A Blessing or a Curse

Today I am grateful for the gift of leadership; it’s a huge responsibility, but preparedness makes it a great adventure and a Blessing instead of a curse.


I was thinking about a teachable moment I was about to have with a follower when I wrote this, and how every leadership interaction we have with anyone is an opportunity to do good or do harm.


The gift of leadership is a huge responsibility because of this. Our leadership behavior and decisions have huge impact. We are responsible for the happiness, productivity, effectiveness, growth and prosperity of those we lead. Our leadership affects their lives and their livelihoods.

Leadership is not to be taken lightly.


That’s why I am grateful for the decades of great leadership training and experience I have gained through military, corporate and business experience, as well as through the training for my MBA and the great tutelage from great leadership mentors in the martial arts, military and other pursuits.

Because leadership is like real world self defense; you don’t know for sure when you are going to need it, but hope to be prepared when you do.


I am also grateful that today the biggest parts of my mission are leading other leaders and preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.

For more information on my Blackbelt Leadership Program, email me and say hi. I’d love to tell you more.


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts




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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