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  1. bushidomartialarts

    bushidomartialarts Senior Master

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    Hey all,

    Radio silence for a year is what the UBBT will do to you.

    I can say the following about Tom Callos' Ultimate Black Belt Test:

    a) If you run a school, it's totally worth the money.

    b) If you don't run a school, it probably isn't worth the money, but there's a less expensive student option that certainly is.

    c) One of the hardest years of my life, changed me in a lot of good ways.

    d) I highly, highly recommend the experience.

    e) It says something that I couldn't find time to post here during it.

    Anyway, I'm back in the saddle. I hope 2008 was kind to everybody here.
     
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  2. Carol

    Carol Crazy like a...

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    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

    Great to see you back online and CONGRATULATIONS!!
     
  3. arnisador

    arnisador Sr. Grandmaster

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    Good to see you! Tell us more!
     
  4. bluekey88

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    Congrats! yes, do tell :)
     
  5. Blindside

    Blindside Senior Master

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    Welcome back Jason!
     
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  6. ArmorOfGod

    ArmorOfGod Senior Master

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    I've heard about his one year test and it is amazing. Bottom line: if you can pass it, you are one of the best black belts in the country, no doubt.
    ultimateblackbelttest.com
    You can see some of it there, but DON'T skim it. Read the full requirements. You have to do them in one year.

    Some of them are:
    1,000 community projects
    Anger Managmement classes
    50,000 pushups and crunches
    1,000 repititions of a single kata/form
    1,000 rounds of sparring
    1,000 mile walk/swim/run and/or bike
    100 hours of mat/grappling time
    20 hours with a pro boxing or kickboxing coach
    Right 3 wrongs
    Mend 3 past relationships

    and that is only about half of it.

    I would love to see the McDojos tell the parents of their 5 year old black belt candidates that the student had to do something like that.....

    Seriously, Bushido, did you really take the test?
    Wow.
    (thumbs up)

    AoG
     
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  8. bushidomartialarts

    bushidomartialarts Senior Master

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    Yep. And I have to say I'm pretty chuffed about it.

    One requirements was to blog about the experience...ubbtjb.blogspot.com

    Really, it's a life changing year.
     
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    Good job. Like Tom, I'm a 6th dan under KJN Ernie Reyes and KJN Tony Thompson. Tom based his UBBC test after our assn.'s mastery test (though he has thrown in some elements of his own and left out some of KJN Ernie's more extreme elements). Whether we are going up for rank or not, all master instructor's go through the mastery process and test every time it's held ("if anyone tests, we ALL test"). It is a tremendous growing experience and going through it every few years keeps me sharp and pushing the envelope. I would have to say that my first time through was probably the greatest personal growth experience of my life.
     
  10. bushidomartialarts

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    Kwan, I have a good friend up here who's in that organization. He's told me some of what he's gone through. All I can say is WOW, that is one badass black belt test.
     
  11. IcemanSK

    IcemanSK El Conquistador nim!

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    Congratulations Jason!

    I look forward to more details:asian:123
     

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