54 and 23…Proud, Grateful, and Green and Growing


I celebrated my 54th birthday Thursday, and I couldn’t be happier about what I got to do.

My friend and mentor Grandmaster Jeff Smith spent the day with me and my team.

I am proud and grateful that for almost half my life, the last 23 years, I have been living my calling by building my leadership development academy, and sowing into many leaders over these years- as I continue to grow too.


I learn so much from Grandmaster Smith every time he visits me; and that’s why I keep bringing him.

As he always says, you’re either green and growing or ripe and rotting, and I am grateful that I’m still doing the first!


He didn’t just train me though, he sowed into my team too…

including my son Sensei Winston; and, watching him grow, that’s a birthday gift every father will understand.



Today I am proud of and grateful for my Team KMMA, my mission, my school and my mentor.

If I live another 54 years, I hope I’m still green and growing.


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

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EmPOWERing Fathers


p.s. we shared some great food and fellowship too.


and now we are going to ride Harleys! He’s 75 and still sowing, growing and riding hard! I plan to follow in all these ways too. I think his level of activity, leadership, contribution and leaving a legacy is what keeps him so strong and youthful, and I plan to follow his footsteps.




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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