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The Participants of the 90 Day Challenge (Follow and Encourage Your Fellow Students!)

We are so excited to see that 35 students have entered the GMAU 90 Day Student Challenge. We were able to donate $350 to GlobalGiving, as promised, to help alleviate hunger and disaster relief. Now, the real work begins. Each and every student will wake up in the morning, with a real goal in their mind and body. What can I do today to get better? How hard will I push in this class, in this practice, in this punch, in this kata, in this defense? 

I encourage you to learn more about the students who are participating in the challenge. Like, share, and comment on their blog posts and video updates. Let them know about your own struggles and victories. We are all on this journey of self-improvement together, especially via the vehicle of the martial arts. Here are the participants:

Robert Hughes

Nathan Douglas

  • Ultimate Bo
  • Next Rank: Black Chevron
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Youtube Channel

Spencer Bath

Derek Smith

Calvin Couch

Jonas Bieri

Conray Paul van Biljon

Cruz Uriarte

Theresa Kammermeier

Tom Hotz

  • Ultimate Bo & Shotokan Karate
  • Next Ranks: Yellow Chevron & Yellow Belt
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Youtube Channel

Sara Erickson

Andrew Darragh

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: Purple Belt
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Youtube Channel

Tanguy De Backer

  • Shotokan Karate & Ultimate Bo
  • Next Rank: Black Belt & Yellow Chevron
  • Namur, Belgium
  • Youtube Channel

Adam Bein

Christopher Beckman

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: Orange Belt
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
  • Instagram

Jill Connolly

Michael D. Milson

Joe Calamaio

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: Yellow Belt
  • San Antonio Viejo, Texas, United States
  • Youtube Channel

Rachelle Gipson

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: Yellow
  • Burlington, Wisconsin, United States
  • Youtube Channel

Justin Mitchell

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: 3rd Kyu Brown Belt
  • Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
  • Youtube Channel

Shalini Gupta

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Next Rank: Yellow Belt
  • Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Matthew Allen

Andrew Toscano

Margrett Toscano

Paul Gorvin

Oliver Majchrzak

Oliver Sayago

Maria Perez

Chris Shoemaker

  • Ultimate Bo
  • Next Rank: Yellow Chevron
  • Jackson, Mississippi, United States
  • Youtube Channel

Sofya Alsalman

  • Ultimate Bo
  • Next Rank: Yellow Chevron
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Youtube Channel

Stanley "Doug" Rhoades

Kathleen Ramirez

Ambreen Khan-Evans

Amanda Reimers

There we have it, what a great group of students who have entered the challenge. Keep in mind that the participants will be updating you with a new blog post or youtube video every week, throughout the 90 day challenge. Their goal is submit their next rank exam before the time is up. In late December, we will open up voting. You will be able to vote on the best student, based upon their rank exam video. 

Please take time to visit their blogs, and channels. Subscribe and follow students that you want to encourage and root on, leave comments, and give each other a little push in the right direction. Learning and mastering martial arts at home is not easy. It requires so much more internal self-discipline. With a local martial arts school, you have certain days of the week that you know you have to show up for class, you could drag yourself through the door, but your instructor will teach you and get you moving. We try to do the same thing for the GMAU students, but, ultimately it is up to them (you) to turn on your phone/tablet/TV/computer, choose a class, and start training. 

Remember, the first place winner will receive a $400 credit to the cruiseline of their choice (you'll want to take a relaxing vacation after all of this training), the runner-up receives a custom GMAU training kit, and all who complete the challenge will receive a special limited edition t-shirt. Let the challenge begin!

Comments (3) -

  • Tom Hotz

    9/30/2017 6:23:57 PM | Reply

    I have added a video to my youtube channel. Thanks!

    • Michael Hodge

      10/2/2017 11:03:03 AM | Reply

      Way to go Tom, good luck in the challenge!

  • Thelma Bradshaw

    10/9/2017 2:25:42 PM | Reply

    I am very excited getting to see everyone in this competition. I am looking forward to seeing every post, and seeing who places 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I'm disappointed I wasn't able to compete but I am too close to taking my test for yellow chevron in Ultimate Bo. Good luck everyone! Work hard!

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