Batman made my Day


Batman was a student of mine for many years.

He went off into the world doing great things; you know, fighting crime and such.

But he surprised me yesterday, calling and asking if I’d like him to help me at the Wesley Chapel Fall Festival.


He showed up and took pictures with the kids, and we caught up a little.

I didn’t know it, but he also shared some stories about impact and influence I had had on his life growing up with my neighbor at the event, George, who was selling some great walking, talking stuffed animals- I bought a couple for my grandson…


Anyway, George told me about the stories while Batman was away on a Bat-Call.

When Batman returned, I asked him about it; and he made my day.

He told me that I had done so much to help him, mentor him and grow him during a very dark and difficult time in his life and closed with “I often look back on those years and wonder how my life would have been if I hadn’t met you. I know things wouldn’t have turned out as great.”


Batman made my day on so many levels.

First, this is why I do what I do. The fuel for me are the positive changes that my students make in their lives AND the positive impact they then make on their world.

Batman has a great mission, business, family, and life and not only credits me and my mission for some of that, but also is a true Superhero always giving back and serving those around him.


He came to help me yesterday, and make my day, as an expression of our 5th Blackbelt Superpower, Gratitude.

For that, I am grateful and inspired.


Join my league of Blackbelt Leadership Superheroes! 

This week begins our Fall Blackbelt Goal Setting Season at our Blackbelt Leadership Academy!

Finish the year strong and posture to make ’23 a SUPER year!




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


p.s. in this case, I know Batman wouldn’t mind me revealing his true identity. For parties, events or other gatherings that could use a Superhero or other special character, you can reach him on facebook, or let me know if you need him… i have a Bat-signal.




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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