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Fantastic Friday – Where are you and what are you doing?

It’s Fantastic Friday!

My wife and I are in Annapolis at the US Naval Academy, learning from and with Captain Cao who is a graduate of here, Grand Masters Oliver and Smith, and many other martial arts leaders from around the country.

We are here to learn, to marinate, to recharge, to mastermind and to grow.

Shihan Harley, who is testing for his 5th degree Blackbelt next September, earning his brown belt many years ago. The road to mastery is a lifetime journey.


Meanwhile, my Team will be conducting Fantastic Friday operations back at the dojo, to include Shihan Harley, my son and senior student and instructor, who will be teaching the Leadership seminar tonight.

That seminar is the final rehearsal and tryout to be on the Kali Demo Team for the Blackbelt Extravaganza next week! 

So try to make it if you are a Blackbelt Leadership student who hasn’t already this month- or even for extra practice if you did!


Shihan Harley and Shihan Diego, 2 of my four sons and 2 of the 5 current Master Instructors on Team KMMA.


Also, if you’re reading this and you’re a student, I trust you made your two classes this week and passed your stripe test!

I hope you did, and that you’re fired up for the belt test and then graduation next week!

And some of you are even going to be joining me for The Blackbelt Retreat if you qualify, or maybe for the Saturday Krav Camp if you’re not a Blackbelt or candidate yet!


my youngest son, Sensei Winston, hoisting my grandson Triton, at the last graduation.

Triton’s mother, my daughter Heather, is a KMMA Blackbelt too! (well Daimyo era, but my Blackbelt nonetheless)


The point is, everyone should be doing something to learn, and grow, and marinate, and stay motivated towards the accomplishment of your goals!

Remember, what you do today is paving the way for the success you will experience tomorrow.

It won’t do itself.


Shihan Diego probationary Blackbelt circa 2010 or so. also in pic, my krav maga teacher Eyal Yanilov.


The ‘secrets” to success are simple;

but the execution isn’t always easy.


On the other hand, it’s not that hard either.

You’re gonna be doing something.

Why not make it something that matters?

To me, learning is fun. It keeps me green and growing!


So, if you’re a student, congrats and good luck on your test next week!

If you’re not yet, what are you doing today?

Is it moving you closer to your goals?

Do you have some? What are they?


The first step to becoming who you need to be towards living the life that you want is to make a choice.

Decide and get to doing it.

Not only will you create a better future, but you’ll have more fun and be more happy along the way.


Let us know if you want my Team and I to help! 


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts

   Blackbelt Extravaganza circa 2017, wherein Shihan Adam and Shihan Harley became Masters. 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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