About Us

About Us

About Our School

Welcome our Krav Maga Martial Arts website and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your family. Our team of dedicated martial arts professionals are standing by to assist you on enrolling into a program that is the perfect fit! We are a family leadership and character development program that also happens to teach the most practical self defense in the world! In every KMMA class you and/or your family will have fun, get a great workout and learn something new!

Krav Maga Martial Arts is located in the Lutz/Land O’ Lakes area, right where 41 and Dale Mabry merge. We have been empowering lives through martial art in Pasco and Hillsborough counties now for almost 20 years, since October of 2000. Krav Maga Martial Arts offers, pre-school karate kid classes, elementary aged karate kid programs, family martial art classes, Kickboxing classes and Krav Maga classes. Krav Maga Martial Arts Founder Shihan Stephen Del Castillo opened our dojo in Wesley Chapel in 2000, after serving as an officer in the US Army. Shihan Steve is a 7th Degree Blackbelt and Master Instructor that has been training for over 38 years. He’s also a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Tampa and A Master of Business Administration form the University of Phoenix. Shihan Del Castillo draws upon his years of military and other leadership experience to train students not just for success in the martial arts, but for success in life!

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The vision of Krav Maga Martial Arts is to touch lives in a positive way and improve people, families and society – one Black Belt at a time!

The mission is empowering lives through martial art!

  • To teach excellence, achieved through the values of perseverance and honor and conduct all business in accordance with these same values.
  • To arm children with self-esteem, provide them with the life skills of success and partner with parents and schools to prepare them to lead
  • productive lives.
  • To provide the highest quality instruction in the martial arts and help people realize their personal goals through our various programs.
  • To provide fun, positive and open atmosphere where people are respected, families are appreciated and community is strengthened.
  • To continuously evolve to better serve our customers and team members towards the realization of our mission statement and values.
  • To raise up tomorrow’s leaders today by providing the culture,training, environment and opportunities to the youth, teens, and adults can grow into the leaders they are called to be – in their homes, communities, country and world.

-Stephen J. Del Castillo

Founding Instructor, Oct 2000

Instructor/Owner

KMMA Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo

Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo is the Founder and Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt with over 38 years experience, as well as an MBA and a Former Captain in the U.S. Army. He has been operating our Martial Arts Academy since October of 2000. Shihan Del Castillo is A Master Instructor on the Board of Directors of Blackbelt Schools International. He has been Instructor Certified by Krav Maga Worldwide, International Krav Maga Federation and Krav Maga Global and has won numerous awards and accolades in the martial arts, including Master Instructor of the Year and Best Regional Martial Arts school by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. For all of Grand Master Del Castillo’s personal accomplishments, though, he says his greatest pride comes from the many great Blackbelts that have grown up at KMMA and gone onto amazing leadership positions either here as instructors or in the US military, business, college or ministry work. He is happily married to Barbara Del Castillo and the proud father of five. When Master Del Castillo isn’t training people in the martial arts or training other trainers to do so, he enjoys reading, training, church and family time and touring on his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle.

Why Choose Krav Maga Martial Arts?

Leadership Development

Our world class instructors not only ensure that students have fun, get a great workout and learn something new in every class, but develop leaders. We prepare youth to lead at school, in college and to uncover and empower their calling for the future. We partner with parents, who often train alongside them, to raise up kids in the way they should go. The adults in our program appreciate our leadership program too, many already leaders in their own industries. We are a community of leaders continuing to grow. Come join our leadership family!

Real World Self Defense

We also happen to teach the most practical self defense in the world. We pray for the best but train for the worst. We will train your body and mind to survive any threat, defend your family and get home safe. Krav Maga is the self defense system of the Israeli military and teaches self defense versus modern day threats including strikes, grabs and holds, stick, knife and gun.

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LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING

  • I’ve been involved in the martial arts for several years now and I am very picky about where I train. I know that a great martial arts master has the protentional to influence every single thing that I do. Not only will they protect my life by teaching me certain self-defense skills but the way in which I deliver those skills, my attitude and my demeanor will be impacted by my teacher.

    I chose to train at Krav Maga Martial Arts (KMMA) in Land O’Lakes because when Grand Master Steve Del Castillo teaches, he’s not just delivering a product or service… he is reinforcing a lifestyle and providing leadership training that will be with me for the rest of my life.

    Some people may be a little intimidated by the aggressive nature of Krav Maga as self-defense training. At KMMA, students can train in a way that provides them real world experience that comes from practice however KMMA delivers the lessons in a way that I can still give my best; whether sparring or practicing without being intimidated because of the aggressive nature of Krav Maga. Families train here alongside individuals including business people, college students and people of all ages. Personally, I travel a lot for my job and when I couldn’t take a class, I really missed it and could not get the same impact of just simply training on my own. Now and since the Covid19 response, KMMA offers a virtual alternative to training which I have to admit has kept me in shape and connected to the leadership lessons I utilize every day.

    If you have been curious about Krav Maga…the virtual class is a great way to step into the dojo…. of course, if you go in-person you will be welcomed and will feel comfortable to try new things….and maybe even train with me too!

  • Highly recommended. Excellent Real-World self-defense training. Many years of experience in the world of martial arts and very impressive black belt retention compared to other schools in the area. This is a dojo that caters to adults and children. When I was looking for a school for my son, I specifically looked for one that had significant adult student enrollment. To me, it is a measure of how real, how serious and how effective the school is. It’s not just child’s play, it’s the real deal.

  • I love everything about this place! I went for a free women's self-defense class and then was offered a two week trial of their Krav Maga classes and I loved them! This style of martial arts is so much better than the karate I took as a kid! There are no katas or routines to learn; it's all about self-defense. You hit your attacker with everything you've got and get home safely. You can do these techniques whether you're a 300 pound man or a 100 pound grandmother.

    I was concerned, at first, that I wouldn't be able to do this sort of thing because of my back and neck problems, but I was encouraged to work at my own pace and everyone has been very accommodating. I've been going for just over two months now and I can already stand a lot longer than I could before and I'm getting stronger with every class! I've found that many of the other adults have similar limitations or old injuries and we've all been able to do these classes. If you're not sure if you can do it, do a two week free trial and find out! You might be surprised.

    I also love the welcoming, family atmosphere here! The instructors all learned my name right away and have welcomed me to every class. They use a lot of positive reinforcement and high fives, so I always feel good there.

    Finally, I love what I'm learning there! I can already defend myself from chokes, headlocks and some knife attacks and I also know how to hit back hard and fast! As a single woman, I love knowing that I can defend myself if attacked! That alone is invaluable! I feel stronger and more self-confident and that feeling has carried over into my everyday life.

    I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone take these classes!

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