What Is Krav Maga Martial Arts?


The other day a student asked me rather what we do is Krav Maga, or martial art.

   As I told him, the truth is that it is both.

Krav Maga Martial Arts is an eclectic system, with elements of krav maga and kickboxing, karate and kali.

   Our physical curriculum is based on personal training in all of these over my 40 years, and I am grateful to all the amazing instructors that contributed to the awesome system that we teach, and all the great instructors that help teach that system to all our awesome students every day.

Students have fun, get fit and learn practical self defense.

   But KMMA is so much more than just that.

KMMA is a leadership development program that develops focus, discipline, confidence and character skills.

   Families train and grow together, and it is most rewarding to watch kids grow into confident and competent blackbelt leaders.

We equip them with the mental, social and emotional skills to survive and thrive in any situation, and empower them to lead- where they’re at and into their future.

Please join us for a 2 week free trial and orientation, or our 6 week summer special, to see for yourself.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

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

Joining KMMA has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for Cassidy. I spent a year researching different schools and disciplines for Martial Arts, and on the recommendation of a dear friend of my father’s, I found KMMA. The website drew me in, the curriculum and leadership skills discussed were amazing, and something you don’t find everywhere. To be honest, I hadn’t found them in any of the other local dojos/disciplines. Our intro session confirmed what the website had promised.
Sensei Lydia, then Senpai Lydia taught that into session with such energy and positivity that Cassidy fell in love with the art.
Since then, we have seen an improvement in her. She has never been diagnosed with ADHD, however she does show some classic symptoms, and this program is helping her develop coping skills to retrain how she interacted with the world. She is more independent in school work and chores. Her self discipline has increased, and she is cleaning up around the house without prompting. Which proves that the Character Work Sheets for stripes really does flow into creating good habits overall.
She sees, every class, what this dedication will lead to, because she gets to watch the leadership/CIT students that came before her climb the ranks. She saw Senpai Lydia become Sensei Lydia, and she sees Sensei Ayden, only a few years older than her succeeding at both KM and in life.
She is more respectful of those around her. Cassidy is also less likely to find fault and more likely to see places to complement others because of the leadership program.
Thank you, Grandmaster and team- Shihan Carolyn, Sensei’s Allie, James, John, Ayden, Lydia, Winston and Charlie, you have my eternal gratitude for all you have done and continue to do for Cassidy and the entire KMMA family.

     Brin Jackson

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.  Today I continue to train, learn, sow and grow under the mentorship of World Champion Grandmaster Jeff Smith, who regularly visits the academy to help sow into my teams and students as well.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes BLVD and now our new location in 8836 US 19, Port Richey! Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Port Richey and surrounding areas.

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