TBT and Throwing Forward

That logo is a TBT- throwback Thursday.

It is the logo I designed when I opened the school in October of 2000.

My Blackbelt Leadership Program has come a LOOOONG way since then…

but clearly I had already decided that my program would be about more than just the kicking and punching.

At that time, I had Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do and Karate, and experience with kickboxing and Jeet Kune Do; I hadn’t even started Krav Maga yet!

That would be my next training evolution! And a story for another time.


The point of my message this morning is really this:

   TBT is fun because it helps us remember good times from the past; but we shouldn’t live there.

As surely as we shouldn’t spend too much time focused on our mistakes of the past, we shouldn’t revel too long in the accomplishments of the past either.

We should use both as fuel for the future.

I learn from the past- my mistakes, failures and successes.

I fondly remember certain times, events, accomplishments and people and celebrate these.

I am grateful for so many people that have helped me along the way.

But more than anything, I use all of it to create the future.

Throwback is fun, but throwing forward is better!

When we live in the past- the negative or positive past- we are imprisoned there.

But when we view the past as our history and, more importantly, the preparation for what’s important next, we live vibrantly in the present to create an even better future!

It’s what I love about leadership!


I love applying this lesson to my own life, and empowering my team and students with this lesson and the training thereof.

At the time I am writing this, I am training a whole new team, launching a new and better CRM and making other improvements to my personal and professional life and contributions that will help make tomorrow better for everyone- my family and team, but also my students and even future students!

   We are working, running and training daily to be better, stronger and faster every day! 

And sometimes, as with our martial arts, we have to slow down to go faster.

We evaluate what we are doing daily, to make sure we’re getting it right.

As always, life imitates art when it comes to the fact that we apply the same principles to our life and business as we do to our martial art.

And through it all, we lead!


I LOVE training this next generation of amazing KMMA Sensei and staff, because it’s throwing into the future…

What we sow today determines what we reap tomorrow.

Today, I am grateful for all the great students, Sensei, mentors, and others, who have helped me make Krav Maga Martial Arts the amazing leadership development academy that it is today, and empowered so many people to lives of abundance, prosperity and leadership too.

I am proud and grateful of them, and of you!


And I am especially proud of and excited for my current and future Sensei and staff, that will help me lead us into an even greater level of service and accomplishment!

Thank you for being with me on this quest to be our best!

On to the next training evolution!


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

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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 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.

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.

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