I’m So Proud Of Him

I’m so proud of my son Shihan Harley.

    He’s a 5th degree Blackbelt, and one of my most senior students at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

He was a Head Instructor at the school for several years too.

Then he graduated from USF with a Cyber-Security degree and began his career, in his calling.

   He was over for Father’s Day and telling me how great he’s doing, and about conversations with his boss about what’s next for him.

He’s going to have an amazing career.

I am of course proud of him in the way that every father is for his son when he realizes he’s grown up well and is doing what he is called to do.

   But I’m super proud of him in reference to his application of the Blackbelt Leadership character, skills and principals that we teach too.

In fact, I asked him straight up if he felt that his education growing up in our dojo had prepared him for success in his career, and he replied absolutely and emphatically that it definitely did.

Shihan Harley’s martial arts and self defense skills are amazing by the way.

    I have little doubt that he is prepared to survive and thrive in any situation, including self defense.

But, God willing, he’ll never get to use those skills.

   Conversely he uses the leadership skills every day, in every way.

He is a walking, talking example of what our mission is at KMMA.

    I am proud and grateful.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts

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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.  Today I continue to train, learn, sow and grow under the mentorship of World Champion Grandmaster Jeff Smith, who regularly visits the academy to help sow into my teams and students as well.

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