MKG is a global martial art and fitness community. Our members are adults from all walks of life who support one another in our pursuit of practical self defense and powerful self development.

The MKG Detroit Experience is one like no other in Michigan's martial art and kickboxing industry. Our expert instructors demystify martial art training to create an atmosphere that is fun, welcoming, and ego-free.  Class instruction is designed to meet you where you are, and lift you up to new levels! MKG members train to relieve stress, learn new skills, get in great shape, and expand their social circles.  Ours is a community, not a dojo, with self discovery through martial art at it's center.

Modern Martial Arts.

MKG Detroit does not utilize colored belts or traditional uniforms. We train in comfortable workout attire, or fighter apparel when relevant.  We offer voluntary level testing and student rank certifications to assist our members in both setting and achieving goals, and fully exploring the curriculum found through the MKG areas of martial art study.  These certifications are recognized world-wide.



1035 Hilton Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Just north of Marshall, in the WaterWork Plumbing building.


See Classes page for schedule. Personal Training and Private Group Sessions available!




MKG Detroit was founded in 2013 by married couple Kurt Cornwell and Amariah Houseknecht as a pop-up business in the city of Detroit. Like many martial artists, Kurt practiced a variety of martial traditions throughout his childhood. After high school, his studies expanded to include massage therapy, healing, and the survival skills of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. These experiences led him to a group of instructors from the MKG family who encouraged him to pursue his passion for martial art and protection skill development.  The result was a decade-long adventure in Minneapolis, MN training and teaching at MKG-HQ. It was at MKG-HQ where Amariah and Kurt first met. Amariah, a family social worker and kickboxing practitioner, proved to be the missing piece in what MKG Detroit might one day become. In time, Kurt decided to follow his dream of teaching martial art in the Detroit area, and the pair decided to embark on the adventure together.  They now dedicate themselves to changing the lives of so many people in southeast Michigan through the sharing of self defense, fitness, yoga, and the MKG Method of Integrated Martial Art. MKG Detroit also regularly partners with other martial art organizations in the Great Lakes region to present workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. Amariah and Kurt now live in Ferndale, where MKG Detroit is located.


Rick Faye, world-renowned FMA, JKD, and Muay Thai expert, started the Minnesota Kali Group (MKG) in the garage of his Minnesota home in 1982.  Over time, a growing collection of local martial artists gravitated to Rick's unconventional training style and training space, until the garage was no longer big enough.  Thus, the first gym of the MKG family was born. After regularly training at, and hosting, seminars taught by Guro Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, and many other famous martial artists, Rick and the group at MKG began to organically take on their own feel, curriculum, and training modalities.  This was what would become the MKG Method.  Many big names in the martial art world got their start through MKG, including pro fighters, UFC coaches, actors, Hollywood stunt coordinators, Hollywood directors, and over 50 certified MKG instructors.  MKG International, the association that implements the MKG Method worldwide, now has over ten branches across three continents. MKG Detroit is proud to be one of them.