Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Drumroll Please .... ITC Headliner #2 is ...


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Headline Instructor #2

Ross “Turbo” Levine

Elevate Your Sparring While Learning to Preserve Your Bodies for Longevity

Ross "TURBO" Levine is a Karate Combat 2x Middleweight World Champion, a 12x NASKA World Champion, and a 3x WKC World Champion. He is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Owner of TURBO Sports Performance.

Ross' seminar will consist of a dynamic warm-up, point fighting skill development, drills and strategy-building. We will also implement some of his physical therapy and strength & conditioning knowledge to educate the participants on how to properly maintain their bodies and build a strong, resilient martial artist!

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Ross began his martial arts journey at the age of 7, starting with Taekwondo in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. He became infatuated with competition as he grew older, finding a love and passion for point fighting. Ross began competing at the age of 12 and never looked back! Countless titles on the NASKA, WAKO and WKC circuits provided a platform for Ross to continue his progression towards the full contact world.

While pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he began kickboxing and competed as an amateur, amassing a 9-2 record. Ross then decided to follow his dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Since then, Ross has compiled an 8-1 pro record (and counting), competing in GLORY Kickboxing and earning the Karate Combat Middleweight World Championship.


This seminar is an excellent opportunity to not only enhance your martial arts skills but also learn how to maintain physical fitness and prevent injuries. Ross's experience and knowledge promise an engaging and informative event for all participants!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

ITC 2024 Headliner #1 - Richard Norton


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Get ready to elevate your martial arts journey!

We are incredibly excited to announce the esteemed Richard Norton is confirmed as one of the headline instructors at the UFAF International Training Conference (ITC) 2024! Bringing with him decades of unparalleled experience in martial arts, stunts, and the world of film, your participation in ITC 2024 sets you on course to learn, evolve, and immerse yourself in an invigorating symphony of martial arts mastery, led by none other than Richard himself.

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Richard Norton is a legendary figure in the world of martial arts, known for his exceptional skill and contributions to various martial arts disciplines. With over six decades of dedicated training and numerous accolades, Norton's martial arts journey is nothing short of extraordinary.

Norton's martial arts odyssey began at a young age when he started training in Judo at the tender age of 11. This early exposure laid the foundation for what would become a lifelong passion and commitment to martial arts excellence.

In 1970, Norton played a pivotal role in the creation of Zen Do Kai, a martial arts style that garnered global attention. His 10th Degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai signifies not only his mastery of the style but also his instrumental role in its development in his home country, Australia.

A true highlight in Norton's martial arts career was being personally presented with an 8th Degree master’s Black Belt in the Chuck Norris Martial Arts system by none other than Master Chuck Norris himself. This recognition by a martial arts icon speaks volumes about Norton's expertise and character.

Norton's martial arts journey didn't stop there. He holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Goju-Kai Karate under the tutelage of his first Karate Sensei, Hanshi Tino Ceberano, a 6th Black Stripe in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Machado Bros and a Level 6 ranking in Uquidokan Kick-Boxing, a discipline founded by the legendary Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez.

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This demonstrates Norton’s adaptability and willingness to embrace diverse martial arts disciplines and stay up to date with today’s Mixed Martial Arts Combat environment.

With a vast knowledge of reality-based self-defence tactics and his own highly popular Black Belt Complexes, which focus on developing explosive speed, power and continuity of movement, Norton is in constant demand for seminars in Australia and internationally and is highly regarded as one of the world’s most dynamic martial artists and seminar presenters.

Norton also spent over 25 years working as a Personal Bodyguard in the 1970s and 1980s, providing protection to some of the most iconic figures in the music industry, including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and the Swedish pop group ABBA.



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Watch for ITC registration to open on February 1st!

We have one more Headline Instructor for you. Wh0 will it be? You'll just have to wait and see! 
Who will instructor #7 be? Stay tuned!


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Introducing UFAF ITC Instructor #8 Clara Melendez: Empowering Youth with the POWERKIDS SURVIVAL Seminar!


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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our UFAF Instructor #8 

Clara Melendez

Clara Melendez, who will be leading an engaging, transformative, and essential seminar for our young attendees: POWERKIDS SURVIVAL.

The goal of the POWERKIDS SURVIVAL seminar is crucial - teaching children the necessary skills to survive attacks by bullies, predators, and active shooters. Power Kids will immerse themselves in high-energy, interactive scenarios, equipping them with the confidence to activate key strategies that can keep them safe and secure.

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Data has shown us alarming trends – 40% of children are bullied at school, 18% cyberbullied. Furthermore, 90% of abused kids know their abuser. The U.S. also faced 656 mass shootings last year (2023). These statistics emphasize the essential need for our children to be prepared, informed, and vigilant.

Our seminar's focus is not only on survival but also on prevention. The seminar will cover nonviolent strategies to tackle bullying. It will provide age-appropriate language and key identifiers to help children communicate, identify potential predators, and form prevention plans.

In the face of an active threat, the PowerKids Survival seminar will enable our young ones to understand and utilize a tactical active aggressor model that embodies "Run, Hide, Fight". By learning these vital skills, our Power Kids will be able to break free from potential victimhood, demonstrating instead their resilience, courage, and quick thinking.

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Clara Melendez

Clara Melendez started training Martial Arts since 1978 and is Master instructor of K.W. Karate/Tae Kwon Do Centers in El Centro, Calexico & Brawley California:

• International presenter of Safety Seminars in bullying, predators and active shooters 
• Recognized top ranked competitor in sparring, forms, weapons and board breaking by Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine. 
• UFAF School of the Year for 2011 & 2017 
• Multiyear including 2023 recipient of Gold Level UFAF membership award 
• 5th Degree Professional Black Belt in the Chuck Norris System 
• Awarded the UFAF 2005 Female Competitor of Year 
• Recognized by the United States Congress for her involvement in her community 
• Level 2 Coach Master rank in Olympic USA Tae Kwon Do 
• Certified Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do International Black Belt/ Referee in Korea 
• Krav Maga certified instructor 
• Certified Instructor for Violent Critical Incidents- Active shooter, violent intruder and terrorism 
• 10X winner at the Ed Parker’s Long Beach Internationals in California. 
• Trained/Coached teams competing throughout the United States and Mexico. 
• Hosts the Four Valleys of the Sun Open Karate Championships for the past 33 years.

We can't wait to see Instructor Clara Melendez in action, leading the seminar with her vast knowledge and infectious energy. Together, let's empower our children, providing them the tools they need to navigate through a variety of challenging situations.

Join us for this power-packed, transformative experience. Let's equip our kids today, for a safer tomorrow!



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Watch for ITC registration to open on February 1st!

Stay tuned as we prepare to unveil our esteemed ITC Headline Instructors, who are set to revolutionize the learning experience with their wealth of industry insight!


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Announcing UFAF ITC Instructor #7: The Rising Star - Jorge Alonzo


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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our UFAF Instructor #7 

Jorge Alonzo

Jorge Alonzo's journey in the martial arts world is not just impressive but equally inspiring. He began training at an incredibly young age under the guidance of Master Kevin Hibbs and Master Jorge Alonzo, Sr.

Since his first competition in the summer of 2009 when he tested his skills in sparring, Jorge has invariably evolved, amassing a rich variety of experiences. He has now competed all over the country.


Over the last couple of years, Jorge stepped into and flourished on the NASKA circuit. His most recent accolade has seen him conquer the highly competitive MAARS circuit in Arizona, confirming his ranking amongst the top competitors in the NASKA standings.

Jorge, always dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of martial arts enthusiasts, will be leading a groundbreaking seminar for the youth ITC participants titled - "Using Your Angles: Getting Off the Line".

Mr. Jorge Alonzo will be shedding light on advanced techniques, sharing exclusive drills that focus on improved angle cutting and getting off the line, to provide more strategies to set up your blitz and evade opponents.

We cannot wait to see you at the seminar, learning and advancing together under the tutelage of the remarkable Jorge Alonzo!



Remember, our room block at Mandalay Bay and the Luxor will likely sell out, so don't wait to get your reservations! Read More

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Watch for ITC registration to open on February 1st!

Standby as we prepare to unveil the exceptional talent and expertise of ITC Instructor #8!!