Virtual Book Tour: Earn a Blackbelt In... An Average Guy's Guide to Life by Robert Nichols #blogtour #interview #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @UnionUTASamiNJ @RABTBookTours @MKWebsiteandSEO - A Life Through Books

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Virtual Book Tour: Earn a Blackbelt In... An Average Guy's Guide to Life by Robert Nichols #blogtour #interview #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @UnionUTASamiNJ @RABTBookTours @MKWebsiteandSEO

An Average Guy's Guide to Life


Nonfiction / Business

Date Published: Apr 27, 2022

Publisher: Elite Publications


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First and foremost, I am not an expert on any of the topics discussed in this book. Hell, this is my first book so I don’t know if I’m much of a writer either. I’m an average everyday person like most. Second, this isn't a book about martial arts. Sorry if it comes as a surprise given the title, and a surprise because, yes, that is what I do for a living. I am a martial arts instructor. I've been training for more than 30 years and running a school for more than 20. I have black belts, accolades, hall of fame inductions, trophies, and all of that. But, to be honest, so do a lot of instructors. So you're probably thinking "what is this book about?"

Well, I will completely admit, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and screwed up a lot of things. But I think one thing that I’ve been fortunate with is that I’m pretty good about learning from those mistakes. So I guess that’s kind of the point of this book; from an average guy's point of view. Yes, I've spent years teaching martial arts, and that comes with the responsibility of motivating others. In this book, I'll be telling stories that inspire others to strive harder and achieve more. That's what a  good instructor does, in my opinion. We must be willing to admit that we don't know everything and that there is still a lot to learn, especially when we might fail. I'm not necessarily referring to punching and kicking. I'm referring to your efforts to better yourself as a person; learning about how to educate, lead, read people, and motivate others.

So relax and get ready to have a one-on-one conversation with me. Yes, this is a conversation between two people rather than a book. This is not me telling you how to live your life as you read these pages. Rather, as you hear about my life, you can be reflective and have ideas about your own. Order your copy of Earn A Blackbelt In...An Average Guy's Guide to Life today.



Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?

It was happen chance that I met my Publisher, Jessie Bowen of Elite Publications. We were on a pod cast for the Martial Arts Hall of Honors and he asked if I had ever considered writing a book. A few meetings and phone calls later and I was working on my first book.


The idea really came from my life experiences and my role as a martial arts instructor. Though the book really doesn’t have anything to do with martial arts, the idea of “black belt excellence” can be achieved in many aspects of life. I wanted to write a motivational book as an average guy. Not preaching to the reader but really trying to have a conversation from an everyday point of view.



What surprised you most about getting your book published?

The process honestly seemed to go very quickly. From conception to writing to holding the 1st copy in my hands. It was surreal with how quickly it all happened.  I’m sure that’s in large part to working with great editors and publishers.



Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing

I have owned a large martial arts school for over 21 years. I enjoy traveling, which often includes teaching martial arts seminars at other schools. In recent years this has also included martial arts consulting.


As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

I think the most pivotal point in my writing actually happened after I was done writing the book, but before it actually came out.  Several stories in by book had to do with my father, and he passed away before the book came out. Going through this experience, grieving, living life and being a role model for others as an instructor has given me more insight since then. So I think this was pivotal because I think its given me another story to tell.


Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

My ideas easily come from my role as a martial arts instructor. This role isn’t just about teaching martial arts, but often about being a motivator and advisor in people lives. So breaking the book into specific chapters dealing with different aspects of life came from the inspirations I experience weekly.


What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?

Probably becoming an Amazon best seller at the release of the book and winning the International Impact Award


About the Author

I'm New Jersey born and raised. I've been studying martial arts for over 30 years and have been running my martial arts school, Union UTA Martial Arts for over 20 years. One thing you should know about me is that I'm just an average guy...and I'm more passionate about learning and teaching now than I've ever been.

I'm a multiple time inductee of the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. I'm so thankful for the many opportunities I've had. In 2017 I partnered with SAMI Combat Systems international to have the 1st SAMICS school in the Western Hemisphere.

I'm an avid motorcycle rider and I love to travel. I live with my wife and teenage daughter in western NJ, I'm an active member in the community, plus I believe deeply in the value of martial arts training as a vehicle for self-improvement.

See. I'm just an average, everyday guy and I wrote this book Earn A Blackbelt In...An Average Guy's Guide to Life because I truly believe that my stories of failing, winning, failing and winning over and over again will inspire you on your journey.

As such, I'm excited to meet you and motivate you with this book on not necessarily how you earn that black belt, but why you should earn that black belt. Who knows, maybe after this book some might consider me an expert, but I certainly don’t.

I hope you get as much out of my book as I did writing it!

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