Thursday, December 14, 2023

ITC 2024 Instructor Reveal #1


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Experience the Legendary Norris Workout with the Next Generation of Norrises

We are excited to reveal that Dakota and Danilee Norris will deliver an unparalleled workout experience shaped by the legendary Chuck Norris!

If you have ever wondered about the unforgettable workouts conducted by Grand Master Chuck Norris, now is your chance to experience it for yourself! Over the years, the engaging and intense Norris workouts have generated many tales told with awe by those fortunate enough to participate or even hear about them.

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From their early years, Dakota and Danilee were immersed in the aura and intensity of their father's celebrated training on the Norris Ranch. With the resolute spirit of martial arts deep in their veins, they are now ready to bring that unrivaled regimen to the attendees of the UFAF ITC 2024.

This is not just an invitation, it's a challenge! A challenge to gather your strength, tireless grit, and boundless dedication, as we get ready for an unforgettable ITC event.

So, mark your calendars, book your rooms & buy your plane tickets, because the UFAF ITC 2024 in Las Vegas is about to make history! A firsthand experience of the legendary Norris workout is waiting for you!

More instructor reveals will follow in the coming weeks as we prepare for registration to open in January, 2024.

In the meantime, stay strong, stay inspired, and get ready to experience the authentic, legendary Norris workout!


Remember, our room block at Mandalay Bay and the Luxor will likely sell out, so don't wait to get your reservations!
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Experience the Thrill of the ITC 2024 at the Extraordinary Mandalay Bay - Book Your Rooms NOW!

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UFAF ITC 2024: Luxury, Tradition, and Training in Perfect Balance!


Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV

July 18-21, 2024

We are thrilled to announce this exciting change for the upcoming United Fighting Arts Federation International Training Conference (UFAF ITC) 2024. We have chosen a vibrant new venue for our event, the spectacular Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Yes, you heard it right – a slice of paradise in the seaside glitter of Vegas!

The ITC 2024 will kick off with the Instructor Development Series (IDS) on the morning of Thursday, July 18th. The kickoff ceremony, Masters Rank Induction Ceremony (MRIC), and welcome reception will follow that evening. This action packed weekend at our new venue will be one for the history books!

All the UFAF ITC events will be held at the Mandalay Bay, but UFAF has obtained a block of rooms for our UFAF ITC participants at both the Mandalay and the Luxor. The Luxor and Mandalay Bay are neighboring properties connected by a shopping corridor. You can get from one to the other simply by walking through the corridor.

Here is the passkey event link for our group to make online reservations:

You will want to create an account and get your room reserved ASAP! You must use this link to book in the UFAF group and get the discounted room and resort fee rates.
We anticipate the UFAF room blocks at both properties will fill up very fast so don't wait to bookas we cannot guarantee any room or discounted rates once the room blocks are full. The special room block is only available on a first come, first serve basis, so it’s highly encouraged that you act fast and book now!
You will also want to download the MGM resorts Mobile App where you will be able to check in to your room, book dinner and show reservations and more!

Mobile App and Check-In
Find more information on the MGM Resorts Mobile App and Mobile Check-In ... Access to everything, right in the app. Unlock your room, get tickets to the hottest shows, book a spa appointment, and more ... by clicking HERE.


About Mandalay Bay

The ambiance and offerings at Mandalay Bay are second to none. With a set-up spanning over 120 acres, the resort is a world of its own, boasting award-winning restaurants, stunning live entertainment, a fantastic casino, a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool, and an environment that exudes luxury and refinement.

Mandalay Bay is more than just a venue – it's a bucket list experience! It is a place where you can learn during the day and explore at night. Whether you're attending training sessions, networking with fellow martial artists, or simply unwinding, Mandalay Bay has something for everyone.

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Unlock the Best Deals with the UFAF Room Block

We've gone the extra mile to ensure that your stay at Mandalay Bay is both exciting and affordable. We've secured an exclusive room block, offering a spectacular deal on the world-class accommodation at a special discounted rate for the UFAF family. But here's the catch - rooms are limited and they are filling up fast!

Lock in your reservation at Mandalay Bay or the Luxor for UFAF ITC 2024 now! Our room block is expected to sell out rapidly, so secure your spot today and enjoy this experience of a lifetime.

Here is the passkey event link for our group to make online reservations:

We are looking forward to seeing you at UFAF ITC 2024 for what promises to be an extraordinary event in an equally extraordinary location.

Best Regards, 

Monday, June 26, 2023

ITC Dress Code

 ITC Dress Code

UFAF Chuck Norris System Uniform Requirements

- All students must conform to UFAF uniform standards for official events.
- Student uniforms must be all white (red trim – lapel only - for red belts)
- Chuck Norris System Patch on the left lapel and country flag on the upper left arm
- School patch on the upper right arm or right lapel (optional)
- Student last name required with back design for red/black belts (optional through green belt) 
- Belt must represent your standard CNS rank: white, gold, purple, orange, blue, green, red, red w/black stripe, black.
- Stripe belts are also permitted: example green w/stripe. Stripe must run the length of the belt through the middle.
- If you are unsure of anything, or if you are a black belt in another system training in CNS, please ask your instructor or contact

UFAF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Uniform

UFAF members competing in the jiu-jitsu (grappling) divisions of the tournament must wear a UFAF BJJ uniform. Also, competitors are to wear the belt that represents rank/skill level in jiu-jitsu, NOT the Chuck Norris System.  UFAF BJJ Uniforms are available through the UFAF Store, get your order in early, allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.

UFAF Krav Maga
All UFAF Krav Maga Force Instructors are to wear the black UFAF KM Instructor Tee and UFAF KM Instructor pants in any UFAF KM Seminars. UFAF KM Students are encouraged to wear a UFAF KM Student Tee

Things to Bring

Check your particular seminar schedule, and bring sparring gear and a traditional weapon if seminar applicable. A grappling top or UFAF KM training wear is optional for applicable seminars.

UFAF Member Dress Uniform *
Men – Solid black slacks (no jeans) with solid black blazer (black buttons) OR solid black suit, white shirt and any color tie.
Women – Solid black skirt or slacks (no jeans) with solid black blazer, white shirt or blouse OR solid black dress with solid black blazer.

* Under Black Belt Members -  If you do not have the full dress uniform, please dress as close as possible (black pants/skirt, white shirt, tie, etc.)

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

ITC 2023 Seminar Details

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What to Expect with the ITC 2023 Seminars

July 6-9 Las Vegas, NV

Adult Seminars

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Van Frasher

Mr. Van Frasher is a skilled martial artist and knowledgeable teacher. He began his martial arts training in 1979 when he was ten-years-old in Wayne County, WV. Throughout his years of training he has studied various martial arts including; The Chuck Norris System (CNS), Karate, Jujitsu, Aikido, Judo, and Pambuan Arnis. In 2019 he became a Guru in Pambuan Arnis.

Blending Your Arts for the Street

Van Frasher's seminar will include how Filipino martial arts influences your CNS for street applicable situations. We will also touch on skill building and drills to enhance your overall knowledge in blending different martial arts.

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Kenny Gallacher

Kenny Gallacher has been a lifelong practitioner of the Martial Arts. He started training as a very young boy and he received his Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do in 1992 under Grand Master Ken Gallacher. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008 and was promoted to Black Belt in UFAF BJJ in 2022.

Finding Your Flow: Mastering Defense and Patience in Jiu Jitsu

Kenny believes that a strong defense is crucial to your BJJ. During his seminar he will be going over tactics that will allow you to feel comfortable in uncomfortable positions. Leverage and patience are key elements in BJJ and will help you stay calm even in the worst of positions.

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Kenny Herrera

Kenny Herrera has devoted over fifty years studying, training, and teaching martial arts, becoming one of the most versatile and well-respected instructors in the field today. He is a husband, father of three, and grandfather of six.

Kenny started his martial arts journey in 1969 with Chuck Norris at Sherman Oaks Karate. In 1986, Kenny was awarded the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) Instructor of the Year title and a special “Professional Martial Artist” designation in the early 90s. He currently holds black belt ranks in five systems from Grand Masters Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Pat Johnson, and John Korab.

In 2021, Kenny was inducted into the United Kingdom’s Black Belt Hall of Fame and in 2022 received the coveted Wieland Norris Award.

Blending of Classical and Traditional Techniques (BOCATT) into Modern Arts

Kenny’s session, “Blending of Classical and Traditional Techniques (BOCATT) into Modern Arts”, explores the innovation and insight of the Chuck Norris System. It incorporates classical and traditional techniques, blending them into applicable modern arts. Learn how to use your environment for enhanced training and self defense. The class will touch on classical fighting concepts transitioned into modern sparring and kickboxing. Be prepared to challenge yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally while advancing your knowledge and understanding of the martial arts.

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Riley Hackett

Riley Hackett started his training at 8 years old at Chip Wright’s Champion Karate. He started assisting with the teaching of classes at age 12, and went on to purchase the school from Mr. Wright in 2022.

Riley made a name for himself both regionally and internationally in the UFAF ITC World Championships and in the National Blackbelt League. He represented UFAF’s sponsored team in the NBL’s sport karate circuit in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Riley was named UFAF’s Male Competitor of the Year in 2019, 2021, and 2022. In 2019 he was the Adult Forms Grand Champion winning the coveted Norris Cup.

Rough Housing with Riley

In this seminar Riley will share some of his favourite techniques and drills to help make you a better fighter. Not only will this seminar focus on practical attacks and counters but he aims to provide an understanding of sparring concepts.

“Anyone can be great at throwing punches and kicks and can learn new techniques but I believe it is important to understand the concepts behind the technique, how it fits together, when it works, and when to use them. I am excited to help our system grow and to do some sparring with you all!”


Youth Seminars

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Crosby Broadwater III

Sensei Crosby is a 4th degree black belt in the Chuck Norris System under Lindy Woods, a 2nd degree UFAF Krav Maga black belt, & a Sport Karate Blackbelt. Sensei Crosby has been teaching for 20 years; from daycares, public/ private schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the US Army & other studios. He is thrilled and honored to share some of what he has learned from being in some regional, national, & international tournaments.

Point Sparring 101

Focusing on dynamic stretching, distance, timing, staying in the fight, & how to score effectively.

To compete on a high level, we must train at a high level mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually. Be prepared, Eat, Sleep, Train, Grow!


Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones is a professional martial artist representing Team Paul Michell Karate and Century Martial Arts. He holds World Titles from NASKA, ISKA, WKC, ProMac, and UFAF in traditional and CMX forms and weapons; and synchronized team divisions. He also has 8 Norris Cup Titles from UFAF ITC’s over the last few years.

Benjamin has a passion for teaching and began instructing at the age of 8. He has continued to pass on his knowledge in forms, weapons, and tricking throughout his career. He is currently working as a full-time head instructor for Infinity Martial Arts. He is a 3rd Degree in Tang Soo Do, a 2nd degree in CNS, and a 2nd degree in the PMA system.

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Bo Seminar

Ben Jones has been competing with Bo for almost 9 years now, and has trained under Jackson Rudolph since 2014. 
In this seminar, he will share the knowledge he’s gained with Bo over the years as well as a few tips and tricks to step up your game when competing! 
He’ll cover basic strikes and how to maintain good technique, basic spins and a few advanced tricks to keep things challenging but fun at the same time. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the top Bo competitors in the world right now!

Tricking Seminar

Ben Jones started learning tricking through the Hyper Trick School program, and then eventually took the knowledge gained from it, and learned/built on his tricking over the years. In this seminar, he will go over easy and safe progressions to make sure everyone can participate and have a good time learning fun tricks! Everyone will start basic and will build up into more advanced tricks as the seminar goes on. At the end of the seminar, there will be an always-fun, trick circle where all the students can show off what they’ve learned!

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Clara Melendez

Clara Melendez is Master instructor of K.W. Karate/Tae Kwon Do Centers in El Centro, Calexico & Brawley California. 
She started her martial art training in 1978 and has been a recognized top ranked tournament competitor in sparring, forms, weapons and board breaking in Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine and a 10X winner at the Ed Parker’s Long Beach Internationals in California. 
• 5th Degree Black Belt CNS 
• UFAF School of the Year for 2011 & 2017 
• UFAF Female Competitor of Year 2005 
• Recognized by the United States Congress for her involvement in her community 
• Level 2 Coach Master rank in Olympic USA Tae Kwon Do 
• Registered International Referee in Korea by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation 
• Krav Maga certified instructor 
• Certified Instructor for Violent Critical Incidents- Active shooter, violent intruder and terrorism 
• Clara Melendez has trained and coached teams competing throughout the United States and Mexico and hosted the Four Valleys of the Sun Open Karate Championships for the past 32 years.


Power Kids will learn how to strike back against bullies, active attackers and predators in this high energy board breaking seminar. 
Power Kids will be empowered with knowledge to identify red flags and confidently activate strategies to strike back against some of their most common threats. 
Data reports: 73% of students have reported bullying in their lifetime which include social, physical and cyberbullying, 647 mass shootings in 2022 and 90% of abused children know their abuser. 
The POWER KIDS STRIKEBACK seminar aims to build self confidence in children so they may feel safer, prepared and ready for action through dynamic and interactive scenarios.

UFAF Olympic Games 2023

The UFAF ITC Youth Games promise to be the ultimate in fun competition!

Kids ages 4-12 of all experience levels are welcome to compete in a series of Olympic-themed games and activities. With a variety of martial arts events and prizes to be won, this is sure to be an exhilarating and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to compete in speed kick challenges, high kick challenges, fitness challenges, team battles, tricking battles, relay races and MORE!

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Register now for the ITC 2023 and split the cost into 4 equal payments.

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Book your room at the South Point in Las Vegas by clicking HERE.

Or you can call the South Point reservations desk at (866) 791-7626 and give them our group code UNI2023.

Friday, March 10, 2023

ITC 2023 Will Be the End of an Era


ITC 2023 Historic Event

After 16 Years We Say GOODBYE

This will be our LAST YEAR at the South Point

This will be the end of an era!

At the 2023 Gala, we will share the exciting plans for a brand new venue for 2024!

UFAF ITC July 6-9, 2023

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Las Vegas, NV

See the schedule of events!

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Exciting Changes to the ITC

1.ALL competitors in the tournament can now choose to do BOTH Open AND Traditional formsYou no longer have to choose one or the other. You can do BOTH if you want.
2.Team sparring will be available for under belts and youth, plus we will be adding mixed teams!
3.We are adding a UFAF ITC Youth Games with lots of challenges and competitions for our youth participants. (More details coming soon!)
4.The Instructor Development Series (IDS) this year will be open to Green Belts & Up, ages 14 and up!
UFAF Olympic Games 2023
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Book your room at the South Point in Las Vegas by clicking HERE. Or you can call the South Point reservations desk at (866) 791-7626 and give them our group code UNI2023.