Meet Our Balance Martial Arts Team:
We are proud of the amazing team of leaders we have at Balance Martial Arts. Our instructors come from a variety of different styles, and backgrounds. We believe that our varied experiences make us stronger, and allow us to teach the powerful lessons learned through martial arts training with a greater understanding.
Sensei Chris – Chief Instructor
Sensei Chris Moulinier comes to us from The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, PA. He has a 4th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Aikido and currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sensei Chris has extensive training in Iaijutsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He began his martial arts training in 1992 and has been instructing since 1995.
Sensei Chris began training when he was a teenager. His parents were looking for a positive outlet that would also help build both his confidence and focus. Prior, he was struggling in school, but with the skills he learned in Karate, he became a straight A student. More importantly, he found his calling in life: sharing and teaching the valuable life lessons and principles he learned in Karate.
At age 18, he entered an intense instructor training program in which he actually lived at the dojo, and was able to fully dedicate himself to learning, training, and teaching every aspect of martial arts for 6 years. He has traveled all over America, Canada, and Europe conducting Martial Arts’ seminars. Due to his extensive training he had the honor of being part of two major projects: Aikido 3d, spending 3 months on set of Avatar & The Last Airbender as a martial arts professional and stunt actor.
“Personally, what I love the most about the martial arts is that it is something you can do for the rest of your life. All of the positive benefits including, better grades at school, focus, confidence, self protection, fitness can be a part of your daily life with martial arts training. It will help you no matter what obstacles come up in your life, and I am happy to teach my students these skills and share with them what martial arts has done for my life. It is my hope that each and everyone of them become better people because they walked in the door at our school.”
Sensei Stefan – Program Director
Sensei Stefan Moulinier is from Atlanta, GA and has been involved in martial arts since 1997. Don’t let the gentle, calm nature of this southern belle fool you. She has a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate and has been a highly acclaimed instructor since 2002. Her natural ability to communicate and bring out the best in young children, teenagers and adults is why she is very popular with both students and parents.
Originally involved in East West Karate near Atlanta, which she helped build from one small studio to three thriving dojos in less than 5 years. Sensei Stefan participated as an international team member of Martial Arts Professionals. On this team, she traveled all over the US, England and Australia. She consulted and instructed Martial Arts School proprietors, helping them learn the best teaching methods and managing their dojos.
“I believe that everyone has something to learn from martial arts. Karate training can provide so many beneficial opportunities; from protecting yourself and loved ones, or developing a stronger sense of confidence, to learning to strive to be your best everyday. The thing that impacts me the most as a teacher is working with students who struggle with confidence. I was a very shy child, and martial arts gave me the skills I needed to believe in myself. I wouldn’t be where I am, or have the family I have, if it wasn’t for the wonderful, positive experiences I have had in Karate.”
Sensei Alex Wall – Wing Chun Kung Fu / Judo / Summer Camp Head Instructor
Shifu Alex Wall has been training Wing Chun Kung Fu since 1995. He learned from Sifu Ron Bey. Shifu Bey’s instructor was Dr. Fred Ming An Wu. Dr. Wu was an expert in many styles of Kung Fu and came from a family of martial artists. Shifu Alex was an assistant instructor at Bey’s Martial Arts Academy from 1998-2007. He earned his black sash in Wing Chun in 2002. Sifu Alex also was an assistant instructor for Tai Chi at Bey’s Martial Arts Academy. In 2011 he began learning Judo to become a more well rounded martial artist. He taught a Wing Chun class at his first Judo school. In 2016 he received his black belt in Judo from Sensei Agnes Gall at Apex Martial Arts Center.
In 2011 he began learning Judo to become a more well rounded martial artist. He taught a Wing Chun class at his first Judo school. In 2016 he received his black belt in Judo from Sensei Agnes Gall at Apex Martial Arts Center. Since 2019, Alex is teaching Wing Chun at East Cloud Kungfu, and practicing Wushu with Imari.
He is our beloved kung fu instructor, and head instructor for summer camp in 2019, and 2020.
Sensei Colista – Instructor
Colista was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived in the Raleigh area since her college days in the early 1990s. She began studying karate at the tender age of 37 after her oldest son began taking classes. Until then, she had only thought karate was done in the movies (having seen The Karate Kid in the 1980s). It turned out that she liked the cool outfits and snazzy colorful belts. Even more surprising was that she actually enjoyed learning karate techniques, katas, and history!
Colista’s favorite area of karate is learning and teaching katas. She’s excited to share her new-found passion with other karate students – both young and not-quite-as-young! As a working mom studying and teaching karate, she understands the challenges parents and their kids face every day trying to balance work, school, and extra-curricular activities.
In 2016 Colista earned her 1st degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, followed by her 2nd degree Black Belt in 2019, both under the instruction of Sensei Chris and Sensei Stefan at Balance Martial Arts. She also became a certified instructor in 2017 after completing training with Black Belt Schools International.
When she’s not at the dojo, Colista moonlights as a civil engineer and a personal Uber driver for her kids. Her karate training (patience, mainly) has proven useful at home, as she is the only female in a house with a husband, two sons, and a hedgehog.
Sensei Steven – Instructor
Coach Lindsay – Camp Director
Lindsay Ordemann is a fun and outgoing individual who has been working as a Teacher Assistant for a local elementary school back in her hometown in New Jersey. Currently, Lindsay coaches the elite youth lacrosse team on AFA’s travel program. She attends Meredith College and is working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching Health and Physical Education. She enjoys going to the beach, playing sports, coaching, and spending time with her puppy, Nala!
“The harder you work for something, the greater you will feel after you achieve it” I believe it is important for people to stay focused and determined on their goal, no matter how rough the road to success is. When coaching or teaching children it is my goal to encourage them, build their confidence and to increase their willpower.
Coach Jack – Camp Director
Jack has been working with kids, teens, and athletes for the past five years. He worked at YMCA summer camp for 4 summers as a high ropes instructor, head counselor, and a part of the waterfront program staff! Jack is currently a coach for a youth competitive climbing team and travels around the southeast for outdoor bouldering and sport climbing.
“Working with kids and young adults is where I get the greatest joy in life. Teaching skills and passing on my knowledge to the next generation is highly rewarding. It’s certainly not easy, but it’s always worth it for the moment when a kid learns a new skill, pushes their limits, or achieves a new personal best. That is when I feel like I have done my job as a coach or counselor.”
~Personal Training Coach
Joshua Stamper has been a coach and a trainer since 2004. He has a bachelor of science in Kinesiology: the study of the mechanics of body movements, from the University of Maryland. He received his certification for personal training through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a Level-One Crossfit coach. Joshua has worked with personal training clients on weight loss, rehab, general physical preparedness, strength and conditioning, muscle development, and sports performance/preparation. He also has been a coach for several sports: Crossfit, weightlifting, powerlifting, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and soccer.
At the tender age of 4 he started his wrestling career. In high school he began training in kickboxing and karate and started amateur fighting his senior year. After high school he started boxing at his junior college. Later, at the University of Maryland, Joshua started training MMA and BJJ. Along with the sport he found a passion for fitness. Shortly after starting college he became a wrestling coach and found his calling: coaching. With his education, passion, and calling aligned, his goal became to help people be the best they can be.
“My motto has always been ‘Fitness is Freedom’ and I believe that to be true. The more fit you are the more free you are to move. If you are free to move you can work hard, help others, develop skills, and perform properly. Fitness gives you the freedom and strength to live your life to the fullest.”