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Winner Wednesday Blackbelt


This morning I was thinking about writing about Taylor Hixson, KMMA Blackbelt and US Naval Aviator, or Ceyla Escendimir, Gerge Washington University Graduate and DC Lawyer, or Madison Ogilvie that is on a full ride scholarship to LSU and pursuing her dream to be a veterinarian; or about any other one of the military, educational and career success stories of KMMA Blackbelts, and they are to come!

We’re making a Wall of Fame at the academy right now to honor KMMA Blackbelt Leaders that have gone on to take the Blackbelt Leadership Excellence and principles they learned “out of the dojo and into the world”.


But today, with our next Blackbelt Test and Extravaganza right around the corner, I’m going to honor them.

Testing for their first or next steps of Probationary Blackbelt are:

Flynn Cummings (Step 2)
Matthew Zheutlin (Step 2)
Elena Bailey (Step 1)
Isabel Bailey (Step 1)
Katie Bailey (Step 1)
Robert Carpenter (Step 1)
Nathan Dorman (Step 1)
Scott Dorman (Step 1)
Jordan Flores (Step 1)
Abby Gilbert (Step 1)
Scott Gilbert (Step 1)
Aiden Lovallo (Step 1)
Eva Lovallo (Step 1)
Ayden Spenceley (Step 1)
Elvia Torres (Step 1)
Nathan Zheutlin (Step 1)


and testing for their Certified Blackbelts, first degree, are:

Geno Flores III
Ruthe Flores
Gabby Gray
Lia Guevara
Anna Mathura
Charlie Wittwer


Join me in congratulating each and all of these students as they take one step closer to becoming a Blackbelt Leader and their calling in the world, rather that be off to college, career or even staying to help bring up the next generation of Blackbelt Leaders at KMMA!

Our Blackbelt Extravaganza is September 26 by the way. Send me your address if you’d like a ticket!

Friends, families and community are welcome! It’s a great place to just catch a vision of what can be if you’re considering joining us.


This Winner Wednesday, I also wanted to share something from my morning reading, because I agree with the author on how important this trait is:

Decisiveness saves a lot of time.

  People waste a lot of time on indecisiveness for a whole host of reasons: lack of clarity about their intentions; lack of confidence in themselves and their decision making capabilities; insufficient information or a lack of trust in its sources; and maybe worst of all, a habit of decision avoidance or procrastination for not good reason but it’s ingrained habit-force.Some people believe that slowly made decisions are better than quickly made ones, but I’ve certainly seen no evidence of this in my own experience- with clients and in my study of exceptionally successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders. You can even make a solid case for failing forward fast. If you are a painfully slow and anxious decision-maker, it’d be good to identify the root cause and eradicate it.

Dan S. Kennedy

NO BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs


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Final note on Winner Wednesday, I’ll be interviewing our own Bob Carpenter on my Meditations On Mastery Podcast today!

I can’t wait to get it to you. Bob’s story, attitude and perseverance is great and I know he’ll have lots of good to share.


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!
Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief 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.

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