Grandmaster James Kolar



Grandmaster James Kolar began Martial Arts training in the fall of 1984. He has since studied Black Arts Close Quarter Combat, Combato, Bojuka, Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Ninjutsu (Bujinkan, Genbukan), Karate (Chito, Goju, Kenpo), Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Hap Ki Do, Tae Kwon Do, and Tai Chi. Grandmaster Kolar currently holds a 9th degree in Black Arts, as well as 5th degree belts in Ryukyu Kenpo, Combat Jiu Jitsu, and Kuk Bang Hap Ki Do. He also holds a level 3 in Bojuka, Sifu in Wing Chun and 1st degree in Tae Kwon Do. Grandmaster Kolar continues to develop his skills and broaden his training and is currently preparing to rank in Ninjutsu. Grandmaster Kolar teaches Military Close Quarter Combat, Police Tactical Training, and Airline Security and Countermeasures courses designed by the Black Arts Society. He is the founder and Chief Instructor for Security Training Solutions, the Royals Unarmed Combat Team (London, ON) and Black Arts Kabul.

Warrant Officer James Kolar has extensive leadership/management training and instructing experience with the Canadian Armed Forces (Res), first joining in March 1988. He is currently employed as the Civil – Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Operatations NCO for Joint Task Force Central, and has served in Afghanistan earning the General Campaign Star and the Commander's Coin for outstanding performance. James is also a Certified Human Behaviour Consultant Specialist and instructs Human Behaviour to troops preparing to deploy overseas. James has worked in various other positions including Company Sergeant Major, Platoon Warrant, Recruiting NCO, Transport NCO, Company Quartermaster, Section Commander, Armoured Crew Commander, Section Second-in-command, Infantry Rifleman, Armoured Crewman, Test Driving combat vehicles, and Driver Storesman. James also worked as the WAN/MAN/LAN Manger for Garrison Support Unit London where he supported the DND network and all computers within 31 Brigade (from Windsor to Hamilton).

His military qualifications include Effective Intelligence Trainer, Tactical Firearms Instructor, International Development, CIMIC Battle Staff Course, Disarmament-Demobiliztion-Reintegration of Ex-Combatants, Certified Human Behaviour Consultant Specialist (Advanced), Incident Management System, Presiding Officer, UN Humanitarian Relief Operations, Combat Medical First Responder, Advanced Negotiations, Advanced Language (Pashtu and Dhari), Communicating with Insight, Smart Skills, Intercultural Effectiveness, CIMIC Tactical Operator, UN Civil-Military Coordination, UN Global Terrorism, Interviewing Debriefing and Elicitation, Law of Armed Conflict, Workplace Relations/Harassment Advisor, Environmental Officer, Suicide Intervention (A.S.I.S.T.), First Aid Instructor, Sexual Harassment And Racism Prevention (S.H.A.R.P.), Platoon Warrant Course, Senior Leaders Course, Infantry Section Commanders Course, Support Trooper Course (Assault Pioneer), Reconnaissance Course, Small Arms Coaching Course, Driver Wheeled, Propane Operator, Driver Examiner/Instructor, and Dangerous Goods Instructor.

James was heavily involved with the London Search and Rescue Team as one of the founding members and Vice-President for the first three years, providing expertise in ground search and rescue with secondary qualifications in water rescue and high-angle rescue. James completed courses on Search Management, Wilderness First Aid, Introduction to Ground Search and Rescue, Advanced Ground Search and Rescue (Team Leader), Introduction to Rugged Terrain Rescue, Introduction to Tracking, Respect in the Organization, and Radio Operator. James was also a Hug-a-tree Facilitator which is a program developed by the RCMP to help educate children on what to do if they should get lost. The Search and Rescue Team is a division of St John Ambulance, where James also fulfilled the duties of Divisional Officer, First Aid Instructor and Casualty Simulator for the London-Middlesex Brigade.