On Mentors and Students

hello KMMA Tribe,

  First of all, happy birthday Sensei Lia!

We hope you have a great day!

    Sensei Lia did get her Blackbelt in ’21 by the way, and her 2nd degree Blackbelt Leader 2 years later, in March 2023.

She is one of our amazing Blackbelt Leaders at KMMA. 

   This morning, over coffee and before classes, I was thinking a lot about all the great mentors I am grateful for.

I had the privilege of learning from so many great martial arts teachers, krav maga teachers, and mentors on my own leadership journey.

And today I get to be all these things to so many great leaders and future leaders of KMMA. 

I am proud of and grateful for all of them.

   All my students really; even the ones I don’t get to teach every day.

I train the trainers- and they train many of you.

By the way, if you’re not training with us yet, you can start by clicking here.

   And, if you are, I’d love to hear from you!

Please tell me:

1. What you love most about training at Krav Maga Martial Arts.

2. Which of my amazing Sensei have made a special difference for you, or your kids?

Thanks in advance.

   I’ll be sure to share your praise with them.

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.

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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