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Team Tuesday: The Rise of Sensei Sarah

Today’s Team Tuesday is about our beloved Head Instructor, Sensei Sarah.

Every student loves Sensei Sarah.

She’s confident and competent, sweet and compassionate, and fun to be around.

Sensei Sarah, like all success stories has, well, a story.

She wasn’t always the happy, confident Blackbelt Leader you see before you today.

Sarah started with KMMA in September of 2013. She was 13.


In Sensei Sarah’s own words:

“At age 13 my self esteem was at an all time low but over the years as I took classes, tested for ranks, and got stronger, I could see the result of the hard work both physically and mentally. As a little kid I had always wanted to be a ninja and I was finally fulfilling that dream.”


Sensei Sarah began teaching with Team KMMA as a Certified Blackbelt in 2018, the same year she graduated High School as the Valedictorian of her class!

She continues to excel in her personal training in the Blackbelt classes and on her Path To Mastery!

She earned her 2nd Degree Blackbelt Leader in September 2020 and will be testing for her 3rd Degree, Senior Blackbelt, in September 2022, a year early for all the extra hours she puts in both training and teaching!


Sensei Sarah loves teaching! In fact, when she’s not helping us train up the next generation of Blackbelt Leaders at KMMA, she teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, creative writing, storytelling and PE for elementary kids!

Sensei Sarah is also an award winning poet and working on publishing her first book.


I am super proud of and grateful for Sensei Sarah on Team KMMA.

I’m proud of how far she’s come and excited for her as she continues to grow.

She is an inspiration for all, but especially all the little girls who look up to her knowing that they too can be a great Blackbelt Leader like her one day!


Sensei Sarah, the once awkward teen with low self esteem has transformed into a superhero.

” Both my mental health and physical health have been greatly affected by my time here. My body is stronger; I can defend myself if need be, I run races and enjoy other methods of physical conditioning.

My mind is stronger and this gives me the strength to do the things I felt incapable of doing before.”


She’s Prepared To Live and Empowered To Lead!


Way to lead Sensei!

Proud of you!


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



———————————————————————————————————————- 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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