LEARNING AND LABOUR DAY

Good Morning

Been a little bit since my last blog post. That is because I am taking some time to fill my brain with some new knowledge. Really getting into reading and learning more than I have before. I have a more methodical way of learning each and every day. So I have just been letting the brain and my mind get use to the new routine and exploring my thoughts. So you can expect more regular blog posts coming soon.

Also on Monday September 5th we at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do will be closed for Labour Day. Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend before heading back to school or work.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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This 500 year old mind is outdated.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

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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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

DOGGIE ON A CHAIN

Good Morning

I read this story yesterday and I thought I would share it with all of you today.

There was a dog who would be tied up to a pull on a twelve foot chain in his yard when he was outside. He was a happy little guy who loved to play. Every time some other dogs would come by he would run towards them to meet them. However when he reached the end of his chain it would hold him back from going any further. This would happen time after time after time. The owner of the dog felt sad and sorry for his little friend so one day he took the chain off the pole in which it was attached too. The chain was still on the collar of the dog though. So the next time some other dogs came by the dog took off running towards them. When he reached the length which the chain would normally stop him the dog should stopped on his own. He has been trained to stop at that distance. Even though the chain was now not restricting him it was still holding him back. This made the owner of the little dog sad as well. He wanted his little buddy to be happy and go explore and play with the other dogs.

The chain holding the dog back is a metaphor for what is holding you back in life. Is there really something holding you back or is it you that holds you back from accomplishing big things?

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

EVERYONE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE HAPPY…

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I came across this picture yesterday and it speaks volume.

Everyone has the power to make someone else happy. Some do it by entering the room, while some do it by leaving.

Be the kind of person that makes people happy to see you. Be the person that people want to read your social media posts. Be the person that inspires others. Be the person that everyone enjoys being around.

Don’t be that person that everyone is happy when they finally leave the room. Why be the person that pollutes everyones’ social media newsfeed with negativity? Why be the person that makes everyone else uncomfortable to be around? Why be the person that spreads negativity where negativity doesn’t belong?

Be the kind of person that you would enjoy being around. Be the person that lifts people up. Be the person that cares. Be the person who is loyal. Be the person that thinks before they act.

Basically be a good person that you would want your son or daughter to grow up to be like. Basically be a decent human being to everyone. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

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

THE JOURNEY BEGINS FOR MY 6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT

Good Morning

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

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

EACH NEW BELT IS A STEP

When training in Taekwondo and Martial Arts you earn various colures belts and various degrees of black belt.

Each one of these colours or degrees is a step.

A step in which you learn new skills in the martial arts.

But also with each step taken, you learn and gain experiences which will serve you not only as a martial artist but as a person on this earth.

You learn to overcome barriers and limitations which at one point you thought you would not overcome.

You learn how to trust your instincts to help with your judgment.

You learn to let go and trust in the natural process in which training naturally provides.

You gain self confidence and self respect through lots of practice.

You learn to focus more clearly on what is most important and with clarity.

But none of this happens if you don’t allow it to. It won’t happen if you fight the process. It never happens if you are too busy talking when you should be listening, doing, and experiencing.

Good things will happen because of your dedication to training but you have allow it to happen and not think too much. Nor fight it.

Your martial rte training is a metaphor for your life. Your training experiences should reflect your life to some extent.

I often see this a lot. I can see how people’s lives are like based on their training.

I get to witness a lot of the time the training improving the lives of the trainees.

And sometimes I get to see how their lives impact their training.

Most of it is good and a little bit I have see that is not so good.

Approach your training as single positive steps one after the other and you will see the difference it makes.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do