Instructors & Staff - MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kids MMA, Kali, Jeet Kune Do, Queens New York

instructors & staff

Nick Sacoulas

  • Began Training in Martial Arts in 1983 – Over 30 years experience
  • Founded Progressive Martial Arts in 1995
  • Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Gung Fu under SiFu Dan Inosanto
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    Full Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts under SiFu Dan Inosanto
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    Full Instructor in Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute
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    Full Instructor / Lead Pro Coach in Combat Submission Wrestling under Sensei Erik Paulson
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    Full Instructor – Level 9 in Sayoc Kali – The Art of the Blade under Pamana Tuhon Christopher Castaneda Sayoc Sr
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    Full Dog Brother – “Raw Dog” – Dog Brothers “Real Contact Stick Fighting” Group

Kathryn Sacoulas

  • Co-Owner / General Manager
  • Program Director
  • Apprentice Instructor in Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Gung Fu under SiFu Dan Inosanto
  • Apprentice Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts under SiFu Dan Inosanto
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    Apprentice Instructor in Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute
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    PMA Youth Program Director / Instructor

Other Accomplishments

  • Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience
  • Masters in Public Health (Columbia University)

Brandon Bennet

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Black Belt (2nd Degree) –  under Renzo Gracie & John Danaher
  • Brown Belt in Judo under Professor Nobuyoshi Higashi
  • NYPD Tactical Unit Instructor – Retired

Tony Chong

  • Began training in Martial Arts in 1999 Wing Chun & Wushu
  • Started training at Progressive Martial Arts in 2004
  • Apprentice Instructor in Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute
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    Apprentice Instructor in JKD Concepts under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
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    Apprentice Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

Rudy Felix

  • 12 Wins 3 Losses
  • 2X Title Holder for Warriors Cup (130 lbs)
  • Title holder for BattleRock (125lbs)

​Codie Payne

  • WKA Super Middleweight Champion
  • 7-1 overall record in Muay Thai
  • 4-3 record in MMA

​Andrew Lam

  • ​PMA Youth Instructor
  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Brown Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett
  • Judo – Blue Belt (4th Grade, Yonkyu) under Sensei Lloyd Llamas (5th dan)

​Austin Cooper

  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • PMA Youth Instructor
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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Juan Carlos Bonola

  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • PHASE 1 Instructor
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    PMA Youth Instructor

​Peter Murphy

  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • PHASE 1 Instructor
  • PMA Youth Instructor
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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Ivan Choi

  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • PHASE 1 Instructor
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    PMA Youth Instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Teddy Holevas

  • Coach – Level 2 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • PHASE 1 Instructor
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    PMA Youth Instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Blue Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Kenny Fong

  • Coach – Level 1 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Brown Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Li He

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Brown Belt under Professor Brandon Bennett

​Mark Sgantzos

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    Coach – Level 1 under Sifu Nick Sacoulas
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    PHASE 1 Instructor

​Tara DeSuze

  • Office Manager
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    Lil Dragon’s Instructor

​Kamie Valenzuela

  • Front Desk Receptionist

​​Patrick Tracy

  • Front Desk Receptionist

SWAT TEAM

PMA’s SWAT Team consists of adult students who have demonstrated the highest level of performance and character in and out of the school. Members of the SWAT Team assist in classes and at PMA events while also participating in our Instructors Training Program. Monthly meetings provide team members with the proper training to assist and teach in classes while also affording them the opportunity to gain some extra training time for their own growth and development as well. Hand selected by our main instructors, team members have the distinct honor of being on the PMA SWAT team and can, if they choose, continue on a path that would lead to a career in martial arts.


​Youth Leadership Team

PMA’s Youth Leadership Team consists of students from our Teen Program who have demonstrated the highest level of performance and character in and outside of the school. They portray the image and leadership that we hope all our youth strive to live by.

Students on the Leadership Team are required to assist in youth classes, at PMA events, and in community service projects throughout the year. Team members meet weekly to learn how to instruct while also learning about leadership skills such as perseverance, discipline, respect, problem solving and other tools for success in life, both personally and professionally. A vital part of our staff and the PMA family, the Leadership Team serves an important role in the school and therefore only students who have been recognized as fit by all the instructors are invited.