Martial Arts School Owner Coaching --and Art

Tom Callos' Blog, Newspaper, and Journal

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. 

My Ultimate Black Belt Test Goals, in Part

Tom Callos as a new TKD black belt in 1979 and as a brown belt in BJJ in 2018. Where does the time go?

Tom Callos as a new TKD black belt in 1979 and as a brown belt in BJJ in 2018. Where does the time go?

I am not only the team coach for The Ultimate Black Belt Coach, I'm the designer of the program, AND I use each yearlong test to work on my own black belt goals. This reminds me of a conversation I had, many years ago, with martial arts icon Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee. I had asked him about something, I don't remember what it was, but his response was memorable: 

He said, "Tom, whatever you do it should be measured by this: It should be good for you, it should be good for your students and community, and it should be good for the world. If you follow those general guidelines, it's hard to go wrong." 

Well, the Ultimate Black Belt Test is definitely good for me. It brings new members to my consulting program, THE COMMUNITY, which gives me a far better chance of making a positive impact on their work. The UBBT helps me as a martial artist, as it refreshes my own efforts as an athlete and practitioner, as I want to set a good example for those on the team. And each UBBT helps me to set or re-set goals I have --it keeps my work moving forward and causes me to look deeply at what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and what I might change if I desire different results than I'm getting. 

My most important goal for my own personal Ultimate Black Belt Test is to encourage, if not downright demand / lead / push and pull, every participating member ---to do things that are important to them, important to their students and community, and if lucky, important to the world in general. 

I want UBBT members to embrace educational projects, to think about sustainability and compassion and peace and violence, and to engage their communities in unconventional and uncommon ways. I want their work, overall, to esteem the martial art community. It's my ambition to see each member improve their game, learn new skills, and to feel that they used this program as a laboratory of creation and growth. 

For the record, here are two of the journal entries from members over the last week: 

Tamara Leonard


UBBT'r Tamara Leonard's latest journal entry can be read here. And here's a little of her bio, which I find most interesting, lifted from here site: 

Martial arts back ground: Tamara Leonard is a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate under master instructor Joe Stronsick.  Tamara also trains jiu jitsu, holds rank of purple belt and actively competes.  She is also an Apprentice Instructor in the Israeli Krav International (IKI) Krav Maga affiliation under founder Moshe Katz.  Tamara teaches martial arts and fitness kickboxing classes at Adventure Mixed Martial Arts in Parma, Ohio.  She also runs a thriving nutrition and wellness coaching business through the center.

Academic Background:  Tamara Leonard holds an undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University as a psychology major (Bachelor’s of Science).  She also has a Master’s in Education (M.Ed). and Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S) from Kent State University.  Tamara is a licensed school psychologist.  Tamara has also undergone the coursework to be a Certified Wellness Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, and MMACA Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Ryan McGill

Read Ryan's bio  here . 

Read Ryan's bio here

Ryan McGill is in the process of developing his own brand of martial arts academy after more than 30 years of practice and study of the arts. He's a change-maker committed to social justice and leadership training. Here's his latest UBBT journal entry