Instructors

 

All of our coaches are certified by MKG International, and/or other relevant sanctioning bodies, and have professional credentials in supportive areas of development. They understand that no two bodies are alike, and will work with you to ensure your individual success in areas like kicboxing, fitness, self defense, and the MKG Method.

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Kurt Cornwell
Head Instructor, Founder, Co-Owner

Kurt has trained a variety of martial arts over the course of the last 25 years, starting in his early youth. He founded MKG Detroit in 2013, after spending a decade training and teaching the MKG Method at MKG International's headquarters, "The Minnesota Kali Group", in Minneapolis, MN.  He is also a certified Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Art instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto.  Kurt has taught martial art, self protection, and defensive tactics to professional athletes, law enforcement SWAT teams, women's groups, corporate employees, families, and adults from all walks of life.  He is also a Security Consultant, and Licensed Massage Therapist.

  • Head Instructor: MKG Detroit

  • Level Two Instructor: MKG International (under Sifu Rick Faye)

  • Instructor: Lakan Guro #4: Inosanto International (under Guro Dan Inosanto)

  • Associate Instructor: Ghost Elusive Combat (Elusive Striking for Boxing and MMA under Coach Phil Norman)

  • Host & Creator of SMMASh! YouTube Series

  • Co-Owner, Creator: MANO MANO Brand: Martial Art Apparel and Decor Company

  • Member: Pekiti Tirsia International, Combat Submission Wrestling

  • CMT/CM: Certified Massage Therapist/Myomassologist (IMI 2001)

Specializations
MKG Method
Filipino Kali Weaponry
Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Filipino Higot Hubud-Lubud
Trapping Range
Dirty Boxing for Fighting
Practical Self Defense
Security/Law Enforcement Training
Awareness Training
Mindset Development
Attribute Development for Athletes

 Coach Kurt teaching a sold-out crowd in Osaka, Japan.

Coach Kurt teaching a sold-out crowd in Osaka, Japan.

 Teaching Self Defense on 50 yard line of Detroit Lions’ Ford Field

Teaching Self Defense on 50 yard line of Detroit Lions’ Ford Field

 Featured segment for Channel 7 News

Featured segment for Channel 7 News

 Coaching with Brandon Graham of the Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles

Coaching with Brandon Graham of the Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles


 
 Coach Amariah teaching self defense skills on Detroit local ABC’s Channel 7 News

Coach Amariah teaching self defense skills on Detroit local ABC’s Channel 7 News

Amariah Houseknecht
Co-Owner, Community Program Director, Instructor

Specializations
Yoga
Kickboxing
MKG Method
Women and Family Programming
Clinical Mental Health
Mindfulness Meditation

 

Amariah is co-owner of MKG Detroit, and the founder of both Humble Warrior Yoga and M.Body Wellness Company.  She is an RYT200 certified yoga teacher and has been a part of the international MKG family since 2006.  She is a member of the MKG "Hour Club" and "10-Round Club", proof of her dedication to personal development through martial art and kickboxing. Amariah is a Clinical Social Worker (LMSW), working with families and children in the city of Detroit.  Her unique integration of behavioral therapies and yoga/ wellness is highly regarded in many circles.

  • Co-Owner, Director of Community Outreach: MKG Detroit

  • Level One Instructor: MKG International (under Sifu Rick Faye)

  • Level One Instructor: MKG Detroit (under Sifu Kurt Cornwell)

  • RYT200 Certified Yoga Trainer

  • LMSW: Mental Health Professional

  • Creator of Humble Warrior Yoga

Byran Bullock
Staff Instructor, Specialty Program Instructor

Specializations
MKG Method
Filipino Martial Arts
Indonesian Silat
Self Defense
Close-Range Tactics
Security Personnel Training
Yoga
Clinical Massage Therapy

Byran joined the MKG Detroit Team in early 2016, after spending over 20 years studying the various martial traditions of southeast Asia. His expertise in close-range martial art, self defense, and control tactics, combined with his calm and patient demeanor, make him a great example of the MKG Method in action. Byran is also a licensed clinical massage therapist and RYT200 certified yoga teacher.

  • Staff Instructor: MKG Detroit

  • Level One Instructor: MKG International (under Sifu Rick Faye)

  • Apprentice Instructor: MKG Detroit
    (under Sifu Kurt Cornwell)

  • MKG Detroit FMA: Guro Level One
    (under Guro Kurt Cornwell)

  • RYT200 Certified Yoga Trainer

  • Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist

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Dr. Eric Greenberg, DO
Group Leader and Workshop Instructor

Specializations
Filipino Martial Art
Silat
Silat Suffian Bela Diri
Health and Wellness
Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Eric has spent the last decade studying martial art, with a emphasis on Kalis Ilustrisimo, Cimande Silat, and Silat Suffian Bela Diri. He's traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, seeking out instruction from some of the continent's premier Silat instructors. In 2012, Eric started Michigan's only officially-recognized training group in the Bruneian fighting art of Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD), with the blessing of Master Maul Mornie, the founder and head of SSBD.  Eric regularly holds workshops at MKG Detroit.  Professionally, Eric is a Doctor of Osteopathy, specializing in Cardiology, giving him a distinct understanding of the myriad health benefits found in martial art training.

  • Official Group Leader of Silat Suffian Bela Diri (under head of SSBD International, Master Maul Mornie)

  • Doctor of Osteopathy