MARCH BREAK CAMPS/BOWLING FOR KIDS SAKE/BEGINNER BUDDY BASH

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Here is a few reminder about a few things coming up in the next week or two. here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do.

1- March Break Camp: We are having a March Break Day Camp here from March 14 to March 18. We are offering all week option, half day options, and full day options. Please contact me at 905-373-0032 or airfield@hotmail.com for pricing and to reserve your spots.

2- This Saturday afternoon we have two teams from Cobourg Tae Kwon Do blowing in the Bowl for Kids Sake for Northumberland Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you would like to make a donation you can stop by the dojang to do so.

3- This Friday at 5:30pm we are having a beginner buddy bash. Every white and yellow belt who bring in a  buddy to class that day will have the opportunity to break a board. We are only allowing 25 white and yellow belts plus their buddies to attend. You must register ahead of time at the office. We only have 7 spots left if you are interested.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Master Jonathan field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

LIFE IS THE ART OF…

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I came across this quote the other day and thought I would share it with all of you. The statement is very true when it comes to your life. Life is an expression of art. You are always in the process of creating it. Every single breathe you take you are drawing. You cannot erase only create. It is up to you to create the pictures you want to cherish later.

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Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg tae Kwon Do

BOWLING FOR KIDS SAKE

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On Saturday March 5th, two teams from Cobourg Tae Kwon Do will be bowling to help raise funds for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. If you would like to make a donation please consider donating to one of the following members of my team.

Master Jonathan Field

Master Joyce Farrell

Master Gayle Brayton

Master Richard Bernier

Jeff Morrow

Abby Sue Elder

If you want more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland you can check out this link.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

 

TERRIFYING AND AMAZING

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This is where a lot of great things happen in our lives.

The things that are out of our comfort zone.

The things that scare the living daylights out of you yet the results would be amazing if you just did it.

I think people are more afraid of success than they are of failure. Therefore they don’t even try.

If they just do nothing, they can’t fail or succeed.

Those that face those terrifying chances and opportunities do find out how amazing things turn out.

You never quite know what is going to happen or how you are truly going to feel until you take that leap of faith and just go for it.

Pursue the things that are amazing to you yet terrify you to even think about doing them. Imagine how you will feel when you accomplish them.

And sometimes the journey of the pursuit alone is the amazing part.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

THERE ARE DAYS WHERE YOU ARE BUSY…

There are days where you are busy and get nothing done and than there are days where you are busy and are being productive.

What type of busy days are you having?

Those busy days where you are doing a ton of stuff but at the end of the day nothing really got done. This is due to being reactive to everything that goes on throughout the day. This is perfectly normally for all humans. We all go through this. But what we can do is realize this is happening and to make sure that we schedule what we need to get done. Write out lists of the things that must be done and stay focus on getting them done no matter what.

Busy productive days are a result of planning, being less reactive, and staying focus on your goals. The more you do this the more you will accomplish. However this is a habit that you must develop and it will take a lot of hard work but it is so worth all the effort you put forth.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A BLACK BELT SHOULD KNOW HOW TO FIGHT, BUT…..

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

A FEW ANSWERS FROM YESTERDAY’S BLOG ON WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS TO YOU?

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    So yesterday I posted a question of what does a black belt mean to you? I got a few well thought out replies and here are a few of them. All very well written.

    What does a Black Belt mean to me? Well it means that all the committment I put in from the day I started as a White Belt up and until Black Belt grading day. All the hard work and goals I met were definately worth it especially when I was presented with and tied it around my waste. It may me very proud to know I have achieved something not a lot of people have. So in saying that it means a lot to me to become a Black Belt knowing all the hard work I put into the journey was well worth it and showed me I can do whatever I put my mind to.

Without sound too corney………..When I started kick boxing many years ago I would watch the TKD class and always thought it might be fun to try it. So….I tried it, liked it and then I started wondering if were possible to get by black belt one day. I was sure I would never attain that goal. Then………..Voila. For myself it means I achieved a goal and every time I wear it it is with a sense of pride. it also represents a lot of friends made along the way

There is no real correct answer per say unless someone thought it was about all the wrong reasons but for most people this is not the case.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

A VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE 2016 BLACK BELT CANDIDATES

One of my martial arts buddies, Tom Callos filmed this video a few years ago and I like to share it every year with the black belt candidates. I hope this inspires them and their training and journey. I hope it also inspires though who will be grading for their black belts in the next few years as well.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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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FOR THE PRICE OF A CUP OF COFFEE OR TWO A DAY

Who here reading this blog has a cup of coffee on their way to work in the morning? Or perhaps a few cups to several cups of coffee every day from your favourite coffee stop or shop?

Do you realize that a few lower end cost coffees a day is probably setting you back about $3-$4 daily at a minimum? That is about $90-$120 minimum per month of coffee.

Now if you are a smoker and you smoke one half pack of cigarettes a day, that would cost you around $6. Over a month you would be spending around $180 a month.

Now I am not saying either one of these is good or bad for you. Just pointing out the cost of what you are spending so when you say I cannot afford this or I can’t afford that, you can see where some of your money goes that you probably do not think of.

Now let’s say that you wanted to do something good for yourself like taking a Taekwondo or Martial Arts class for example. If you are able to spend money on coffee or cigarettes each month then you are able to afford something that would truly add some value to your life.

Or you could also spend that money on eating healthier foods and getting rid of the crap foods you do not need.

I see it like this. Money is energy since we can not own it. Energy comes to us and it goes. We can choose how we spend some of this energy. So we can choose not to put energy in one area of our life and put it into the other areas that would be good for us.

I may be a little biased here however I do believe two of the best things you can do is eat healthy and do / join a martial arts program like taekwondo because of the fitness, health, self defense, learning, and confidence building aspects. Anyone can do it and you can’t hardly afford not to do it.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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