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Slow Down to Go Faster

Slow Down To Go Faster

We teach a principle in my school referring to the way we train that says “slow down to go faster”. On this surface level it speaks to the simple fact that, if a student adds speed too quickly, before he or she truly understands the proper execution of the technique, it will take longer to correct later than if the student gets the form down first. Now this is an oversimplification in that there are times this is more important and other times that the adverse is true; this is why it’s important to have a Sensei that can tell you which is which.  But, for the purposes of this blog, my purpose is to tell you that the principle applies to the rest of our lives too.


I am one to err often in the direction of moving too fast. Don’t get me wrong, my sense of urgency serves me well in many ways and I am grateful that the 82nd Airborne Division instilled this virtue in me all those years ago. As in the case of the student who continues to speed along when the Sensei tries to slow him down, however, God has been dealing with me on the subject in various subtle ways for some months now. And I’ve begun to listen and, as is almost always the case when the student obeys the teacher, that choice is serving me well.


For a not so subtle message on the subject, if you, like me, are constantly busy and perpetually in motion, check out this great message by Pastor Craig Groeschel that I watched this weekend.


And, speaking of slowing down, I hope you’re getting some rest over this long weekend! It will serve you well!

Happy Labor Day!

  Reminder that KMMA is CLOSED In Observance of Labor Day

But it’s Week 2 Review for testing- we’re reviewing the August lesson plans this week, so make sure you make your 2 classes this week and 2 for pretest next week and then testing week four of September!


All Blackbelt tests are at the Blackbelt Retreat and graduation for all students Sunday Sept 26 at The Blackbelt Extravaganza! 

I just got another box of books!

It’s not as exciting as was unboxing the first box, but I do feel a little pride and pleasure every time I get more books to share with my students, and especially when they come back to tell me what they’re learning.

It’s not really the book I am most proud of, though I am, but it’s what the reader may get from my book, and/or what they may accomplish because of it that excites me.


It’s the same way I feel with every new student we start.

Every white belt that begins is the seed of a future Blackbelt Leader and, as proud as I am of my school and my system- THAT outcome is the thing that gets me up in the morning!


If you don’t have your own copy of my book yet, make sure to tell us when you come to class!

I’d love to sign one to you!


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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 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.

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