Granite City MMA

Granite City MMA is located in Montpeiler Vt, owner is Lucas John. Lucas is a Black Belt in Aiki Ju Jitsu, a Black belt in Brazilian Ju Jitsu and a Nak Muay of Muay Thai, they also offer Self defense and MMA training. Granite City MMA has produced several champions since its days of the infamous “Man Cave”

Gym Affiliation: UFAI, Ju Jitsu Brotherhood

Granite City MMA “Where Champions go to Train”


UFAI (United Fighting arts institute)

UFAI is located in Burlington Vt it is owned by Debra Kay and her husband Chris Ballard, their BJJ instructor is Black Belt Mike Desrosier who is also a Black Belt in Aiki Ju Jitsu. Chris Ballard He holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Aiki Ju Jitsu, 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Senior Certified Instructor (Kru) in Muay Thai Kickboxing, K.M.A./W.M.O. International Coach (Bangkok, Thailand 2014), he was formerly a Certified USA Boxing Coach and currently holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Michael DesRosiers (JJB).  He was inducted as a Life Member into the USMA in 1997.  He has cross-trained in:  Judo, Arnis, Karate, U.S. Army Combatives, To Shin-Do and more. Kru Ballard serves as the President of the Vermont Muay Thai Association and he is the Vermont State Representative of the United States Muay Thai Association. Chris has formerly competed; locally, nationally and internationally.  He has competed for the IKF, (International Kickboxing Federation), USKBA, (United States Kickboxing Association), AAU Taekwondo and many more. Chris formerly trained at TriStar Gym in Montreal, CA. (99’-03’).  He’s spent over a decade training throughout Thailand on Multiple occasions in Muay Thai & Muay Boran.  He is certified as an International Coach with the K.M.A./WMO, accredited by Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.  Now retired, he takes great pride in training martial artists & aspiring combat sports athletes at both the amateur and professional levels His wife Mrs. Ballard started training in the martial arts in 2004. She currently holds the rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (under Michael DesRosiers, JJB), is a Shodan in Aiki Ju Jitsu, she has trained in Muay Thai Kickboxing both in the U.S. & in Thailand. Mrs. Ballard is a Certified Thai Massage Therapist (TTMS Society - Phuket, Thailand). She functions as UFAI’s Owner & General Manager, along with being a multi-class instructor. She is the Co-Creator of the “Empowerment Through Self-Defense” Community Outreach Seminars, (2016) and our Kid’s program director.

Affiliations:Ju Jitsu Brotherhood


"To me the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity."

~ Bruce Lee, 1965


Montpelier Martial Arts - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a group of martial artists of varying backgrounds and interests. Instruction is offered in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Wing Chun Gung Fu.


Instructors Sue Arbogast and Mike Pologruto are long-time martial artists, each with over 30 years of experience covering several martial arts. Training since 1984, both instructors have black belts in Korean and Okinawan karate, and received their black belts in Brazilian Jujitsu in 1996. Along with her high-degree of training, Sue also developed and was the chief instructor of "Strike Back," a full impact self defense program for women.