Staff

 

MARGARET ADAMIC

Master Instructor, USDA, Palmdale

7th degree Black belt Freestyle Fighting

Black belt American Karate

Black belt Hayastan MMA Fighting System

Margaret Adamic began her training at the age of 11.  She was an overweight kid who had lost weight and was looking for a way to maintain her weight.  A martial arts school was within walking distance from her house and she had an interest in learning the cool moves she saw on TV, so she decided to give it a try.  The fact that it took her 4 months to get the courage to enter the dojo only toughened her resolve to learn once she actually walked in the door.  By good fortune, the school taught American Karate, so she learned a lot of everything  especially loving the sparring and the grappling.

Since achieving her first Black belt in American Karate, she has earned Black belts in Freestyle Fighting and in the Gene LeBell & Gokor Chivichyan System of MMA Fighting.  She is proud to be the first woman representing Gene and Gokor’s system.  She also holds rank in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Capoeira and is currently continuing her education in Judo and American Kickboxing.  In addition to her martial arts education, she continues to seek educational opportunities to better herself as a teacher and communicator, bringing back everything she learns to her students.

Through her tutelage, she has produced over 25 World Champions as well as winning professional and amateur MMA fighters.  She herself now just competes for fun.  It has been her experience that training for competition takes away from a teacher’s ability to give one hundred percent to their students.

Over the years, she has trained with and under such prestigious names in the martial arts community as Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, Manvel Gamburyan, Karo Parisyan, Kathy Long, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Joe Lewis, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Sevak Mitchiyan, and Karen Darbedian to name a few.

She is also an NRA certified instructor (pistol, rifle, shotgun, home protection), certified Lean & Fit Instructor and was awarded the Presidential Sports Award in 1997. She was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in the Hall of Heroes.

DAVID SCHOONOVER

COO and Owner, USDA, Palmdale

David Schoonover brings over 35 years of business experience and supervises the management and development.

David was a high school wrestler from Illinois and competed at state level for 2 years.

In 1976 while riding a motorcycle to work, he was struck by an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser driving 65 mph, which left him with neck, back, wrist and head injuries.  He understands firsthand what it takes to overcome physical injuries and to work within or around one’s limitations.

He is a fitness expert trained by Dr. Sypros Vamvas II in all phases of muscle development, Bill Pearl’s Keys the Inner Universe methodology of body building.  He can get you in Fighter Fit shape.  He has the knowledge and patience to help you achieve your goals and the personal expertise having 30+ years of training experience working with underweight/ overweight men, women and teens.  His clients have included USA Strong Men competitors, world arm wresting champions, pro and amateur MMA fighters, and grappling competitors.

HAROLD SETER, JR.

Harold with pro MMA fighter Manny Gamburyan from Team Hayastan

Chief Instructor, USDA, Palmdale

5th degree Black belt Freestyle Fighting

Harold Seter began his training in martial arts in 1972 in Los Angeles training in Chinese Kenpo.  While serving in the United States Air Force, he trained in Shotokan Karate, Judo and Goyu Ryu Karate.

After being honorably discharged, he began working in a civilian capacity for the Department of Defense and raising his family.  In 1990, he and his son, Willy (and later his daughter, Iris) began training at USDA.

In addition to his training with USDA, Harold has continued his education in martial arts attending seminars and workshops in arts such as: Muay Thai Boxing, Western Boxing, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu, Aikido, Tonfa (PR-24), knife fighting (defensive and offensive tactics), and Firearms training.


STEVE FROEDE

Senior Instructor, USDA, Palmdale

2nd degree Black belt

Steve Froede started training at United Self-Defense Academy 15 years ago.  After a few physical set backs, he earned his Black belt at the age of 49.

He is a patient, well-liked instructor and still trains whenever he is able.

DEVIN FIELD

Pro MMA Fighter, USDA, Palmdale

2nd degree Black belt

Devin Field began training at United Self-Defense Academy at the age of 6.   He competed and won hundreds of tournaments and at the age of 15 competed (and won) numerous TKO events.  TKO was one of the first full contact MMA events in California.

He was a high school wrestler for Little Rock High School junior and senior years, and was the Golden League Champion both years.

He is currently a pro MMA fighter actively training and competing.

DOUGLAS GARCIA

Instructor, USDA, Palmdale

1st degree Black belt

Douglas Garcia started his martial arts training at United Self-Defense Academy at the age of 5.  He competed and won numerous titles in sparring and grappling including World Championship titles.

He wrestled in high school for Highland High School all 4 years, and most recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine.  He is currently getting in Fighter Fit shape to begin his new career.

 

 

 

 

 

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