12 & under

The Ultimate Student Journey is 12 months long.  I have adjusted the requirements to fit the age group and more detail on the requirements are available just by asking.

Why would a student under the age of 12 be interested in a journey like this?

This is leadership training at its very best.  Experiential.

  • Your focus, confidence and leadership skills will improve.
  • You will train your body, mind, and spirit like never before.
  • You will get to hang out with people who want to live life at a level 10
  • You will have an impact on your family (in a good way)
  • You will have FUN.  Maybe you will become a film maker!
  • You will become known in the community as an Action Hero
  • You will meet others across the nation who are working on the similar goals.
  • You will be helping Mr. Joe complete his test.
  • You may get to do one thing you always wanted to try!!

Please look at what you will be doing in the requirement section.  Do not be overwhelmed!  Parents – Do not be overwhelmed!  This will prove to be the best year of their life as they focus on improving themselves they will have a great year of fun.  I will be there along with Tom Callos to encourage them and they will have a whole team doing the same.

You can  learn more by sending me an email.  Don’t Wait.  Now is the time to act!

You will be enrolled automatically in the National Leadership Team.  This is a group of individuals from around the USA working to complete 5000 projects this year. Balanced Life Skills is one of the member schools taking part in this project.


  1. 250 repetitions of a single form
  2. 250 rounds of bagwork
  3. 250 mile walk / run / swim / or bike
  4. 25 hours of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu
  5. 5 hours with a boxing or kickboxing coach
  6. 1 Reality based self defense course / Bully course
  7. 2 public performances (done with Mr. Joe)
  8. Healthy eating
  9. 15 minutes of daily meditation
  10. 15,000 push ups (40 each day)
  11. 15,000 sit ups  (40 each day)

Written / Film

  1. Monthly on line BLS Leadership Academy Journal Entries
  2. Making and posting of one film
  3. Achieving and documenting 2 Personal Victories


  1. Attend one team events (There are 4 events to choose from: 4 day Eco -Adventure in Hilo, Hawaii, 4 day house building project in rural Alabama, or 2 “Master’s Weekends” where we train with various teachers and engage in community events.)  You are invited to any of these, but Balanced Life Skills will be holding similar events at our school that you can take part in, in lieu of the travel.
  2. Get to know your teammates
  3. One Anonymous Act of Kindness to one teammate

Additional Requirements

  1. 250 Acts of Kindness logged
  2. 2500 Acts of Kindness through students and community
  3. Right one Wrong
  4. Mend one relationship gone bad
  5. Profile 2 Living Heroes
  6. Environmental Clean up Project
  7. Memorize one lengthy quote, poem or piece that is meaning full to you
  8. Seek out a Master conduct an interview and study with them if possible
  9. Empathy Training ( one day blind, mute)
  10. Reading Requirements (there is a reading list that we will publish later plus at least 4 more on your own.)


  1. Video Diary Challenge (produce a video diary once a month for 12 months)
  2. Go vegetarian for 12 months
  3. Anger Management Education Course
  4. The “Buy Nothing New” Challenge
  5. The 24 Pictures Challenge (record your physical transformation) make a slide show after a year.
  6. The Community Project Challenge (undertake 4 community based projects which benefit your community. Each project must include 10 other people and be recorded in writing, with pictures, and at least one film.)
  7. The White Belt Challenge (try something new like a white belt would)