I’m Grateful

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Today I’m grateful for the direction of my life, and the God-incidences that got me here. I joined the Army at 17 to get away from something and started something else- something very special i couldn’t have predicted then. I’m grateful I grew up with hard men in the 82nd Airborne Division; the lessons I learned there have followed me for the rest of my life. I am grateful for that time my unit went on block leave and i stayed back… i CLEP’ed out of my first year of college and a nice little old lady at the education center had me fill some papers out. When I got back from multiple deployments, I had won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and began my education at The University of Tampa. I also didn’t realize that then, but it was the beginning of my love of leadership and that quest, which has changed my life and now that of many others. I chose an “irrelevant degree” of Philosophy because I loved it and it didn’t matter anyway; and now I use the thinking and writing skills i gained there every day, sowing into my tribe at KMMA. I’m grateful my best friend Paul Baumann came and watched me teaching at a community center (which i did part-time after hours for years but never as a career) and that he went on to encourage me that I was great at it, and would answer that call as my career. I’m grateful for all the great mentors I’ve had over the years, and for the lessons that I learned the hard way… and I’m grateful for the great students I have had, and especially the ones i have today, and especially for the Blackbelts, and for all the leaders that help me sow into all of them every day. I’m grateful for where we’ve been and I’m grateful for where we’re going. I’m grateful that I get to help so many become the best and highest versions of themselves while I do, each and every day and in each and every way. I’m grateful that my own kids grew up in the leadership, culture and community that is my dojo, and for all the families growing there together today. For these and so many other things, I am grateful.
  I shared this on my facebook the other day, and wanted to share it with you today.
Thank you.

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts


p.s. Remember that the dojo is closed  this weekend (today-Sunday) for the Blackbelt Retreat! Hope to see you at the Blackbelt Extravaganza!




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 commissioned 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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