Las Vegas – the city hosting the 10 year anniversary of the MAIA SuperShow. For those of you who don’t know the SuperShow is an annual event hosted by MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association) where school owners from all over the world come to learn and network with other owners. For others this is a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues. This multi day event usually has seminar lectures covering various topics mainly how to improve your own school. There are physical training seminars as well that give you the opportunity to get a taste of a different style of martial arts. Lastly there are vendors who set up booths that usually have a products or services that can further improve your school.
Sunday July 17th 2011, Tom Callos held a seminar at Team Karate Centers. The seminar covered topics such as ingenious marketing, intelligent curriculum design, and the “new role” of the master teacher. It was a lot of very good helpful information packed into one single day.
Here is a quick bio of Tom Callos. Tom took his first martial arts lesson in 1969, he is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt under his senior instructor Ernie Reyes Sr. For 15 years he owned and operated 2 of the largest martial arts schools in the US (at the time), teaching and managing more then 800 students in two locations. In 1994 he began working exclusively with martial arts associations, school owners, and martial arts teachers, helping them improve the quality of their materials and curriculum. He is now involved with programs like the “acts of kindness” program (www.thinkkindness.org), The Ultimate Black Belt Test, and much more.
We have been following Tom’s Blog and videos for a while now. It was nice to officially meet him in person. We can’t write about everything that was discussed at this seminar but we will mention some of the things that really made an impression. Because Tom does not operate a physical school anymore he has what he calls a digital online school. This online school school never closes and can be accessed from anywhere. This gives him the flexibility to continue to train and teach from anywhere he chooses. We like idea of the cloud and having everything available at all times to our students. He believes in recording everything and uploading it online to share with others. Videos get people excited, we have always thought it was a great idea because videos last forever. If you visit Tom’s site, he posts multiple videos and blogs daily for his students. We would like to follow in his footsteps and be able to communicate to our students effectively by the same means.
Tom said a line Sunday that had a lot meaning, he feels at his age now knowing what he knows, he doesn’t think he was qualified to teach back in his 30’s. He believes that great teaching is not how to throw a good cross punch but how to lead others to be better individuals in society. The best martial arts instructors prepare their students for life in the world, not just life in the studio. Someone testing for a black belt should change and influence the people around them, their community, and maybe the world. That is Tom’s vision for the Ultimate Black Belt exam. We have been very fortunate to have him tell us these concepts and much more. Listening to the views from people who have already trailed the path we are on will help us. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. We must gather all the knowledge from the veterans in this business and pick and choose what would give us the best success in helping our students grow to become an “Ultimate Black Belt”. Evolution Martial Arts Academy will maintain a good relationship with Tom Callos, he is a great asset to the martial arts community and our future.
For more information visit Tom Callos page at www.tomcallos.com
March 6th, 2011 Dave Kovar made a stop in Southern California to hold one his Martial Arts Instructor Boot-camp seminar. More than fifty school owners and instructors attended this seminar held at Team Karate Centers in Woodland Hills. This seminar was for senior and beginner instructors helping them become even better and more effective martial arts instructors.
Here’s a little information about Dave Kovar. Shihan Kovar is the head instructor of Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers Inc. He has been teaching karate since he was 15 years old and currently holds Black Belts in 6 different styles of Martial Arts. In 1982 he was rated “California Competitor of the Year,” and in 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships Men’s Heavyweight Division in Reno, Nevada. He has operated his own Martial Arts School in the Sacramento area since 1978, making Kovars Family Martial Arts Centers one of the oldest and most respected Martial Arts schools in Sacramento. With over 1,900 students, Kovars is ranked as one of the top schools in the nation.
Over the years Dave has developed a unique method of teaching that has earned him the distinction of being the Instructor of the Year in 1992 from the United States Martial Arts Centers (an association of over 1,300 schools in the United States and Canada). Dave’s teaching techniques give the instructor the unique ability to help students improve their existing skills while increasing their confidence, discipline and respect. In fact, so many other Martial Arts instructors have inquired about these techniques that the Kovar brothers have developed a series of “How to Teach Martial Arts…” videos. These videos have had phenomenal sales both nationally and internationally.*
With this wealth of knowledge and experience it was great he was able to come and share with other school owners who are following the same path he is leading. This 7 hour seminar covered topics such as
- Ways to retain current students
- Using focus anchors to control the most uncontrolable classes
- Disguising repetition
- PCP – Praise Correct Praise
- Optimizing classes for Zero Downtime
- How to better social with parents
So much information covered that it is difficult to list them all. This was a great seminar because as instructors we do most of these techniques anyways but just really breaking them down and working on the techniques that are a bit lacking is all part of the evolution of an instructor. He truly made it very simple giving plenty of realistic examples that we run into on a weekly basis.
The best part about teaching martial arts is watching students progress and succeed. We at Evolution Martial Arts Academy want to empower our students to be successful in whatever they do in their life. Teaching is definitely not a walk in the park, but this seminar will really help us help our students achieve their goals.
If you are school owner or instructor we highly suggest this seminar.
*Courtesy of www.martialinfo.com
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