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 with the MKG Method.


Kurt Cornwell
Co-Owner, Founder, Head Instructor

MKG Method
Filipino Kali Weaponry
Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Jun Fan / Chinese Boxing
Dirty Boxing
Practical Self Defense
Close-Range Tactics
Security/Law Enforcement Training
Awareness Training
Mindset Development
Attribute Development for Athletes

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)
  • Lakan Guro #4: Inosanto International (under Guro Dan Inosanto)
  • Training Group Leader: Kalis Ilustrisimo (under Guro Fred Bigliardi)
  • Member: Pekiti Tirsia International
  • Creator of Kalisthenics Fitness Program
  • CMT/CM: Certified Massage Therapist/Myomassologist (IMI 2001)

Amariah Houseknecht
Co-Owner, Community Program Director, Instructor

MKG Method
Women and Family Programming
Clinical Mental Health
Mindfulness Meditation


Amariah is co-owner of MKG Detroit, and the founder of Humble Warrior Yoga.  She is an RYT200 certified yoga teacher and has been a part of the 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 and 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
Instructor, SiHing

MKG Method
Filipino Martial Arts
Indonesian Silat
Self Defense
Close-Range Tactics
Security Personnel Training
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

Roy Wang
Adjunct Instructor

Muay Thai
Family Programs
Digital Content Development
Childhood Math & Physics Education

Roy has been studying international martial arts in Michigan and Toronto, Canada for over 15 years. He is a TBA-certified Muay Thai Apprentice Instructor and White Glove Initiateur Instructor in French Savate Kickboxing.  Roy is also host of the popular YouTube web-series and MMA cross-training brand "Kick Of Legend", which teaches creative striking and fundamental training elements to both MMA and traditional martial art enthusiasts. Professionally, Roy is a math and physics tutor.

  • TBA/WTBA Certified Muay Thai Instructor (under GM Chai Sirisute)
  • Apprentice Instructor: MKG Detroit (under Sifu Kurt Cornwell)
  • White Glove Initiateur: Instructor of French Savate (under Professor Salem Assli)
  • Creator of "Kick of Legend" YouTube channel and at-home training program
  • Author of e-book on Muay Thai pad-holding
Eric G 2.jpg

Dr. Eric Greenberg, DO
Group Leader and Workshop Instructor

Filipino Martial Art
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