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I’m still serving

Today was Veteran’s Day.

While I appreciate everyone who thanked me for my service, I am more grateful for what the service did for me- As I wrote in a facebook post earlier, the Army prepared me for the mission I live today.


Today I am also grateful for my service, but not in the way that I am grateful to so many warriors that truly sacrificed for this country. I am grateful because the Army changed my life for the better. I was a poor boy raised on a pig farm with no visions of college nor of grandeur of any sort. But the Army trained me, raised me, made me a man and gave me perspectives of how people live around the world, as well as character and values that serve me well to this day, sent me to college and trained me as a leader. I will always be thankful for that time, those mentors and how it all prepared me for life since and forward and the mission I’m living and leading today.
I am grateful that I am still serving my country today, albeit in a far different way.
  Today I love my Vision of Improving Individuals, Families and Society One Blackbelt At A Time and Mission of Empowering Lives Through Martial Art!
THANK YOU To All The Vets who gave me the freedom and allow us to live in the best country in the world, to all the students that allow my Team and I to live our Vision and Mission and to my Instructors and Blackbelt Leaders who help me serve today.
Thank You!
  Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo


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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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