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PARRI Victories & Opportunities

Good morning and welcome to Christmas week!

Joy to the World, the Savior is born!

I pray for each and all reading this message a blessed and beautiful week with family and lots of rest and relaxation!


Having said that, today’s gift from me to you is some stuff you wan work on at home until you start your free month membership in 2021! 

    You can get that training here!


now on to today’s message:


     PARRI: The R Stage, Review and Renew


  PARRI is a tool we use to practically apply the Blackbelt Leadership Principle of Constant and Never Ending Improvement (CANI).

PARRI stands for:

  • PLAN

  • ACT




Today I want to spotlight the review and renew stage.

  When we review our progress, or lack thereof, towards our Big Hairy Audacious and Noble Goals, it is important that we honestly assess what we have done well at, and where there is room for improvement.

Only with this data can we make a plan for meaningful progress.

     The review process is simple.

  1. List your victories.

    • We always begin with victories because we’re wired to focus on the negative. Since we know that we move in the direction of our dominant thoughts and that energy flows where focus goes, we don’t want to focus on what went wrong first. First celebrate the victories.

  2. List your opportunities.

    • “Opportunities” are the areas that didn’t go according to plan, need fixing, or at least leave room for improvement. Leaders don’t cringe at these, but rather embrace them as we are always seeking to improve and we have found an opportunity to do so!

  3. Create your plan to renew and/or improve.

    • This of course is where the lion’s share of the brain work happens. We now must create the plans to fix whatever’s broken, renew a plan where needed (i.e. the goal still needs to happen but maybe needs a little tweaking to get there and/or is working and we just need to keep doing it) and/or develop plans to improve in areas that are good but can be even better.

  4. You will have noticed of course that we are back to P. PARRI, like CANI, is a perpetual process.


The Review Process In Action: 2020 In Review for Krav Maga Martial Arts


  • We celebrated our 20 year anniversary and all these years later continue to execute our Vision & Mission better than ever before!

  • Our Blackbelt Leader & Instructor Training programs are better than ever with a world class Dream Team!

  • The 2020 evolution of the Blackbelt Leadership Training Program is a HUGE success and will create the most amazing leaders yet!

  • We evolved to a Family Training model where whole families take their Blackbelt Leadership journey together!

  • We broke our classes down to four training levels so that every student gets more of exactly what they need.

  • We produced several new Blackbelts, Junior Blackbelts, Senior and Master Blackbelts this year!

  • We survived and thrived during the Coronavirus pandemic, practicing what we teach and reacting well. As everything happens for a reason and serves us well, we have the new Live Virtual and on-demand training platforms in place and here to stay as a result of it. Thus, students have a great way to train when far away, when they can’t make it to class at the dojo, or just want some extra training.

  • Oh, and Blackbelt Goal Setting Season was a HUGE success! I have been SOOOO amazed and impressed with the quality of everyone’s work and vision! You inspire me! That’s why we decided to keep the boards up through the New Year. We will take them down and let you start taking them home throughout January.

    • lots of you have belts and certs here still too! we’ll get those out week one when we get back Jan 4 too.

  • 75 students made the commitment to the goal and plan of training to Blackbelt & Beyond!


  • Our day classes were not to the same standard of excellence as our evening. The smaller numbers make it difficult to always pair suitable training partners and, even more challenging, the multiple ranks training together make it difficult for instructors to ensure every student is getting exactly what they need.

  • Our uniform standard continued to slide to where it has been almost non existent and students basically just train in whatever they want. This deficiency detracts from unity and cohesion, discipline and pride. Of course it also occasionally can raise the question of suitable attire in the dojo.

  • While the separation of the Basic Foundations program from the Blackbelt Training Course (BTC) and Blackbelt Leadership Training Course (LTC) has been great, and the addition of more training floor too, the classes happening at the same time have not been. They often distract from one another and resources are not neccessarily optimized.

  • Communication still and always can be even better. It seems someone is always still left out of the loop.

     The Plan:

  • The 2021 Class Schedule eliminates day classes and also deconflicts evenings. Sensei Kyle Bierly Chief Instructor will have all of our great Sensei available to empower lives through martial arts and create more Blackbelt Leaders in 2021!

  • We will enforce a uniform standard. You will receive your official uniform for free when you come in for your free gift from me! 

  • While I will create a detailed communications plan, and also a checklist to make sure that we are communicating effectively in ’21, here is the basic framework of how we get the word out and will do it better:

    • In class announcements

    • Take home handouts

    • Email- where I send my daily educational and inspirational blogs in addition to important information on classes, events, schedule etc.

    • Facebook Official Page (for general info and student communication) and Virtual Dojo (for training stuff in conjunction with Google classroom)

    • To a lesser degree, snail mail, text and telephone


Thanks for reading and see you Jan 4!


Prepared to Live & Empowered To Lead,

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Krav Maga Martial Arts





———————————————————————————————————————- 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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