We call our method of teaching FILKENJUTSU, founded by Bruce Corrigan. an acronym created from the names of the major Martial Arts concepts that are integrated into our Kenpo system - specifically;  FILipino Arts, KENpo Karate arts, and JUdo/Jiu JiTSU. Read more about each of the martial arts we teach below.


Kenpo is a system of self defense that utilizes hand strikes, kicks, elbows, knees, throws and joint locks to finish the fight as quickly as possible. Read more...


Our KENPO Lineage

James Mitose - William Chow - Adriano Emperado - Victor Gascon - George Pesare - Nick Cerio - Bruce Corrigan

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses specifically on grappling/ground fighting. Read more...


Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Lineage

Carlos & Helio Gracie - Carlos Gracie Jr. - Pedro Brandao Lacerda - Corrigan Family

*In 2010, our BJJ instructor, Pedro Brandao Lacerda, tragically passed away at the age of 30 due to a brain aneurysm. Click here to read his amazing story. The Corrigan family is now under the tutelage of Felipe Costa in the constantly evolving sportive aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do & Kickboxing

The Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's style), and Kickboxing are often taught side by side and blend together very well to teach a student how to effectively fight from all ranges of a standing fight.

The Filipino Martial Arts are geared towards teaching a student to defend themselves in combat with whatever they have at their disposal including empty hands, sticks and knives. Read more...

Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy that guides the training methods used at Progressive Martial Arts Academy. Bruce Lee was the originator of the idea of using "no way as way." In other words, a martial artist should not limit themselves to one particular style. Read more...

Kickboxing is a group of combat sports that emphasize punching and kicking, and in Muay Thai even elbows and knees. Bruce Corrigan was one of the first martial artists to bring this method of training into traditional martial arts. This revolutionized the way our students move and taught them to be dynamic on their feet. Read more...


OUR FMA/JKD/Jun Fan Kickboxing LINEAGE

Bruce Lee - Dan Inosanto - Paul Vunak - Bruce Corrigan

* Bruce Corrigan also trained heavily in the Filipino Martial Arts under Carlito Lanada and in Kickboxing under Blackhawk Walters.

Our Founder

Bruce Corrigan

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

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Shawn Riquelme

9th Degree Black Belt FILKENJUTSU Kenpo


Meg Corrigan

6th Degree Black Belt FILKENJUTSU Kenpo

Purple Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Terry Wilkening

6th Degree Black Belt FILKENJUTSU Kenpo

Purple Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Nick Corrigan

5th Degree Black Belt FILKENJUTSU Kenpo

Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Full Instructor, PMA Integrated Kickboxing
Full Instructor, Jeet Kune Do
Full Instructor, Filipino Kali
Certified Personal Trainer, Cooper Institute