PARI is one of the success tools we teach in my Blackbelt Leadership Program at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

And as with all the Blackbelt Leadership lessons, principles and values, I practice what we teach.

PARI stands for Plan, Act, Review and Improve.

And it’s applicable in many different ways.

One example is with the martial arts themselves.

This week is review week, week three of this quarter’s training cycle.

In week one my Sensei (Instructors) went out with the plan I made for them and taught the first half of the April material.

Last week, week two, they taught the second half.

This week, they will review both weeks.

So, week one through three is the plan and act part.

Next week is stripe testing; the Sensei will conduct a check on learning (review) the students’ progress…

then, based on what they find out, we will improve- both the students and the next weeks’ lesson plans…

In this way, they’ll be truly ready for their belt tests in June.

PARI is also great for academic, work and career goals, physical goals or any other goals.

I also apply it to my own character development program- and I’m not talking about the world class character development program all our students partake in at the dojo (my Blackbelt Leadership Academy), but my own personal character development.

It;s the way I have become the man that I am instead of the one that I was; which has been a total transformation, with the help of God and others’ over the last couple, three decades or so, since I started trying…

So I thought I’d transparently share some of my own self evaluation from this weekend review (me reviewing me).

One of my strengths is my solution orientation.

You will never hear me complaining. If I’m talking about a problem, I’m doing so to decide how to fix it.

One of my weaknesses, that I have improved more than 100% in the last decade or so, but still have to check once in a while, is my temper. In my most natural state, I get angry easily. I continue to work on improving that, and really seeking first to understand, and keep my natural tendency towards anger in check.

One of my greatest character traits is my drive.

I am consummately motivated, dedicated and on a quest to be my best.

The other side of that, in which I am improving, is in my patience; sometimes my drive and intensity consume it.


And then there are my tendencies that are both blessing and curse- i.e. my candor.

For the most part my transparency is appreciated; but sometimes I realize I need to temper my candor with kindness.

In the improvement part of PARI, I am always working to improve both my strengths and weaknesses.

As the great martial philosopher Bruce Lee said, we should “make our strengths stronger, and our weaknesses cease to be liabilities”.

This is one of the many worthwhile processes the PARI tool is for- in addition to physical, professional, financial, relational goals as well, and to name a few.

Our culture is one of progress not perfection; the latter is unattainable, but the prior essential to being the best human being we can be.

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.

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