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How Will It End?

How will it end?

The great news is, that’s up to you.

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Stephen Covey teaches “Begin With The End In Mind” as the second of seven life changing principles to live a happier, more productive and more successful life.

Beginning with the end in mind means having a clear vision and plan for our life, and also for any specific project, area or goal in life that we hope to accomplish- and then also ensuring we take the actions that move us that direction (of the end in mind).

The concept is relevant in academic and business pursuits, in relationships and in the martial arts.

In the latter, both for its own sake and also as an analogy to and a preparation for success in all the rest, we paint the vision clearly.

The goal is to BECOME a Blackbelt.

The goal of every martial arts student is to punch like a blackbelt, kick like a blackbelt, be fast, powerful, focused and fit like a blackbelt;

the goal is also to have the discipline, grit, courtesy, modesty, integrity, perseverance, self control and other leadership skills that define a blackbelt.


But every student begins the same- as a white belt. It is the white belts job, and the job of the Sensei (teachers) that have gone before to paint the vision of what it will be to be a blackbelt, while the student is still a beginner.

Then this knowledge, humility, hunger and Vision pulls the student towards the accomplishment of this worthy goal.

In the 4 or so years it takes the student is transformed into the vision and becomes the Blackbelt he began with the vision of in his mind those years before.


This is one of the reasons that KMMA Blackbelts seem to have super-powers! Both the results of the process and the process itself prepare the Blackbelt for all that’s next, in the martial arts, in leadership and in life.


Be Your Best!

Shihan Steve Del Castillo, 7th Degree

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, KMMA


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Today I am grateful for Sensei Kyle Bierly and his leadership within KMMA and our whole community. He is a model student, excellent instructor and a positive influence on everyone he meets, including our students and other instructors, and even I. His commitment to excellence is beyond reproach and his example to be edified and emulated. He’s a role model to his students, instructors and everyone.

I’m also grateful to his father who entrusted him to me. I remember like yesterday the day 4 year old KJ (for Kyle Junior as Sensei Kyle was called then) wanted to quit along with his friend who did. I asked his father to give me time with him and i promised I would make him proud that he did. He did. Skip a few years and Kyle Senior came to me at his son’s 3rd Degree promotion just a couple of weeks ago to thank me personally for keeping my promise to him. It made me cry then and i’m crying again now just writing this. I am deeply honored and grateful to both of these great men for the opportunity to be a part of sowing into Sensei Kyle’s life then and for having his help in sowing into our next generation of leaders today! Osu!


———————————————————————————————————————- and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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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