Ambassador of the Martial Arts
Rob Colasanti officially began his martial arts training in early 1986 at John Graden’s USA Karate, in St. Petersburg, FL. He borrowed his grandfather’s 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, for the next nine years, seven days a week, Colasanti worked in the trenches as a topnotch Program Director, private lesson teacher and Chief Instructor – as USA Karate evolved into a successful multi-school operation with an award-winning television show.
When Colasanti became the first official employee to the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (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 the premier martial arts business association of the twentieth century – NAPMA.
He is the author of the book The Martial Arts Business Bible, which has been widely read by young instructors as well as many other industry leaders.
Rob Colasanti has broadened his leadership role as the one professional responsible for introducing the leading minds of 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, Billy Blanks, Brian Tracy, Jay Abraham, Tom Hopkins, Matt Furey, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chet Holmes, Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, Dr. Paul Hartunian, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Lee Milteer, Tim “4-Hour Workweek” Ferris, Joe Lewis, Bill Amelio of Dell Computers, Evander Holyfield, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and many others have been hailed by thousands.
Today, Rob Colasanti has become recognized as the goodwill ambassador of the martial arts, and still maintains the martial arts skills and talents that launched his career.
He is no longer running NAPMA and Martial Arts Professional Magazine. However, he has emerged as a significant 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.
Mr. Colasanti is helping to write the next chapter of the modern history of the martial arts industry, and the story of Mr. Colasanti’s leadership and influence are destined to fill many more pages in the years to come. He may be reached at