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Your Real Competition. Be WARNED. Be Aware. Be Ready Now. Advanced Marketing Strategy.

Posted by Tom Callos on March 27, 2015 at 12:46pm 6 Comments

So this is REALLY telling. This is like a month of marketing lessons in a single report. Here we go:

The press release I've posted just below here, is from an organization called PRO-Martial Arts. The release came out March 26, 2015. Pro-Martial Arts is a franchise that, for big bucks (100k ? +),…


Posted by Tom Callos on March 27, 2015 at 9:10am 0 Comments

If I Were Your Business Coach, Here's Some of the Advice I'd Give You. Part 1. By Tom Callos

Posted by Tom Callos on March 26, 2015 at 8:43am 0 Comments

First things first:

Time Management: You don't have an INFINITE amount of time, nor does your staff. Careful and conscientious management of time and tasks to be completed in that time, is Management 101.  

How hard is it to carry a day planner or set up a schedule for you…


From the UK, a message you should read about commitment. Tom Callos via Seth godin

Posted by Tom Callos on March 19, 2015 at 7:24am 1 Comment

The difference between commitment and technique

We spend way too much time teaching people technique. Teaching people to be good at flute, or C++ or soccer.

It's a waste because the fact is, most people can learn to be good at something, if they only choose to be, if they choose to make the leap and put in the effort and deal with the failure and the frustration and the grind.

But most people don't want to commit until after they've discovered that they can be… Continue


This Weeks Marketing Success

Started by Vince Damiano in Intelligent Marketing. Last reply by Gary R. Barnes on Friday. 1 Reply

I have decided to make use of the surplus of white belts sitting in a box in my back room (I'm sure everyone has the same). I was Invited to do a class and talk for a Boy Scout group and wanted to…Continue

Tags: Marketing

Video Production

Started by Tammie Lawrence in Misc. Subjects, Anything Goes (Almost) Mar 4. 0 Replies

Here are a couple of links that I have found very helpful for learning to make our videos more professional.  What an eye opener:  This one talks about the basics of 3 point lighting.…Continue

Google Alerts

Started by Gary R. Barnes in Intelligent Marketing Mar 3. 0 Replies

Tom, This morning I updated my list of Google Alerts. Currently I am receiving alerts for -- Forty Fort, PA -- (the town where the Studio is located)Kingston, PA -- (neighboring town)Swoyersville, PA…Continue

Tags: alerts, projects, Google, involvement, community

What is Everyone's Top 5-10 Methods of Low/No Cost Marketing?

Started by Gary R. Barnes in Intelligent Marketing. Last reply by Michelle Del Giorno Mar 3. 9 Replies

I am a currently one-man-show: sole owner, sole instructor, and sole marketer of my Studio. I am doing my best to film, blog, and otherwise social media my school in order to gain name recognition in…Continue

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    Mark Lee commented on Tom Callos's blog post Your Real Competition. Be WARNED. Be Aware. Be Ready Now. Advanced Marketing Strategy.
    "Just watched this promo for Pro Martial Arts and I am disappointed that the martial arts industry can be reduced to such a dumbed downed approach and that there would be people out there who would buy into it. Being the optimist that I am I would…"
    10 hours ago
    Mark Lee commented on Tom Callos's blog post Your Real Competition. Be WARNED. Be Aware. Be Ready Now. Advanced Marketing Strategy.
    "This report strikes a chord with me because the message that Pro Martial Arts sent to me through their website, Huffington Post article, and Fox News Promo was quite transparent. It tells me that the Crush Agency (marketing agency)…"
    11 hours ago
    Bart Axelrod commented on Tom Callos's blog post Your Real Competition. Be WARNED. Be Aware. Be Ready Now. Advanced Marketing Strategy.
    "I am going to endeavor to be the member of my community that the press release.speaks about. It is saying what you say. It is a validation of sorts that the way I am trying to run my business is the right way not only from a moral point of view but…"
    Ricardo Aguilera commented on Tom Callos's blog post Your Real Competition. Be WARNED. Be Aware. Be Ready Now. Advanced Marketing Strategy.
    "This kind of thing tends to piss me off because in a way they are saying that all the hard work we have put in to become martial artist and instructors and school owners doesnt matter. However it does remind me of a conversation I had with a master…"

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    I know, this on-line campus (our website) can be a bit intimidating at first (if not downright overwhelming), but you'll soon figure out how to find --and/or get --exactly what you need, when you need it. 
    This site is a multi-media "book" with many chapters and contributors. Using new Internet-based technology, we are becoming an on-line college for martial arts teachers who reject the dominant paradigm in the martial arts "industry."
    We have over 1000 thought-stimulating videos and  2500 business, marketing, and management blog-posts.
    Dozens of top school owners and creative martial arts activists work here in this on-line think-tank, workshop, and community. Here's a short video tour of the site.

    Reach Tom Callos and/or Other Support Team Members

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    Cell phone 530-903-0286 (call anytime, for any reason); e-mail:; find Tom on Facebook, Google Chat and Skype "TomCallos".

    For additional advice also look to the following for help:

    Living in a town of less than 4000 people and keeping an active student count of 200, Gary Engels is our resident small school in a small town expert. Gary also heads the 100.'s leadership programs. See

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    Hello member (or prospective member) of The 100.  If you can’t get started, don’t know where to start, feel overwhelmed, frustrated, stifled, off track, at a dead-end, or verklempt, I offer you, below some “how to get going advice.”

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    You can list these in/on your “page” in the 100 site in a TEXT BOX. You can call me or reach out to Gary Engels, Stacia Kelly, or any number of our members to find out how to enter text in a text box. Then you send me a note and let me know you’ve made a list -- and the team and I will go down it item by item and help make you the most educated and informed son/daughter-of-a-gun on the planet Earth.

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    Click this link to go to our REPORTS page. Currently, we have more than 2350 reports on the 100. They are all there to serve you, now --and/or when you want them. Each report may be added to, using the comments box below each post.


    Subjects include marketing, management, staff training, money issues, and many more.

    110 School Owner Lessons

    Click this link to see the Owners Report library.


    A report in the 100's library usually (with some exceptions) take no longer than 5 minutes to read. Below each report is a comment box; this is where you ask questions, make comments, add to the report, or ask the writer to clarify something. 


    There is 1 to 2 years of staff-training sessions in this material, subjects every school owner must be familiar with.

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    Click on this link to reach our FREE TOOLS section. From a model's release to "Instructor Reminder Cards" to The 10 Living Heroes Project to full size banner artwork, we're compiling a sizable collection of school owner tools.

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    Click here to see our library of mitt, pad, and other drills


    In 2010, Tom Callos filmed approximately 100 different mitt drills while he trained a black belt in preparation for an upcoming exam. All of them are stored in this library. In addition, we keep adding great training videos as we come across them. 


    We look forward to your contributions (your favorite training/teaching methods).

    Special Marketing Reports

    Click Here to Begin Looking Over Some of The 100.'s Marketing Reports.


    There's more about real smart marketing on this website than anyone's ever assembled in one place. Better than that, every single report is ALIVE. Ask a question or make a comment --and the report comes back to life --to grow --to educate --to inspire. 


    According to a search on the REPORTSsite, there are currently 335 reports tagged "Marketing."


    The goal, down the road, is to go through every report in our entire library.

    Bully Prevention Material

    By going in the upper right hand corner of The 100. site and searching "bullying," I come up with 38 pages of posts referring to the subject. This morning I went to the 38th page and started reading each post to see if the subject matter was still relevant -- and it is. There are reports on using video cameras to record "bully stories," there are specific how-to's for bullying education, and there are 37 other pages you and your staff should, page at a time, go through and sift for ideas that appeal to you, that you like, and that you are --at this time --able and ready to implement. See the search I did here, go to the SEARCH feature on our front page to see if there's a more current list. 


    If you search "bullying" and "Callos," you will find (today, May 4, 2011) 7 pages of posts on bullying. See the search I did today, here.


    Searching our VIDEO LIBRARY, I came up with 30 videos pertaining to bullying, here(search again for current results).


    To see the absolutely BRILLIANT "Kids Teaching Kids" (about bully prevention) Banners, which give you tools to teach bully prevention presentations to your students, who in turn, teach the material in your community, go here. Talk to Gary Engels if you want to order our banners at $100 each, or get some coaching on how to construct your own.

    10 Lessons in Self-Defense for Girls

    Here is the link to a website/ lesson plan I built to teach young ladies --and martial arts teachers --10 Simple Lessons in Self-Defense for Girls. The site is a tool you can use for curriculum, or as a model for something you create yourself (cost me: $20 per year), and/or as a tool to train your own teachers about the kind of self-defense that this site represents.


    If you SEARCH "10 lessons for girls"in The 100.'s search box (upper right hand corner) you will find at least 3 pages of posts about the program. If you need help implementing and/or using the site in any way, contact me (Tom Callos). 


    Look over the site carefully, as you're observing a historic shift in thinking, methods, and education for martial arts and self-defense teachers.

    The Ulitmate Black Belt Test (UBBT)

    The Ultimate Black Belt Test isn't just a "program" I (Tom Callos) designed, it is a radical, intelligent, and pragmatic new approach to how you go about planning and implementing a better kind of martial arts curriculum and education through your work. 


    The UBBT isn't something you buy (it's free to members of the 100). It's something you get your head around --then weave into the fabric of your own teaching and school. You can borrow from it, you can learn from it, and you can use the ideas in it...


    Once you learn about and live the UBBT, it will be something you use with your students. 


    It is a program that is as authentic and genuine as they come. It is your training, it is your marketing, it is how you go from being a good instructor --to a legendary one. The ideas behind it deepen your practice --and the program is meant to evolve as YOU evolve. 


    The UBBT doesn't exist in a box. You can't buy it. It works for you when you live it. 


    If you desire coaching in the process, I will help you. Contact me (Tom Callos 530-903-0286 and/or skype: tomcallos). 


    A word of caution:

    The Ultimate Black Belt will change you, change the way you teach, the way you apply yourself as a master, ---and it will deepen and strengthen your practice; but it is not to be taken lightly. This is not some martial arts guru marketing scam. I do use the program to issue new rank to deserving black belts, but I never give rank to those who don't apply themselves to their test in the most extraordinary ways. The way I administer the UBBT to black belts seeking authentic new rank makes this the hardest black belt test in the world.

    Kids Teaching Kids

    The Kids Teaching Kids concept, that is that you teach your leadership team students (or other young members of your school --or from your community) to teach 15 minute presentations on subjects that your community needs (subjects of importance and value), is simply the most brilliant teaching / marketing tool you may ever meet. 


    That you can teach your kids to teach things that greatly benefit them (leadership, speaking, management, and promotion skills) --and that the very things that help them --help educate other young people (children defend themselves with their heads), AND that the whole program represents your school in the BEST POSSIBLE light. Well, that's what we call "ingenious."


    We've developed 2 sets of five, 5-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide banners that serve as a backdrop "set" and "flash-cards" for the presentations (What is a Hero and Stop Bullying now). We've written scripts and designed very fine ways to mobilize your audience once a presentation is given. We also have a number of members in The 100. who are working these programs right now --and successfully. 


    If you have a subject you'd like help in developing as a Kids teaching Kids concept, well ---we're waiting! See Tom Callos for help. 


    For the coaching and instructions you need to make this a part of your school / marketing / teaching program, see either  Tom Callos or Gary Engels of The 100. Here's a link to a more thorough explanation of the program.


    Project Based Leadership Training


    Stop, look, and listen --as you're about to learn of one of our generations most powerful and important innovations in martial arts school management and education (No BS). This is to VIP passes, birthday parties, sleep-overs, fliers, and referral contests what a handful of mud is the the Grand Canyon. 


    Note: I was purposely conservative in my description so as not to exaggerate the importance of the idea. 


    Project Based Leadership Training (PBLT) in the concept best described this way: "Out of the dojo and into the world." --Tom Callos


    Tom Callos designed PBLT after seeing the martial arts industry promoting the selling of leadership classes, courses, and program --without offering any substantive leadership curriculum. PBLT is the backbone of the Ultimate Black Belt Test and The 100.  --as it is marketing, curriculum, and quantifiable evidence that we, indeed, both teach "leadership" and walk the talk of our philosophy.


    See a brilliant video that Gary Engels posted on PBLT here.


    A search of "Project Based Leadership Training" in the SEARCH box of The 100. turns up 7 pages of material to review. Gary Engels oversees PBLT in general --and if you need coaching in the what, where, why, and how of PBLT, reach out to him or coach Tom Callos.


    Once you head on this path, using PBLT as a base for your curriculum, marketing, and education programs, you will step up to a new category of education and value to your community. PBLT is an extensive, long term career defining project in itself --and it is changing the face of martial arts education in the world.

    You Are Your Own Media Company

    This is the concept: We no longer wait for “the media” to tell our stories. We ARE our own “media.” We write our own press --and make our own videos. We are the newspaper and TV.

    It’s a very sophisticated thing we’re talking about here --in an industry that has, for 2 decades, nurtured up-and-coming school owners to, primarily, focus on how to get 10 new students in the next 10 days. To be your own media company you have to focus on your message and its delivery. You have to be creative, consistent, and willing to stretch your abilities.

    A good deal of the work Tom Callos is doing in The 100, for it’s members, is to help them develop their writing / communication skills, for the purpose of being able to do the same in their students. Take, for example, the YOUTUBE video player on the front page of The 100.’s site. Here is where Tom films almost daily examples for instructors on how to make their daily lives part of how they teach and inspire their community.

    “I started the process with the idea that I would start making videos that reflected how I feel about and use the martial arts in my life. I thought I would do 1000 videos, not just to show my students how it might be done, but so that I could develop my own skills as a story-teller. But now I realize the process is so important, not only to my work as a teacher, but to helping others to be better teachers, that I’ve committed myself to 10,000 videos."

    This work is already having a profound affect on curriculum design, school marketing, and the expansion of the idea of “what is self-defense” in today’s world.

    Member’s of The 100. are not only “being taught” how to use technology to do their work better (and more effectively), The 100. is a living, breathing, on-going practice / workshop / experiential laboratory dedicated to the work.

    If you need coaching in this idea, speak directly to Tom Callos. Once you understand the direction you/we are headed, your work will become an exciting experiment in how to improve everything you teach --and everything you practice (live) --through the use of words, images, and video.

    Owning a Subject

    Owning a Subject

    You’ll hear Tom Callos talking about this concept often, as “owning a subject” means that you’ve established whatever the “subject” is as a fundemental part of your USP (Unique Selling Proposition). To own the subject, Tom is going to encourage/coach you to know more about it, write more about, film more about, and take action on the subject as much (and preferable MORE) than anyone else in your community.

    As a member of The 100., you owe it to yourself to get at least 1 one-on-one coaching session with Tom Callos about your USP --and how to own the subjects you and your school represent.

    “It’s not “what” you choose to represent that’s most important, it’s how you go about becoming synonymous with that subject, whatever it is.  This is the foundation of your curriculum and your marketing.”  --Tom Callos

    If you don’t understand or need more information on this topic, please call Tom immediately.

    The Empty Cup Curriculum

    The Empty Cup Curriculum (ECC), conceived by Tom Callos, is an approach to designing more intelligent and effective martial arts school curriculum.  


    In ECC, "Emptying Your Cup" is a part of the curriculum building process (in this "school of thought"), and so no canvas is permanent --the painter can, at any time, decide to paint over the current work, change its direction, and/or start a new canvas.


    As a teacher / crafts-person, each student you work with might be considered his or her own canvas --and as in a "photo mosaic," each individual canvas comes together to make a "picture" of your work in its entirety.


    NOTE: This idea --and the verbiage connected to it --is uniquely "100.” The Ultimate Black Belt Test is an example of ECC. Members who wish to embrace this concept and approach to curriculum design, can get coaching from Tom Callos.

    The Dietary Self-Defense Project

    The Dietary Self-Defense Program

    One of the missions of The 100., as a “movement,”  is to have a significant effect on the international martial arts community --with regards to the idea of “what is self-defense?”



    A healthy diet, in today’s world, is more relevant to self-defense that any kick, block, punch, or grappling maneuver.

    Our goal, collectively, is to bring curriculum and food-education to the martial arts in such a way as to permanently link diet and self-defense in the mind of the general public. You can, as a member of The 100., participate in this program (which has significant marketing value) --and receive coaching from Tom Callos in implementation.


    Anger Management Training

    Coach Tom Callos contacted one of the preeminent anger management coaches in the world, Dr. Tony Fiore, and together they crafted a legitimate training program for martial arts teachers to learn --and be certified in --anger control. 


    This on-line educational course (fee involved) is the first of its kind --and gives the intelligent school owner and his/her staff something of great value to represent and teach in his/her community. 


    Begin the process by visiting The Anger Coach Online Info site.


    See coach Tom Callos for personal help in creating a marketing and community education program based on this information.

    The Think Kindness Movement

    Thinkkindness.orgis the brainchild of West Coast black belt Brian Williams --a student of Coach Tom Callos and part of the management team of The 100. 


    Brian's work on behalf of members of The 100., school owners, is most amazing. Write / contact Brian for information--and members of The 100. are highly  encouraged to represent kindness and in their own communities. 



    Complete Financial Transparency

    The 100. advocates complete financial transparency with regards to pricing and programs. See a statement about that, here. You may use this link and/or borrow any or all of the idea - to use as you see fit. The 100. should/must be known for leading the industry in matters of honesty/integrity.


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