What makes MKG Madison Different?

"This could be the most fun you can have learning serious martial arts!"

MKG Madison offers one of the most diverse martial arts experiences in the Madison Area.

We have classes for every fitness and experience level, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Our programs are designed to help you to focus on your personal goals. Whether you are looking to get into better shape, blow off some steam from work, learn how to protect yourself & your family. MKG Madison can help you get there.

MKG Madison's Mission

"Develop more functional and more peaceful people,
for a more functional and more peaceful world!"

MKG Madison provides fun, practical, and accessible martial arts training that empowers our students with skills to improve physical health, mental health, and personal safety.

We strive to share hope through the martial arts and all of its benefits to as many people as possible, one person at a time.

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What to Expect When Training at MKG Madison

"Train Safe , Train Hard, Have Fun!"


MKG Madison is fun and relaxed. “We take our training seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” There are no titles, uniforms, or formalities.

We understand that some people just like to train, so there is no mandatory testing. We do offer voluntary level testing to provide students with benchmarks for personal progress 

Josh Prior

Head Instructor, Co-Founder, Co-Owner

Josh has been training in martial arts since 1997. With his fun and approachable teaching style, he meets students where they are to help them discover the benefits of martial arts practice.

  • Self Defender Instructor under Guro Diana Rathborne since 2017
  • Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto since 2014
    • Lee Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do
    • The Filipino Martial Arts
  • Co-founded MKG International Martial Arts Madison with wife Ruth Prior in 2011
  • Instructor under Guro Rick Faye since 2010
    • Level 3
    • Kali / Panantukan / Jun Fan & JKD / MKG Thai Boxing / MKG Grappling
  • Blue Belt in BJJ under Michael Vaughn and Marcello Montiero since 2009
  • Instructor at The Blast Martial Arts and Fitness under Michael Vaughn from 2007 – 2010
    • Adult Jeet Kune Do Program
    • Youth Programs
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Guro Rick Faye

Founder of MKG International

Martial Arts Madison WI

Guro Rick Faye, world-renowned FMA, JKD, and Muay Thai expert, started the Minnesota Kali Group (MKG) in 1982. After regularly training at and hosting seminars taught by Guro Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, and many others, Rick and MKG began to take on their own curriculum and training modalities. This became the MKG Method. Many big names in the martial art world got their start through MKG, including pro fighters, UFC coaches, actors, stunt coordinators, film directors, and over 50 certified MKG instructors. MKG International has over ten branches worldwide, and MKG Madison is proud to be one of them.