Self Defense

MKG Self Defense workshop on April 15th! 1pm – 415 PM!

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The MKG Self defense program is offered as both public and private workshops. Our core curriculum addresses simple, effective tools for safety and self defense. Private, corporate, and small group workshops can be edited to address each groups specific needs.

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The Minnesota Kali Group’s Self Defense Programs are based on essential awareness and avoidance drills. We combine these with simple physical skills that are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. The curriculum has been tailored to cover the spectrum of needs from Church groups to law enforcement, Girl scouts, airline pilots, mental health services staff, and everyone in between.

We currently provide:

Self defense workshops:

Over the 20 years of teaching this class we have had numerous women contact us after the class to tell us of their ‘self defense success story’.  These women credit the few hours in the MKG Self Defense class as giving them the skills to navigate and survive a spectrum of different assault situations. Some were able to identify and deter an attack from starting, others were able to immediately go into an effective ‘attack the attacker’ counter offensive mode and get away.  The most rewarding part of our job is to hear these success stories.

Classes and seminars cover the basics of avoidance and awareness. This includes how to spot trouble and avoid it,  how not to present an appealing target, and what to do if you must defend yourself.  The moves are simple and effective.  Designed for the complete novice and effective for any ability level, age, etc. The atmosphere of the class is a fun learning environment by design.  We always encourage the self defense students to only do what they are comfortable with.  We always try to make sure people leave the class laughing but with some new information as well as added confidence and skills.

In our long form classes you will have a chance to practice these life saving techniques on fully padded “attackers” that provide real-life situations in a safe training environment. Our shorter workshops focus more on partner work, and basic learning of the skills. There is always the option of follow up training to hone any skills and practice on the padded attacker more. The class is geared for women and girls aged 14 and up.

 Keep an eye on our Upcoming events page and calendar for information on upcoming workshops.

Call or email for more information! Our email address is: Phone: 612 – 821 – 6800


Corporate and specialty self defense:

We bring our training methods to you in these customized sessions.  Businesses of all varieties, church groups, security professionals, probation officers, health care workers, apartment buildings and more have brought us to their venue to teach self defense.  We can create short form  sessions so you can “lunch and learn” or provide a series of intensive training sessions that your students can build on.

We can help you, your loved ones or your workplace feel more in control of personal security and safety through our specialized programs. These workshops also serve as an excellent team building and morale exercise. Show your employees you care about them and their safety. They will be talking about it for months afterwards.

Stop In Today For A Free Week of Martial Arts classes!

Our fun and engaging atmosphere is open to people of all ages, fitness and skill levels. Hours of operation vary day to day, so check out our Contact Us page for schedule and location information. Stop in to experience a fun and challenging workout that will teach you valuable self defense skills and martial arts forms.