Communication and What’s Important Next

hello Tribe,

Grandmaster Del Castillo here and I want to share a few changes I am making to my daily email process, to communicate better to you.

Communication is of course one of the most important things we do, in any and all of our relationships, and I have found one of the hardest.

Even in my time as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, and later an Officer in the famous 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, communication was always one of the greatest challenges.

Communication is such an important topic- but, while I am feeling the pull to write more about it, that’s not the purpose of today’s email! So I’m resisting the urge.



1. Thank you Kelly Kuethe! Kelly is the mom of one of my great Blackbelt Leadership students and sent me a thank you email with a little constructive criticism sewn in. 🙂 She thanked me for sharing a little calendar of events of sorts about what was happening over the next few weeks and said it was exactly what she’s been needing. Then she said that she loves all my emails and reads as much as she can when she can, but that it would be very helpful if she knew exactly one email that she should definitely look to for info on what’s coming every week. 

So thanks for the input Kelley! As is my custom, I thought about it, and decided it was a great idea and came up with a plan to make it happen.

2. Starting this coming Monday, every Monday will be a newsletter from my EA Mrs. Ruthe Flores. She’ll have the calendar of events and other important info for the student family to know, celebrate together etc. And while this is especially for students, I’m going to have her share it with the whole tribe, former and future students too. After all, there are many events we want to invite you to too. 🙂

3. Tuesday and Thursday will be my writing, my Meditations on Mastery where I share my philosophies about leadership, martial arts, personal and professional development, time and resource management, life, relationships, you know- everything i think about. 🙂 And, of course, our Mission of creating confident and competent Blackbelt Leaders, prepared to survive and thrive in any situation, and empowered to lead, where they’re at and into their futures.

4. Friday will be an email from my Program Director, Mr. John Warwick, who will share important reminders about special events and other things important to the academy students and families, and our extended tribe as well. And my son, Sensei Winston, the Head Instructor of KMMA HQ, will share important martial arts information, some fave self defense or kickboxing techniques and/or training techniques and such on Saturdays. 

I know both of these men will add so much to your experience as well as Ms. Ruthe.


Have I mentioned lately how grateful I am for my Team?

I sure am- proud and grateful.


I’m grateful for you too!

 here’s the You Tube live I did this morning on Focusing our Focus, specifically reference our growth and our priorities. 

Click to play video

Just in case you’re one of those that likes my leadership philosophy stuff. 

I hope it’s helpful.



Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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

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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.

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