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 Sate University and currently a 5th degree black belt in the Kinny Karate "Wild Bunch" Association.  Other training includes the Philipine Kali, Chinese Wing Chun, Akido and Thailand Muay Thai Kickboxing. 

Chris teaches Jiu Jitsu and adult kickboxing.  He is a 3rd degree taekwondo black belt with the Kinny Karate "Wild Bunch" Association. The martial arts quest continued with jiu jitsu, earning a brown belt under Brian Wilson of Forca Martial Arts in Russellville, Team LDMA.  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.  Chris understands what it takes to succeed in competition, apply 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 still competes and has earned several gold medals at IBJJF, NAGA and AGF grappling leagues.  

Taekwondo Kickboxing


Make 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 for a free orientation of our classes and meet our instructors.  Our gym is among the finest in Western Arkansas river valley offering a fun and friendly atmosphere along with intense expert training.  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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6421A Hwy 271 south, Fort Smith, AR 72908 * 479-763-4282

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