Tom Callos began studying the martial arts in Reno, Nevada in 1971 at age 11 under Taekwondo instructor Lou Grasso; earning his first-degree black belt in 1979. In 1980 he moved to San Jose, California to become a student of Master Ernie Reyes, Sr. In 1982 Tom opened the Reno branch of West Coast TKD, the first outside of California. He was a top ten Regional Forms competitor (Karate Illustrated magazine), a four-time Nevada State Welterweight TKD champion, and a competitor in two US National Championships. He won a 4th place in forms at the Battle of Atlanta in the hard-style Korean forms division and took a 2nd place in forms at the European Karate Championships held in Argos, Greece in 1988.
Beginning in 1980, Tom had the pleasure to train and perform with the original West Coast Demo Team. The team consisted of Ernie Reyes, Sr. and Jr. (then eight years old), Margie Betke, George Chung, Soo Gin Lee, Gary Nakahama, Dayton Pang, Belinda Davis, Scott Coker and, beginning in 1982, Cynthia Rothrock. As a member of the West Coast Demo team Tom performed with many of the greatest martial artists of our time, including Billy Blanks, Eric Lee, Fumio Demura, Tadashi Yamashita, Jean Frennete, Karen Turner and many others.
Tom was part of the Ernie Reyes Acting & Stunt Team and worked in the ABC TV series SideKicks and Disney's Secret Bodyguard. He also appeared in the film Surf Ninjas and did martial arts choreography on the set of Waterworld.
After attending a business seminar in 1986 with Master Jhoon Rhee, Tom's schools quickly grew from 80 students to 250 in a year. In 1992 more than 800 students participated in his school's classes each week. He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Educational Funding Company and came to be known for his beginner's introductory lessons and skill in teaching children.
In 1995 Tom sold his (2) schools and took a 7-year writer's sabbatical on the Big Island of Hawaii. He began contributing articles to most of the major martial arts magazines and eventually joined the staff of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA) as a columnist and video-instructor. He has been a contributor to Shape magazine, Women's Sports & Fitness, Women Outside, Filipinas, Cooking Light, Storie, and Modern Maturity. At the beginning of 1999, Tom married Kathy Harris of Hawaii, and along with their three children, moved to Lotus, California. In 2001 Tom started Tom Callos Enterprises and began collaboration with the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) where he oversees the content and design of MAIA's monthly "SuccessKit" consulting and school management program.
Among Tom's creations are the Tom Callos Introductory Lesson (used by EFC), the NAPMA Children's Curriculum, "Way of the Phone," The Random Acts of Kindness Program, and the Six Tasks Character Development Program (SixTasks.com View Site).
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