The Struggle is Real

Everyone struggles…

with something.

May be weight, or money, or focus, or discipline, or confidence, or…

fill in the blank.


In my Mastermind Meeting with a few of my Elite Training Course (ETC) members last night, the theme came up.

Erik St. Martin, Blackbelt Leadership and ETC student, father and Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft shared something brilliant…

he said, the difference between a beginner and a senior (software engineer, but I am extending to everyone) is that the beginner thinks the senior doesn’t struggle; and the senior just realizes that the struggle is just part of the process.


We all struggle with something.

The secret to success and happiness, I believe, is what we choose to do about that.


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts


Still have 2 slots for my 2023 Elite Training Course (ETC) by the way.

Elite Training Course (ETC) ’23


Join This Elite Group!

  1. Dr. Saroja Medidi
  2. Erik St. Martin
  3. Matt Kay
  4. Laura Kay
  5. Samantha Kay
  6. Sensei Thomas Pioli
  7. Dr. Mike Reisman
  8. Robert (Ret) Tanner
  9. Greg Kapourellos
  10. Benny Lloyd
  11. you?
  12. you?

Elite Training Course (ETC) ’23

Napoleon Hill said, “No mind is complete by itself. It needs contact and association with other minds to grow and expand.”

The proper use of a mastermind group is the cornerstone to all great achievement, and it is one of the steps that people most often overlook. On our own, we can only ever have a limited amount of experience, a mastermind group allows us to draw freely from the experience, training, skills, and knowledge of others who align with our definite major purpose. The resulting benefits include a magnification of the combined qualities of each member, as well as increased courage, faith, and a host of other positive advantages. In other words, on your own, you’re a single brushstroke, but in a mastermind group you could become a Monet.



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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