10404419_10153207480772000_4020232407628815716_nA Black Belt should know how to fight, but be equally skilled at avoiding one. If not, more so….

Yes having a Black Belt in martial arts teaches you how to fight and defend yourself however a good black belt also knows how to avoid getting into fights if they can.

A good black belt also know and practices courtesy, loyalty, integrity, perseverance, self control, passion, empathy, compassion, generosity, love, inspiration, motivation, and so on and so forth.

Good black belts practice the life skills that not only improves their lives but also the lives of those around them.

To some this comes naturally, to others it must be taught. But for everyone it must be a daily practice of these good habits.

Strictly knowing how to fight and using those skills incorrectly does not make a person a black belt. They may have received one but are not one.

Black Belt is a state of being, not what is wrapped around your waist.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do


Is a Black Belt a piece of black cloth you wear around your dobuk or gi while you attend and train in class?

Is a Black Belt a certificate you paid for and completed a few hour grading?

Is a Black Belt a tough guy that can beat up everyone they come into contact with?

Is a Black Belt a person who runs a martial arts school and has students recite stuff that doesn’t matter and expects others to bow down to them?


I think and I know a TRUE Black Belt is far greater than that.

True Black Belts are;

  • Role models for everyone to follow
  • They are teachers that don’t hold anything back
  • they are the ones that stay calm when everyone is freaking out
  • they are the ones that dedicate their lives to a better way of living
  • They are the ones that look for ways to help out their community
  • They all have at least one area of expertise in their art
  • They are open to many different ideas
  • The are the ones that see the ultimate truths among all styles
  • They are the ones that need to be tough when the time is right
  • They are the ones that are gentle  when appropriate
  • They are stepping stones for their students
  • They are the ones willing to do things that no one else will do because they know what it takes to get to the next level
  • They are disciplined
  • They are artists
  • They are scholars
  • They understand how not to use their physical skills
  • They do not seek fighting
  • They not nothing to prove
  • and this list could go on and on

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do