things you need to know about the day of the 2016 Ontario Breaking Championships on Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Port Hope Town Park Recreation Centre, Fall Fair Centre, 62 McCaul Street, Port Hope, ON L1A 1A2, Canada.
1- Doors will open at 8am.
2- General rules meeting at 9:45am
3- New World Record Attempt at 10am
4- Tournament starts after that
5- Tournament will start with Creative wood breaking and Creative Open breaking
6- Rest of the events will run after that according to the schedule we have designed
7- 7 & Power Breaking will be in Ring #1, 8-12 power breaking in ring#2, 13-17 power breaking ring#3, 18 & up power breaking ring#4
8- High jump, speed, concrete, power wood kick machine, unspaced, and double power wood will run when space becomes available
9- When you arrived at the Port Hope Rec Centre Fall Fair Centre, please register at the registration table to pick up your division sticker, your event program, and weigh in if you are an adult lightweight male competitor.
10- After you have registered you can go get your wood/concrete which will be already organized for you
11- Spectators 6 & up is $5 entry
12- We will have pizza truck selling lunch, a cooler with water for sale, and some tables selling various items.
13- Must wear full uniforms with no head gear, and no padding or taping of striking surfaces on the body.
14- If you are doing creative breaking, you will need to provide your own carpenter pencils for spacers.
I look forward to a fantastic day of competition and a lot of fun!
If any questions please let me know today or tomorrow.
Thanks
Master Jonathan Field

TAEKWONDO, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

cobourg tae kwon doLast night one of my adult students posted on Facebook asking her taekwondo friends what their favourite tad thing was. There was plenty of replies including my own. All the replies had various answers of what everyone liked. Some were the same and others were not. However what was the same was the passion and love they all have for taekwondo.

What this shows is that Taekwondo has something for everyone.

Whether you do Taekwondo for the great intense workouts where you are dripping sweat or for the calming effects that doing forms can cause. Or perhaps the self confidence you receive while learning to defend yourself. Our the self accomplishments when you smash through a pile of boards. That feeling you get when you strikes pads or kick the paddles. That sound the heavy bags make when you land a great kick. The smiles and laughters from all the fun you are having training with your tad family. It’s a great feeling every time you come to class.

Taekwondo offers so many different things to train in; patterns/forms, one steps(han buns), kicking, punching, combos, self defense, sparring, weapons, breaking, competitions, physical conditioning, partner drills, solo drills, group drills, and on and on…

Man I am loving my/our Taekwondo academy and all the instructors and students here. We train hard but we also have a lot of fun. People you may have never met otherwise become good friends. Great quality training and the right training environment will do this.

I will say we are all blessed!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2016 ONTARIO BREAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Good Morning

What should you expect to see at the 2016 WBA Ontario Breaking Championships?

You will see the following:

  • A Four Man Team setting a new World Record
  • Our community living students doing some breaking
  • Some first time breakers trying out the sport of competitive breaking
  • Various power wood and power concrete divisions ranging from the ages of 5 to 60 some odd years old
  • Various speed, and high jump events
  • Various creative wood breaking and creative open breaking
  • Two new Team Wolverine members will make their team depute
  • Food by Vintage Pizza Pie
  • A few vendor tables selling various items
  • The after party at Boston Pizza
  • Five Grand Champions to be crowned
  • and much more…

It is going to be a great day of breaking and lots of fun for everyone. Also here is last year’s highlight video if you have not already seen it.

See you all there at the Port Hope Fall Fair Centre on Saturday May 7th. The fun begins at 10am.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

FLEXIBILITY IS IMPORTANT

055c9b4e1a27c7888024470efc5177baFlexibility is important. Both physically and mentally.

But we are talking about being flexible physically today.

Being flexible helps prevents injuries from sports, athletics, and everyday activities.

Being flexible helps with your strength and power. The ability to move your muscles and joints in a full range of motion allows everything to maximize their proficiency.

Having good flexibility allows you to age slower. The more you move your body in great ranges of motion, the slower the body ages where it cannot move youthful anymore.

Stretching on a daily basis can help reduce your physical and mental stress.

Being flexible just makes you feel better because you can move with grace and with no effort. Movement never becomes a chore when you don’t have to limit any range of motion due to lack of mobility.

Stretching everyday is important to our wellbeing. You don’t have to go hard at it. You don’t have to take it to pain. Stretching should be enjoyable and you can decide how challenging you want it based on your goals. Do you want to be the most flexible person you know or do you just want a full range of motion without any pain or limitations of mobility. It’s a personal choice. You can decide whether you want to spend only a few minutes a day working on your flexibility and mobility or you can stretch out more much long each day. Make it a daily ritual. Stretching can become a time of day where you take care of yourself in a quiet manner. It is almost like moving meditation.

Stretching is a very personal thing that competition should never come into play. Ego should never come into play as well. Stretching is something that is pure and selfish at the same time.

If you are not stretching or working on your flexibility each day, why not? And if you need some help getting started, please let me know and I can help you get started.

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

BLACK BELT MIDTERM EVALUATION

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Well we had the 2016 Black Belt Midterm Evaluations yesterday morning from 9am to 12pm. It went quite well. The 2016 candidates are looking good and this year’s black belt grading should be a good one. Lots of hard work goes into earning a black belt here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. Lots of training in preparation for the actual grading day. Lots of assignments that must be completed throughout the black belt cycle. Team building day which the candidates work on their team and communication skills. Being mentored by other black belt mentors and instructors. Everything that they are tested on on the day of grading. The feelings during the aftermath. The black belt ceremony which their friends and family come to watch them put on a demonstration of their skills. Finally being able to wrap those new black belts around their waist.

For those who can make it through the process are glad they did. I offered them yesterday $10,000 if I could take back their black belts and all the experiences and friends they have made along the journey. Not one of them took me up on that offer. Actually I could offer a $100,000 or even $1,000,000 and I know they would not take the offer. Earning your black belt is something special that goes beyond the description of words. It is not something you are given or something you can buy. You have to earn it with sweat, blood, tears, pain, but also with joy, happiness, excitement, and the knowing that this is only the beginning.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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SAMPLE VIDEOS FROM COBOURG TAE KWON DO UNIVERSITY

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I wanted to share a few patterns/forms videos from the Cobourg Tae Kwon Do University website. Here you can sign up for an account and get access to many videos on our aspects of our Taekwondo curriculum to help you practice at home. Enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

Annual Black Belt Grading Meeting and a Video

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Well it’s that time of year again went we have our annual black belt grading meeting. During the meeting we discuss with the balck belt candidates and their parents what all the requirements are and what the grading process will entail. The candidates also choose other black belts and instructors from the academy as mentors. These mentors will help the candidates through the grading process and make sure they are keeping on track and answer any questions they may have. This year’s meeting will be on Saturday October 10th at 12pm.

In the meantime here is a video from the 2015 Black Belt grading. Enjoy!

 

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do