Jim Bouchard Thinks Like a Black Belt; of course, he is one!…
…he’ll help you Think Like a Black Belt too!

Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception from former drug abuser and failure to successful entrepreneur and Black Belt. As a speaker and author of Amazon bestseller Think Like a Black Belt, Jim tours nationally presenting his philosophy of Black Belt Mindset for corporate and conference audiences. He’s a regular guest on TV and radio programs including FOX News, BBC Worldview and FOX Across America.

Jim’s resume is colorful. As a former television writer and producer, Jim has done everything from fitting pipes on submarines, mopping floors, pumping gas and selling hot dogs to producing television commercials, fighting fires, boxing, playing drums in major concerts, hosting radio shows and kicking for semi-pro football teams.

According to Jim, he got his mid-life crises over early. “I didn’t know what self-esteem was; I had no sense of self-value or self-worth.” At age 25 Jim faced one of life’s low points and was caught in a cycle of self-destructive behavior, drugs and alcohol. Knowing he needed to make a change…

“I was living in Portland, Maine. No car. No money. Crummy apartment. My girlfriend had just left me and my band was breaking up. I took a walk up the main drag and looked up and saw a gigantic sign on the side of a building. In 3 foot letters it spelled out K-A-R-A-T-E. I went inside and saw some guys throwing each other around. I thought, ‘This is fantastic!’ Then I turned around and left!”

Jim’s first instructor needed new students and chased Jim down the stairs and talked him into trying an introductory program. That started him on life changing journey that would lead to his career as a professional martial artist, and in Jim’s words “…laid the foundation for everything I’ve done so far in my life and everything I’m going to do.”

Martial arts transformed Jim’s self-perception and helped him realize his true potential. He began to see opportunities instead of disasters. He continued his music career and shared the stage with Dolly Parton, Vassar Clemens and NRBQ. He became a television writer and producer.

“The more I studied martial arts, the more I realized that I could shape my own vision of success & happiness through discipline, focus and self-motivation. It’s a matter of developing a life of practice and committing yourself to continual self-improvement. Just like earning a black belt; simple, not always easy!”

Martial arts became both the binding force and the transformational energy in his life. Jim decided to become a full-time instructor and entrepreneur opening his own center soon after earning his first black belt in 1991. Jim later founded Northern Chi Martial Arts Center, became a Master Instructor with Cane Masters International, created the Beifang Qi Taiji Cane system, was twice featured in Inside Kung Fu magazine and in 2004 was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year. During this time he also wrote a series of martial arts instructional manuals, starred in training videos and launched San Chi Publishing.

At age 44 Jim started playing semi-professional football. “I figured if George Foreman could win the title after age 40, why couldn’t I play out my dreams? Life isn’t over at 40; that’s just the start of the second half!” Jim retired at age 50 in 2011 and is now the Special Teams Coordinator for the AAA Southern Maine Raging Bulls.

In 2007 Jim decided to share the philosophy of self-improvement he developed through his life as a martial artist and entrepreneur. His first book, Dynamic Components of Personal POWER also launched him on his next career as a speaker and media personality.

Jim is a natural teacher who welcomes you into his story and process. He has a gift for helping others realize their true talents and abilities and encouraging them to reach their true potential. Jim is the “Everyman’s Renaissance Man,” who always appreciates from where he’s come.

Jim believes that a session with him is unique and an invitation to challenge oneself to new levels of achievement and a celebration of the “full catastrophe” of life with all the blood, sweat, tears, joys, triumphs and fears!

His adventure is just beginning! Come along and see what adventures he can create for you Jim teaches you how to Think Like a Black Belt!

“Perfection is not a destination, but a never-ending process. Enjoy it!”

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C-Suite Sensei – Compassionate Leadership for Maximum Engagement and Productivity

Business leaders around the world continue to face challenges in engaging the workforce and increasing productivity with leaner processes and resources.

What are the keys to higher levels of engagement and productivity?

What role does the leader play in this process?

In this unique personal session:

  • The role of leader as “Sensei”- teacher, mentor and coach
  • Compassion as a strength
  • Engaging people through purpose
  • Leading personal and professional development to drive production

What you can expect from this session:

  • A complete understanding of “Sensei Leadership,” compassionate leadership and it’s application to inspire, motivate and increase performance
  • How to cultivate and maintain authentic and productive relationship between leaders and the workforce
  • The power of personal and professional development as inseparable components of engagement and individual productivity
  • How to tap into self-interest and purpose on an individual level to strengthen organization outcomes


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