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Fantastic Friday Training – Building a Great Team

Yesterday somebody commented on one of my facebook posts and said “you got a great team sir”.

I thanked them.

And upon reflecting on my sentiment about the comment, I realized I was not just grateful- but proud.

I was first cautious of that, but then realized that it was not the bad kind of pride that comes before the fall, but just another kind of gratitude- that feeling that comes from accomplishment when your hard work pays off.


You see, I do have a great team.

And yet, this great team is composed largely of more relative new additions than many of my other great teams that have come before.

There are three lessons for my fellow leaders:

  1. Having a great team is not an accident but conversely hard work and our most important job.
  2. It’s an all the time job. I have come to the realization that, of all the important work that I do, the hiring, training and development of dream team is my first and foremost responsibility and,
  3. Not a job to be done “when I need to” but rather one I always need to focus on.

And I strongly suspect that this is true for most organizations that strive to be great.

I’m not going to write more on the subject but close with two comments and two questions:

  1. KMMA is a leadership development academy that also happens to teach the most practical self defense in the world. Therefore, every KMMA student is at once a member of a great team, the benefactor of the excelence of my dream team and learning to be a great leader too!
  2. Like all things leadership, team building is a science and an art and can be learned. Just as with our martial arts, practice under the right mentors can prepare you for excellence in this skill too.

The questions are:

a. Would you like to be a member of the KMMA Dream Team one day?

b. Do you own a business or lead an organization such that you would appreciate some furhter focused training on team building skills?


I look forward to hearing from you.


Empower 2 Lead!

Stephen Del Castillo, GM KMMA

Leader, Author, MBA


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 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.

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