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Cox, Tara Mrs.

8th Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Cox is the co-owner/operator and head instructor for Cox & Gallacher Martial Arts.  She is currently a 8th degree black belt in The United Fighting Arts Federation, Chuck Norris System.  She has been active in the martial arts for over thirty five years, since 1980.  Mrs. Cox earned her black belt over 20 years ago in 1991, and she has been running her own karate school for over 19 years since 1996.  She teaches self defense classes, and is certified to teach Kickbox fitness as well.   She has been an active competitor in tournaments since 1980.  She was awarded female competitor of the year for The United Fighting Arts Federation in 1998 and was the world champion in her Kata division in 2008,  2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  She was also awarded Instructor of the Year in 2002, and her school was awarded School of the Year in 2006.  Mrs. Cox was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2003.  In July 2011 Mrs. Cox was awarded by Grand Master Chuck Norris, the most prestigious award in The United Fighting Arts Federation, The Wieland Norris Award, which is named after Grand Master Chuck Norris’s brother who was killed in Vietnam.  Mrs. Cox currently serves on the board of directors for The United Fighting Arts Federation as the Administrative Director.  When she is not teaching or training she loves to spend time with her family and watch her kids’ activities.  Mrs. Cox is happily married and has 2 kids and 2 step kids.

Gallacher, Kenny Mr.

2nd Degree Black Belt

Mr. Kenny Gallacher is the co-owner/operator and head instructor for Cox & Gallacher Martial Arts.  He is currently a 2nd degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Kenny started in the Martial Arts at the age of 5 with his father, Ken Gallacher, and sister, Tara Cox. He was able to obtain his black belt at age 11. At that time, he was one of the youngest black belts in Chun Kuk Do. Kenny has continued to practice martial arts and after many years of practicing decided to extend his martial arts training into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008. Kenny trains under 4 time world champion, Fredson Piaxao and was awarded his brown belt in 2014.. Kenny has been happily married for 11 years and has 3 children, all of which are now in the Martial Arts too. Kenny is also a General Agent in the insurance and Financial Services business with American National Insurance Company.

Gallacher, Ken Mr.

9th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Gallacher is the highest ranking guest instructor for Cox & Gallacher Karate. He has been in the martial arts for more than 35 years and received his black belt in 1977. He was the Executive Vice President to Mr. Chuck Norris, for the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) for 21 years, and is currently the President of UFAF. He is a 9th degree black belt, one of only three 9th degree black belts in the entire organization. He was inducted into the United Fighting Arts Federation hall of fame in 2004. We are so lucky to have him!

Jones, Stephen Mr.

5th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Jones is currently a 5th degree black belt in The United Fighting Arts Federation, style Chun Kuk Do.  He earned his 1st degree black belt in 1990, and ultimately achieved his current rank in 2016.  Mr. Jones taught for 10 years at the Karate GGYM and is now a guest instructor at Cox and Gallacher Martial Arts.  He won the Men’s Team Fighting Championship division in the United Fighting Arts Federation International Training Conference in 1994 and was in the December 1996 edition of Black Belt Magazine that featured Grand Master Chuck Norris’ Top 100 Fighters and the style of Chun Kuk Do.  Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science/Mechanical Engineering degree from UNLV and is currently a Manager at Southwest Gas Corporation.  When he is not teaching or training, he loves to hike, play guitar, fish, go shooting and spend time with his fiancé and their combined family.

Biernacinski, Melissa Mrs.

4th Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Melissa Biernacinski serves as an instructor at Cox & Gallacher Martial Arts, where she has been training for nearly two decades.

Mrs. Biernacinski joined the Chun Kuk Do family in 1997. She started her instruction at the Karate GGYM and transferred to Cox & Gallacher Martial Arts a few years later. Under Mrs. Cox’s instruction, she earned her 1st degree black belt in 2003, her 2nd degree in 2009, her 3rd degree in 2012, and her 4th degree in 2015. Over the years, she has competed and placed — as well as judged — numerous times in regional tournaments as well as the ITC.

Additionally, Mrs. Biernacinski is a member of the Region 2 black belt testing board and is certified in all four United Fighting Arts Federation Master Development Series courses (501, 502, 601 and 602).

Previously, Mrs. Biernacinski served for nearly three years as UFAF Communications Administrator as well as Editor-in-Chief of CKD (Chun Kuk Do) Magazine.

Cagle, Jordan Mr.

3rd Degree Black Belt

I enjoy playing soccer, playing video games, hanging out with friends and of course, practicing karate. I am proud to say that I am a black belt in the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF). I have been in Mrs. Cox's class for about six years now. I have gained a lot of confidence by being in karate and have also made a lot of new friends. I am very happy that I joined this organization. We have been a school in Mrs. Cox's garage for the whole time I have been with her and we are now going to move to a studio. Mrs. Cox is a great teacher and brought me up all the way to where I am now. I have an eleven year old brother that just joined Mrs. Cox's class. I enjoy teaching him and he can become even more advanced because I can teach him. Anyway, I love karate and would reccommed UFAF to anyone.

Bridgewater, Cecil Mr.

2nd Degree Black Belt

Originally started in 2001 with the North Las Vegas Karate Academy under Mr. Tim Yates. He has been with Cox & Gallacher Karate since 2006. Mr Bridgewater also serves as the United Fighting Arts Federation's Social Media coordinator as well as the Cox and Gallacher Martial Arts Web Master.

Gronning, Alainya Miss.

2nd Degree Black Belt

I joined Chun Kuk Do in August of 2005 with Mrs. Cox as my instructor from the beginning. I obtained the rank of 1st degree black belt in April of 2011. I have been an assistant instructor since May 2010 and thoroughly enjoy teaching.

Cox, Megan Mrs.

1st Degree Black Belt

She has been training at Cox and Gallacher Martial Arts since 2006. In May 2013  she achieved her First Degree Black Belt.  She currently is training for second degree. She has competed in in both the local Region 2 tournament and in our World Championship tournament held in July every year.   She enjoys teaching the lower belts and watching them grow in the martial arts.  When not training or teaching she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.  

Oblad, Michelle Mrs

1st Degree Black Belt

Mrs. Oblad has been training in Chun Kuk Do for over 10 years and has had her black belt for 6 years.  She is an instructor with Cox and Gallacher Martial Arts.  Mrs. Oblad is a teacher by profession and loves working with kids.