A Blessing Or a Curse

Today I am grateful for the gift of leadership; it’s a huge responsibility, but preparedness makes it a great adventure and a Blessing instead of a curse.

TampaKravMaga.com

 

 

I was thinking about a teachable moment I was about to have with a follower when I wrote this, and how every leadership interaction we have with anyone is an opportunity to do good or do harm.

 

The gift of leadership is a huge responsibility because of this. Our leadership behavior and decisions have huge impact. We are responsible for the happiness, productivity, effectiveness, growth and prosperity of those we lead. Our leadership affects their lives and their livelihoods.

Leadership is not to be taken lightly.

 

That’s why I am grateful for the decades of great leadership training and experience I have gained through military, corporate and business experience, as well as through the training for my MBA and the great tutelage from great leadership mentors in the martial arts, military and other pursuits.

Because leadership is like real world self defense; you don’t know for sure when you are going to need it, but hope to be prepared when you do.

 

I am also grateful that today the biggest parts of my mission are leading other leaders and preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.

For more information on my Blackbelt Leadership Program, email me and say hi. I’d love to tell you more.

 

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

TampaKravMaga.com

 

 p.s. Don’t forget KMMA is CLOSED this weekend for BLACKBELT RETREAT & TESTING!

Congrats to everyone who tested for all ranks this week! You will receive your new rank, alongside the Blackbelts at the Extravaganza next weekend!

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

This Week at KMMA, 9/8-9/11

 

Many said they would never forget.

     I never have.

I remember where I was, what I was doing and, most importantly, what I decided to do as a leader confronted with that important decision the evening of Sept 11, 2001.

  I am going to tell that story this Friday night, Sept 11, 2020. We are going to convert our normal monthly Parent’s Night Out into a Family Night In and I hope you will join us. Sensei Sarah will STILL be doing fun games and activities for the kids, so bring them!

And for each and all old enough to hear, I am going to tell a story and teach a lesson about what 9/11 should mean to us all.

There will be food and fellowship as well and most importantly we gather to celebrate the heroes of that historic day and the resilience of the American spirit.

   RSVP here or call 813-948-4844. I hope you’ll come and bring a friend.

 

Shihan Harley Del Castillo teaching online PE class enrichment program to Myrtle Turtles. We are partnering with them not only to provide a great PE and leadership Back 2 School training expoerience but als to raise money for the school! Let us know if you’d like us to work with YOUR child’s school too!

2 Week Free Trial & Orientation Program Here! 

Check Out The September Newsletter Here!

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

Decisiveness

The man who doesn’t reach decisions promptly when he has all necessary facts in hand cannot be depended on to carry out decisions after he makes them.

There is no one right answer — but an endless number of right answers — to most of life’s problems. Usually, your options are many and varied; the difficulty lies in choosing the best alternative from among many, all in a reasonable time frame. If you devote yourself to making small decisions promptly, you will find it much easier to be decisive when the stakes are much bigger. Most important, you’ll find making decisions and acting on them far easier if you act promptly.

Napoleon Hill

 

Decisiveness is such an important and rare leadership trait. I remember many years ago being evaluated on the 23 leadership dimensions alongside other cadets training to be officers in the US Army.

We each had our own unique strengths and liabilities, of course, and we all worked to make our strengths stronger and our weaknesses cease to be liabilities; just like we do with our Blackbelt Leadership Training students at Krav Maga Martial Arts today.

 

Fortunately, decisiveness is one of the dimensions I most often always received the coveted “O’ for outstanding.

I say fortunately because I think the ability to make quick decisions and then quickly and aggressively act upon them is one of the most important traits of a leader- or for success at anything for that matter. I have seen far too many would be leaders fall prey to analysis paralysis and therefore fail to accomplish the mission or their goals.

 

This is The Thinker, a famous bronze statue by Auguste Rodin.

But do you know what The Thinker’s real name was?

Of course not! Nobody else does either, because he spent too much time thinking and never got around to deciding and acting!

 

Last thing on the subject and I’ll be done for today.

Just get moving! Don’t wait to get everything right. You can only learn to ride a bike by doing it; so what are you going to decide, learn, act, do today?

 

Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo

Founder & Chief Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

 TampaKravMaga.com

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

“A leader is one who knows the way, and who shows the way.”

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

 

Blackbelt Extravaganza Sept 2017. Next one is October 3!

 

  It’s Leadership month at KMMA.

Everything rises and falls on leadership;

      So, as seriously as I take our responsibility to teach the best self defense around, I take even more seriousy our obligation to create Leaders.

It’s what we do. We are a leadership development academy that also happens to teach the most practical self defense system in the world.

     Our whole program is a leadership development program of sequential steps.

·        If you are not yet a student, your first step is to let us start you on your 2 week free trial.

  • Students: This month is about renewing your goals! Make sure you do the goal setting worksheets and visualization sheets, and I hope to see many Blackbelt Visualization boards hanging from the cieling soon! Congrats to the Flores family for being the first to get theirs up! I also look forward to talking to may more of you about your next step if you are not yet in our Blackbelt Leadership Training Course (LTC)! Ask your Sensei what you have to do to apply if you’re not sure yet.

CONGRATS TO ALL OUR FAMILIES WHO HAVE STARTED THEIR BLACKBELT LEADERSHIP TRAINING!

 

And, for everyone,

I would like to invite you to a very special event next Friday      9/11/2020, 7-8:30pm

·        My Leadership Team and I will be hosting a very special Tribute to the Leaders and Heros of 9/11. There will be a special video presentation, a special Leadership class and a ceremony to honor the leadership and heroism of the first responders and other leaders who lept into action in reaction to the horrors of that day.

·        I remember that Tuesday 19 years ago. I remember everything that happened that morning, where I was, what happened next and I remember making the difficult decision of rather or not to remain open that evening. We did. We believed the best thing we could do for our studentsm our community and our country was to continue to do what we do. We put a huge flag on the wall and we prayed and talked through what had happened. I intend to mount that same flag and have a simlar talk next Friday. I hope that you and your family will join us.

·        We will enjoy some food and fellowship after the class and presentation too.

·        Students, friends, families and guests Call 813-948-4844 to RSVP for this Free Community Event.

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