Hold On Loosely

Today I want to write a little about how I raise up my teams of martial arts professionals for Krav Maga Martial Arts.

   We have the best of the best instructors in every way.

Each and all are martial arts professionals, dedicated to raving fan customer service, delivering on our promises to help students overcome areas of opportunity- some kids need more focus, some more confidence, some self control, while most adults come for fitness and self control. We prepare our students to survive and thrive in any situation and empower them to lead, where they’re at and into their futures.

   Our team is dedicated to that Mission too. 

And, of course, through this all, our Sensei also ensure students have fun, get a great workout and learn something new- specifically, practical self defense that could save their life one day.

Certainly the awesome training program they go through is part of it. 

   KMMA professionals are graduates of our Blackbelt Leadership Training Course (LTC) and Certified Instructor Training (CIT). They also graduate Martial Arts Professional (MAP) College, and train 6-10 hours every week.

But an important part of their growth and development is doing the job.

My job is to let them do it.

I train them, lead them, coach and mentor them…

     but I don’t do it for them.

One of the hardest lessons I have learned, in the last couple of decades of raising them up, is to hold on loosely…

    but not let go.

If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control
Your baby needs someone to believe in
And a whole lot of space to breathe in.

Ok, I hope you sang that. 🙂

   But seriously, I have come to believe that it is the key.

To raising a team, a child or any person we are charged with raising.

Hold on loosely.

  Teach, train and trust.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead! 

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

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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