The Gap

One of the important Blackbelt Leadership Principles we teach at KMMA is CANI-

an acronym I got from Tony Robbins that stands for Constant and Never-ending Improvement. 


And it’s an important one.

We should all strive to become better and higher versions of ourselves, in every area important to us.


There is a gap between goals and accomplishment and, as the late great Jim Rohn taught me, and my leaders and I also teach our students at our Blackbelt Leadership Academy,

   Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.


Having said this, my reading this morning illuminated another important angle of this growth mindset…

it was an important lesson for me to hear, as I am sometimes guilty, and so I wanted to share it with you today.


There is also a gap between where we are and where we used to be…

Dean Graziosi reminded me this morning that, when we feel frustrated that we aren’t progressing quickly enough, or for some other reason are distracted from our goals, stuck, or otherwise demotivated-

we need to stop, turn around and look at how far we have already come!

We need to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments, feel proud of them and ourselves, and feel happy, grateful and empowered,before turning back around and back to work on our personal and professional development and goals.


When we do, we will do so better- and feel better about ourselves and the process too!

   As I read about it this morning three scenarios came to mind:

  1. being a very goal-oriented person, I needed to hear this! 
  2. I thought about the would be Blackbelt Leaders who quit on their goal along the way, and I wondered if I could have helped them by sharing this.
  3. I stopped and turned around and expressed gratitude for all the amazing Blackbelt Leaders who did make it to the goal, many who went on to amazing leadership positions outside of the dojo and in the world, and many who stayed to help me sow into the next. I took time to be grateful for how far I have come, as a student, teacher, father, husband, leader and businessman.

I am proud and grateful, AND focused on what I can do to be even better to help even more people accomplish all of their goals! 

Team KMMA and I are motivated, dedicated and on a quest to help you be fitter, better, stronger, faster than you were before; to help you accomplish all of your personal goals for you and your family, and to help you become Blackbelts if you have that goal too!


See you in class soon!



Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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


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If you were a student once and left, we’d love to see you too. 

Sensei Mackenzie took a couple of years off after her first degree blackbelt but then came back and got her 2nd, and is testing for her 3rd next month! She’s an amazing Blakcbelt Leader and a Sensei at KMMA too!

     She and I and the rest of the team can’t wait to welcome you back too! 




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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