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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!
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 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?
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.
Our Martial Arts Team Takes Great Pride In The Reviews We Receive
See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs
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!
Parents want the best for their kids! Not all schools are the same. KMMA is EXTRAORDINARY! It is many steps beyond the rest. We were blessed with two kids that are FULL OF ENERGY. KMMA is the perfect fit for them. They are kept moving all the time, and they never sit out waiting for their turn. They get their aerobic activity while learning real life defense skills. My kids are learning real techniques to protect themselves. Most importantly, they are learning how to be good human beings during the class. Academic schools do not have the time to really create a good human being with wholesome values. They can say they do it, but they really do not have time for this with all the state requirements and bureaucracy that must be met. A good human being takes time to nurture and develop. KMMA is truly committed to this task. The way a business will succeed and flourish is by its' leaders. It is a pyramid effect. The philosophy at the top ripples to the bottom. Great leadership is definitely seen from the Grand Master, to the instructors, all the way down to the students. Kids absorb everything they are surrounded by. The instructors at KMMA are exceptional role models for my kids to learn from. They are kind, understanding, and great leaders. Before my kids are promoted to the next level, they must document their self discipline, healthy lifestyle, and the leadership roles they are performing in addition to their regular skills training. The classes are always fun. My kids love KMMA! Before you go anywhere else, try KMMA! You will not regret it, and your kids will be truly happy! Don't miss out on your blessing! --- Jazmine Diamantopoulos
If you are looking for guidance, physical or spiritual this is the place! Need your kid to learn importance of teamwork and community, again this is the place! You want to reach you dream of focusing your energy and finally earning that elusive dream of becoming a black belt, again this is the place and these are the people who will walk with you side by side trough out your journey!