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BEGINNER block session
6:00pm - 7:30pm

6pm Beginner Filipino Boxing
645pm Beginner Kali Weaponry


7:30pm - 9:00pm

730pm Advanced Kali Weaponry
815pm Panantukan, Silat, Higot Hubud-Lubud


12:00pm - 12:30pm

12pm KALIsthenics
(Martial Art for Mobility, Balance, and Strength)

weaponry block session
12:30pm - 2:00pm

1230 Beginner Kali Weaponry
115 Advanced Kali Weaponry

MKG DETROIT is a great place to explore some of the various traditions of the warrior tribes of Southeast Asia. Developed over generations by the famed and feared fighters of areas like Philippines, Indonesia, Java, and more, these skills were used during significant historical battles of the region. The legendary explorer Ferdinand Magellan met his demise while attempting to conquer the people of the Philippines, and it is said that these arts are what kept his soldiers at bay.

All training, including our Weaponry program, at MKG DETROIT is perfectly safe, and appropriate development for all interest levels and lifestyles. People from all walks of life train these arts, as they have been popularized by Hollywood films, medical professionals, cultural anthropologists and historians, and even special military units around the world. Our program breaks down as follows:


A fun fitness and mobility class that utilizes various methods of movement and footwork from the Filipino Martial Arts (also called “Kali”)! Designed for the fitness enthusiast and martial artist alike, this Saturday morning session is a perfect follow-up to our weekly yoga class. Move your feet, move your body, sharpen your brain, and enjoy a series of bodyweight exercises. Ancient Movement with a Modern Flair!

12pm - 1230pm

filipino kali
(traditional weaponry)


Most classes, be they beginner or advanced level, are centered around the use of rattan sticks as representations of swords or random objects found in everyday life. Dagger training, or a combination of two sticks, two daggers, or a stick and dagger, is also common. All classes are safe, recreational, and an absolute blast. One of the central themes of Kali classes is movement/mobility, so our primary focus begins with teaching you how to move in a healthy way, like a martial artist.

At MKG DETROIT, we approach our Southeast Asian Warrior Training in a safe and responsible way that uses inert training weapons to install the various methods of dynamic motion found within the combat methods of the Philippines and Indonesia. The Filipino Martial Arts (known commonly as “FMA”) are renowned for their effective techniques, creative footwork, diversity of training methods, and even their application of “combat geometry.”

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FILIPINO BOXING, also known in the West as "Dirty Boxing" is an umbrella term for the legendary empty-hand fighting tactics and techniques of the Filipino Martial Arts and other Southeast Asian Fighting Systems.

Our Filipino Boxing Program is exciting and fully-comprehensive Martial Art experience totally unique in the Metro Detroit area. It includes:

  • Boxing: Essential striking skills, footwork, punch defense, evasive head movement, body conditioning, whole-body fitness, and athletic attribute development of 20th century athletes/pugilists

  • Panantukan (Advanced): Angular footwork, body movement patterns, unorthodox angles of attack, limb and nerve strikes, control techniques, "fight-enders", an offensive approach to defense, and the seamless combination of techniques.

  • Silat (Advanced): Takedowns, ground attacks, circular footwork, joint attacks, nerve attacks, control techniques (tie-ups) from Indo-Malay and Bruneian fighting styles.

This fun, fascinating, and historical martial art will educate you on using nearly every part of your body as a tool for self defense. Find out what makes MKG Panantukan a favorite among military personnel, Hollywood stunt actors and Film Directors, and everyday enthusiasts around the world.


The Filipino Fighting Method of Panantukan

Developed over the centuries by Southeast-Asian warrior tribes, and later modified for Sport Fighting by Filipino civilians and Filipino-American military personnel, Filipino Boxing is a truly unique martial science that is suitable as a stand-alone Combat Art, as well as part of a more complete Combat Athlete / MMA development strategy.


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 loosely 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.