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    Lincoln Square, Chicago

  • Grand Master Fred Degerberg
  • The son of a wrestler and the grandson of a boxer, Fred Degerberg was a wimpy kid growing up in a rough neighborhood on ChicagoÆs North Side. As a teen, he saw his first Judo/Jui-Jitsu fight, and he was hooked. He has dedicated the rest of his life



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  • Bill Economos
  • 6th Degree Black Belt

    Bill has been studying and teaching Martial Arts at Degerberg Academy for over 23 years. Bill holds a Senior Associate Instructor Level rank in Kali and Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do under Guro Dan Inosanto,Black Belt in Judo from the



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  • Ed Kress
  • 6th Degree Black Belt

    Over 30 years of training under Master Fred Degerberg in a wide variety of martial arts including:
    Boxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Kali and Judo just to name a few.

    Ed has been the recipient of a number of awards including: Blend



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  • Greg Znajda

  • 5th Degree Black Belt 

    Greg has been a student at DAMA since 1984. He is a Silver Glove in the art of French Savate as well as the President of the US Savate Federation. Greg also holds rank in Kali and Jun Fan under Ron Balicki and in Pencak



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  • Angela Gibson
  • 5th Degree Black Beltá

    Angela has been a student of DAMA since 1994. She also has a Silver Glove in French Savate, Intermediate Student Level in Jun Fan, White Ring in Thai Boxing, 3rd degree brown belt in Okinawan Karate, Yellow belt in Kenpo



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  • Joseph Antero Medina
  • 1st Degree Probationary Black Belt

    Joe has been studying Martial Arts at Degerberg Academy since he was a teenager. For the past 7 years he has also worked for the school as a staff member. From Program Director to Instructor Joe has done it all. Joe



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  • Charles Parrott
  • 5th Degree Black Belt 


    Charles has been a student at DAMA for over 20 years. He has rank in many arts including a Purple Ring in Thai Boxing, Intermediate Student Level 4 in Jun Fan, Advanced Student Level 1 in Kali,White Glove in Savate and is


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  • Leonard Arguelles
  • 4rd Degree Black Belt

    Leo has been a student at DAMA for the last 20 years. He holds many different martial art ranks including: Red Glove in French Savate and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    Leo is also a 2x Chicago Golden Glove Champion, 2x NAGA



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  • Rita Figueroa
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt

    Rita has been a student at DAMA for over 15 years. She is ranked in many systems including: Blue Glove in French Savate, White Ring in Thai Boxing, Intermediate Student Level 1 in Kali, and Intermediate Student Level 1 in Jun



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  • Lucila Espedido
  • 5th Degree Black Beltá


    Lucila has been a member of DAMA since 1991. She has taught martial arts since the mid-1980s.

    Some of her ranks include: Silver Glove in Savate, First Degree Black Belt in Judo, Associate Level Instructor in Kali




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  • Ida Dolce
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt

    Ida has been a student at DAMA for over 12 years. She has studied several different arts and holds a Silver Glove in French Savate and a Green Ring in Thai Boxing. She has also been the recipient of the DAMA Kids Instructor of



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  • Daryle Strickland
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt

    Daryle has been a student at DAMA for over 13 years. He holds a Blue Glove in French Savate and an Orange Ring in Muay Thai Boxing.

    Daryle has been the recipient of many DAMA awards including: Jun Fan Student of the Year,



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    Old Irving Park, Chicago

  • Grand Master Fred Degerberg
  • The son of a wrestler and the grandson of a boxer, Fred Degerberg was a wimpy kid growing up in a rough neighborhood on ChicagoÆs North Side. As a teen, he saw his first Judo/Jui-Jitsu fight, and he was hooked. He has dedicated the rest of his life



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  • Joseph Antero Medina
  • 1st Degree Probationary Black Belt

    Joe has been studying Martial Arts at Degerberg Academy since he was a teenager. For the past 7 years he has also worked for the school as a staff member. From Program Director to Instructor Joe has done it all. Joe



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  • Daryle Strickland
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt

    Daryle has been a student at DAMA for over 13 years. He holds a Blue Glove in French Savate and an Orange Ring in Muay Thai Boxing.

    Daryle has been the recipient of many DAMA awards including: Jun Fan Student of the Year, Jeet



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  • Sue Lohman
  • SUE LOHMAN


    2nd Degree Black Belt

    Sue has been a student at DAMA for over 8 years. She holds a Green Ring in Thai Boxing and Intermediate Level 4 ranking in Kali and Beginner Level 2 ranking in Jun Fan Jeet Kune do under Ron Balicki.

    She has also



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