Project Based Leadership Training became a part of his martial arts school in 2005. His students have since taken the idea and recorded over 180+ projects on the website. That’s 180 projects in their community. That’s 180 times that students took action and got results. That’s 180 actions of kindness and respect to their community that have helped 180 people live a better life.
Gary created Projabi after taking the ideas of the National Leadership Team (also his creation) and turning them into a fun challenge. This served to inspire others to participate more through simplifying the PBLT process.
“Leadership is the most sought after skill in the world, it is the most precious commodity on earth. EVERYONE is looking for real leadership to follow. From our experience, most people are willing to help with YOUR PBLT PROJECTS, they are just waiting for a LEADER (you) to ask them to join you and show them where to go. This is your chance, your opportunity, to follow the heroes and leaders before us who weren’t afraid to do what is right in order to make a real difference in our world.”
Tom is the original Visionary of the PBLT idea. In an effort for martial arts schools to provide a more authentic leadership training experience, he began talking about Project Based Leadership Training. One of his students, Gary Engels, listened. And took action on that idea to create the National Leadership Team, and now PROJABI as it’s known today.
He continues his work on PBLT and many other projects at www.TomCallos.com.
“I subscribe to the great karate master Gichen Funakoshi’s definition of the purpose of martial arts training: “The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”
“From a self-defense perspective, I hold the opinion that more people will be hurt by either their inability to exercise effective leadership, or by suffering the pain of serving under ineffective leaders, than will ever be hurt by a kick, punch, or throw. So, as a master teacher of the martial arts, I naturally gravitate towards offering lessons that address many of the character traits, habits, and beliefs of people universally recognized as leaders. Along with a wicked front kick, I would, if I were a talented enough teacher, work to instil the kind of patience and courage in my students that Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated when he led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world.”