That’s Why They Call It a Test

Krav Maga Martial Arts are stripe testing next week…

that’s not a really hard one.

But it’s important. The stripe test is a progress check wherein instructors make sure students have their required attendance and are showing progressive competence in the material we have been training.

It’s an important check on learning, so that the students and instructors know what needs to happen to make sure the student will be ready for testing…

so that they can do what they must to prepare to succeed!

Then, next month, they’ll have another stripe test at the end of the month.

And in September, the belt test!

That’s of course a bit harder…

the standard is a little higher.

Because, if the students and instructors have been doing what they are supposed to, they are prepared

They knew what they had to do to get ready- because of those progress checks in July and August.

You know what else is happening in September.

Some students are testing for Blackbelts!

These tests, whatever degree they are testing to, are much harder- physically, mentally, and emption ally more challenging…

And here are the 3 important points of this lesson:

1. the Blackbelts are ready- prepared to survive and thrive during this grueling test. Why? Because they’ve been preparing for years now.

2. Why’s the test so demanding in the first place? Because of the immensity of the reward. Our Blackbelt Leaders are prepared to survive and thrive in any self defense or other challenging situation in life! And also prepared to lead, themselves and others, where they’re at and into their future!

3. All of life’s great tests are like that. The greater the potential reward, the greater the test. It’s our job to check our progress along the way- and, if we’re lucky, we have some mentors to help. When we prepare regularly and consistently, and check our progress along the way, we’ll be ready for the test when comes that day.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del CastilloFounding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial

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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.

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