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Team Tuesday


Today I am grateful to have such an amazing instructor team!

I can’t wait to tell you more about Shihan Harley, Shihan Carolyn, Shihan Bond, Sensei Sarah, Sensei Ben, Sensei Mac, Sensei Michelle and Senpai Charlie, but…


For today’s Team Tuesday, I am excited to welcome two new members to Team KMMA!


Christopher Benemio began his Martial Arts journey in 2010 in Connecticut. He began with Kempo Karate under the tutelage of a friend of mine, Hanshi Dave Kovar, so I know of his pedigree even before he started training with us in my Blackbelt Leadership program and KMMA Blackbelt class.


Chris holds a 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Kempo Karate, Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is Level 3 with Krav Maga Worldwide and training to test for his KMMA Blackbelt and instructor certification in our Krav Maga Martials system under my mentorship soon.


I am very excited to welcome Chris to the team and the journey! Chris will begin helping out as an Assistant Instructor immediately and I believe he is going to be an awesome KMMA Head and Chief Instructor one day! He’s already making a positive impact on an already fantastic floor, and I’m excited to have him on the Team and helping sow into our future Blackbelt Leaders!


Ms. Isabella Johnson is a KMMA Blackbelt Leadership student testing for her purple belt next month.


She’s recently graduated high school and was looking for her purpose, wanting to do a job that would make a difference.


So, she is now a new Program Director in training, under the tutelage of Ms. Barb and Ms. Ruthe, and I know she’s going to do great, have a successful career with Krav Maga Martial Arts and do an amazing job helping us provide the very highest level of service to you in support of our mission of Prepare To Live and Empower To Lead!


Say hi to both of them when you see them!

They’re also just friendly, fun and awesome folk.


I know you’ll love them.

Help me welcome them to the Team!

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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