What direction are you headed?

I sometimes find myself remourseful over my sins of the past, or regretful about my past mistakes.

But both of these sentiments are counterproductive; once we have repented from our sins and learned from our mistakes,

we need to move forward.

 

There is a reason that our windshield is so big and our rear view mirror so small.

Can you imagine if it were the other way?

If your rear view was bigger than your windshield it would be impossible to move- forward anyway.

You could only go back.

 

Our life is like that too. It is imperative that we learn from our past, but that we live and work in the present to create the future.

That’s how winning is done, and that’s when we are happiest.

 

And it’s not just the past that can distract us from where we want to go. So can the present.

 

We can allow circumstances to steal our joy and stifle our future.

Just look at individual and corporate responses to the Corona pandemic.

 

  • Some are allowing it to be an excuse to keep them where they are at- or worse.
  • Others have managed to find ways to adapt and overcome and get on with their lives.
  • And still others have used this challenge as a reason to not only survive but thrive, finding new ways to do what they do or reinventing themselves completely.

 

What direction are you going? Do you have meaningful goals that you’re chasing? Are you growing? Are we teaching our children to do the same?

 

These are important questions.

We are in complete control of who we choose to be and how we choose to react, to both our past and to our present circumstances.

 

Here are a few important action steps to help you do so:

  1. Know who you want to be, how you want to be and what direction you want to go in your life.
  2. Be careful of your self talk. Leave your past in your past and when the voice in your head that reminds you of previous failures starts talking, tell him to shut up and sit back down. You got work to do.
  3. Be careful how you react to other people.
    • Remember that noone can “make you” do or feel anything. We can’t control another’s behavior, but we can always control the way we react.
  4. PARI regularly to make sure you’re still going in the right direction.
    • PARI= Plan, Act, Review, Improve

 

I will freely admit that nothing I have shared in this blog is easy. Like so many things, this process is simple but not easy.

I write to remind myself what to do as well as to share with you.

 

I hope it’s helpful, and now we all get a choice about what we will do.

 

 

Stephen J. Del Castillo, MBA

Founder & Master Instructor, KMMA

 

 

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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

 

Are You Grateful?

Are you grateful for all the blessings in your life?

I sure am.

I am grateful in fact for a habit I have, that I acquired from one of our Blackbelt Leadership students, Mrs. Lynn Schrader, in which I post one thing I am grateful for every single day on my personal facebook page.

 

I am grateful for my mission that I wrote 20 years ago and that I get to execute with the most amazing Team and students every day, whom I am also grateful for. I am grateful for a great wife, great family and friends and for my personal realationship with my personal Lord and Savior who is with me every day.

And listen, it’s not that everything is perfect all the time, but it is that there is always something to be grateful for.

We get more of what we focus on- energy flows where focus goes.

So I challenge you to focus on being grateful.

It’s one of the best ways to attract more to be grateful about.

Stephen Del Castillo

Founder & Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

 

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   There will be awesome prozes for every guest, the student who brings the most guests, best costume for kids, best costume for teens, best costume for adults, and best family costume!! Team KMMA and I will be there in our best costumes too!

Fun, food, fellowship, candy, prizes.

      And it’s our 20 year anniversary too!

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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

 

How Will It End?

How will it end?

The great news is, that’s up to you.

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Stephen Covey teaches “Begin With The End In Mind” as the second of seven life changing principles to live a happier, more productive and more successful life.

Beginning with the end in mind means having a clear vision and plan for our life, and also for any specific project, area or goal in life that we hope to accomplish- and then also ensuring we take the actions that move us that direction (of the end in mind).

The concept is relevant in academic and business pursuits, in relationships and in the martial arts.

In the latter, both for its own sake and also as an analogy to and a preparation for success in all the rest, we paint the vision clearly.

The goal is to BECOME a Blackbelt.

The goal of every martial arts student is to punch like a blackbelt, kick like a blackbelt, be fast, powerful, focused and fit like a blackbelt;

the goal is also to have the discipline, grit, courtesy, modesty, integrity, perseverance, self control and other leadership skills that define a blackbelt.

 

But every student begins the same- as a white belt. It is the white belts job, and the job of the Sensei (teachers) that have gone before to paint the vision of what it will be to be a blackbelt, while the student is still a beginner.

Then this knowledge, humility, hunger and Vision pulls the student towards the accomplishment of this worthy goal.

In the 4 or so years it takes the student is transformed into the vision and becomes the Blackbelt he began with the vision of in his mind those years before.

 

This is one of the reasons that KMMA Blackbelts seem to have super-powers! Both the results of the process and the process itself prepare the Blackbelt for all that’s next, in the martial arts, in leadership and in life.

 

Be Your Best!

Shihan Steve Del Castillo, 7th Degree

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, KMMA

 

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Today I am grateful for Sensei Kyle Bierly and his leadership within KMMA and our whole community. He is a model student, excellent instructor and a positive influence on everyone he meets, including our students and other instructors, and even I. His commitment to excellence is beyond reproach and his example to be edified and emulated. He’s a role model to his students, instructors and everyone.

I’m also grateful to his father who entrusted him to me. I remember like yesterday the day 4 year old KJ (for Kyle Junior as Sensei Kyle was called then) wanted to quit along with his friend who did. I asked his father to give me time with him and i promised I would make him proud that he did. He did. Skip a few years and Kyle Senior came to me at his son’s 3rd Degree promotion just a couple of weeks ago to thank me personally for keeping my promise to him. It made me cry then and i’m crying again now just writing this. I am deeply honored and grateful to both of these great men for the opportunity to be a part of sowing into Sensei Kyle’s life then and for having his help in sowing into our next generation of leaders today! Osu!

 

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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

 

Goal Setting Season

One of the most important indicators of the life we get is the goals we set.

We should have Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGS) in every area of our life.

One of the most common and most harmful tendencies is to blame anything outside of our control for our condition.

Relinquishing control of the things we can control by blaming the things we can not control is one sure way to be sure we DON’T move in the direction of the life we would prefer.

 

The bad news is that this habit is hard to break for anyone that’s lived it for years.

     Bad habits are easy to make but hard to break; good habits are hard to make but easy to break.

But here’s the good news:

  1. You CAN eliminate negative habits and thought patterns that don’t serve you.

  2. You CAN replace them with new more positive habits and beliefs!

  3. We CAN help our children make positive habits and develop champion mindset even before they start creating the negative that they have to reprogram later!

  4. We CAN and WILL help you with ALL of this!

 

This is our mission at KMMA! If you’re not already on this quest with us, click here for your 2 week free trial!

 

For everyone else, it’s Blackbelt Goal Setting Season at KMMA!

  Stripe testing this week,

  • Bonus Bring A Buddy Kick or Treat Week next week, culminating on our Halloween Costume Party and Contest.

  • And then Blackbelt Goal setting season officially starts November 1st and do we have a great season planned for you!

  • Speaking of goal setting, I will also be teaching a Goal Setting and Board Breaking seminar this Friday night to kick it all off! Students, guests and everyone reading this email, yeah you too, are invited and encouraged to participate!

 

Take an important next step towards creating the life you envision for yourself and your family, wherever you are in the law of the process!

Hope to see you in class or at one of our exciting October events soon!

 

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo, MBA, 7th Degree Blackbelt

and your Goal Setting & Goal Getting Coach!

TampaKravMaga.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