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Tom Callos is a martial arts school business and management consultant, a 7th degree black belt in Taekwondo, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a retired multiple school owner who helps the martial arts industry, school owners, instructors, and their staff members to execute and manage their work more profitably, ethically, and intelligently. 

Mr. Callos help owners learn to articulate and broadcast their unique benefits, helps them (when needed) to build unique and value-based curriculum, helps them learn how to manage their schools in ways that define the best-of-the-best practices in the international martial arts community. Tom is well known taking stands on ethical issues within the martial arts community --and has often spoken out against unfair practices, contractual tomfoolery, unsubstantiated instructor claims, formulaic marketing, and issues of consumer protection.   

Marketing, staff-training, money management, curriculum, and all issues involving the successful management of a martial arts schools and/or organization, are Tom Callos' specialties. 

Read Tom Callos is a blog Tom uses to communicate with and to people who take the practice of the martial arts very seriously, be they teachers of karate, taekwondo, judo, aikido, mma, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or what-have-you. 

Keshia Thomas, My Hero, 538,850 Push-Ups, and Our New Airstream

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The Ultimate Black Belt Test 2018 has welcomed my friend and non-martial artist, Keshia Thomas, into the UBBT as a guest member. This means Keshia will build a 1-year training curriculum around fitness, diet, and things she's working on accomplishing --and work alongside us as we train, diet, and work on our "stuff" too. 

Keshia Thomas, the young lady in the iconic photo by photographer Mark Brunner, which has been called one of our century's most important photographs and was Life Magazine's "Picture of the Year" in 1996, is a civil rights and social justice activist. I've been working with Keshia for a few years, helping her with her work --and getting help from her with mine. 

To read up on Keshia's most well known act of heroism,  here's a BBC News piece entitled "The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo."  Here's another from Ann Arbor News. And here's a more recent story outlining how Keshia has been helping Hurricane Harvey victims

My goal with having Keshia involved is not only to help her with her own ambitions, but to have her mindset and her work-in-the-world have an influence on the martial arts master teachers who engage the UBBT. 

One of the master teachers who has started his 11th year in the UBBT process with The Ultimate Black Belt Test 2018, is Canadian kung fu stylist Jeff Brinker of Silent River King Fu. In his most recent test journal entry, he discusses the 538,850 push-ups he's done since beginning --and what he's adjusting to protect his body. 


As for my own training, it's been "training lite" this last week, due to the fact that I'm packing up my house, have purchased an Airstream, and am planning, along with my partner Elizabeth, to hit the road in 2018 visiting martial arts schools and seeing the Pacific Northwest more carefully. I'll keep you in the loop as the journey progresses. 

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