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A Leadership Tribute To The Heroes

I asked my son to prepare a video salute for my 9/11 Leadership Tribute To The Heroes tonight.

I am very proud of what he put together and I hope you like it too.


We all remember where we were that day. I was in my dojo (martial arts training room); my first one. It was a little 1,000 sf room and my office was a closet. But the relevant part to the story is that a student of mine was also the Marine Recruiter right next door.

Matt (the Marine) came running in while I was training that morning, yelling excitedly that I needed to come with him. When I got next door and saw the plane run into the second tower, I thought he was pranking me. A moment later I realized this was no joke.


I will be telling more about the story tonight- including what we did as a dojo in response to the events of that day.


I will also be teaching on some leadership lessons we can take away from that day.

·        You never know when you are standing in history. In a moment, everything can change. This is why we must take every moment seriously and make the most of whatever we are dealt, wherever we are and whomever we are with. One day, that moment may be history.

·        Leadership is revealed in times of crisis. We’ll talk a lot on this tonight. There is no doubt that we can tell a lot more about people’s character and leadership in times of trouble that in times of ease. We learn a lot more about who we are too.



“If you’re not ready the moment things happen, then you’re irrelevant.”

— Gen. James Amos, discussing his vision for the U.S. Marine Corps with Men’s Health in June 2011.



·        We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training. Leaders, firefighters, police officers and medical professionals all rose or fell to the level of their training on this day 19 years ago. The same has been true of the many days since. The principal is true for self defense, for leadership and for calm and courage under stress. This is why we train.



Stephen Del Castillo

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, KMMA


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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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