I decided to be a biker for Halloween.

CLICK THE IMAGE OF MY BIKE FOR A PERSONAL VIDEO MESSAGE & LESSON FROM ME (Shihan Steve)

 

I wore my Biker costume in to work today, instead of my KMMA Uniform or business attire, to be ready for The KMMA Costume Party tonight. 

Join Us!

 

But I am also celebrating our 20 year anniversary empowering lives through martial art today.

   If you are reading this and have been a part of any evolution of the last 20 years of that mission, as a student, teacher or friend- thank you! TampaKravMaga.com

  • I spent 38 years preparing to be exactly where I am today, and I am grateful to all the great martial arts teachers and leadership mentors who helped grow me to this point.
  • I have been in positions of progressive leadership responsibility for 28 years, since I was commissioned as a Second Lietenant in the US Army in 1992 (same year I bought that bike). I am grateful for all the great Officers and other mentors, soldiers and other followers, and all the great and sometimes painful experiences that helped prepare me for where I am today.
  • I have been running this dojo, mission, business, calling for 20 years and a wake-up now. I am grateful to all the great students, teachers, families, friends and others who have helped me.
  • And I am grateful, in advance, for all the mentors, Team, students and Blackbelts who help me grow our mission and dojo to her full potential while helping me grow thousands of future Blackbelts to theirs!

 

  •   I wanna close with a shout out to my 3 sons, all KMMA Blackbelts and all whom grew up along with this dojo and I (in my capacity as their Father and as the Leader of it).
    • Shihan Harley Del Castillo, my eldest, is a 4th Degree Blackbelt and KMMA Master Instructor and my Chief Marketing Officer in charge of video production as well. He turned 20 August 1.

Harley with my 2nd Father at the Grand Opening of my 1st Dojo

 

  • Shihan Diego Del Castillo is 18 and just earned his 4th Degree. He’s off to start his military career in January, at Ft. Benning Georgia for Basic and Infantry school (I started there at his age too) and then on to University of North Georgia for Officer Training and College.

 

  • Sensei Winston Del Castill is my youngest and will be testing for his 3rd Degree next year. He is growing into his leadership role and will be an amazing leader for KMMA and the world.

 

  • As proud as I am of my mission at Krav Maga Martial Arts, I’m even prouder of them and grateful to all the great leaders of the dojo that have helped me raise them into the men and leaders they are and will be.

 

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here they are a few years ago, growing as leaders @ KMMA

 

 

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TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

Why We Train

One of our favorite sayings, reference our self defense training, is that we pray for the best, but train for the worst.

   There are two hopefully obvious insinuations of this maxim which are:

  1. better to be prepared and never need it, that to need it and not be prepared and, 
  2. we must train realistically, and hard enough, to create said preparedness.

 

But, if we have our way, we will never have to use the self defense aspects of our art. Does this mean our training in wasted?

   Of course not!

Martial arts training develops fitness, focus, discipline, leadership and goal setting skills to name a few! 

 

These are all great benefits for all people of all ages, but let us focus for a moment especially on our important task of helping raise up a child in the way he or she should go.

 

 

  The four laws of concentration and the seven words of respect are just two examples of the way that we train children with the positive habits that will serve them well for success in school, in life and in their future! 

 

Can you imagine what kids empowered with these kinds of leadership skills are capable of?

   Would you like to?

 

Call 813-948-4844 or visit TampaKravMaga.com to find out.

TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

 

The 3 Attitudes Most Important For Success!

Want to be happier, lose weight, make more money, have better relationships, do better in school, at work, in business, in martial arts or whatever?

The greatest indicator of one’s success in any area is attitude.

 

I know it sounds like hyperbole, but I don’t believe it is. While aptitude is important and there are of course other external and internal factors, attitude makes a bad situation better, harnesses the power of opportunity and attracts positive or negative into our life based on how good or bad our attitude is.

But I am not going to spend much time on the metaphysics about this truth in this blog. Instead, I want to tell a quick story about my morning walk and then share the 3 specific attitudes that I think are most relevant to you and I getting more of what we want and less of what we don’t.

 

This morning my wife and I were walking around the lake like we do every morning and it was trash day. I walked past four different men emptying trash.

As is my way, I greeted each energetically and asked how he was doing. The first three returned positive responses, the first two reflecting my positive energy and expectency and the third a great sense of gratitude I could feel. I have no doubt that these men are happier and more succesful than the fourth.

 

The fourth guy was the youngest, rather or not that has anything to do with it.

But he put his head down and said, “just trying to get by man”.

I don’t mean to allude that I know the rest of the story; maybe he really is going through something bad. But I will say that whatever it is, the attitude of the first three men would serve him better.

 

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they answer the question, “how are you doing?”.

Be mindful of that when you answer. Not just the other person but your own subconscious is listening- and we do become more of what we think about most often.

So I always say, “Super Fantastic! But I’ll get better!” To be clear, it is irrelevant what happened to me that day. It is always what I say.

 

I’ll teach more on this next week but today I wanted to ensure that I share the 3 Attitudes that I believe are the most important to success at anything!

  1. An Atitude of Gratitude- Grateful for every blessing, every challenge, every opportunity and the chance to begin again every day,
  2. An Attitude of Expectency- This is like being grateful in advance. I not only want great things, and work for them, but I believe and expect that these blessings and succeses are on the way!
  3. An Attitude of Wonder- The attitude of questioning and being curious. It’s important to ask the right questions. Some are empowering while others the opposite. A most classic example is a wonder about the success of another that is jealous or contemptious, versus the same wonder but framed as, what do I have to do and who do I have to become to enjoy those same blessings. Also closely related to this is having the humility to learn.

After 20 years of running my business I still look to mentors ahead of me to learn what I need to do to keep taking our dojo to the next level.

I also wonder every day about what I can do to make our service and your experience even better by the way. I hope you notice the effects of this every day.

 

Make it a great day!

And if you decide to apply this knowledge to your life, and it helps, please tell me! I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

shihansteve@tampakravmaga.com

813-948-4844

 

 

From My Attitude of Gratitude I Want To Give Back Today!

   Choose the gift that’s right for you:

Not A Student Yet: Register for our 2 Week Free Trial and Orientation Program. I WILL DOUBLE IT AND GIVE YOU A FREE MONTH!

Existing Student: I want to help you pay it forward! I am going to give you some free month gift certificates to give to your friend or family and also a $100 gift certificate for both of you!

We’ve also got lots of great FREE KMMA Community Events for Students, Friends, Family and Guests This Month!

October 9- Halloween Costume Party & Parents Night Out

October 19- Day Camp

October 23- Bring A Buddy Goal Setting & Board Breaking Workshop!

October 24- The Great Pumpkin Tournament!

October 26-30: Bring A Buddy Kick or Treat Week!

October 30- Halloween Costume Party & Contest For the Whole Family!

Call 813-948-4844 for more info or to RSVP for any of these great events!

TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com

Are You Getting Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D?

Today I am grateful for Vitamin D- Discipline.

Many are vitamin D deficient and all of us sometimes.

With too little of it, we are victims of circumstances or at least the of our previous poor decisions; but with an abundance of Vitamin D, we can reverse our direction to one more favorable and our actions to those more supportive. With it we can overcome adversity, defeat any obstacle and accomplish worthy goals.

The best thing about vitamin D is that it is a truly renewable resource! In fact, the more you use, the more your mind and body develop! So today I am grateful for vitamin D and to using it more for more every day in every way!

I posted that on my facebook page yesterday. It was a revelation I had after my morning meditation, affirmations, visualization and exercise and I composed the post when I got back from that morning workout.

It’s true and it’s important. But since then, I have been thinking about the fact that Vitamin D can serve us even better when taken daily as part of an attitude and performance boosting cocktail.

  Vitamin D is critical, but only fully effective when combined with the rest of the Blackbelt Leadership Excellence combination:

·        Vitamin A is for Attitude- specifically a positive attitude of gratitude and expectancy; one that sees the opportunity in every problem and the potential in every moment and every day.

·        Vitamin B for Belief! You need to believe not only that it’s possible, but that it’s possible for you!

·        Vitamin C is for Courage. Along with the other important C nutrients of commitment, confidence and character, Vitamin C allows us to move boldly in the direction of our dreams and take the actions needed to turn them into realities!

·        Combine these with our proprietary V formula- not V for victory, though this cocktail will ultimatly create that, but V for Vision! Our vision formula will help you and those you care about create Vision and Goals that point us in the direction that, when combined with vitamins A,B,C and D, propel us towards our dreams!

Combine all of these and, when taken persistently over time, you have a cocktail guaranteed to take you to the desires you have for your life!

We have trained and certified professionals that can help you develop and apply Vitamin D and the rest of the cocktail! Call 813-948-4844 or click on one of the links below!

Stephen Del Castillo, MBA, 7th Degree Blackbelt

KMMA Founder, Master Instructor and Success Coach

 

Click here for your 2 week free trial of Krav Maga Martial Arts and our Performance Cocktail!

Click here to join us on our free 75 Day Challenge.

If you are a current or former student looking to take your training to the next level, Click here to schedule an interview to learn more about my Blackbelt Leadership and Certified Instructor Training Program!

FREE HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY PARENT’S NIGHT OUT & FREE KMMA DAY CAMP! 

  In our commitment to give back to our community, serve our current KMMA families at the highest levels and reach more and more area kids with our amazing program, we are offering a FREE October Parent Night Out Costume Party this Friday night and a FREE “Columbus Day” (October 19) Day Camp!

KMMA students, plan to come and invite your friends and, if you’re a Lutz/Land O Lakes/Wesley Chapel community family not yet a student and that doesn’t know a student to sponsor you, I will!

   Just call 813-948-4844 and talk to Sensei Kyle or Sensei Sarah and tell them I told you about the party or camp and you’d like to reserve a spot; or that you have a guest your bringing. They’ll take great care of you!

TampaKravMaga.com 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.

Also, check us out on Fun4TampaKids & on Go2Karate.com