What is the Ultimate Black Belt Test, you ask? Well, bear with me for a few minutes and I'll tell you!
The UBBT is a year long training and testing process that takes participants on a journey that challenges them on many levels ranging from physical to mental to emotional. It is about developing habits as a martial artist that act as an example to the communities we serve. It is about taking a deeper look at what it means to be a master martial artist and what the work we do actually means. It is about communicating the work in an intelligent and meaningful way. It is a process created by my mentor, Tom Callos, a visionary master martial arts teacher that leads by an example of out of the box, creative thinking that is meant to add value to the martial arts community and beyond.
The UBBT is a year long process that I have CHOSEN to undertake as part of my 6th dan test. It will not be easy and failure is definitely a possibility! Just throwing that out there in case anyone thought that these levels of black belt were 'automatic' after a certain degree.....well, they're not! Not if you teach and train with integrity, that is!
Lets get down to the nuts and bolts of this testing process. Here are some of the requirements for the 2018 UBBT:
• 52 blog entries documenting the process minimum
• Achieve 10 personal victories
• 1000 documented acts of kindness
• Profile 10 living heroes
• Create and lead a project that WOWs
• Practice daily meditation
• Practice dietary self-defense
• Mend 3 relationships
• Right 3 wrongs
• 1000 repetitions of a single form
• 1000 miles running, biking, swimming
• 1000 rounds of sparring and/or grappling
• 54,000 push-ups and sit-ups
• NO QUITTING!
I'm excited to have this opportunity to train and test with an amazing group of leaders and role models in the martial arts community and even more excited to share the experience with my students, families, and friends! Those of you that know me well, know that I am an open book....I teach from experience and believe that the most sincere form of teaching comes from the heart.
I would love for you to join me as I embark on a journey that is intended to improve our lives through martial arts! Subscribe to this blog and like our Facebook page to stay up to date!
If you'd like to know more about the Ultimate Black Belt test or my mentor, Tom Callos, check him out at tomcallos.com
See you on the mats!