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Winner Wednesday

The KMMA Mission statement is “Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead”.

The preparation to live speaks to the indomitable spirit and other Blackbelt attributes that prepare KMMA Blackbelt Leaders to survive and thrive in any adversity.


Empower to Lead is what it sounds like. We instill leadership skills, attitudes and aptitudes that empower Blackbelt leaders to find their passion and purpose and fulfill their calling.

     Today’s Winning Wednesday spotlights two real world examples of each.

Senpai Bob Carpenter is the epitome of perseverence and indomitabe spirit.

He has been raising two grandkids as though they were his own for at least as long as I’ve known him.

He’s a hard worker and trains hard in classes too.


He’s always positive, happy and encouraging to all those around him.

And Bob is all these things, still, while battling cancer.

He says the chemo weeks are harder, but he is and does all the things I’ve cited for his family and for all those around him in spite of it.


Bob is a walking, talking, and smiling example of the KMMA Blackbelt Leadership lesson that “life is 10% what happens and 90% how we react to what happens”.

I’m looking forward to having him on a podcast with me very soon and I’ll share it with you.

Oh, by the way, Bob and the kids are testing for their Blackbelts in September!

Ms. Tammy Henrici is a loving wife, mother, grandmother and an awesome KMMA Blackbelt!

I am super proud of her in so many ways and, most recently, in her decision to make the leap of faith and follow her passion!


here’s Tammy’s facebook post.

    August 22 at 7:31 PM  ·


So I did this thing…it’s called retiring from my corporate career after 40 years. Now I’m embarking on a new journey and adventure. It involves something I’ve done my entire life but didn’t realize my true passion for it until I found a community of like-minded women who are on their own journey. It’s a community where you are inspired, empowered, and build confidence. For 45 minutes you leave everything outside the door and now it’s “me time”. You may want to lose weight, build muscle, improve your mental state, reduce meds, whatever it is you are doing it’s for you and there’s a whole community supporting you. For all these reasons I’m embarking on my new journey and I have purchased a Burn Boot Camp franchise in New Tampa, FL. I’ll be taking over on 9/1/21. There’s a lot of work to be done but I can’t wait to grow the community and ROCK New Tampa!

After seeing her post, I sent her congratulations.

I love it when a KMMA Blackbelt takes their training out into the world!

Becoming an entrepreneur takes courage.

Tammy replied:


Stephen J. Del Castillo thanks Grand Master. It’s the discipline and perseverance you have instilled in all of your students which has helped me. I need to come talk to you soon.


I can’t wait to talk to her! Maybe she’ll be a Meditations on Mastery podcast guest soon too!

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