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Focus is the ability to block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important.

We teach this foundational truth to students from the very beginning of their journey at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

Some kids come relatively focused for their age, and many need lots of work- some adults too.


Truth is, everybody can use better focus. We call Focus the Super Power:

One, because true focus is rare and those that have it accomplish amazing feats;

Two, because Focus is the power that makes all of the other Blackbelt Leadership Traits more powerful.


There are 4 main types of Focus we teach at Krav Maga Martial Arts:

  1. Focus the eyes.
  2. Focus the ears.
  3. Focus the mind.
  4. Focus the body.

The first two are especially useful for students paying attention skills and for interpersonal communication.

When a child in school, or a college or adult student for that matter, looks and listens better, they hear and understand more too.

This equals improved concentration, comprehension and better grades.

At least as importantly, looking another in the eyes when we speak, and truly listening to understand, are communication skills that we all can improve to great benefit.


Of course the focus of the body, the ability to control our bodies, is also important, and we teach these skills through our listening positions, and of course the martial skills themselves.

Focus of the mind is especially important for those of us looking to exponentially improve in any area of life though.

In a chaotic world, rife with distraction the ability to truly block out distraction and concentrate on what’s important is the Super Power.

As the title alludes, it’s often not the big things but the small distractions that keep us mired in mediocrity.


Like any skill that wields this much power, Focus takes work. And, while we begin every white belt (KMMA beginner) on development of Focus in our Foundations program, it truly is a journey which grows to Blackbelt Leadership Excellence over a few years, on the way to Blackbelt and beyond.

By the time our Blackbelts test they demonstrate superhero like physical skills, tenacity and courage, and the Focus to succeed not just in the martial arts but in all of their academic, career and leadership goals for life.


My Day Four Gift To You Is The Four Laws of Concentration.

Print it and put it up wherever you work, and do the same for your children too.


And here is a gift to bless yourself or someone else. You may print and bring it as a gift from me, or reply to this email and I’ll send you one an old school hard copy to your old school mailbox.

Students can pick up one or more for your friends at the Graduation Ceremony Saturday.

This gift has a real value of $300, and the benefits of training are priceless and will serve you or the person you bless for life.

Live & Lead,

Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo



———————————————————————————————————————- 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.

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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