Independence Day


Next week we celebrate Independence Day.

(KMMA will be closed Tuesday July 4th, by the way)

On it, we celebrate our Declaration of Independence, the birth of our nation, and the freedoms that came with that.

Truth is I fear for that freedom at times…

It seems some have forgotten the responsibilities that came with the rights, and some of what it took and takes to make and keep a country free.

But as always, we can only control what we can control, and this blog is about declaring and claiming our own independence in our own lives, and helping those that we care about to do the same.

We do this by making great choices, breaking bad habits and developing great ones.

In this way we can become who we really want to be, and be free.

And like my friend and mentor Grandmaster Jeff Smith always says, “bad habits are easy to make but hard to break; good habits are hard to make and easy to break”.

This is why our character development program is such a big part of the Blackbelt Leadership process at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

What we are doing is helping students develop healthy habits, while avoiding or breaking the bad ones.

What habits do you need to declare independence from?

Smoking, unhealthy or excess food or drink, too much social media, gaming or TV? Enabling, arguing, negative thoughts or something else?

What new, healthier, habits would you like to develop?

Exercise, reading, personal and professional development, prayer, meditation, positive mental thoughts and actions, standing up for yourself, or taking charge of your time or money or other resources.

Perhaps you or your kids need more focus, discipline, confidence, faith, fitness, or fun.

The point of the story, is we all have a “what’s important next” (WIN) that we can identify and work on to gain more freedom in our lives.

   What will you declare your independence from this year?

We’ve still got half of it yet.

No better tine to start!

Begin Your 2 week free trial and independence program! 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del CastilloFounding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial

Other important events in July:

Teen Night July 7

Certified Instructor Training July 8

Summer Camp July 10-21

Parent’s Night Out July 21

Elite Training Course July 22

3rd Quarter Instructor College July 29

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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 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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