It’s a Wonderful Life – Merry Christmas From KMMA!

Merry Christmas from Team KMMA! 

   I just watched It’s A Wonderful Life with my wife. I can;t believe I waited 54 years.

Wow. They really don’t make them like that anymore
Movies that is.

But thankfully, there are still great men making wonderful lives.
I’m proud and grateful to know a few.

Many of you are reading this as we speak, and you know who you are.

I am grateful to all the men and women making a positive difference in other men’s, women’s and children’s lives.

Each of us needs all of us and all of us needs each of us.

   Grateful for you.

And if you haven’t watched the 1940’s original movie with the great Jimmy Stewart, do that.

You’ll wonder why you waited too.

Today I am grateful for Miguel, Melanie and Micaela Martinez. They honored my team and I with an appreciation dinner at the Living Room Friday night and, while the food and fellowship was great, what was especially meaningful to me was all they said in their presentation. Earlier that day, during my team goal setting workshop, one of the questions on one of the worksheets during the gratitude session of the living your best year segment asked “what compliment do you wish you would have gotten this year?” Ironically I didn’t answer it just then. I wasn’t sure. But Sensei John, then Sensei Allie and then my wife all named me as one of the three people that had made the greatest impact on their life during the year; and then I did know what compliment I would have liked to get, and had also gotten it. I felt so appreciated and the question had been answered. Then Miguel and Melanie honored me with my team at dinner and I felt it again. I am proud and grateful for them and that I get to do what I do for my team and students and make a difference in our community. So are Miguel and Melanie through their Flavors of Change Foundation by the way.
Like KMMA, they’re making a difference in the lives and futures of community youth and I’m proud to be associated with them too. Miguel and Micaela are also KMMA Blackbelt Leadership students that exude what the programs all about, and I’m also to grateful to call them all friends. #ilovekmma

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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

p.s. I don’t think there will actually be 12 days of Christmas, but for the week starting with Christmas and ending New Year Day, I am going to treat you to something special from the KMMA archives each day- some KMMA training videos, lessons and memories and such, and then we’ll see you back in classes January 2! 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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