Blog Meditations on Mastery

What’s Your Goal?

One of the lessons that one of my best leadership mentors taught me was to never accomplish a goal without already having set my next one.

There are many inherent reasons that this is important, but not least is to avoid the trap of complacency; the void that comes when we “arrive”.


As it is test week this week at Krav Maga Martial Arts, and as we will be testing Blackbelts and various degrees thereof this Sunday,

and then graduating them next Saturday at The Blackbelt Extravaganza,

this is a very timely lessson to teach.


Every student promoting to any level of belt less than 1st Degree Blackbelt should be setting their goal to become a 2nd Degree Blackbelt!

Anyone that’s accomplished that one should be setting their goal to Master level, or 2 levels up.

Sensei Sarah Church, for example, is testing for her 2nd Degree Blackbelt Sunday, and has already set a goal to be a 4th Degree Master by September of 2027! Sensei Kyle Bierly is testing for his 3rd Degree, and has already set his goal to be a 5th Degree by Setptember of 2029!


Amazing things happen when we take a long-term focus on our goals.

Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but underestimate what they can do in five!


What goals are you setting?

We’d love to help!


Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo, 7th Degree

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts  813-948-4844

KMMA adult karate

Sensei Kyle Bierly, Sensei Sarah Church and Shihan Harley Del Castillo

Team KMMA! 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.

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