The Most Trusted Name in Martial Arts

The Most Trusted Name in Martial Arts

Rob Colasanti has emerged as the leader of the next generation of martial arts professionals and is poised to become one of the primary forces to propel the industry to an even greater position of public prominence and respect.

Born in Queens, New York, during April 1970, Mr. Colasanti’s passion for the martial arts began at the age of 14; his family was now living in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Colasanti began his martial arts training in early 1986 at John Graden’s USA Karate, in St. Petersburg, FL.  He borrowed his grandfather’s little, red, Craftsman lawnmower and became the neighborhood lawn boy to pay for his first 18 months of tuition.

By the rank of green belt, he had already joined the school’s professional staff. Then, seven days a week, for the next nine years, Colasanti worked in the trenches as a topnotch Program Director, private lesson teacher and Chief Instructor, as Graden’s USA Karate evolved into a successful multi-school operation with an award winning television show.

Rob Colasanti — Flying Side Kick

When Colasanti became one of the first official employees to NAPMA in the beginning of 1995, he was a young third-degree black belt with very little knowledge of how the industry worked. But through his dedication, integrity and passion, he quickly evolved into a respected industry leader, and eventually became President of NAPMA—the premier martial arts business association of the twentieth century. He served as president for nine years.

Colasanti is the author of the book, What I’ve Learned and its 2011, updated version, The Martial Arts Business Bible. Both have been widely read by young instructors as well as many other industry leaders.

Rob Colasanti being interviewed by a crew of documentarians from Korea

During his career he has had the honor of being interviewed by media ranging from CNNfn to Disney’s Family Fun Magazine and continues to make himself available when it comes to spreading the good word about the benefits of martial arts training.

Rob Colasanti has broadened his leadership role by introducing many of the leading minds of mainstream business, sales, marketing and personal development to the martial arts industry.

His comprehensive interviews with brilliant and successful individuals such as Jackie Chan, Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Jay Abraham, Tom Hopkins, Matt Furey, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chet Holmes, Dr. Paul Hartunian, Lee Milteer, Tim “4-Hour Workweek” Ferris, Bill Amelio of Dell Computers and many others have been hailed by thousands.

Rob Colasanti interviewing Jean Claude Van Damme at his home in Southern California

Colasanti has sometimes been referred to as “the Napoleon Hill of the martial arts.”

Further, Colasanti’s up-close-and-personal interviews with fight legends and martial arts business leaders have motivated and inspired countless martial arts instructors and school owners throughout the world; Kathy Long, Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Steve LaVallee, John Bussard,Tommy Lee, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Billy “Tae Bo” Blanks, Evander Holyfield, Joe Lewis, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Christopher Rappold, Jeff Smith, Paul Garcia, Frank Shamrock, Greg “Big Monster” Tearney, Joe Corley, Greg Sliva, Joon P. Choi, Rick Bell, “Judo” Gene LeBell, etc.

Colasanti is no longer involved with NAPMA and Martial Arts Professional Magazine.

Today, Rob Colasanti has become recognized as the goodwill “Ambassador of the Martial Arts.

Pat “Mr. Miyagi” Morita and Rob Colasanti

His main focus is serving as President of Game Changers International (GCI).

Famed marketing legend Jay Abraham, and Rob Colasanti joined forces in 2012 to create GCI for the benefit of the martial arts community. GCI is a fresh, new, innovative entity that is 100% committed to helping martial arts school owners, instructors, staff members and combat athletes of every style—operate more effective schools.

Colasanti still maintains the martial arts skills and talents that launched his career. He is an American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA) certified instructor and a black belt under Joe Lewis, a.k.a. “The greatest fighter in the history of karate.”

Colasanti is a much sought-after and popular speaker on school operations, industry trends and broad business concepts that apply directly to all martial arts professionals.

Rob Colasanti is helping to write the next chapter of the modern history of the martial arts industry, and the story of his leadership and influence are destined to fill many more pages in the years to come.

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