The Chuck Norris System




The Chuck Norris System (CNS) is a Korean-based American hard style of karate.  The style was founded by Mr. Chuck Norris, and was originally based on Mr. Norris' Tang Soo Do training in Korea while he was in the military.  During his unprecedented competitive fighting career (undefeated world middleweight karate champion six years running), Mr. Norris began to evolve the style to make it more effective and well-rounded.  He did this through committed study of other systems which he felt would complement his Tang Soo Do foundation.  


This evolution, along with his personal commitment to excellence, resulted in his phenomenal success.  This openness continues today, as the Chuck Norris System continues to evolve to include aspects of other systems, or completely original aspects which make it more complete. 


Having gone by several names since the early 70's, including the Chuck Norris System, the style was known as Chun Kuk Do from 1990 - 2015. In July 2015, at the annual UFAF International Training Conference (ITC) in Las Vegas, Mr. Norris and the board of directors announced to the membership that we would once again be able to return to using Mr. Norris' name and the Chuck Norris System

was reborn.


CNS is not an ad hoc collection of various techniques from different systems.  Rather, it is a style with a deeply rooted traditional foundation of its own - now unique and different from its Tang Soo Do predecessor - to which various other elements that complement its fundamentals have been added.  The Chuck Norris System has come to emphasize self defense, competition, weapons, grappling, fitness, and more.  


United Fighting Arts Federation (U.F.A.F.)


The art evolved from Chuck Norris' original training in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, a Korean style known primarily for its kicking techniques. Norris would train in various other styles under some of the most respected instructors in the United States. These instructors included Shotokan Karate masters Tsutomu Ohshima and Hidetaka Nishiyama, Shitō-ryū Karate instructor Fumio Demura, American

Kenpo Karate founder Ed Parker, Judo expert Gene LeBell, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends the Machado family.

Each summer the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) holds a members-only Chuck Norris System training conference and world championship tournament for all level students in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The United Fighting Arts Federation ™ (UFAF) is an increasingly worldwide martial arts membership organization founded by Mr. Chuck Norris.  Currently, members of the organization study the Chuck Norris System and/or UFAF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, also founded by Mr. Norris. 

UFAF provides many services and benefits to its member students, instructors, and schools: 

  • UFAF BJJ and Chuck Norris System rank certification by UFAF and Chuck Norris!
  • Annual membership card and membership premium
  • Uniform patch signifying membership and style identity
  • Special events such as the annual UFAF International aining Conference (ITC) in  Las Vegas
  • $100 discount on cost of the ITC
  • 15% discount on merchandise from the UFAF Web Direct Online Shop
  • News magazine published three times each year, with ”Extra’s” throughout the year 
  • Educational opportunities, curriculums, and certifications
  • Online community access
  • Instructor training
  • Business training for school owners
  • Professional martial artist certification
  • Access to a network of phenomenal martial artists

UFAF is the governing and sanctioning body for the Chuck Norris System (formerly Chun Kuk Do) and UFAF BJJ, providing technical standards for instruction and advancement in the systems. Members of UFAF receive certification of their CNS and UFAF BJJ rank from Mr. Norris himself! Aside from UFAF, the only other organization in the world where this happens is KICKSTART KIDS. UFAF’s official charity, also founded by Mr. Norris.