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The Dash

This blog may not be news to you. You may have heard it before.

On the other hand, I was talking to a young man this weekend who had never heard about the concept of the dash, and was moved by it; maybe it will be new to you too.

In either case, it is a good reminder for all of us.


One day, we will each and all of us be gone. If you believe like me, you may believe that you will move on to a better place when you leave this world;

but either way the story of the dash speaks to the urgency of living life well while we are here.


When we are gone, our earthly body will be laid to rest and there may be a tombstone that marks the place we are buried.

That stone will list two dates and a dash- the day we are born and the day that we die, with a dash in the middle.

The dash represents the years we live, the only part that we have control over.

In these brief years we have control of what we do and what we don’t do, how we treat others, our attitude and what we decide to do with our life.

We get to choose the kind of difference we will make, and the legacy we will leave.


Time is the most valuable and precious resource we have, and the one that we know not how much we have left.

So spend and invest it wisely.

Make the most out of your dash.


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts


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About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commisioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

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