10th Degree Black Belt, Founder and Developer of FILKENJUTSU-KAI
7th Degree Black Belt Kenpo
Senior Instructor Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali
Black Belt Judo
2nd Degree Black Belt Filipino Kuntaw Lima Lima
Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
With over 30 years of martial arts experience, SiJo (founder) Bruce established one of the first integrated martial arts curriculums in the country.
SiJo Bruce is a retired military officer with 22 years of military service as both an enlisted man and a commissioned officer. As a Naval Officer, SiJo Bruce achieved professional qualification in both Surface and Aviation Warfare within his designated specialty of military logistics. He was also the recipient of a full graduate scholarship, and completed an MBA and MPA while on active duty. SiJo Bruce served onboard five Navy ships, was a member of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force during the Lebanon conflict, and served during Desert Storm.
After achieving his first Black Belt, SiJo Bruce began the lifelong study of Kenpo. Beginning in the early 1980s, SiJo Bruce began augmenting his Kenpo studies with intensive training in Kickboxing and the Filipino Martial Arts. Later, SiJo Bruce began the study of Jeet Kune Do; and in the early 1990s, he began training in GRACIE system Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
SiJo Bruce is certified to teach the following: Chinese/Hawaiian Kenpo, KAJUKENBO, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Judo, GRACIE Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. SiJo Bruce’s military career allowed him to study aspects of many martial arts disciplines in their county of origin, and with many of the best instructors available.
SiJo Bruce has been featured in several articles in Black Belt Magazine, Inside Kung Fu, and the New York Times Magazine. He has also been the featured martial artist in over 6 specialized self defense DVDs for PFS Video Productions and has been a sought after trainer for countless military and law enforcement personnel.
Bruce now operates Fusion Martial Arts Club, an adult only martial arts studio in Knoxville.
Senior Black Belts