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I’m rejoining the Army!


I made that post on my facebook as a joke the other day and it made me realize just how many people don’t actually read a post to the end.

It’s probably the same with my email and blog posts. 🙂

But while I copied and pasted this post from another veteran’s post in jest, there is a part of me that would go again.


Truth is that I didn’t love every moment of every year I served but I loved the cameraderie, the sense of purpose and the Mission.

I am also very grateful for the character and leadership education forged during my time with the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Division.


And, now, like the post, to the punchline at the end- while that’s all true of my Army memories, it’s true of my current life at Krav Maga Martial Arts too!


I LOVE the cameraderie between the team, the students and the whole community of KMMA.

We live an amazing purpose executing a noble Mission.

And we are raising up children, and whole families, with the character and leadership education to create a better tomorrow.


If you’re already a part of our unit, thank you.

And if your’re not yet, give us a try.

We look forward to meeting you.


Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo





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