BBSI is an association of independent martial arts schools. The concept was first introduced in 1992 as Black Belt Schools of America by Greg Silva. The goal was to have a professional organization to help promote the benefits of martial arts training and to help professionalize instructors and schools alike. There are standards of operation for our members to live by in order to offer the best in training and training facilities.
Within a year we had members in Canada, the UK and New Zealand. We then became Black Belt Schools International. Today we are several hundred strong and continue to be a resource for new students, business growth, membership and ranking.
Membership is only $20/month!
- Your school listed on the BBSI map on this website
- A business resource with a Vault of Business Systems
- Quarterly Training
- PASSPORT program allowing students from member schools to trainat other member schools while traveling or on vacation
- Students moving can locate other BBSI member schools to transfer to
- Instructor Colleges and Advance training for members
- Rank advancement and standards
- Membership Certificates
- Membership banners
- A support team of martial arts instructors for seminars and personal appearances
- Business Webinars
The BBSI international passport allows students to train at any BBSI member school that is 50 miles or more from the school they belong to. This is great for vacationing or traveling students to keep up with training. Schools owners love the idea of vacationing students having the ability to keep interest high. It is also a great benefit when selling a program to say that students have a PASSPORT to hundreds of schools to choose from when traveling.
Rank Advancement is available to members of Black Belt Schools International. If you have lost contact with your original instructor or organization and are actively training, BBSI provides an avenue for continued advancement. We have detailed criteria for advancement and hold testing several times a year. BBSI president Greg Silva will be on the board and he will select three other high ranking instructors and industry leaders to witness the testing. In 2016 the board included Bill Superfoot Wallace, Grandmaster Diego Perez and Master Derek Frader.
Greg Silva continues to be the Chairman of the Board Of Directors. Mr. Silva was awarded the title of Grandmaster from over 50 high-ranking instructors from different disciplines who felt he possessed strong leadership and vision. Board members include, Derek Frader, Doug Bertrand, Diego Perez, Jason Smith, Stephen DelCastillio, Scott Aksamit, Mark Silva and Valerie Lugo. This board is responsible to continue to elevate Black Belt School International and insure top leadership. Black Belts Schools International members receive training for teaching, student service, curriculum, fitness and business operations. Our goal is to assist our members in making a strong impact in their communities though martial arts and provide students with excellent facilities and service. Members schools are expected to conduct themselves in a manner of excellence and uphold the values of 2000 years of martial arts tradition.
You will receive an official BBSI Membership Certificate for your school like the one below!