Tougher than Tough

Meet my dog, Krav.

He’s 5 months old, and appropriately named.

Krav is a great dog- cute, loving, compassionate and committed, but also tough.

I couldn’t resist sharing this story, from this morning.

I went up to shower to get ready for the day at KMMA.

When I came down, my wife Barb said, “I gave him that brand new toughie toy when you went up and he has it almost all torn apart already!”

First thought was, named him well. 🙂

Second was that he’s a good dog, that would never hurt anyone…

but i bet he sure could if he needed to defend my wife or someone else.

And of course, that’s what Krav’s all about-

not the dog, the Krav Maga self defense part of our curriculum I mean.

My students develop Focus, Respect, Discipline, Confidence, Gratitude and Vision; and character and communication skills such that they would never willingly engage in violent conflict.

But they’re also taught to be tough, with the physical, mental and emotional attributes to survive and thrive in any situation- rather that be defense of self or others, or any of the trials and tribulations that are part and parcel of life.

I am so grateful that my team and I get to help bring up Blackbelt Leaders who are tough.

Because being tough is not a bad thing; especially when we need it.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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

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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