Instructors at Balance Martial Arts:
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 Iaido, Krav Maga & Muay Thai Kickboxing. 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 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.”
~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.”