On Culture

Culture is a collection of behaviors and beliefs associated with a particular group.

I am so proud of ours, at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

We are a culture of empowerment and encouragement, positivity and purpose, fitness, friends, family, and growth.


When you’re here, you can feel it.

But it wasn’t always that way.

Culture is easy to recognize, but hard to build.

And that’s true for a mission tribe, like ours, but also for a family, team, or any other group.


Here are a few of my thoughts on creating a great one:

  1. Lead by example. Exhibit the behavior that you want.
  2. Set the expectation. Make clear what your culture expects and rewards, and correct behavior outside of that.
  3. Let Your People Shine. No one person can develop a culture. In our academy, leaders and students help create the friendly, positive, and productive culture that we have.
  4. Protect it. Once you have a great culture, it’s important to protect it. Not every group is for everybody. One of my mentors says you must attract the people you want and repel the people you don’t. You can’t be everything to everybody. The latter advice may be more applicable to organizations other than families. 😉

I hope this helps, if developing a strong culture in your organization is something you want.

I sent this email to both students and my greater audience by the way.


If you’re already a student, you know what I mean, and I am SO GRATEFUL to have your family a part of my tribe.

If you haven’t experienced KMMA yet, come in for a 2-week free trial and see if the culture’s a fit for you!


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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







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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