The ABCs of Success

The lesson of the week is The Blackbelt Success System.

You’ll get it in class, or you can watch it here.


We are also giving our intro to the ABCs of Success in our Basic Training class.

It’s the system students use to become confident and competent Blackbelt Leaders…

and the same system Blackbelt Leaders use to accomplish every other worthy goal in life.


The ABCs of Success are:

Technique– The techniques that we teach in our Blackbelt Leadership Program are not only the martial arts techniques of krav maga, kickboxing, karate and kali, but also the techniques that we teach students for success in the martial arts, in school, in career, relationships and life.

These include the Blackbelt Superpowers of Focus, Respect, Discipline, Confidence, Gratitude and Vision, our character development program, and techniques for mental and emotional control, decision making, teamwork, leadership and even public speaking. These techniques prepare students for Blackbelt Leadership Excellence in life!

Aim– We teach the students the importance of aim as pertains to them breaking a board with a sidekick. If they miss the target, striking the board too high or too low or, of course, missing the board all together, it will not break.

The same is true in life. Success is about hitting the mark. That’s why we teach students goal setting and goal getting skills, how to apply the Blackbelt Success System and the attitudes and aptitudes that favor success.

Back-up– Back-up body mass is the principle of putting all of ones body weight into every technique. It is essential to break the board.

Back-up is also essential to success in life. As with the case of any worthy goal, becoming a Blackbelt can be hard. And distractions, obstacles and set-backs will occur. When they do, it’s important that a student has back-up.

In the academy, this back-up includes the Sensei, parent and spouses and even other students of our tribe. These help the student stay focused on their goal, and remember why they set it in the first place.

After all, Discipline is the superpower that keeps us committed to our goal long after the excitement in which we set it wears off.

And like all of the elements of the Blackbelt Success System and Blackbelt Leadership itself, this system may be used again and again throughout one’s life. One common attribute of all really successful people is that they persevered when others quit. We develop students with the grit, attitudes and skills to do that.

Confidence- Confidence is essential. Not only do confident people achieve more, but they also lead more positive, productive, happy and fulfilled lives. We all know someone who struggles with anxiety. Confidence, our fourth Blackbelt Superpower is the anecdote to that.

Speed– Speed in the martial aspect of our martial art is obvious. In life and leadership, we call this “decisiveness”.

Studies have shown that the most successful people make decisions rapidly because they are clear on their values and what they really want for their lives.

Tony Robbins



Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts 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.

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