Past, Present, and Future

Our thoughts about our past, present, and future are all important; for our mental and physical health, and also to live into our best potential going forward.

   One of the most important things about our past, and specifically our thoughts of our past, is that we don’t live there.

We shouldn’t remember things better or worse than they were, both which can easily happen.

We also shouldn’t wallow in memories of the bad things that happened to, or even because of us. We must learn from these, heal from these and move on. We must not allow ourselves ever to become prisoners of our past.

On the other hand, we must not live in the glory days.

It’s important we learn and grow, create new memories, and also work to create our ideal future.

Most importantly, we must have a strong Vision for what our future will look like.

   We have to set strong goals that support that future, and do the work that carries us in that direction.

This is easier said that done, I’ll admit, because there are no shortages of challenges, obstacles, distractions or other conditions, real or perceived, to take you off your path.

But this is why it’s so important to keep your Vision and goals in your sight, see them daily and keep your eyes (and mind) on the prize.

     These habits lead to the progressive realization of worthy goals, and eventually yield us the results we desire.

This is an important part of what we teach our students in our Blackbelt Leadership Program, by the way.

   In addition to the great karate, kicking, kickboxing, krav maga and kali that make up the physical curriculum, we teach students real skills of Vision, goal setting and goal getting.

They successfully apply these to the Vision of becoming confident and competent Blackbelt Leaders.

And then possess the skills to duplicate the process again and again- in school, business, and relationships.

And like many of the important leadership skills we teach, this will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Chief 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.  Today I continue to train, learn, sow and grow under the mentorship of World Champion Grandmaster Jeff Smith, who regularly visits the academy to help sow into my teams and students as well.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes BLVD and now our new location in 8836 US 19, Port Richey! Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Port Richey and surrounding areas.

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