90 Day Challenge

We have until December 21st 2017 to submit our rank exam to be eligible to be a challenge completer.

I decided that I needed the Challenge info in one place, so I took the liberty of placing it here on my Blog’s Page 1. I hope you find it useful.

The following text is taken from GMAU website. For full details of the prizes etc. please visit the Challenge Site.

How it Works

  1. You will register for the challenge. You have until September 22nd to register to be included as a participant.
  2. You are required to write one blog post or upload one video each week. You will be documenting your journey during the challenge for others to watch and learn from. You can start a blog or use your youtube channel, whatever makes more sense to you.
  3. Take your rank exam within the next 90 days.
  4. In late December, GMAU students will vote on all rank exam videos from the challenge participants. The winners and all participants will receive their prizes.

Step One – Register for the Challenge

First of all, you have to be an enrolled GMAU student in order to enter the challenge. In case you are not yet an active student, this is the perfect time to join! Simply go to the course page of your choice, and enroll with the monthly or biannual membership option.

If you are an actively enrolled student, then scroll down to the bottom of this page to register.

Step Two – Document Your Journey Each Week

Part of the challenge, is letting your followers and supporters see the ups and downs of your training experience on your way to the next belt. It is required that you do at least one blog post or video each week along the way. We realize that you might test before the 90 days is over (12 weeks). You are required to post at least 6 updates along the way, if you happen to finish and test early.

So, for example, if you are already have sufficient traning hours when you begin this challenge, and will test soon, you will at least need to post 6 updates. Maybe a blog post or video every three days for example.

But, for everyone else, who trains for the entire 90 days, once a week is required. Also, definitely post something after you have taken your exam and received feedback from your instructor!

Option One: Document with a Blog

The first option, is to create a blog for this challenge. This is a great way for you to write a post, include some photos or a quick video even if you would like to. We recommend creating a free blog with:WordPressBlogger, or Tumblr.

We ask that you name the blog something relevant to your training. Who knows, you might gain so many followers and be touching, and inspiring others, that you continue writing on this blog throughout your entire journey to black belt! Here are some name ideas:

  • Michael’s Martial Arts Journey at Home
  • The Smith Family Learns Krav Maga
  • Tim’s Krav Maga Training at Home
  • Cindy Learns Bojutsu

Make sure and mention that you are training with the Global Martial Arts University and also the 90 Day Challenge.

Some things to write about in your posts:

  • What you have been training on that week (techniques, stances, certain defenses, types of drills, exercises)
  • What has been giving you problems, where are your weak areas?
  • Did you do anything special that week, watch a movie, read a book, or anything that affected your martial arts training.
  • Include a photo of your training space, talk about what you wear when you train, your gloves, mirror, mitts, mats, etc.
  • Talk about any interactions that you have had with your instructor or others students.

Option Two: Document with Videos

If you are not much of a writer, and prefer to just talk about your experience, the video option will be great. Simply film a video with your smartphone or a camera, and then upload it to your youtube account. If you would prefer not to mix this with other videos on your channel, you could create a separate channel for this challenge. The videos do need to be set as public, so that others can find them and learn more about your training.

We ask that you name the videos something relevant, such as:

  • Global Martial Arts University Shotokan Challenge: Week 1
  • GMAU Krav Maga 90 Day Challenge: Update 1 – Burpees, Hammer Fists, and Groin Kicks!
  • GMAU Ultimate Bo Student Challenge – Week 1

You can talk about what you have been doing that week, give your followers an update on how you feel about your progress to the next belt, anything else that is relevant, etc. Make sure and include links to the GMAU site.

Share Your Posts on Social Media

After you post each blog article or youtube video, make sure and share it on social media. You can share it on facebook, instagram, or twitter (for example). Use the hashtags: #GMAU90DayChallengeand #GlobalMartialArtsUniversity so that we can find your posts. This way we can confirm that you are completing the requirement of documenting your journey.

Step Three: Take Your Rank Exam

Once you have completed the requirements, and feel ready to test, then you can submit your rank exam on the GMAU site. The instructions for filming your rank exam video can be found on the testing tab while logged into your student account.

Your instructor will do a detailed grading, and get back to you with a personal feedback video. If you pass, we will mail you the certificate of rank! If you do not pass the first time, you will be given feedback and instructions on how to re-submit your exam corrections (there is no cost for re-testing).

Step Four: Students will Vote on the Best Test Video

We are going to send a message to all GMAU students at the end of the 90 days. They will have the list of participants and a link to watch each rank exam video, along with a secure voting page. The votes will be tallied, and we will award the prizes!



Ambreen’s Log 19th December 2017: Grading video submitted and mixed emotions




I submitted my grading video. Sensai Michael said he can grade without any sound on the video. So that is such a relief.

However, I’m getting mixed emotions. I am relieved that I have submitted my grading video within the 90 Day Challenge, but I feel I could have done better. I feel I should have practised more to prefect my moves and got better filming technology.

But I did get over my stage fright and did my kias really loudly. My whole family came out to watch.

I thanked my younger daughter for helping out with the cue cards on the laptop and for getting a late dinner, she said that it was worth it as this was Mama-time and it was time the family paid back for all the stuff I do!

This made my day 


Ambreen’s Log 18th December 2017: Video Challenges



Osu! Bojutsu Family

I finally got around to doing my Yellow Chevron Test today and uploaded it to YouTube. It is 8:25 long and took 2.5 hours to upload!!! This is because we live in a rural area and we have a very sssslllloooooow internet connection.
Unfortunately, due to the type of technology we have, the sound is really really quiet. I am planning to have another go at it today, hopefully with some better results.
Technical errors
At the Technical stage, I started off doing front thrust for a front strike, but I corrected it.
Also, I noticed that I did an extra front trust at the end of section 2, in my second run of my Kata.
I hope these won’t be a fail 😨
I still have a couple of days before the end of the 90 Day Challenge to see if I still can get the sound to work.
I hope all of you are doing better.

Ambreen’s Log 17th December 2017: Bloopers




I tried to do a grading today. It didn’t go too well.

It was a very hot day (21 degrees), so I had to wait until the evening. By the way, New Zealand is having a water shortage so we have to conserve water.

We’d set up the mobile phone camera and started the laptop with the cue cards on PowerPoint. It was at this point that the laptop decided to do an update!!!

However, after 10 minutes, we got going. But then I messed up at one point and lost my funky flow. At this point I realised that it was 8 PM and I hadn’t fed the family so there was no time for a re-take!

But, this was good. Because when I looked at the video later on, I couldn’t here anything (other than the sheep screaming for food in the background). So I need to rethink the sound issues.


Ambreen’s Log 11th December 2017: End is neigh!



Now I am starting to freak out. There are only 10 days before the end of the Challenge.

I was attempting to do my grading this weekend gone, but then family stuff happened: cat needed to go to the vet again, the freezer defrosted itself again, so I had a lot of melted ice cream a lot of the food turned to mush which had to be composted! And on top f that a friend needed consoling as she’s splitting up with her husband and he’s hiding all the money – very nasty business!

Anyway, today is Seven’s grading for dog training. So we need to practice some commands before her session this evening.




Ambreen’s log 7th December 2017: Stage fright




I realised that I now have a new challenge: Getting over Stage Fright

I realised that when my partner filmed me doing my kata on the hill, I was very conscious of him  and of the camera. I have done katas before in Karate grading, so performing in front of an audience is nothing new.

So why now?!!!

Sensai Michael gave me some advice. “Ignore the camera!”

So this is what I will do.

I am a Karate 4th Kyu…I can do this.

I can do this…

I can do this…




Ambreen’s log 6th December 2017: Toddler with a weapon of mass whacking!




Today I was babysitting my neighbour’s 2 year old daughter, Ella.

Ella was supposed to be asleep so I took my laptop with me so that I can look at all the blogs of the 90 Day Challenge participants. And since this was going to be a 3-hours baby sitting session, I also took my bo with me. But alas, Ella was awake when I got there, so the laptop and the bo just leaned there against the sofa.

Ella and I were watching Peppa Pig, Ella’s favourite program. Then Ella got interested in my bo. This was fine, as I watched her closely. But then something happened on the TV so I turned away for like 2 seconds and when I turned back around to look at Ella, all I saw was the tip end of my bo coming straight at me and WHACK! Straight on my nose!!!

Moral of this story is: NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A 2-YEAR OLD GIRL!!!

Ambreen’s log 3rd December 2017: Videoing the kata with a charcoaled bo



Osu! GMAU Family

Sunday morning here in NZ. We walked Seven in to the bush at the back of our property and climbed a hill. Below is the view from the hill top. All the grey areas you see is where the fire was a couple of years ago.


I had the urge to practice my Bo Kata 1 at the top of the hill. As I didn’t have my bo with me, I used a piece of branch which had been burned during the bush fire.


My partner filmed me doing my kata. It was very embarrassing to watch! So I will not upload the video here!

However, I am glad I filmed it because it showed me where my errors were, the bits I forgot and the time it took me to do the kata very badly with missing parts (51 seconds).

I have a long way to go to do my kata as perfectly as Sensai Michael. But in my defence, I was practising it on rough ground with a lot of prickly plants, with a dodgy left leg holding a warped bo, and also it was filmed in low quality.

On a separate note, I noticed that the branch I had picked reminded me of the Klingon Bat’leth. So that was cool! OK. So you have to visualise a bit here.BatLeth