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Day one

Today many of my students, along with a couple million other kids in Florida, started back to school!

In most cases, the parents and the kids as well are excited to start back- and of course facebook is flooded with pics of all these wonderful children as they enthusiastically begin their next year of school.

The first years, like those kindergarten and 1st grades, are especially memorable. They represent first times for the children and first times for the parents too.

One day, the child will graduate from high school and be off to college and/or their career;

I can tell you by experience, these years pass too quickly.

My grandson Triton on his first day of first grade at Sanders Elementary School. He’s very excited.


First days of martial arts training are the same way too.

I can still remember my first intro class, and that was 40 years ago.

In the 21 years that I have been teaching martial arts professionally,  I have had the great honor and privilege of training up hundreds of great Blackbelt Leaders.

Many went on to full ride scholarships in college, and all went on to become successful leaders in professional fields: some law, some business, some the military or the ministry.

Taylor Hixson is one of my first generation Blackbelts who went on to a successful career as a US Navy Officer and Aviator.


But whatever calling my Blackbelt Leaders go on to do, they all have two things in common.

  1. They have been equipped with the Focus, Respect, Discipline, Confidence, Gratitude and Vision, plus the grit, attitude and leadership training, to be successful in whatever they do.
  2. Every Blackbelt started as a white belt and had a day one.


Schedule Your Day One Today! 

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt
Founder & Chief Master Instructor,
Krav Maga Martial Arts


Shihan Diego is my middle son, a 4th Degree Blackbelt, an A student in college to be an engineer and training to be a US Army Officer as well.

He started his training with his day one about 16 years ago.

The years do pass fast!

Make the most of them while you have them!!!

p.s. families can train together at KMMA!

Start yours here! 


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