Meditations on Mastery

Becoming a Blackbelt

KMMA Student,

I hope you will share this with your kids if they’re the one on the quest- and join them if you’re not yet. 😉


The quest to Blackbelt Excellence, Blackbelt Leadership and to the Blackbelt and progressive degrees thereof is not an easy one.

It takes Focus, Determination, Hard Work, Perseverance, Modesty, and Indomitable Spirit- which is just a fancy way of saying that you develop an attitude of winning that never quits and do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals!


I am writing you this message to tell you 3 important things as your teacher, guide, master instructor and friend:

1.   You are on the journey! ENJOY it! Savor every lesson, every workout, the accompishment of every goal and every victory! Have fun!

2.   Always be willing to challenge yourself!

    You know how in class the Sensei ask, “Are you ready for a challenge” and you say “bring it on sir!” Have that attitude over every worthy goal. Rather at school, home, work or in the dojo, when someone challenges you to take a next step that can improve your performance and your life, don’t think about it too hard. Don’t wonder if you can do it. Say yes! And then figure out how you will succeed!

3.   Celebrate your successes and those of others!


The third is of course a very timely message, because we have testing next week and then the Blackbelt Extravaganza (celebration) October 3!

Every student that tests and passes next week will be promoted to the next rank at this event. But it’s especially important you come to help celebrate the Blackbelts. They are doing what Blackbelts do- leading the way through example. 4

Sensei Diego Del Castillo and Sensei Carolyn Borton are testing for their 4th Degree Master ranks!

Sensei Kyle Bierly is testing for his 3rd Degree and Sensei Sarah Church, Michelle Cummings and Aryana Scrimshaw are testing for their 2nd.


All of these are great accomplishments worthy of praise!

I can’t wait to celebrate each of them, and each of you, as you each and all take your next steps towards Blackbelt Execellence and Mastery.


On the Quest,

Shihan Stephen J. Del Castillo and Krav Maga Martial Arts have been empowering lives through the martial arts in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years!

Founded in 2000 by Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo, a 7th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Krav Maga Martial Arts Adult Krav Maga training is a complete adult self defense, fitness, and conditioning program for adults who want to learn real world self defense, lose weight, and/or get (and stay in shape).

If you have any questions about our program, or would like to go ahead redeem your 2 weeks FREE, you can call us anytime at 813-547-6368 or visit our Krav Maga Martial Arts website.

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.

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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