Out of the Dojo and Into the World

My team and I at Krav Maga Martial Arts develop attitudes, aptitudes and attributes in students that are meant not just for their martial arts journey in the dojo-

but to take out of the dojo and into the world. 

The character and leadership development program prepares them for success in life, and to make a meaningful contribution to the world.


I also get to go out of the dojo and into the world sometimes. 🙂

Here I am with the kids of our KMMA Enrichment Program at Carrollwood Day School yesterday.

Here I am sowing into Mrs. Torregiante’s Honors Leadership class at HCC the other day.

Here’s the email she sent me after that by the way; it made my day.

And she said it was ok to share it. 🙂


Hi Steve,


I just wanted to say thank you again for coming to speak to my Honors Leadership students today.  Your presentation was very informative, engaging, relevant, relatable, and impactful!  Not only did the students appreciate your lecture (as evidenced from their full attention, participation, and note-taking), but you also inspired me to incorporate some of your teaching strategies into my own personal teaching style as well.  Thank you for helping me become a better teacher, leader, and mentor to my students.  I am so glad I asked, and even more grateful that you said yes.


I plan to write a google review, but I am first going to ask students for feedback.  I just know they are going to say great things, and I want to include some of their feedback in the review as well.  I’ll share that feedback with you hopefully soon!


And on a more personal note…. the more I get to know you (and what you stand for), the more confident I am in my choice to enroll Corbin in the KMMA program.  The decision wasn’t easy at first because I didn’t know you very well, and viewed KMMA as primarily a business (with business goals).  The trust wasn’t quite there in the beginning, and it took me a while to realize that the warmth and connection felt in the dojo was actually sincere.  But, I know better now.  🙂  I can see that you care deeply about your students and want to lift them up, and lead them to greatness.  And, once I found that clarity and confirmation, KMMA began to feel more like an extension of my own family.   And, I wholeheartedly trust that you will continue to be a positive contribution in Corbin’s life, and part of the very important team of people who are working hard to support him and help him succeed in life.


Thank you again, and I hope you have a good week.  See you in the dojo soon!




Prepare To Live; empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts


p.s. I am SO grateful for Kelley’s beautiful email; I am fueled when great people like her validate my purpose and passion and the work that I do. I’m also gratful that she invited me to sow into her students too. I will come out of the dojo and into your world too if you like! Just reply to this email if you have a special tribe you’d like me to sow into! I’d be proud and gratefl.

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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.

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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