(Above: L to R: Pete, RC, Matt [in his old belt], Yours Truly, Corey, and Brad, right after his testing)

Last night the Photoshop Guys were there to support our buddy Matt Kloskowski as he tested for his Black Belt in Taekwondo, and as expected—-he rocked it!

He’s been winning tournament after tournament during this training, including 1st place in sparring and 1st in forms competition numerous times, and he’s competing in a little over a week in a big competition—his first as a black belt.

A big congratulations to Matt, who has been training hard for years for this night, and we all are so proud of him. Way to go, Ski!!!!! :-)

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Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Congrats Matt!

    Dang, looking at the picture, if anyone in the building had a Photoshop question they were in LUCK! :-)

    Now that he is a black belt, are you going to make him play the new COD one handed when it comes out to even the playing field???

  2. Congrats! That’s a big accomplishment!

  3. Way to go, big achievement (cost like 4 years of college) :) I sent my grandsons through! I’m so excited about the Apollo Ord from yesterday’s post, I ordered one to put my Q Flash in.

  4. Allright Matt!! Congratz! Well done! I used to do Judo and know how much work you have to put in to get to take the next test. :)

  5. Congrats Matt- I got my 1D Black Belt when I was in the ATA back many moons ago, I know it’s a special feeling! Still have my signed certificate from master H.U Lee when he was alive. Way to go Matt, they say that the Black Belt is where the journey begins. Continued success in the tournaments!

    All the best, -M

  6. Congrats to the new black belt from a fellow Moo Duk Kwan black Belt! It only gets better from here!

  7. Congratulations Matt! You have been smashing on The Grid now I guess you will easily smash the brick!

  8. Congratulations Matt!

    Coincidence, tomorrow I’ll be watching the German Master Championship in the little town I live :-)

  9. Way to go, Matt! That’s quite an accomplishment.

  10. Congratulations Matt!

    Best Wishes for you

  11. Fantastic news Matt; way to go!!!

    Think from now on I’ll be signing off each blog post I write with “I know a Black Belt” …might stop the ‘not so’ constructive comments/replies…but then again… :)

    Seriously though, well done to you; proof yet again that your someone who strives to be the best at what you do as is evident in your teaching.

    Best wishes,

  12. Wow! Kudos to Matt on a great accomplishment. I guess no one at Kelby Media will want to get him pissed off NOW! :)


  13. Many congratulations Matt – Rockin the dojo-ski ;-)

  14. Congratulations now I know that I better not mess with you

  15. WooHoo!! Great job, Matt! Thanks, Scott, for posting this photo. I’m glad that Pete, RC, Corey, and Brad were all able to be there to cheer for Matt. I’m sure that he felt like a rock star! Now… get back to work, guys!

  16. Congrats Matt, that’s a fantastic accomplishment.

  17. Kudos, Matt!
    Although, you still have ways to go in order to match your 5th Degree Black Belt in Photoshop.

    Seriously though, where do you find the time (same with Scott)?
    I need to know your secret or advice with time management. Or, do you simply have clones running around doing all your other chores?

    – Edwardson

  18. Congrats Matt! Now you can be cool AND kicking butt.

  19. Congrats Matt!
    Chuck Norris called, he said something about this town not being big enough or something…

  20. Congratualtions Matt!
    *Side note*- I think it’s awsome to have the support of your co-workers behind you like that! Just goes to show what a great bunch of people the NAPP family is !

  21. 5%…only 5% of all the people who start Taekwondo make it to black belt. 1%…only 1% make it to 5th degree black belt. But, I don’t believe in belts… let’s break some cement :D

  22. Maybe someday Matt and Scott (and the rest of the photoshop team) could go on a speaking tour on “Leading the balanced life”. Maybe it is just my perception, but in spite of how hard these guys work (and I know they do), they seem to stay in balance spiritually, and with their families. Scott has his band, Matt has martial arts, and they both seem to have a work life that they love. I am sorry, but I am just a little jealous. :)

  23. Congratulations Matt!!
    so the next book is it going to be “Kung Fu Layers” :)

  24. Congratulations to Matt!

    I heard he is also good in some of that photography stuff…. :)

  25. One other comment… are you all wearing black shirts to match Matt’s new belt?

  26. Congratulations Matt! Now you’ll have no trouble getting that prime spot at a crowded photo location!

  27. Congrats, Matt. Maybe you could bring that black belt along to your Lightroom 3 tour when you come to Philly on Dec 3. Can’t wait to meet you and have you sign your latest book.

  28. Congratulation Matt!! Black belt in Taekwondo follows that one in Photoshop/Lightroom!
    Enjoy it.

  29. Hey everyone! First off a huge thanks to Scott, Corey, RC, Brad and Pete for coming out to support me. As many of you know, these guys are the best in the business. But as you can see from the photo above, they’re also great friends and great people to come out and support me like that.
    And a big thanks to all of you for the kind words. I really am humbled by all of the nice comments here. It’s been a great journey to black belt and I’m looking even more forward to what comes next.
    Thanks again :)

    – Matt

  30. Of course he rocked it……congrats!!!!

  31. AWESOME! Love that everyone joined you for your belt test and think it’s so cool that you’re competing and doing so well in tournaments! (I’m just about to join a sparring class and am so psyched for it!)

    Congratulations on achieving black-belt and three cheers for the continuing journey! =)

  32. And I always thought he looked as a nice and quiet man ;-)

  33. What’s the keyboard shortcut for ‘black belt’?

  34. Wow dude!! Awesome!! Good job man!!

  35. Congrats, great job Matt!

  36. I did not know that Matt is studying taekwondo. Please give me url to see some photos with Matt.

  37. Congratulations Matt. Literally a kick ass instructor.

  38. Wow! Don’t pick on Matt!


  39. Congratulations, Matt!

  40. Congratulations Matt!!

  41. Congratulation Matt.

    Your success on Photoshop and Taekwondo shows that you your working too hard on your goals. you have taught me too many techniques, so I wish you everything to be the best for you in the world.


  42. Great achievement Matt. Congratulations!

  43. Matt,


    I’m a 2nd degree blackbelt in Shaolin Kempo Karate and a certified instructor. I’m testing for my 3rd degree this December, so I know the focus and commitment that you have to make to achieve your blackbelt.


  44. Congrats Matt on your Black belt. Way to go.

  45. Congratulation on your accomplishment and Good luck for your next tournament.

  46. Alright! Congrats! Big accomplishment!

  47. Congratulations, Matt – way to go!
    My son is a Taekwondo black belt so I know about the discipline required to do this. The big question is “do you ever sleep”?

  48. Congrats Matt .. You can now officially settle any Nikon vs Canon or PC vs Mac debates as they arise. :)

  49. Apologies for resurrecting an old post, but I thought I’d drop by to say well done Matt, and welcome to the TKD Yudansha :)  5th Dan myself and still just figuring out the basics :)

    Well done!  

    Richard Olpin 5th Dan (ITF)

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