Our Martial Art Instructors

Our Instructors have trained years before earning the title of instructor for MKG. You can put your trust in them knowing that we pick only the best in Muay Thai, MMA, Jeet Kine Do, Kali and the martial arts. They have the experience that is necessary to help you with your goals.

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Tammy Wilson

MKG Owner
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Czar P.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Ryan T.

Martial Arts Instructor
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James K.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Dominic F.

Muay Thai Instructor
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Vincent B.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Ian S.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Andy Wilson

MKG Seattle Founder
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Phil K.

BJJ Black Belt
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Jose R.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Vanessa M.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Nigel S.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Rob B.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Mandy W.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Dennis R.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Ray S.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Jenni B.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Jael T.

Martial Arts Instructor
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Naveed S.

Boxing Coach

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Since opening MKG Seattle, the Seattle branch of the Minnesota Kali Group, in 2000 I have been honored to expose thousands of students to authentic martial art training. I’ve made it my mission to keep the doors open to everyone but also cultivate a team of highly competent and qualified instructors and competitors. Several have even gone on to open their own schools in the area.

I’m passionate about practical, modern martial art, training hard and daily improvement but also retaining some of the traditional character development qualities and lessons at my school.  After near career-ending back injuries, and several unsuccessful surgeries, I have a deep empathy for new students, those working with physical limitations and those who’ve struggled with confidence and depression.

My Current Qualifications Include:

  • Level 3 Instructor under Guro Rick Faye
  • Panantukan Instructor under Guro Rick Faye
  • Senior Associate Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Senior Associate Instructor in Jun Fan Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Senior Instructor/Ajarn in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirisute
  • CSW Coach Level 1 under Sensei Erik Paulson
  • Purple Belt in Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Brian Johnson
  • White Glove in Savate under Professor Salem Assli
  • 5th Level in Bahala Na Escrima under Grandmaster Tony Somera
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Chuan Lu Boxing under Sifu Michael Frischman
  • Level 3 Protector Certified Self-Defense Instructor For the MKG Women’s Self Defense Program

Bio:  I grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota. I can’t explain why but I have always been in love with the martial arts. Some of my earliest memories are of spending hours reading Black Belt magazine, Judo books and watching Chuck Norris and Kung Fu on television when I was just 6 or 7 years old. At the time there were no martial arts schools for kids anywhere near my hometown so I didn’t start an actual class until I turned 15 in 1985.

Once I did though I was hooked. I eventually earned a black belt in the first style I started in 1989.

Simultaneously, in 1987 I talked my parents into taking me to the ‘big city’ of Minneapolis to attend a seminar conducted by Guro Dan Inosanto at Rick Faye’s Minnesota Kali Group.  Ask me about the story some time!

This changed my entire perspective on what martial art could look and feel like.  I discovered that belts, uniforms, rigid hierarchy, kata, kicking in the air, etc… were not required in this approach and it blew my mind.  I had no idea what I saw but I knew I wanted to do it and I’d found my home.

I began training with Guro Rick Faye after that and he continues to be my mentor, role model and friend to this day. I founded MKG Martial Arts International in June of 2000 as a branch of his Minnesota Kali Group. Following his example, my goal has always been to operate a martial arts school where normal people can learn and train in realistic and effective martial arts with a minimum of ego and ritual.

Tammy Wilson - Owner and Head Instructor

Okay, I will admit – I started my martial art training with Cardio kickboxing in 1998 at another school. (A short stint of karate at the age of 6 was my only other experience). I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do something more. I noticed another class being offered that was called “Thai Boxing”. And so began my journey and first love.

I trained at a few different schools and took a couple of breaks, but I always came back to Thai Boxing. Eventually, I ended up at MKG after a previous instructor recommended Andy to me back in 2001. First, I limited my training to Thai Boxing, but after Andy’s persistence and recommendation, I started training all the other arts offered by MKG and thus, expanding my enjoyment of Martial Arts. (Thanks Andy!) Being active and physically fit has been a great partnership with Martial Arts and I owe that to a wonderful group of people at MKG and the many other instructors and students I’ve met over the years.

Currently, I’m a Level 2 instructor under Sifu Rick Faye and Senior member on the CORE team and also a regular instructor for Body Sculpt. In April of 2004, I was the first student of Andy’s to receive their instructorship in Thai Boxing and am a Full Instructor under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. I’m also the Thai Boxing Association coordinator at MKG. I’m also excited to have passed my red glove test in Savate/French Kickboxing under Professor Salem Assli and have recently become certified as an Instructor for the MKG Women’s Self Defense Program.

I currently teach Body Sculpt and and Muay Thai classes at MKG while pursuing my own goals. In 2006 I began competing in Muay Thai and Boxing. I’m currently concentrating on boxing and have been competing as an amateur in the Masters division with the Cappy’s Boxing Team. I am also working on my certification as a personal trainer. I also am a passionate runner and run full and 1/2 marathons when time allows.

I have a passion for physical fitness, martial arts and a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to many years of helping people improve their lives through the sense of well-being created by a healthy and energetic body.

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Czar P. - Instructor

My journey in the martial arts began with my desire to learn more about the Filipino Culture. After a trip to the Philippines, I wanted to learn more about my roots. As a kid, growing up in the states, the extent of my martial arts exposure came from watching Black Belt Theater and Bruce Lee movies. I never knew Filipino Martial Arts even existed.

In 1999, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar with Guro Dan Inosanto, hosted by NW Kali in Federal Way. I trained there for a couple of years, under Sifu Chris Clark.

After taking a few years off from training to concentrate on work, I was ready to get back into it. In May 2005, I found MKG Martial Arts. I was impressed by Guro Andy Wilson’s teaching style/philosophy, emphasis on cross-training and the atmosphere he and the CORE team created. I felt at home and have been here ever since.

In November of 2009, I had the honor of being promoted to Instructor Level 1 by Guro Rick Faye. I am also a certified instructor in the MKG Women’s Self Defense Program. I have achieved a Blue Glove in Savate/French Kickboxing under Professor Salem Assli and have completed Bahala-Na Escrima’s Level 6 test.

My journey began with my interest in the Filipino culture and along the way I was exposed to many other cultures through their martial arts. This has become a passion of mine that I would like to share through the teaching and continuous learning and evolution of the martial arts. — Happy Training!

Dennis R. - Instructor

I was born and raised in the Philippines until I was about 9 years old before moving to the States to live with my parents in Renton, Washington. It was in those formative years when I began my interest and fascination with martial arts after seeing kung-fu and karate movies.

Years later I decided to pursue my interest in Filipino martial arts and found MKG Martial Arts where I discovered they taught JKD as well. The idea of learning JKD concepts and studying Filipino martial arts made it a perfect fit for me. I also loved that they emphasized cross-training as a training philosophy and played music during the workouts. MKG encouraged an ego-less environment, thus making it a fun and friendly gym to work out and study the arts.

Thanks to Guro Andy’s leadership and mentoring as my head instructor I have earned a Level 2 instructorship under Sifu Rick Faye, Associate Instructorship in Jun Fan Martial Arts and Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto and a Green Glove certificate from Professor Salem Assli in Savate. I am also a senior CORE team member and have been training at MKG Martial Arts since 2002.

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Jenny B. - Instructor

My first memory of martial art training was that I was the smallest person in the dojo practicing with adults. I was 4 years old and very determined to train! My mom had me take karate lessons so I could learn to defend myself, and I’ve always been training ever since. I stuck with karate for 7 years, then moved on to tae kwon do, kendo, and hung gar kung fu. While training in hung gar, I finally asked myself – Is there a Filipino martial art system?

I’m Filipino, and I wanted to learn my culture’s martial art. At the same time, I was also looking for a Muay Thai school. So I searched on the internet and found that MKG Seattle had BOTH those arts, and more! I knew MKG would finally be the place for me to train for years to come.

Since starting at MKG in 2005, I’ve become a Phase 2 student, completed the Thai Boxing Association Level 1 test, taken the 5 Round Test, passed Level 7 in Bahala Na Arnis, received a White Glove rank in Savate, attended seminars from phenomenal martial artists, and have been to martial art camps. I joined the Instructor Training Program in 2008, became a certified MKG Women’s Self Defense Instructor in March 2008, and was promoted to Level 1 Instructor under Sifu Rick Faye in May 2010. I love martial arts and I will do my best to teach as well as I can!

Raymond S. - Instructor

I was introduced to the martial arts at an early age by my Dad and my Grandfather both of whom teach tai chi and kung fu in Vancouver, B.C. respectively. Some of my earliest and fondest memories as a kid were spending time training and doing forms in a large room that was half occupied by old men playing mahjong.

In addition to my early training in traditional kung fu, I’ve had some training in Hapkido as well. After some time at the Straight Blast Gym in Portland, Oregon, where I attended Chiropractic College, I moved to Seattle, WA in late 2001. Before I even moved, I found MKG Seattle over the internet and the phone book. From the information on the website, I learned not only the philosophy of the gym but also, the cross-training in the variety of arts that were taught and I knew it was a place I’d like to train. One visit to the gym in early 2002 and I knew it would be home for me as long as I was in Seattle. I’ve trained with Sifu Andy Wilson since early 2002 and in the spring of 2006, I was promoted to Level 1 instructor under Sifu Rick Faye. In September of 2008, I was promoted to Level 1 Instructor for Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai.

I’ve been around martial arts a long time and I can truly say that there’s very few places like MKG. Here you’ll find a very diverse group of people that are humble, extremely dedicated and have a true passion to research many arts with an open mind. It’s been a real privilege for me to train with and learn from such high quality instructors and great people.

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Rob B. - Instructor

I started out training in martial arts at the age of 10, as a way to protect myself from bullies. Martial arts literally changed my life, it helped me see more out of myself that I had ever seen before. Since then I have been forced to go from martial arts school to martial arts school trying to learn whatever I could, because of constant moving.

In college I trained under an instructor from NW Kali/JKD who told me about Sifu Andy and MKG. Unable to make it work to train at MKG, I continued to find schools to learn at, getting a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, before making the effort to start training at MKG in 2008.

Since starting at MKG, this is the first time that I’ve felt the wish to call a school home. I joined the CORE team in late 2009, and ITP in 2010. I now get the opportunity to work in the Youth Program, working with the next generation of martial artists, and look forward to continuing to train in all of the arts that MKG has to offer with all of the great people here at MKG.

Vanessa N- Instructor

Besides taking a quarter of Karate in college, my only Martial Arts experience had been through fight sequences I had seen in movies. After really enjoying hitting a heavy bag at a fitness gym, I decided to try kickboxing and thus began my Martial Arts journey at MKG in August 2006.

After three years I am still amazed at the things I learn and continue to improve upon. MKG has provided an opportunity to both physically and mentally challenge myself through Martial Arts, which has taught me a lot about myself. I have been a CORE Team member for a couple of years and now, in addition, I am currently progressing in the ITP program. It’s great to have an outlet where I can share knowledge and help others in their Martial Arts journey. I only wish I had started my journey sooner since it has been such a positive influence in my life through Sifu Andy’s guidance and all my friends at MKG.

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Ryan T. - Instructor

Martial Arts found its way into my life as a child. While growing up, my older brother was my role model. He showed me “Way of the Dragon” with Bruce Lee starring as the lead role. His explosive display on the screen instantly drew me to the Martial Arts!

My only experience prior to MKG came from online research and rewinding and playing fight sequences from Bruce Lee films. I told my Dad I wanted to take up the Martial Arts. We both agreed that I should find a school that focused on Jeet Kune Do concepts and in 2007, I found MKG. I love to train all the arts but can’t seem to get enough of Jun fan, Panantukan, and Silat.

Gled D

Google Review

MKG is not a gym, it is a martial arts school. You can get a work out and hit or kick a heavy bag anywhere. But if you really want to LEARN martial arts and immerse yourself in multiple art forms, then you owe it to yourself to give MKG a try. I took my first Phase/Mixed Arts class at MKG about 8 years ago and have been enrolled at the school since. I consider the students and instructors at MKG some of my dearest friends, more like a part of my extended family. The sense of community is second to none.

 

Bruce S

Google Review

I have been training at MKG for 5 years now, and continue to be impressed with the quality of martial arts instruction. The instructors are awesome, your training partners are enthusiastic, and the training facilities are top notch. Plus, it's one of the few schools in the country that teaches savate. Seriously, if you want to train in martial arts, come check out MKG.

Ethan

Google Review

MKG is an amazing place to train, I never felt better than when I was training there. The people are incredible, and I only felt self concious for the first few days of class, after that I felt like I belonged. Everyone is easy to talk to, and the trainers are all great people. I recommend it for anyone either trying to get into shape, or learn martial arts. It's a great place to train.

Corrine B...

Yelp Review


I've NEVER had so much fun working out. And working out was my original intention for starting martial arts classes but I didn't know I would enjoy learning about the different types of arts they teach. I started only going to two classes a week but now do 6 classes a week.

 

Lonnie N...

Yelp Review


I've moved around a lot in my life, and since I've been a life-long martial artist, this means I have trained in a lot of different schools. I've been at MKG since April of 2012, and have to say that I have never trained at a finer martial arts educational institution.

 

Tim P...

Yelp Review


There are no egos at MKG, I sense that the instructors and advanced students place the needs of the beginning and intermediate students above their own. MKG also host some of the world's foremost instructors who teach seminars on the weekends; there is so much going on its hard to keep track of it all.