6421A Hwy 271 south, Fort Smith, AR 72908 * 479-763-4282

Carolyn and Christopher are a sibling duo who established Thompson Defense Academy in 2013 with the goal of improving lives while showing a diverse and new type of training to Fort Smith. 

Carolyn teaches taekwondo, kickboxing and kids MMA.  She began studying taekwondo in 1994 at Oklahoma State University and currently a 6th degree black belt in the Kinney Karate "Wild Bunch" Association.  Carolyn has an extensive list of collection of wins in kata and sparring competitions in the Oklahoma area. Other training includes the Philipine Kali, Chinese Wing Chun, Akido and Thailand Muay Thai Kickboxing. 

Christopher teaches Jiu Jitsu and adult kickboxing.  He is a black belt under Brian Wilson of Forca Martial Arts in Russellville, Team LDMA. He is a 3rd degree taekwondo black belt with the Kinney Karate "Wild Bunch" Association.  He is a law enforcement veteran with over 22 years experience and a vast knowledge of self-defense, PPCT, some akido, and specialties of self-defense for women and men.  Christopher leads the Fort Smith River Valley area understanding what it takes to succeed in life, competition, self-defense in everyday life and ready to teach you.

Christopher has a passion to teach and learn martial arts with special attention to details.  He is a IBJJF international champion medalist, NAGA golds and AGF gold medalist.  



Thompson Defense Academy is your home for Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Grappling, Kickboxing, and Self-Defense in Fort Smith, AR by calling 479-763-4282 and schedule a free orientation of our classes to meet our instructors.  Thompson Defense Academy teaches world class martial arts in the Western Arkansas River Valley area.  We look forward to seeing you!

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kickboxing/Self defense

The TDA striking system is a mix of Muay Thai, Western Boxing and American Kickboxing.  Upgrade kickboxing by adding our self-defense system...

no-gi grappling

A blend of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Sambo that is used for takedowns, positional control on the ground...

brazilian jiu jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ, was specifically developed to allow a smaller person defeat a larger person by sophisticated application of leverage and...


Thompson Defense Academy provides a new and effective style of MMA & Taekwondo to Western Arkansas.  Our MMA and taekwondo is suitable for ages 5 and up...

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fort smith, arkansas