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PMA is Knoxville's top martial arts academy for adults and children, teaching a fusion of martial arts.

We focus on teaching men, women, and children ages 4 and up in a beginner-friendly training environment.

Learn more about our instructors, our philosophy, and our training facility.


High quality self defense training can save your life, and PMA is committed to offering the best possible curriculum with a focus on realistic, intense, and safe training. Our unique fusion of Kenpo Karate, Filipino Eskrima, Kickboxing & Jiu Jitsu form the most effective, well-rounded training  curriculum available.

Your practice will help you get fit, teach you how to defend yourself, increase your stamina and focus, develop awareness and instinctive reflexes and improve your life in ways you didn’t know were possible.


Progressive Martial Arts provides the most complete group training available anywhere. We’re dedicated to providing you with the highest quality martial arts instruction in a positive and safe environment.

We are here to guide you on your martial arts journey.

Knoxville Martial Arts | Karate | Jiu Jitsu | Instructors
High-quality martial arts and self-defense training for men, women, and children in Knoxville.
Adult Martial Arts | Kids Martial Arts | Self Defense



PMA is not a gym where individuals train in relative isolation; it is a community. Our instructors work hard to get to know each individual, and work to accommodate their personal needs.

We are based in the philosophy of developing the Body, Mind and Spirit through the traditional Martial Arts Way of Life.  This includes development of physical and cerebral self-defense skills, improvement of stamina and physical health, development of concentration and focus and expansion of self-control and social awareness.


PMA is a university of the martial arts, and we maintain the highest standards of respect, courtesy and professional training.  Our students train with each other, and not against each other.   From our students we expect kindness, integrity, respect, loyalty, humility, and a warrior mentality.


The primary focus of our curriculum is the continual improvement and development of all of our students.  We believe that on our training mat there is never an opponent but many training partners.  We all train and sweat together for the shared goal of improving everyone’s ability. We train like a family and believe the strength of the PMA family is each individual member and the strength of each member is the PMA family.


Age, gender, current fitness level or athleticism are not factors in starting martial arts training.


215 Center Park Drive

Suite 550

Knoxville, TN 37922

Tel: 865-481-8901

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