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Here’s to the Heroes: How to be One


For this winning Wednesday, I want to start by shouting out to the heroes.

I salute all the police and military, health care providers, firemen and other first responders.

I also salute the moms and dads, teachers and preachers, laborers, businessmen and entrepreneurs who do their duties well.


It’s true that some people willingly put their lives on the lines every day for the protection of others, and these people definitely deserve our respect, gratitude and admiration.

They are heroes.

But in my meditation this morning, I will argue that all who do their duty, that do what they were called to do, and do it well, are heroes.


The dictionary defines a hero as

  1. 1.
    a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
    “a war hero”
    or in another,

    1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
    2. any person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.
    3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
    4. a person who is greatly admired; idol.
    5. (in antiquity) an individual possessing godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
    Ok, had a little fun with that……
    but, barring the sandwich, my argument is that you can choose this day to be a hero in whatever calling you are charged with.
    As a parent, choose to be one of courage and ability, admired for your brave deeds and noble qualities.
                As a friend, student, teacher, employee, manager, business owner, entrepreneur…
    Take a moment to write down all of your important roles in life- the things that you are called specifically to do.
    Then choose to do them well, with excellence.
             Be a hero this day.
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



Speaking of heroes.

I am presenting a special tribute to the leadership of all the heroes of 9/11 this Saturday, Sept 11, from 10-11am.

This is a bonus Blackbelt Leadership event, but all students, friends, family and our community are invited.

YOU are invited. And I hope you will join us.


My presentation is ready.

My spirit is ready.

Help me in remembering and honoring the heroes and the sacrifices this day.


Please RSVP by clicking going on the facebook event.



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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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