The MKG Method was first popularized in 1982 as an outgrowth of what is now called the "Inosanto Blend". Students from all over the world would gather together into grassroots training groups to practice and develop the techniques taught to them at weekend seminars and week-long training camps by legendary martial artists such as Guro Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Sifu Larry Hartsell, Tuhon Leo Gaje, and more. This style of training was entirely unique in the martial art world, where formal training traditions and school structure was set aside in favor of personal development, technical exploration, grit, passion, and play. In time, and with the blessings of Guro Dan Inosanto and others, many of these groups had or elected figureheads, from whom came the tone and atmosphere of the group itself. Many of these little tribes began organizing in garages, industrial workshops, parks, and community centers in cities and towns all over the world. One of the most well-known of these was Rick Faye's Minnesota JKD-Kali Group in Minneapolis (later dubbed the "Minnesota Kali Group", or simply "MKG"). Rick's casual light-heartedness and dynamic athleticism proved to be a perfect recipe for those looking for an "outside the box" martial art experience. Thus, the "MKG Method" was born, and from Minneapolis, this method would eventually spread across the entire world.
This class honors our roots as a Group, not a formal Academy, and is really what MKGD is all about. Choreographed warm-ups culled from the various martial arts of the Philippines will get your body moving in new ways, while simultaneously improving your cognitive function and coordination. Exciting boxing and kickboxing drills will improve your ability to defend yourself in a perfectly safe and controlled environment. Lastly, full-body conditioning training from Muay Thai kickboxing and other arts will leave you sweating, smiling, and in better shape every day. Each MKG Method session is comfortable, yet packed full of variety. This class is not about training "this art" or "that art," but rather is about developing YOU, the well-trained and healthy "martial artist."