The Minnesota Kali Group is dedicated to the highest levels of training, and individual improvement in the martial arts.
Our aim is not just to produce excellent martial artists, but instil a respect and affinity for the cultures that our arts come from, to improve your wellbeing, and help you be a positive influence on other people. As Rick Faye says, we wish to:
“create more functional, more peaceful individuals for a more functional, more peaceful world.”
Martial arts can teach students about their own strengths and challenges – it is our job to bring that out. Students may participate in our sessions to develop technical skill, to feel more secure through a knowledge of self-defence, or simply want to improve fitness – and we wish to accommodate all these ambitions.
Through the study of martial arts, our mission is to:
- Improve your co-ordination
- Enhance your mental strength
- Raise your fitness
- Increase your stamina
Total body workouts have always been a standard for martial arts – a welcome break from (and more fun than) the cross-trainer, weight room or treadmill. Our sessions will challenge even the fittest individuals! However, classes are designed to allow any type of student to work up to their physical potential, and in these modern times, training in the martial arts is also a great stress release – so take some much needed time out, and come vent off some steam with us!
Our school teaches multiple arts – Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts (Kali & Panantukan) and Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. The most profound lesson that can be taken from this, is the way the individual arts that we teach work together. Martial arts from different cultures may sometimes conflict or oppose each other in technique or approach, but their similarities help strengthen core concepts in body mechanics, leverage, peripheral vision, etc.
Moving from one ‘style’ to another also teaches us to keep our minds open to new methods and ideas. Each art has a unique perspective. Learning to see issues from different perspectives is a part of your development, and hopefully translates well into accepting the different ethnicities, religion or beliefs of people in everyday life.
By their very nature, you will learn methods that are designed to hurt other human beings – but you will be constantly reminded of your personal responsibility and sense of morality in this world. The skills of these arts should only be used in the most desperate situations, and consequently martial artists are considered to be more peaceful because of their training and understanding of this concept. Anyone who is in conflict with this idea does not stay long in the club!
We strongly invest in the idea that there is no hierarchy within our school. You will know your instructors by name, not title – we don’t use ‘Master’, ‘Sensei’, ‘Sifu’ or other such terms. Our arts and instructors should be as approachable as possible. We also do not insist on a uniform – although we hope you get to like and want to buy our t-shirts and hoodies!
Our beginners’ courses are designed to make you feel comfortable joining our regular classes – and we aim to make sessions fun, whilst giving you a good workout and an understanding of useful techniques. Technical detail of technique comes later. Beginners are the lifeblood of the arts – without new people wanting to invest their time and energy into the systems we teach, these arts will be lost over time – so we don’t ‘beat on the newbies’! We were all beginners at some point, so we are patient in getting you started, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
We hope you can join our community of martial artists – people who come from all sorts of backgrounds – from sports enthusiasts to office workers – but all share a love of the arts we train in.