About Us

Developing more functional and peaceful people

for a more functional and peaceful world!

~ Founder of the Minnesota Kali Group (MKG)

Guro Rick Faye

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MKG International Martial Arts Madison is one like no other in martial art and kickboxing school/gym in the Madison Area!

Our qualified instructors demystify martial art training to create an atmosphere that is fun, welcoming, and ego-free.

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Class instruction is designed to meet you where you are, and lift you up to new levels!

Our members come to us to relieve stress, learn new skills, get in great shape, and make new friends.  

MKG Madison is a community, not a dojo, with self discovery through martial art at it’s center.

 

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MKG Madison does not utilize colored belts or traditional uniforms. We train in comfortable workout attire. 

We understand that some adult just like to train, so our adult programs do not have “Mandatory Testing” We do offer voluntary level testing and student rank certifications to assist our members in both setting and achieving goals, and fully exploring the curriculum found through the MKG areas of martial art study.  These certifications are recognized world-wide.

 

History

ABOUT MKG Int’l Martial Arts Madison & HEAD INSTRUCTOR JOSHUA PRIOR

 

Jricck-ruth-linda-and-iosh Prior and his wife Ruth are co-owners MKG International Martial Arts Madison. Josh has been training martial arts for over 18 years. He started training martial arts in 1997 in the discipline of Jun Fan JKD (Bruce Lee’s research and expression of martial arts). Through his training he has been exposed to many different types of martial arts: Kali (weapons and empty handed arts from the Philippines and Southeast Asia), Jun Fan/JKD Concepts, Muay Thai (kickboxing from Thailand), grappling (from many different arts), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian’s grappling art adapted from Judo), to name a few. In 2005, he started training and teaching at a local school where he developed the kids curriculum and taught all of the kids classes. During his martial arts career he has traveled to expand his knowledge of the martial arts. He has spent the majority of his training travels in Minneapolis at Rick Faye’s internationally recognized martial arts academy Minnesota Kali Group and in August 2010 Josh received his Level 1 Instructors certification. In December 2010, the school that Josh was currently teaching at decided to go a different direction, which allowed Josh to follow his dreams of starting his own martial arts academy. In February 2011, he made another trip to MKG to discuss the possibility of starting a branch in the Madison area. Rick Faye gave him his support and blessing for Josh to persue his dream, thus MKG International Martial Arts Madison was born.

 

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rickRick Faye, world-renowned FMA, JKD, and Muay Thai expert, started the Minnesota Kali Group (MKG) in the garage of his Minnesota home in 1982.  Over time, a growing collection of local martial artists gravitated to Rick’s unconventional training style and training space, until the garage was no longer big enough.  Thus, the first gym of the MKG family was born. After regularly training at, and hosting, seminars taught by Guro Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, and many other famous martial artists, Rick and the group at MKG began to organically take on their own feel, curriculum, and training modalities.  This was what would become the MKG Method.  Many big names in the martial art world got their start through MKG, including pro fighters, UFC coaches, actors, Hollywood stunt coordinators, Hollywood directors, and over 50 certified MKG instructors.  MKG International, the association that implements the MKG Method worldwide, now has over ten branches across three continents. MKG Detroit is proud to be one of them.