AWESOME TEAM BUILDING DAY

Good Morning

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and didn’t miss classes too much yesterday while we were closed for Victoria Day.

Yesterday the 2016 Black Belt Candidates and the mentors/instructors had their annual team building day in prep for black belt grading coming up on Saturday June 11th. We did a two hour taekwondo class in the morning followed by two hours of team building activities at the Ganaraska TreeTop Trekking in the Ganaraska Forest. It was a productive and fun filled day for both the candidates and the mentors/instructors. We improved our taekwondo skills and learned how to improve our team work skills. It was great fun and highly recommended to anyone looking for some fun team building activities.

Also don’t forget this today until Friday is Buddy Week here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. So bring your buddies into class with you and we’ll have some more fun with them.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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TRAINING GOOD SO FAR/VICTORIA DAY

Good Morning

Well so far the training for my 6th degree black belt is going well. Starting out slowly and will build up the intensity as time goes on. This way I don’t burn myself out early and I can peak at the right moment. Proper training is really a fine tuned science that you have to learn very carefully. Going through three 40 hour black belt gradings I have learned what works and what does not work. What beats your body up and what doesn’t. I know what it’s like to be at the breaking point then push beyond it to new limits.

I feel really good right now because preparing for my next grading gives me a new set of goals and a focus to work towards. Having focus and goals is important when one wants to work on mastery of anything they do.

Also we will be closed on Monday May 23rd for Victoria Day. No regular classes. However we will be doing the annual team building day for the 2016 Black Belt Candidates. This is an opportunity for the candidates to work on their testing requirements together as well as learn to be leaders.

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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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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VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND

Just a friendly reminder that this Monday is Victoria Day so there will be no regular classes except for kettle bells at 8:30am and Black Belt Team Building at 9:30am.

Also long weekends are a chance to relax and recharge your batteries. You do not have to go full tilt all the time. Sometimes it is okay to go lighter somedays and harder on other days. It’s all about finding the right balance for you. Everyone is slightly different but we all need a little rest here and there.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

ENJOYING THE PROCESS AND COMPETITION (VIDEO)

Check out the link below to a video of a competitor that really shows that she enjoys competition and the process. I think it is quite inspiring to see someone enjoying the moment and being in the zone all at the same time. We can all inspire to be like her.

http://bestpozitiv.ru/video/pozitivnaya-begunya-iz-avstralii/

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

BUILDING STRONG CHILDREN

One of the duties of a parent/guardian, a teacher, an instructor, a leader, a mentor, and etc,. is to help develop strong children.

I am not just referring to building physically strong children but also mentally and spiritually.

We all should take great pride in building our children up or the children we work with up.

Our goal should be to help children develop into strong adults with good morals, high self esteem, good health, and be able to roll with the punches.

We ought to give children lessons that challenge them on many levels so they can learn to problem solve and overcome any obstacle that is presented to them.

Sometimes it may be hard to see children struggle a little but that is all apart of developing into strong adults. It’s no good to completely shelter and baby a child.

Obviously you need to protect your children from the bad stuff. You’d be crazy not to. However some of the things you may call bad may not be. Children need to experience a certain amount of things on their own in order to develop strong.

Facing hardships, disappointments, and etc,. is not a bad thing. Children learn to react to these challenges by how we react to them. So how do you react to them? Are you calm and cool or do you get all upset and fluttered? What messages are you sending out to the children saying that your behaviour is okay?

Our goals as society should be to create a strong next generation of smart, talented, hardworking people that can arise and overcome and and all challenges with such grace that we can all inspire to be like.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae kwon Do

INTERVIEW WITH A STUDENT PART TWO

Hello Everyone

I recently just had a former student from a few years back interview me for a college project she is doing on mentors. So here is part TWO of the interview.

5. Who has influenced you the most and how/why?

The person who has influence me the most in business and in martial arts is my Master, Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos. She is a very smart business woman who runs a very successful taekwondo school. She herself is a great martial artist who has won world championships and is the first woman ever to be inducted into the hall of fame. My master always gives me advice whether I want it or not and puts into in a way that I get it and makes me want to do it for her and for myself.

6. What would you do differently if given the opportunity?

I don’t think I would do anything differently as every experience we have is a lesson to be learned. I have never done anything bad or against the law so I don’t have any regrets there. I see everything as a opportunity to grow. If we were able to go back and change things we may not be the person9s) we are today.

7. When is breaking the rules okay?

That is a tricky question. I guess you have to look at your own ethics, values, and self integrity. To know what is right or wrong and do what is right regardless of your personal outcome.

8. What do you see as upcoming trends in the industry?

I see more and more people using social medias and the internet to get their messages across more. I see young people taking more control of the industry and changing it. I also see more focus on businesses doing more charitable work and creating more awareness for the causes they believe in.

These are short answers. I could go on and on and go into much further details. Also these answers can change in a short few months based on the learning experiences I go through.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

INTERVIEW WITH A STUDENT PART ONE

Hello Everyone

I recently just had a former student from a few years back interview me for a college project she is doing on mentors. So here is part one of the interview.

Short Bio (why they are capacitated to be your mentor):

I was born February 7, 1983 in Cobourg Ontario. I went to Burnham Public School, Terry Fox Public School, and I graduated from CDCI WEST High School Grade 12 in 2001 with honors and OAC in 2002. I graduated with honors from Trillium College with a Diploma in Business Administration and a certification in Supervisory Management. I started my Taekwondo training in February 1998. I bought my taekwondo dojang from my original instructor in May 2003 while still attending college at the age of 20. I won my first two world championship in July 2010, two more in 2011, and my last one in 2012. I set a new world record in July 2013. I have been featured on ESPN, Fightsports network, and tomcast. I earned my fifth degree black belt in June 2011. As of this writing I have been nominated for an award at the first ever Breakers Hall of Fame in Norwich Connecticut on October 26, 2013. I have also won several people choice and reader’s choice awards. Have received two letters of congrats from local members of parliament, received a plague from the Mayor of Cobourg, and won a civic award from the town of Cobourg in 2012.

1. What values are you committed to?

The values I am committed to are; loyalty, courtesy, integrity, self control, perseverance, respect, friendship, hard and smart work, and continuos learning.

2. How would you describe your modus operandi (life perspective)?

I would have to say that I look at life as a learning experience. We are always growing and learning. We must seek out what we are meant to do in life and embrace it fully. We are here to help build each other up and never put each other down.

3. What qualities do you look for in the people you hire/surround yourself with?

I look for the following qualities in people I hire/work with/hang out with: integrity, honesty, hard working, intelligence, independence, clever, loyal, outgoing, creative, and fun.

4. How do you show others that you believe in them?

I show others that I beleive in them by giving them more responsibilities when I know they can handle them. I teach them new things that I may not teach others because I know they will benefit from more from the knowledge and experience. I give them extra projects that will help them become good leaders. My main job besides teaching martial arts is developing new leaders. I make them feel like they are contributing to something big.

These are short answers. I could go on and on and go into much further details. Also these answers can change in a short few months based on the learning experiences I go through.

Master Jonathan Field

ABILITY IS WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF DOING

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ABILITY IS WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF DOING.

We are born with natural abilities that we excel at. There is also new abilities that can be taught. Abilities is a state of mind.

MOTIVATION DETERMINES WHAT YOU DO.

To excel in your abilities you must be motivated to do so. Motivation is the reason behind why you do what you do. What is the reasons that keep you motivated.

ATTITUDE DETERMINES HOW WELL YOU DO IT.

Your attitude decides how well and how far you go. Being positive or negative will reflect upon how things turn out. You choose your attitude for your desires outcome.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do