- 4th Dan Taekwondo , 4th Dan Aiki Jitsu
- Certified Senior Instructor Muay Thai Kickboxing
- Certified USA Boxing Coach
25 Years of Training: Master Ballard began his training in 1984 in the art of Taekwondo. He holds; a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aiki Jitsu, he is a Senior Certified Instructor (Kru) in Muay Thai Kickboxing-recognized by the USMA and he is a Certified USA Boxing Coach. Master Ballard was inducted as a Life Member into the USMA in 1997. He has “cross trained” in; Judo, Arnis, Karate, U.S. Army Combatives, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, To Shin-Do and more…
Master Ballard established UFAI, (United Fighting Arts Institute) in 2002, but due to a deployment to Iraq, was forced to close it, and then re-open it in 2006. In Iraq, Master Ballard conducted Direct Combat Support Operations as a U.S. Army Flight Medic with the 101st Airborne Division, (C Co. 3/126 Air Ambulance, 7th /101st Airborne, OIF 5-7).
Master Ballard has trained under some of the most well known instructors in the world, to include; ISKA World Kickboxing Champion Conrad Pla (Tristar Gym, Montreal), An Shu Stephen & Shidoshi Rumiko Hayes, in Bujinkan Tai Jitsu & To Shin-Do,(Dayton Quest Center-Dayton, OH), Legendary Judo Instructor O’Sensei Philip S. Porter, Former U.S. National Taekwon-Do Champion Master Alba Rosario & Hall of Fame Instructor Master Stan Parsons as well as many more...
Master Ballard was formerly a competitive fighter, who has fought locally, nationally and internationally. He was formerly nationally ranked and competed for the IKF, (International Kickboxing Federation), USKBA, (United States Kickboxing Association) and the WCMA, (World Congress of Martial Artists). Master Ballard has trained in Muay Thai multiple times in Thailand.
Master Ballard is retired from active competition, but takes great pride in training martial artists & aspiring combat sports athletes. He can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kru Chris Ballard
United Fighting Arts Institute, LLC