Owner/Chief Instructor

Tom Howanic

Tom Howanic has practice the martial arts since the 1980s.

Here is a list of some of his ranks and certifications:

  • Chief Instructor of Patriot Martial Arts
  • Master Instructor of Malaya Eskrima
  • Master Instructor of Patriot Knife Fighting System
  • 6th Degree Master Black Belt in Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Premier Martial Arts
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor Alpha Krav Maga
  • Black Belt in Bujinkan Taijustu
  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 3rd Degree Purple Belt of Relson Gracie (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
  • Instructor of Cabales Serrada Eskrima
  • Instructor of Sina Tirsia Wali Kali
  • Instructor of Apache Combat Knife Fighting
  • Certified instructor trainer of the S.A.B.E.R. Method of Tactical Edged Weapon Defense and Training
  • Certified instructor of Raven Tactical Defensive Tactics
  • Phase VI: Master CQDT Practitioner in the Raven Method Close Quarter Defensive Tactics System (H2H, Knife, Baton)
  • Instructor and Founder of Adaptive Combat Tactics
  • 2nd Degree Brown in Shito Ryu Karate
  • 2nd degree Brown in Heutsch Jiujitsu (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
  • Certified OCAT Pepper Spray instructor
  • PPCI PATH (Practical & Tactical Handcuffing
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Self-Protection in The Home Certification (Defensive Pistol)
  • NRA Self-Protection Outside of The Home Certification (Defensive Pistol)
  • NRA Range Safety Officer Certification
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor
  • Texas CHL
  • Krav Maga Universal- Level 1 Instructor

Instructor at several Seminars and Workshops, he was chosen to be one of the instructors for the 2007 Brotherhood of The Blade workshop.

Assisted Fernan Vargas in teaching the S.A.B.E.R. Method of Edged Weapons Defense and Training to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (Pentagon Police) in 2009.

Assisted Fernan Vargas in teaching the S.A.B.E.R. Method and Defensive Tactics at the St. Petersburg law Enforcement Academy of Florida in 2010.

Knife Combatives Instructor at the: The Brotherhood of Veteran Warriors 2010 Gasshuku Workshop in San Antonio, Texas. April 9-11 2010

Knife Combatives Instructor at the: Okinawa Karate-Do Union Training Conference 2010 in Powel, Tennessee. July 9 & 10, 2010

Southern Texas Regional Director of the International Combative Self-Defense Association I.C.S.D.A.

Former Head Instructor of Premier Martial Arts of Collinsville, Illinois.

Professionally trained in teaching and leadership techniques through United Professionals/Black Belt Schools International.

Graduate of the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master’s Rotation 1 Premier Curriculum Colleges.

Sensei Howanic has also attended numerous workshops on many different forms of martial arts.

Owner/ CEO

Juanita Howanic

Sensei Juanita has practiced martial arts for over 26 years. She has studied various martial arts and earned instructor ranks in several systems of self-defense.

Here is a list of some of her ranks and certifications:

  • Juanita has 26 years of Martial Arts experience.
  • 37 years of Management and Customer Service experience.
  • 22 years of Human Resources experience.
  • 19 years of Martial Arts Management, Marketing, and Consulting experience.
  • Juanita began her Martial Arts Training with Sensei Howanic in Ninjutsu.
  • They were married 6 months later! LOL
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Patriot Martial Arts
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu
  • Black Belt Candidate in Alpha Krav Maga
  • Green Belt in Ninjutsu
  • Blue Sash (Basic Instructor) in Malaya Eskrima
  • Black Sash Candidate in Cabales Serrada Eskrima
  • Apache Knife Apprentice Instructor
  • A.C.T. Module 1-4
  • NRA Basic Pistol Certification
  • NRA Self-Protection in The Home Certification (Defensive Pistol)
  • NRA Self-Protection Outside of The Home Certification (Defensive Pistol)
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Certification
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer Certification
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety
  • NRA Basic Shotgun Certification

Notable Seminars and Awards:

  • Graduate of the Basic & Intermediate PMA Curriculum Colleges
  • Manager, Program Director, Office Manager, and Marketing Director at Premier Martial Arts, Collinsville, Illinois.
  • 10 Instructor Training Colleges.
  • 5 United Professionals Program Director’s Colleges
  • 4 PMA Program Director’s Colleges
  • 4 PMA Business Systems Seminars.
  • 4 PMA Owner’s Summits
  • Instructor at the 2006 San Antonio United Professionals Martial Arts Convention.
  • 2014 Woman of Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Women’s Leadership Association.
  • Nominated and Accepted to the Texas Roundtable of Professional Businesswomen 2014-2018.
  • Received the 2014 Black Belt Schools International Excellence in Leadership Award.
  • Who’s Who of Businesswomen in America 2006-2018
  • Heritage Who’s Who of Professional Businesswomen 2012-2018.
  • Professional Businesswomen of America 2012-2023.
  • Nominated for St. Louis Hospitality Host in 2000
  • 1994 and 1995 Who’s Who of College Students in America.
  • Several Martial Arts Business Seminars and Colleges

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Business Manager | Team Freedom Coordinator | Blue and a Black Stripe Ketsugo Ryu Black Belt

Alma Langley

Professional Background:

Alma started as an Admin Staff, she worked in the Oil Field Industry and State Government in Mexico. She has 20 plus years of Administrative Management. Implementation, Planning and coordinating administrative procedures and systems and devising ways to streamline processes, including creating the administrative forms. Monitoring of Purchase Orders, Petty Cash and reimbursements. Receipt, review, and entry of the invoices to the accounting system. Control of costs. Revision of contracts with suppliers. Review and pre-authorization of expenditure accounts of Procurement, QHSE, Laboratory and Operations staff (Base and field). Personnel Logistics. Human Resources Department. Alma also worked 15 years of Inventory Controlling. Monitor inventory of office supplies and the purchasing of new material with attention to budgetary constraints. She has 18 years of experience of Information Analysis (Monitoring the media for the development of media reports and public opinion as well as development of informational cards containing summaries of the information. Collection, classification, and analysis of information to be used in newsletters. Responsible for verification of projects and validation of the proceedings of the Sectoral Subcommittee. Writing and control of internal and external documentation and correspondence. Collection of information for the registration of sectoral indicators. Physical and Electronic File Control) and has been an English-Spanish Translator since 2004.

Other Highlights for Alma:

  • Responsible for the column “Labor climate” of the internal magazine SEGURIMAX.
  • Representative of The Secretaria De Asentamientos Y Obras Públicas for the program during the first 100 days of the State Governor (Tabasco, Mexico).
  • Responsible for the integration of information and taking photos for the Government Report and for the book “Memories of Public Works” – ISBN. 968-889-321-8
  • 2010. First Aid Course. TecnoFire
  • 2010. Fire-Fighting Course. TecnoFire
  • 2009. Safety Orientation Program “RIG PASS”


Steve Sunstrom

Stephen spent 20 years in the US Air Force, in various leadership, human resources, training, and development roles. One of his most memorable roles was when he facilitated college level classes for mid-level supervisors. The goal was to provide the students with various leadership tools and concepts to help make them successful in their future roles. During the four years in the role, he impacted over 300 leaders by facilitating 4.7K hours of curriculum. He is truly passionate about helping others identify and grow into the best versions of themselves.

After his retirement in 2016, he continued his focus on developing others – both personally and professionally. He has created and implemented accelerated development programs for leaders in both the private sector and higher education.

Using his Background:

He uses this information and his extensive background to develop and improve leaders at Patriot Martial Arts and Self-Defense in Universal City. Stephen focuses his time on developing our Black Belt Instructor Cadre to create challenging and dynamic classes for our students. He continually motivates everyone around him to be the best versions of themselves.

Currently, he is the Master Instructor responsible for our Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu program and is projected to test for 6th DAN in September 2024. He has provided background and insight on the recently updated leadership manual.

Steve has been married to his wife, Terri, for over 20 years and has three amazing children who also have Black Belts – Nicholas, Madison, and Tatiana. He spends most of his free time supporting his church. In addition to teaching Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu, he also enjoys recreational & technical SCUBA diving and.

Martial Arts Background:

  • Godan, 5th DAN, (Master Instructor) – Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu (2018)
  • Shodan, 1st DAN – Patriot Martial Arts (2011)
  • Certified Patriot Knife Fighting Instructor (2012)
  • Assistant Instructor at multiple seminars (TN, IL, TX)


  • MBA with a Concentration on Organizational Psychology and Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Human Resources Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Instructional Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science

Instructor and Industry Certifications:

  • Instructor Certification Course, Patriot Martial Arts – Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR)
  • Occupational Instructor Certification Level III (4700+ hours of College Accredited Instruction)
  • U.S. Air Force Professional Military Education Course
  • U.S. Air Force Basic Instructor Course
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner
  • Certified Extended DiSC Professional
  • Professional Managers Certification (PMC)
  • Certified Leadership and Resiliency Coach
  • Talent Optimization Consultant – The Predictive Index

Additional Instructors

Patriot Martial Arts Self Defense

Austin Fender

I am Sensei Austin and I currently serve as the Head Instructor of our school! Starting as a student with Patriot Self Defense since 2007, I became a member of the Leadership team in 2008. I have had the privilege of serving as an Assistant Instructor, Lead Instructor, Demo Performance Team Captain and Director during my time at our school! With my professional background in Emergency Medical Services, and an educational background in Political Science, Organizational Leadership and Management, and became a member of the National Student Leadership Conference. It makes me proud to have the opportunity to hold my position at our school. I am look forward to passing on my knowledge to anyone who walks in the door!

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Eli Mitchell

  • Littles Lead Instructor
  • Demo Team Lead Instructor and Captain

Eli has been the Lead Instructor for our Littles Class for 2 years, and he was an assistant instructor for the same Class for 5 years. During summertime he also works as a Lifeguard at Schlitterbahn. He is CPR certified!

Other Ranks and Accomplishments:

  • 3rd degree black belt Patriot Martial Arts
  • 2nd degree black belt Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu
  • 1st degree black belt Alph Krav Maga
  • trained in Apache knife and Eskrima
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Mikey Mannino

  • Littles Lead Instructor

Mikey is a Stay-at-home Dad with two years of home-schooling experience. He is also an USAF Veteran, 4 years active duty (9S100 Scientific Applications Specialist). He has been part of our Lead Instructors for Littles Alpha for 1 year and a half.

Other ranks and accomplishments:

  • Alpha Krav Maga – Blue Belt
  • Ketsugo Ryu – Brown belt
  • Malaya Eskrima – Gold Sash
  • Fencing seminars – Renaissance fencing Club
  • Kickboxing training – High Altitude Martial Arts Aurora
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Sarah Mitchell

  • Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu Lead Instructor

She has a Master’s degree Curriculum and Instructor, 10 yrs elementary educator, 10 yrs homeschool educator. She also Coordinates activities for Demo Team, an assists during Demo practices.

Other Ranks and Accomplishments:

  • 3rd degree black belt in Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu
  • 2nd degree black belt Patriot Martial arts
  • Blue belt Gracie Juijitsu
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Ronnie Mitchell

  • Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu Instructor

Other Ranks and Accomplishments:

  • 27 ½ years federal law enforcement
  • 3rd degree black belt Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsu
  • 2nd degree Patriot Martial Arts
  • Blue belt in Gracie Juijitsu
  • Trained in Apache knife fighting, Alpha Krav Maga, Kenpo, Patriot Knife system,Tae Kwon Do

Martial Arts Instructors Continued

Here at PMA, our staff is the secret to our student success. We are proud to have a team of highly experienced and dedicated instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping our students grow. Each instructor has a rich background in the industry and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists.

Stephanie Gonzales - Instructor

Stephanie Gonzales

Wyatt Mitchell - Lead Assistant

Wyatt Mitchell

Lead Assistant

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