Chris 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 with Team LDMA.  He is a law enforcement veteran with over 22 years experience and a vast knowledge of self-defense, PPCT, and some akido. Chris is also a certified RAD instructor for women.  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 awards in BJJ with NAGA and AGF grappling leagues.  

-2015 IBJJF Dallas Open Champion

-2015 AGF Gold and Silver medalist

-2016 AGF Gold and Silver medalist

Began studying taekwondo in 1994 at Oklahoma State University and currently a 5th degree black belt in the Kinny Karate "Wild Bunch" Association.  Other training includes Philipine Kali, Chinese Wing Chun, Akido, and Thailand Muay Thai kickboxing.  

Carolyn brings a new type of style and energy to Fort Smith Martial Arts.  If you live near the River Valley area, come by the school for a visit.


Thompson Defense Academy is your home for Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Grappling, Kickboxing, and Self-Defense in Fort Smith, AR.  Call 479-763-4282 for a free orientation of our classes and meet our instructors.  Our gym is among the finest in Western Arkansas 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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fort smith, arkansas

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