Do you love it?

It’s been crazy lately.

I’m back to putting 60+ hours a week into doing what I do.

But the secret is, I love it!

(see my facebook confession this morning)

 

Do you love what you do?

It’s not necessary but it does help.

 

If you’re not living your passion and purpose yet- i.e. you don’t love what you do.

Here are a few other hacks you can use to still do what you do with passion and, thus, create great success in it:

  • Love why you do it.
    • perhaps you don’t love exactly the work you do but you are passionate about the cause; you can use that as motivatioon fuel.
  • Love who you do it for.
    • perhaps you are working hard to create a better life for someone else; let that be the passion that drives you.
  • Love how you do it.
    • even when I was doing work I didn’t love, I loved the feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing any job well. Do that.
  • Love who you’re becoming.
    • sometimes we go through seasons of growth. Instead os asking “why is this happening to me” (victim mentality), ask “why is this happening to me” (what am I supposed to learn to be better).
Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief Master Instructor,
Krav Maga Martial Arts
TampaKravMaga.com
ShihanSteve.com
p.s. because I have had such a heavy workload lately, I know I have fallen behind on my writing schedule. I’m sorry about that! I have a great list of great meditations I wil catch up on and share with you soon! Team Tuesday and the rest too!
p.s.s in the interim, I did make this video today, let me know what you think:
and p scubed: hope to see you and yours at one of our great events over the next few weeks!

 

TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

Fantastic Friday – Where are you and what are you doing?

It’s Fantastic Friday!

My wife and I are in Annapolis at the US Naval Academy, learning from and with Captain Cao who is a graduate of here, Grand Masters Oliver and Smith, and many other martial arts leaders from around the country.

We are here to learn, to marinate, to recharge, to mastermind and to grow.

Shihan Harley, who is testing for his 5th degree Blackbelt next September, earning his brown belt many years ago. The road to mastery is a lifetime journey.

 

Meanwhile, my Team will be conducting Fantastic Friday operations back at the dojo, to include Shihan Harley, my son and senior student and instructor, who will be teaching the Leadership seminar tonight.

That seminar is the final rehearsal and tryout to be on the Kali Demo Team for the Blackbelt Extravaganza next week! 

So try to make it if you are a Blackbelt Leadership student who hasn’t already this month- or even for extra practice if you did!

 

Shihan Harley and Shihan Diego, 2 of my four sons and 2 of the 5 current Master Instructors on Team KMMA.

 

Also, if you’re reading this and you’re a student, I trust you made your two classes this week and passed your stripe test!

I hope you did, and that you’re fired up for the belt test and then graduation next week!

And some of you are even going to be joining me for The Blackbelt Retreat if you qualify, or maybe for the Saturday Krav Camp if you’re not a Blackbelt or candidate yet!

 

my youngest son, Sensei Winston, hoisting my grandson Triton, at the last graduation.

Triton’s mother, my daughter Heather, is a KMMA Blackbelt too! (well Daimyo era, but my Blackbelt nonetheless)

 

The point is, everyone should be doing something to learn, and grow, and marinate, and stay motivated towards the accomplishment of your goals!

Remember, what you do today is paving the way for the success you will experience tomorrow.

It won’t do itself.

 

Shihan Diego probationary Blackbelt circa 2010 or so. also in pic, my krav maga teacher Eyal Yanilov.

 

The ‘secrets” to success are simple;

but the execution isn’t always easy.

 

On the other hand, it’s not that hard either.

You’re gonna be doing something.

Why not make it something that matters?

To me, learning is fun. It keeps me green and growing!

 

So, if you’re a student, congrats and good luck on your test next week!

If you’re not yet, what are you doing today?

Is it moving you closer to your goals?

Do you have some? What are they?

 

The first step to becoming who you need to be towards living the life that you want is to make a choice.

Decide and get to doing it.

Not only will you create a better future, but you’ll have more fun and be more happy along the way.

 

Let us know if you want my Team and I to help! 

 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts

TampaKravMaga.com

ShihanSteve.com

   Blackbelt Extravaganza circa 2017, wherein Shihan Adam and Shihan Harley became Masters.

 


TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

Winner Wednesday Honors Sheriff David Clarke

I usually write about someone specifically in our community, but this man’s words are so spot on in this quote, that I had to share them and Winner Wednesday seemed as good a time as any.

The Blackbelt Leader Foundational Superpowers that I teach in my school and explain in my book are: FOCUS, RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, CONFIDENCE, GRATITUDE AND VISION.

While Sheriff Clarke really illuminates the deficiency of Respect today, I feel that his words speak to the rarity of all of them.

It’s one of the reasons I coined these essential attributes “superpowers”- not everyone has them, but those that do and wield them properly accomplish superhuman things, for themselves and for humanity.

 

     “It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, mobile phone wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of ‘it’s the other person’s fault, you owe me’. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.
     When an officer says “Put your hands up,” then put your hands up! Don’t reach for something in your pocket, your lap, your seat. There’s plenty of reason for a police officer to feel threatened, there have been multiple assaults and ambushes on police officers lately. Comply with requests from the officer, have your day in court. Don’t mouth off, or fight, or refuse to comply… that escalates the situation.
Police officers are our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. They’re black, white, brown, all colors, all ethnicities, all faiths, male and female, they are us. They see the worst side of humanity… the raped children, the bloody mangled bodies of traffic victims, the bruised and battered victims of domestic violence, homicide victims, body parts… day after day.
They work holidays while we have festive meals with our families. They miss school events with their kids, birthdays, anniversaries, all those special occasions that we take for granted. They work in all types of weather, under dangerous conditions, for relatively low pay.
They have extensive training, but they are human. When there are numerous attacks on them, they become hyper vigilant for a reason, they have become targets. When a police officer encounters any person… any person, whether at a traffic stop, a street confrontation, an arrest, whatever… that situation has the potential to become life threatening. You, Mr & Mrs/Miss Civilian, also have the responsibility of keeping the situation from getting out of control.
     Many law enforcement officers are Veterans. They’ve been in service to this nation most of their lives, whether on the battlefield or protecting us here at home. They are the only thing that stands between us and anarchy in the streets.
If you want to protect your child, teach them respect.”

 

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TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

KMMA adult karate

Team Tuesday: The Rise of Sensei Sarah

Today’s Team Tuesday is about our beloved Head Instructor, Sensei Sarah.

Every student loves Sensei Sarah.

She’s confident and competent, sweet and compassionate, and fun to be around.

Sensei Sarah, like all success stories has, well, a story.

She wasn’t always the happy, confident Blackbelt Leader you see before you today.

Sarah started with KMMA in September of 2013. She was 13.

 

In Sensei Sarah’s own words:

“At age 13 my self esteem was at an all time low but over the years as I took classes, tested for ranks, and got stronger, I could see the result of the hard work both physically and mentally. As a little kid I had always wanted to be a ninja and I was finally fulfilling that dream.”

 

Sensei Sarah began teaching with Team KMMA as a Certified Blackbelt in 2018, the same year she graduated High School as the Valedictorian of her class!

She continues to excel in her personal training in the Blackbelt classes and on her Path To Mastery!

She earned her 2nd Degree Blackbelt Leader in September 2020 and will be testing for her 3rd Degree, Senior Blackbelt, in September 2022, a year early for all the extra hours she puts in both training and teaching!

 

Sensei Sarah loves teaching! In fact, when she’s not helping us train up the next generation of Blackbelt Leaders at KMMA, she teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, creative writing, storytelling and PE for elementary kids!

Sensei Sarah is also an award winning poet and working on publishing her first book.

 

I am super proud of and grateful for Sensei Sarah on Team KMMA.

I’m proud of how far she’s come and excited for her as she continues to grow.

She is an inspiration for all, but especially all the little girls who look up to her knowing that they too can be a great Blackbelt Leader like her one day!

 

Sensei Sarah, the once awkward teen with low self esteem has transformed into a superhero.

” Both my mental health and physical health have been greatly affected by my time here. My body is stronger; I can defend myself if need be, I run races and enjoy other methods of physical conditioning.

My mind is stronger and this gives me the strength to do the things I felt incapable of doing before.”

 

She’s Prepared To Live and Empowered To Lead!

 

Way to lead Sensei!

Proud of you!

 

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts

TampaKravMaga.com

ShihanSteve.com

 

 

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TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com