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Southeast Asian
Dirty Boxing

"Dirty Boxing" is the Western name for the legendary empty-hand fighting tactics and techniques of the Filipino Martial Arts, and other Southeast Asian Fighting Systems. As practiced at MKG Detroit, this class is inspired and informed by the lessons taught by Guro Dan Inosanto and Guro Rick Faye, as well as many other world-class martial artists and fighters. A group favorite at our Ferndale gym, this is a well-rounded and powerfully effective hand-to-hand combat program that primarily combines the following:

  • Panantukan: Angular footwork, body movement patterns, unorthodox angles of attack, limb and nerve strikes, control techniques, "fight-enders", an offensive approach to defense, and the educated linking of techniques.
  • Silat: Takedowns, ground attacks, circular footwork, joint attacks, control techniques (tie-ups) from Indo-Malay and Bruneian fighting styles.
  • Boxing: Essential striking skills, footwork, punch defense, evasive head movement, body conditioning, whole-body fitness, and athletic attribute development

The result of this integration is the development of a well-rounded hybrid fighting style that is as fascinating as it is effective.  You will learn to protect yourself using nearly every part of your body as a weapon of opportunity, while investigating the core concepts and strategies that make this a favorite of true combat artists and professionals around the world.  Find out what makes MKG Panantukan a favorite among military personnel, Hollywood stunt coordinators, and everyday enthusiasts alike.


Panantukan, Silat,
and the Roots of
Dirty Boxing

While Filipino Martial Artists are famed for their expertise with weapons, most practitioners also have been taught, or have developed, empty-hand subsets of their fighting styles. These collections of empty-hand techniques are therefore primarily based upon the movements and combat concepts of stick, machete, and knife fighting. In the West, we often refer to this approach to fighting as "Dirty Boxing", though it is often referred to by many names. More traditional Filipino titles include Panantukan, Suntukan, Pangamut, Mano-Mano, and more. The MKG Method uses the umbrella-term "Panantukan" (which translates to "Fist Fighting" in English), and MKG Panantukan is further broken down into five specific areas of study:

  1. Panantukan - Hand Fighting
  2. Pananjakman - Foot Fighting
  3. Higot Hubad-Lubad - Sticking and Unsticking Trapping Development
  4. Dumog - Mixed-Grappling
  5. Kina Mutai - Dirty Tricks

Panantukan has been passed down to MKG Detroit by both Guro Rick Faye and Guro Dan Inosanto, both of whom deserve credit as the developers of this particularly seamless approach to Dirty Boxing. Guro Inosanto has been arguably the single most instrumental individual to spread Filipino Dirty Boxing throughout the West. Thanks to his unique position in the Filipino-American community of Stockton, California throughout his formative years, Guro Inosanto had the opportunity to train with an impressive and diverse list of legendary FMA Masters, such as Johnny LaCoste, Floro Villabrille, Lucky Lucay Lucay, Leo Gaje, Ben Largusa, Max Sarmiento, and many more. Guro Inosanto's ability to absorb information, and find ways to integrate and assimilate it, has resulted in the Panantukan/Dirty Boxing many people around the world train today.