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KCC Alumnus Jason Tom

  

"We grow the most, and we mature the most through our despair, through the moments of our valleys."

Based out of "The Gathering Place," Oʻahu, the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox and freelance mathematician Jason Tom designed a giant of an idea worth…

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What Is Your Calling?

Do we know what is our current career choice, path and journey? If not yet actively engaging and pursuing a career, where do we find ourselves? Are we fulfilling the call in our lives today? Do we see ourselves committed to this this career path in 10 to 20 years. I personally love to reflect upon t…

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Math Taught Me Patience

Math taught me patience and humility. Math taught me we can be perfected with effective approach and solution based strategy. Math taught me to be bold in confronting problems and not be afraid to handle even the most challenging of problems. No matter the headaches. Especially when working with…

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Above And Beyond Strategy

Before I was a professional beatboxer, I was a professional student and math coach. Still am today. I still study, research, develop, and read daily, and I still coach students on their academic journey today in mathematics, algebra, statistics, sociology, and then some. On top of that, I still …

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How I Overcame Illiteracy

Happy Valentine's Day to You and Yours! I also wrote and published this post for "The Bachelorette" blog series dedicated to all Bachelorettes who could be my Valentine. In this Life blog series, I will share how I overcame illiteracy. If someone told me 20 years ago that I will have an official…

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KCC Alumnus Jason Tom

  

"We grow the most, and we mature the most through our despair, through the moments of our valleys."

Based out of "The Gathering Place," Oʻahu, the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox and freelance mathematician Jason Tom designed a giant of an idea worth spreading for his TEDx Talks "Vocal Groove" entertainment presentation. This global icon and national treasure lays a giant like Goliath out when he fervently prays and lives by faith the size of a mustard seed that can move even the mountains. This Honolulu native and fourth-generation American of Hawaiʻi Chinese ancestry, has not forgotten where he came from to know where he is going to impact families, lives, education, entertainment, and communities.

For more on Jason Tom, visit jasontom.com.

Power In Prayer

There is power in prayer. Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, which takes place every First Thursday of May. When we pray it moves the hand of God and our faith even the size of a mustard seed can tumble the walls of Jericho and move mountains. The walls of Jericho represent our insecurities and fears. Our mountains moved and being cast into the sea is when we aren't moved by our circumstances and we persevere through it all with God. It also opens the windows and doors of heaven for God's favor and blessings as well as protection, and provision.


Pastor Art Sepulveda and I with a guest at our prayer gathering.

Last year God supernaturally protected me when I got assaulted on my way to grab groceries. A teenager recognized me as the beatboxer he knows and I acknowledged him while this older man next to him approached me and asked me for drugs. I told him I have no drugs, and I offered to pray for him. Without warning the man used his skateboard and attacked me on my head. I felt no pain, I did not flinch, I did not go "ouch," and I showed, "no fear." Without a fight that man walked away. I discerned what happened and recognized what happened in the spiritual realm. I first rebuked the devourer out loud, "satan, get behind me." Then I blessed the man with boldness and authority, "that's right sir, keep on walking and know that God loves you and Jesus is walking alongside you right now. Know that you are forgiven. I forgive you. Sir, know that Jesus is holding your hand right now as you are walking. Jesus loves you sir. He will keep walking with you. Jesus will not leave you, fail you and he will not forsake you. I want you to know that Jesus loves you sir." Then I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray in the heavenly language and mysteries of God in that area as I proceeded to get groceries. I am grateful I did not flesh out, and I supernaturally experienced no pain and no fear. He could have had another weapon, a knife or gun. It's not worth it and the Holy Spirit gave me immediate discernment that our warfare is not carnal and on how I handled that situation was what Father God equipped me to do. I am not ashamed of the Gospel. The hand of God protected me that night.


​Mighty Men of God at the Men of Conquest Conference

Prior to heading out for groceries, I prayed up to put on the whole armor of God, the helmet of salvation, the breast plate of righteousness, the shield of faith to quench the wiles and fiery darts of the evil one, the belt of truth, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and the sandals of the preparation of the Gospel. Then I went. God protected me.

Encounter Celebration

Encounter weekend and encounter celebration at Word of Life Christian Center is something else. It's life changing and transforming. This past weekend one of my Life Group brother Nate's mother Hazel attended this month's Encounter Weekend and our Life Group celebrated her together. My Math Life Group students Moriah and Micaiah attended this month's Youth Encounter Weekend and I celebrated them while their amazing Life Group leader Alexis is at an Encounter in Mexico.

When the devil tormented me and nearly took my life, I became victorious when Jesus delivered me and I attended my fourth Encounter weekend to have a one-on-one encounter with God. The Lord then took me through a process of forming my character in Him. Today I am a Men's Life Group leader, because of what Jesus is doing in me. Thank you Jesus! I love you Jesus! Thank you for blessing me with a wonderful and an amazing Word of Life Chistian Center family. 


​Grant, me and Nate at Hazel's April Encounter Celebration. Congratulations Hazel!


Our ​Math Life Group at April's Youth Encounter Celebration. Congratulations Moriah and Micaiah!


​Hazel and I at my Men's Life Group February Encounter Celebration. Congratulations Nate and Grant!


​Back Row: Mario, Rick and Paul
​Front
Row: Me, Grant, Nate, and Hazel


​At my fourth Encounter weekend celebration: John Lum who displayed for me what I needed to replay. To be the Mighty Man of Valor that I am called by God to be.


​Me and Pastor Art at my fourth Encounter Celebration, Memorial Weekend.


​At my fourth Encounter Celebration, Memorial Weekend.

What Is Your Calling?

Do we know what is our current career choice, path and journey? If not yet actively engaging and pursuing a career, where do we find ourselves? Are we fulfilling the call in our lives today? Do we see ourselves committed to this this career path in 10 to 20 years. I personally love to reflect upon these important decisions and choices daily. One of the final request of my father was that he desired for me get onto that path of teaching mathematics. At that time prior to my father's passing... I tutored mathematics throughout our state and I stated to my father that I am doing just that. I also mentioned to him he'd be happy what I've accomplished up to that point in all aspects as a beatboxer as well. On the day my father passed on I tutored mathematics to a student. That was on Father's Day. Since that time, in honor of my father's memory and legacy, I looked into the steps I will determine to take to become a full time mathematics teacher during the 3rd Annual "It's Great To Be A Teacher" Conference. Within this week I visited my former academic counselor and we accessed my academic career though my transcripts at the University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and MELE Program through Honolulu Community College and Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Music Business And Entertainment. I looked through it on my own time and I said to myself, "wow, I did put in the work on the real." Speaking from experience, I know personally that me having earned a degree versus me not having a degree does make a tremendous difference. It's about having a finishing spirit. It's not how we start that is important. It is how we finish that is important. I am seeing and realizing that today and I do see the fruit of the seasons of plowing, sowing time, seed and harvest.

I wrote out my list of career aspirations and choices from childhood until now. Many I've actively pursued and others not, and ones I am actively engaging in. I have to say I've lived through amazing experiences in my career as a professional beatboxer, mathematician and blogger.

​- Comic Book Artist (published, wrote and drew countless homemade comic books)
- Soccer Athlete (leading goal scorer; Mr. Hustle Award Winner)
​- Judo Fighter (bronze, silver and gold medalist; known as Spider-Man)
​- Beatboxer (Hawaii's Human Beatbox, 3rd Place McDonald's NextNext Music Contest Winner, Best Perfomer Hawaii Scene Choice Award winner, Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, Best of Honolulu Weekl
y Local Musician Winner, motivational speaker, beatbox teacher, nominated top 150 professional beatboxer for Beatbox Battle World Championship)
​- Mathematician (Supplemental Instruction Leader, Mathematics Tutor...
motivational speaker, I do see that full time mathematics teaching is the call to settle)
​- Minister And Dispenser of the Gospel (Life Group Leader... people have shared that I should become a pastor,
motivational speaker)
​- Commander in Chief/President of the United States of America (I do not currentl
y see this as my calling)
​- Honolulu Fire Fighter/First
Responder (I do not currently see this as my calling)
​- Airman/Air Force of the United States Armed Forces (I took and passed two pr
e-ASVAB tests to qualify, do not currently see this as my calling)
​- Blogger/Writer/Author/Publisher (JasonTom.com's Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog reaches 2.5 million page viewers and 2.3 million unique households,
motivational speaker)
​- Professional Student/Scholar (Beijing Foreign Studies Universit
y/Freeman Foundation Scholarship/Phi Theta Kappa Scholar, motivational speaker)
​- Son/Brother/Uncle/Cousin, etc.

Math Taught Me Patience

Math taught me patience and humility. Math taught me we can be perfected with effective approach and solution based strategy. Math taught me to be bold in confronting problems and not be afraid to handle even the most challenging of problems. No matter the headaches. Especially when working with students and when I am math teaching and tutoring students. Sometimes a student will understand a mathematics concept in another explanation. Main thing is being patient enough to show and teach the foundation. I light up when they light up and get it. Sometimes a student needs to know when to pick it up. Therefore I learn patience and humility through mathematics. It's because I had coaches in my life that believed in me, pushed me and motivated me to be at my best.

​Here are some of the results from a student I worked extensively with. In the beginning, I didn't jump in to tutor this student since it was a course I not once enrolled in. What I did rather was I coached this student indirectly how to earn those first two 100%'s for MindTap. Then that student's grades teetered from an A+ to a low B-. That was when I took a leap of faith to step in as this student's tutor, because of this student's result the former semester in a lower level version of this class. I did not want this student to end with the same outcome of barely making it. I chose to tutor this student in a course I have not enrolled in that has a ton of reading involved. I did not give up on this student. I coached this student on the mentality needed to be effective, study strategies, time management, and good study habits. Also I emphasized about having a finishing spirit. How we finish is far greater and more important than how we start. I also coached this student on the ability to yield to correction well. It's trial and error that requires patience and perseverance. This student completed MindTap with a total of nine 100%'s that boosted the student's overall MindTap grade from a B- to an A-. I challenged this student.. pushed this student.. motivated this student to not settle for a lower than a 100% result to help that student's MindTap grade finish stronger than how it started.

 

Above And Beyond Strategy

Before I was a professional beatboxer, I was a professional student and math coach. Still am today. I still study, research, develop, and read daily, and I still coach students on their academic journey today in mathematics, algebra, statistics, sociology, and then some. On top of that, I still teach beatboxing today. I am not limited in my career. I thrive in equipping myself and others to be at our best. As an academic coach, I am also a team player. The principles I coach students today are the principles I attribute to my years as a former judo athlete that I applied into the classroom setting as a former professional student, math mentor and scholar. These specific principles in judo was pivotal in transforming me from being a silver and bronze medalist into a gold medalist. My judo fighting career was short lived as I discovered my passion pointed another direction with God, beatboxing and mathematics, but judo helped to steer me in the right path and direction of my life and career. Within the past year I've personally coached students with effective student strategies that reap a harvest of results.

As a former professional student, I recall first hand what it took for me to earn an A, B, C, D, and F. Practically the whole alphabet. That is my strongest advantage as an academic coach and tutor. Within the past year, I've personally coached students on applying effective student strategies. The students I've worked with within the past year earned 80%, 99%, 100%, and higher on their assignments, quizzes and exams. Each of the students progressed and improved in his and her overall grade. I've helped students improve even in classes I have not personally taken ever before. One student working on her university bachelors earned her highest EXAM score to date for statistics in her second term taking a statistics class. She's off to a great start as I've empowered her with effective tips, strategies, and assisted her with exercises for her assignments. That student is currently earning a 96% in sociology. That is an improvement from her earning a C in a previous sociology class before I worked with this student. This student also got a 200% on her sociology class EXTRA CREDIT paper. When I work with students I don't suggest they settle for a C, and that they do not follow the D and F student strategy, which I can be keen on describing thoroughly as well as a former student. Because that C strategy is being complacent on not a high enough goal to accomplish. The D and F plan, I know to steer them clear of.

How I Overcame Illiteracy

Happy Valentine's Day to You and Yours! I also wrote and published this post for "The Bachelorette" blog series dedicated to all Bachelorettes who could be my Valentine. In this Life blog series, I will share how I overcame illiteracy. If someone told me 20 years ago that I will have an official website with the domain name JasonTom.com and be an author of a Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog that engages 2.3 million page views and 2.1 million unique visitors, averaging 2,000 plus page views and visits per day, it may have challenged me to fathom it.

20 years ago at this time in 1998, I had no computer, I was self-conscious, felt socially awkward as a 15 year old, still searching to find myself. I attempted my hand at basketball during a summer league, because I had an aspiration to be like Michael Jordan. I discovered basketball was not my calling. At a young age I was illiterate and I flunked the first grade. What, who does that? I been there and done that. I never gave up. My father, who passed away last year on Father's Day, pushed me and disciplined me out of love very hard the best he possibly knew how. My parents both worked tirelessly in the restaurant industry. My older sister was academically successful with her academic achievements and awards. I was academically challenged. After I flunked the first grade at Liholiho Elementary, my mother took her time outside of work and held alphabet blocks to assist me to learn the ABC's.

My second go at first grade, this time at Kauluwela Elementary, I learned my ABCs, vocabulary, and began to read. Eventually, I began publishing and drawing my own homemade "no word" comic books. Gecko Man was created during that time. On the side, I recorded myself beatboxing and speaking into my audio cassette tape machine. I also watched countless hours of cartoons, television and Michael Jackson. Reading for enjoyment began for me when my mother assisted me by buying me the comic books I wanted such as Superboy, Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, etc. Then I published my own homemade comic books and came up with own comic book company name and began using "word bubbles" and "word captions" with original stories and dialogue. During my years of publishing my homemade comic books, I had an audience and readership of five individuals, my childhood best friends Jonathan, Alan, Mark, my father, and sister. My father read daily.. he also drew. So I took my enjoyment for reading and art today after my father.

I was not consistent in my pursuit for drawing and writing comic books shortly after my grandmother on my father's side passed away. I eventually pursued athletics in soccer and judo. In judo, I was called by my coaches and teammates, "Spider-Man." In 2000, I got online with my first computer, self-taught myself HTML through Microsoft Front Page and I published my first personal website with the AOL Hometown website builder. From 2001 through 2003, I was very involved and connected with the international Michael Jackson online fan community, published Michael Jackson fans sites, and I wrote an article for a Michael Jackson news fan site.

In 2004, I decided to change paths from my endeavor for judo after I got hit by a car after one practice. Having that as wake up call in my life, I pursued music as a beatboxer and that eventually led me to the path to pursue and seek a relationship with God. I got planted at Word of Life and I got into reading the Word of God also known as the Holy Bible, starting with the Gospel of John. Today, I love to read and write. I read daily. I write daily. I also read the Word of God consistently for my devotionals and I journal. 10 years ago, I began reading the New International Version then transitioned to the New Living Translation to King James Version, and now I read the New King James Version. I also journal and doodle offline while endeavoring to write and publish blog posts consistently. I appreciate my website visitors and regular readers of my blog, especially those who visit and comment on my blog. It really does mean something to me and it does make a difference. It encourages me to update with content and to consistently write and publish with you the reader in mind.

Best,

Fantastic Four Life Group

We are the Fantastic Four! I had a great time facilitating and leading our Men's Life Group with these Mighty Men of God, valor, honor, and strength Grant, Tony, and Nate. We talked Word of Life Your Kingdom Come 40 Day Challenge, water baptism, decide, decree, develop, dream, Life Group, fasting, prayer, prayer week, Marriage Encounter for married couples, February's Encounter, the Leader's Encounter, and more. 


​Fantastic Four Men's Life Group


​Thank you Atillio Leonardi and Adrienne Lally for having me on the Team Lally Radio Show:

The promo video for the Team Lally Radio Show, you can stream online above and also tune in today:

Tune in and stream these radio stations and time today for my guest appearance on the Team Lally Radio Show.

AM760 KGU: Sunday at 2:00 pm
FM95.1 KAOI: Sunday at 2:00 pm
AM690 KHNR: Sunday at 1pm
FM94.3 KDLX: Sunday at 1pm

Team Lally Real Estate Radio is a syndicated radio show that covers news, local businesses, events, outstanding neighborhoods, and real estate happenings all over Honolulu and the entire state of Hawaii. Hosts Adrienne Lally and Attilio Leonardi, Brokers/Owners of Team Lally brings you special guests and experts from all over the real estate community.

The Team Lally Real Estate Radio Show strives to keep you up to date on one of the nation's most competitive real estate markets, controversial topics, and advice that can affect the sale or purchase of your home. This isn't your typical radio show, we make real estate fun!

We Do Life Together

We do life together at our Word of Life Men's Life Group.

 
Jesus said, ​"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:29 King James Version)."


​My fellowship Life Group brother in faith Nate and I ran into Brian Smith the University of Hawaii at Manoa Football Warrior assistant coach.


​Then we ran into Nate's old friend Mark and we invited him to join us for our Life Group fellowship activity post our Life Group.


​Great game Rhianne Omori of Maryknoll Spartans Girls Varsity Basketball. Rhianne, you did a tremendous job and set up great plays. Made great shots too. Loved every second of catching you live in action at tonight's Hawaii state championship final against the Konowaena Wildcats. Amazing! Keep your head up high... that final will make you stronger. You're an incredible person, not just as an athlete, as an individual with great character. Much success and an abundance of blessings to you.


​Myself, Mark and I at our post Life Group fellowship activity in support of Maryknoll Spartans' Rhianne Omori and her team against Konowaena Wildcats. It was an amazing night of state championship girls varsity basketball at the Blaisdell Center. I'm glad I caught this game. Incredible and a blessing spending quality time with theses mighty men of honor and strength. Again, great job tonight Rhianne Omori!

 

Your Favorite Beatboxer

Jason Tom here and I want to know who your favorite beatboxer is. It can be beatboxers that have inspired, moved and influenced you in one way or another. You can list as many as you'd like in the blog comments section of this post. Scroll to the bottom to comment.

​For those who don't know me, my name is Jason Tom and I've been seen and heard on Millennial Magazine, Hi Session Musicians, TEDx Talks, Beatbox Battle Television, Art + Flea TV, and Kapiʻo News. My official website JasonTom.com is reaching 2.1 million unique individuals and households throughout our world. I am the founder of the Human Beatbox Academy curriculum. Some of my accolades include being a three-time HawaiiSlam First Thursdays top 12 performance poet as a beatboxer, the Best Solo Performer Hawaii Scene Choice Award recipient and the ​Best Hawaii Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience for Best of Honolulu Weekly. I have compiled this list of those within the vocal music and beatboxing realm that I have influenced and have inspired me musically, personally and professionally.

Here is my list of beatboxers I've been inspired by and influenced by.

 
​Michael Jackson the King of Pop, Rock And Soul


Bobby McFerrin
​Don't Worry, Be Happy
​Spontaneous Inventions


​Michael Winslow the Man of 10,000 Sound Effects.
Featured in the Police Academy and Spaceballs films.
Geico commercial.


​Darren Robinson also known as Buffy of the Fat Boys


​Doug E. Fresh the World's Greatest Entertainer


​Rahzel
Godfather of Noyze
formerly of The Roots
If Your Mother Only Knew
Iron Man
All I Know
​Make The Music 2000


​Kenny Muhammad the Human Orchestra


​Elaine Chao and her feature on Showtime at the Apollo
Got Spit?


​Bee Low
Beatbox Battle TV and Beatbox Battle World Championship founder


​Roxorloops
Beatbox Battle World Champion - 1st Place Runner-Up

​Butterscotch
First Female Beatbox Battle World Champion


​Afra
Japan's Human Beatbox


​Tom Thum
Beatbox Battle World Team Champion
TEDx Sydney


​Naturally 7


​Beardyman
2x UK Beatbox Champion


​Skiller
Beatbox Battle World Champion


​Dharni
World Beatbox Camp founder
Emperor of Mic Champion
2x Grand Beatbox Battle Champion


​KrNfx
2x Canadian Beatbox Champion
2x South Korea Beatbox Champion


​Reeps One
2x UK Beatbox Champion


​Ball-Zee
3x UK Beatbox Champion
Emperor of Mic Champion
Grand Beatbox Battle Champion


​Alem
World Beatbox Battle Champion


​The Beatbox House


​Zhang Ze
3x China Beatbox Champion
the Voice of China

In the Hawaii music scene:


​Biggie Gz
Human Beatbox Academy
Philippines Beatbox Champion


​Mighty Noa
Human Beatbox Academy and 808 BeatVox
​Washington Middle School Talent Show - 2nd Place
Kaimuki High School Beatbox Champion.


Eli So Fly
Human Beatbox Academy and 808 BeatVox.
Monalua Middle School Beatbox Champion
Moanalua High School Beatbox Champion
​Hawaii Beatbox Battle Champion (under 18 division)
Brown Bags to Stardom Beatbox Champion.


​Diamond Inouye aka Hammah
Moanalua High School Beatbox Champion.


​Krissy aka Yogibeats
Human Beatbox Academy


​Rease Dabeats (Mid-Pacific Institute Middle School Beatbox Champion) and Jordan
Human Beatbox Academy

 
​Rad FX
​Human Beatbox Academy


​Klimaxe, Human Beatbox Academy
Hawaii Beatbox Battle Champion (under 18 division) - 1st Place Runner-Up


​Rampage, Kayden and Joe of Human Beatbox Academy


​Isami


​Beatbox Mike

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