The Bam Bam Martial Arts Black Belt Training Program: Here’s What You Need To Know…


The Bam Bam Martial Arts Black Belt Training Program is designed to help serious and dedicated students to get the most out of the martial arts. To get the most out of the martial arts one must complete the full program to black belt.

But one cannot just “join” the black belt program. They have to qualify.

This page explains how the selection process works.

Step 1: Set A Goal For Black Belt

The first step to being accepted into the Bam Bam Martial Arts Black Belt Training Program is to set a goal. This is where the student consults with his or her parents and then notifies a staff member that he or she wants to be considered for the program.

At that point, the student’s name will be placed on a list that the instructors and staff will review. The top students will be chosen from this list on the basis of attendance, dedication, and behavior in class.

Step 2: Be Recommended For A Series Of Trial Classes

The second step in the process is to be recommended to take a series of 15-minute trial black belt training classes. This is so the student can experience what the process of training to black belt will be like.

The recommendation for the trial classes is made publicly in front of the class and the student is awarded a certificate of recommendation along with a black belt application folder at this point (Note this is not yet full acceptance, only a recommendation to participate in the trial program).

Step 3: Qualify For Admission Into The Program

The third and final step in the program is to officially qualify for admission into the program.

During the trial process, the student will be carefully evaluated for their dedication and commitment to the program. Important factors for consideration include a strong work ethic, willingness to follow directions, respect in class, attendance, and a timely return of the application and black belt goal setting exercises that were given to the student in the black belt application folder.

Upon successful completion of this step, the student will be officially accepted into the program.

To celebrate official acceptance into the program, the student will be publicly awarded by a black or blue signature gi signifying that he or she has made this important commitment to black belt.


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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.