D E G E R B E R G . C O M || About Fred Degerberg
  The Degerberg Academy's founder and owner, Fred Degerberg is a mainstay in the world of martial arts whose travels have taken him around the world and back.
  President of Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts & Fitness, Inc. Owns and operates one of the largest (13,000 square feet), most versatile, best equipped Martial Arts schools in the world, rated #1 in the U.S. for five years. He has been an advisor to corporate, movie, TV, photo, police, and security groups. Mr. Degerberg has choreographed many scenes for authenticity.
  He is of Italian and Swedish heritage, born in Chicago, raised in an Italian household.
  • Fred's father, Fred Sr., was an amateur wrestler. He was a U.S. Marine who served in WWII in Asia and Europe.
  • Fred's Maternal Grandfather, Rocco Jannuzzi, was a professional boxer who fought during the 1915-1920 era under the name "Rocky".
  • Fred's Paternal Great-Grandfather (from Sweden), Nels Olif Johnson Degerberg, was one of the original "Rough Riders" who went up San Juan Hill with President Teddy Roosevelt.
  Fred grew up in the same house with his dad, Fred Sr., and Rocky, so he was – from day one – either boxing with Grandpa or wrestling with Dad.
  • A State Weightlifting Champion 1964-1965
  • Black Belt in Judo (Placed as high as 4th in International Competition)
  • Black Belt in Karate
  • Professional Security Work -15 years experience in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles for rock concert promotions
  • Bodyguard for Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Werner Erhart, etc.
  • Security Chief for JAM productions in Chicago 10 years.
  • Over 50 years experience (as instructor and trainer) in the following martial arts:
    • Boxing
    • Kali
    • Escrima
    • Arnis
    • Ninjitsu
    • Tae Kwon Do
    • Kung Fu
    • Aikido
    • Tai Chi
    • French Savate
    • Jeet Kune Do
    • Penjak Silat
    • JuJitsu
    • Wrestling
    • Full Contact Karate
    • Thai Boxing
    • Judo
    • Bando
    • Karate
  • Weapons expert in the following: swords, knives, nunchaku, shuriekens, sticks, baton, ax, whips, chains, and balisongs.
  Fred Degerberg Rankings, Titles, and Awards as of January 2000

1961 Member, Midwest Judo Club

1962 Student in good standing of Biyaku/Do/Karate/Kai

1962 Member, National JUDO and KARATE Association of America

1963 Brown Belt in Judo

1964-65 Illinois State Weightlifting Champion

1974 Bushido Karate Black Belt 1st Degree under Robert Beal

1974 American KARATE Association Black Belt Diploma

1975 Red Belt TAE KWON DO under Illinois Tae Kwon Do Association

1977 Security Officers Basic Training, American Security Training Institute

1978 Trained in Wing Chun Do under James DeMile

1980 Board of Directors & Instructor, Aspen Academy of Martial Arts, Aspen, Colorado

1982 Green Rank JEET KUNE DO under Larry Hartsell

May 1982 Instructor Certificate PEKITI TIRSIA ARNIS under Leo Gaje, Jr.

Nov 1982 Basic Instructor PENCAK SILAT under Pendekar Eddie Jafri

1982 Apprentice Instructor JUN FAN GUNG FU/KALI under Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo

1982 Who's Who in Karate

1982 KALI and JEET KUNE DO State Director for Dan Inosanto

1983 1st Dan Black Belt Korean JUDO Federation

1983 THAI BOXING instructor – 1st Level under Chai Sirisute, USA Thai Boxing Association

1983 US Savate Team Assistant Coach, Paris, France

1983 President, Professional PENCAK SILAT Association, offered by Eddie Jafri

1983 President, Professional ARNIS Association, offered by Leo Gaje

1984 THAI BOXING State Director for Chai Sirisute

1985 4th Degree Black Belt JUDO – US Judo Association

1987 Silver/Gold Glove Rank, Federation of Boxe Francaise SAVATE, Paris, France. Presented by founder Great Grandmaster Count Pierre Baruzy. This is the first and highest such promotion ever given outside of France.

1987 Monitor teaching degree, Federation of Boxe Francaise SAVATE

1987 President of American Boxe Francaise SAVATE Federation

1987 Lakun Guro in PEKITI TIRSIA ARNIS Organization by Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr., United States Kali Association International

1988 Honorary President, North America World WING CHUN Association, offered by Grandmaster William Cheung

Nov 1988 Advanced Instructor Degree SERRADA ESCRIMA – Pangalawang Guro-Dalawang Grado 2nd Degree under the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales

1989 6th Degree Black Belt BUSHIDO Fighting Society under Robert Beal

1989 Coach for World Championship Team U.S.A., 1st Place on August 13th, World Escrima Kali Arnis Federation – Cebu City, Philippines.

Aug 1989 Charter Member of W.E.K.A.F. (World Escrima, Kali, Arnis Federation)

1990 Martial Artist of the Decade – US Martial Arts Association

1990 National Recognition Award – US Martial Arts Association

1990 Small Circle JUJITSU Certificate of Achievement – Professor Wally Jay

1992 Martial Arts Legends Award – Chinese Kuosho Federation of America

1992 Marksman Rank – by John McSweeney

1994 Our Motivator Award – Chicago Stunt Team

8th Degree Black Belt American KENPO Karate, promoted by John McSweeney, 10th Degree

1994 8th Degree Black Belt BUSHIDO Karate Society, promoted by Robert Beal, 10th Degree

1994 Martial Art Ambassador by U.S.M.A.A. in Bermuda

1995 6th Level Black Belt – American BANDO Association by Dr. U Maung Gyi

May 1995 US JUDO Association Certified Rank Examiner

Aug 1995 5th Degree Black Belt DOCE PARES under G. Canette and Dong Cuestra

Oct 1995 United States Karate Team Assistant Coach – Greece/Mediterranean Championship


1996 W.E.K.A.F. Judges Referee Clinic

Apr 1996 Promoted and Hosted National Stickfighting Championships for W.E.K.A.F.

Apr 1996 Black Belt Level I #25 under Gene LaBelle World GRAPPLING Federation

Jun 1996 Head Delegate W.E.K.A.F. World Championships IV in Los Angeles, California, USA

1997 Resolution by the City Council – Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

1997+98 Chuck Norris Award – Kick Drugs Out of America

1998 Martial Artist of the Year – Martial Arts Karate Association, presented by Grandmaster Jimmy Jones

2000 Midwest "Sankofa" Humanitarian Award, presented by Master Preston Baker, 8th Dan

December 14, 2002 Inducted into the Executive Board of Bushi-Ban International

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