About Us

  • FMA Academy - Head Instructor

Guro Chris has been studying martial arts in March of 1990.   While he originally studied traditional karate (Okinawan Go-Ju) and achieved a rank of 3rd Dan and 2nd Dan in Okinawan Kobudo (weapons), he felt that it didn’t address his needs.

Since 2000 Guro Chris has been focusing on the Filipino martial art of Kali where he has attained his Level 4 – Full Instructor certification, (total of 5 levels.) under Guro Kevin Seaman. He has also attained his Lakan Guro Level 3 (Apprentice) instructorship directly under Guro Dan Inosanto.  This is the same system taught at the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles, California.

Even though Guro Chris has attained his instructorship in Filipino Martial Arts, he continues to expand his knowledge.  He currently continues his studies in Filipino martial arts of Inosanto Kali and other FMA systems, by attending classes, private instruction, and attending various seminars.

Guro Chris is one of only a handful of certified Kali/FMA instructors in the entire Syracuse/Central New York area. With the FMA Academy being the only school directly certified from the Inosanto Academy directly from Guro Dan Inosanto himself.

Guro Chris is available for private instruction, workshops, and seminars.
Call (315) 313-KALI (5254) or E-mail us to schedule your private or semi-private lessons today.


  • Full Instructor – Filipino Martial Arts – Guro Kevin Seaman
  • Apprentice Instructor – Filipino Martial Arts – Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate – 3rd Dan
  • Okinawan Kobudo (Weapons) – 2nd Dan – Achieved from the late Master Frank Van Lentin
  • First Aid/CPR certified

Inosanto System:
Guro Dan Inosanto – Guro Chris Thompson
Guro Kevin Seaman – Guro Chris Thompson