From the Mouths of Babes

Have you ever noticed how wise kids can sometimes be?

They can, when we ask the right questions.

I was so impressed by the discussion that I had with our Summer Campers this morning.

You can watch my video about it here.


And listen, as pertains to the topic of of circle of concern and circle of control, and the other Blackbelt Leadership principles that I talk about in the message above, I know it’s not always easy…

and I know bad things do happen.

In fact, sometimes we find ourselves in a pit…

But even then, it’s what we do about what happens that matters most.


KMMA Blackbelt Leadership student and summer camper (this one an adult who happens to also be a Principal Engineer Manager at Microsoft) told a great story during this morning’s discussion about two men who find themselves at the bottom of a pit.

They are in two separate pits, on either side of a tree that separates them. Both are pleading to God for help. Lightening strikes and part of the tree falls into each pit.

On the one side, they guy’s still pleading to God for help. The other guy builds a ladder from the the pieces of the tree and climbs out.

He said “sometimes we can be so caught up on our own pity, that we miss the solution right in front of us”.


We can’t control circumstances, but we can always choose our attitude and actions.

Well except when we can’t; this is of course a different discussion on emotional and also impulse control.

But even this begins with a choice to get better.



By the way, if you aren’t yet training at Krav Maga Martial Arts, it’d be a great choice to get started today!    


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

p.s. It’s belt testing time! I plan to be on the floor helping Sensei Winston tonight, and Sensei Thomas will be rocking the floor tomorrow! Students, come ready to bring your A game and make it a great test!

p.p.s there are still some slots for this Saturday mini-camp for teens and adults! 

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 commissioned 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.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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