The Transformation

The first night of The Blackbelt Retreat was awesome, amazing and inspirational.

    It is so amazing to see, and hear students talk about, their amazing transformation.

Students of all ages shared their stories, about the mental, emotional and physical journey to this weekend- some testing to probationary Blackbelt and others to 1st Degree, Blackbelt Certified.

   All were well constructed and communicated, and the progress each child has made was evident and impressive, validating the powerful way in which our Blackbelt Leadership Program develops confidence, communication and public speaking skills.

But the transparency of their stories, and the camaraderie, trust and energy in the room is magical.

There is no doubt this is a tribe.

   A great tribe.

I am proud and grateful for all of them.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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

p.s. if you’re not a part of our tribe yet, we’d love to welcome you!

More pics of tonight’s event, and the whole weekend, at Official KMMA Family Facebook Page! 

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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