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build them and they will go

It was hard letting my son Diego off to the Army a couple of weeks ago.

I wrote about that and about gratitude for the great times we’ve had together in my blog post “Cause Nothing Else Matters”. You can read it here.

But my confession and meditation today is that it is hard every time one of my Blackbelt Leaders goes.


In the same way that it is our job to raise up our children in the way they should go as parents, it is mine to prepare them to go in my dojo.

While some will stay and help me for a season, Team KMMA and I  build Blackbelt Leaders up with Confidence, Competence, Courage, Candor, Commitment and a host of Blackbelt Leadership Principles and Skills- and then they leave us.

It’s a bittersweet Mission. In fact, for years I didn’t get it and I took it really hard when I poured my heart and soul into my Sensei and then they would leave me.

But now I do get it. I build them so they will go. It’s exactly what we prepare them to do through our Blackbelt Leadership Training Program.


Our Vision is to improve individuals, families and society one Blackbelt at a time.

Our mission: 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.


By definition we build them up so that they can go.

Our Blackbelt Leaders go forth to be leaders in their homes, in business, ministry, community, the military and they improve our world.

We equip them with the attitude and aptitude for success, the weapons to win the war (of the mind) and the Leadership skills not only to be productive and happy contributors to society, but to find their voice and help others to do the same.


Today I realize that rather than be remorseful when my Blackbelt Leaders reach maturity and are ready to launch, I am proud of and excited for them.

After all it’s every young person’s call to go forth and affect their world; just as it is ours to prepare them!


The conundrum of course is that it means we are always having to begin again developing new leaders for our mission.

But this is in fact no problem at all, but rather our purpose and calling.

It is what we do.


Prepare to Live,

Empower to Lead!


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Founder & Chief Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts


  • KMMA students, THANK YOU for allowing us to live our calling empowering you and your family to live yours! Make sure you are on the KMMA Official Page and/or email here as I have something special I need to share with you and make sure that you receive.




———————————————————————————————————————- 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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