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?

  • Good Morning

    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

WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT MEAN TO YOU?

Good Morning

I have a question for everyone who has earned a black belt, is currently training for a black belt, or anyone in general.

What does a black belt mean to you?

Please leave your thoughts and comments below. I am genuinely curious to see what some of the answers will be.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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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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SPARRING IS LIKE CHESS

Sparring is like playing a game of chess except you and your opponent/partner are the chess pieces and the dojang mats is your chess board. In chess you basically use different pieces which all have different moves that they are allowed to do to take out your opponent’s pieces through the use of strategy. You try to stay a few moves ahead of your opponent and try to predict what they will do when you this a certain move so you can counter them and take their piece of the board.

Sparring is the same way. You use the mats as a big game board where you move in various directions trying to set up various strikes on your partner/opponent. You execute certain moves to invoke a desired reaction so you can utilize your desired techniques that you are trying to set up. Of course your partner/opponent is also trying to do the same thing. So many moves get cancelled out so you move onto the next strategy or combination to try and score points.

It’s all just one big game of trying to out score your partner/opponent. How can you out think them. How can you get done what you want to get done. How can you entrap the other person so you have them right where you want them. Learning to make them move they way you want them to move so you can easily set them up for an attack or counter attack. Being able to think ahead three or four moves and predict various outcomes based on what the other person does. Getting into the flow state where you are merely allowing the techniques to do all the work and you are merely a passenger on an awesome right. Your mind and body acting as if they don’t need you present because they just doing everything right.

Of course, just like chest, sparring takes a lot of practice. You simply just have to do it and allow the process of learning to take place. You can apply extra study. You can really focus on what is really happening. You can ask a lot of questions and do a lot of reading on the topic. This all aids in learning a little faster but the best experience to get better is just getting out there and doing it.

There will be times when you feel you won and other times where you feel you lost. The one true thing is that you never really lose if you keep trying. If you keep focusing on getting better each time. Losing is not really losing. It’s another way for you to learn. And when you learn, you win!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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A FEW VIDEOS FROM THE 2012 BLACK BELT CEREMONY

Good Morning

I just wanted to share a few videos this morning from the 2012 Black Belt Ceremony we held at the Golden Plough here in Cobourg. Enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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

(VIDEO) Learn How To Count One To Ten In Korean (Taekwondo Terminology)

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Here is a video I posted almost three years ago on how to count in Korean from one to ten. SO if you are struggling with your Korean counting for Taekwondo class, here you go.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

(VIDEO) How To Tie A Taekwondo/Martial Arts Belt

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Since this is the time of year where all martial arts schools seem to get a lot of their new students, I thought I would share this video I did a while back on how to tie a martial arts belts. There is plenty of pictures and such on how to do it but not as many videos. Plus different schools and styles may tie their belts slightly different. This is how we tie our belts here at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do