Marcelo Nunes

If your looking for a place to train I highly recommend this place. I had the chance and pleasures to roll with one of the best brown belts here in Minnesota Fabio Morescalchi
Not only is he good in Jiu-Jistu he is even great as a person.

Marcelo Nunes
Black Belt
Zenith BJJ

Akagi Jiu Jitsu

Roland Larson

Fabio has a wide variety of tools and techniques that he uses, which makes his jiu jitsu highly adaptable to situations and hard to work against.
He has a great attention to detail while teaching and teaches in a way that is easy to follow. He is great at pushing you to see your potential, all the while, making a fun and playful environment to learn and train in. Fabio has been a great training partner for me to work with and bounce ideas off of. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good jiu jitsu coach.

Roland Larson
4 stripe Brown Belt
McCune’s Martial Arts

Akagi Jiu Jitsu

Mike Miskowiak

I can’t say enough great things about Fabio as a teacher.

He’s a Jiu Jitsu geek who gets excited over all the small and important details you need in order to have a tight game. This attitude goes into how he teaches and translates into a whole room of Jiu Jitsu students getting excited to learn and grow.

Never a dull moment. Fabio has been a great mentor to me and he is a shining example of what it means to be a leader.

Mike Miskowiak
Purple Belt
Midwest Center For Movement

Akagi Jiu Jitsu

Gabrielle Bajuscik

Great instructor and coach!

Fabio has been teaching and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over twenty years and his enthusiasm and commitment to the sport really come through in his teaching.

I started training at Minnesota Kali Group where Fabio is head coach of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program as someone completely new to martial arts and have learned so much since I started. Fabio has encouraged me from the beginning to learn, have fun, and challenge myself in Jiu Jitsu. Classes are fun and make learning accessible and noncompetitive.

Fabio is very invested in helping his students develop and is always looking for ways to help students improve from organizing and teaching seminars and open mats, to encouraging students to train together and share what they know, to regularly putting in extra time outside of class to practice and answer questions.

Akagi Jiu Jitsu

Jason Lynch

Walking into my first BJJ class was one of the most intimidating things I’ve ever done. I really didn’t know what to expect and it had been 20+ years since I had done any type of grappling. I’ve trained a little in other disciplines over the years but this was different. In my mind this was the sport where you have to get down on the mat and get put in some really uncomfortable positions by someone that could severely injure you in the blink of an eye! I was nervous and worried that I would look like a fool. It turns out I was worried over nothing and I really didn’t understand the sport at all!

As I mentioned I was really nervous and intimidated to step into my first class. The second Fabio started his class that all went away. You can tell that he’s trained a lot of people over the years. He has a very relaxed attitude and has a way of making you feel comfortable in the class. He knows when to push you and when it’s time to take a break. He knows when you’re picking up on the techniques and when you’re not, all by just observing. If he notices you struggling he has a subtle way of working himself in with you so you don’t feel singled out. I’ve had teachers/coaches in the past that get frustrated very quickly when you don’t understand their methods of teaching, this is not the case with Fabio.

Fabio stays calm and he takes the time to go over the movements so that you can capture what he’s demonstrating. He’ll go over the techniques from many angles so the entire class can see and ask questions. After he demonstrates a technique he’s more than willing to check up with everyone to make sure they’re performing it correctly. He works the movements enough so that you’ll retain them but not too much where you’re burnt out. Some of the moves can seem very complicated but Fabio makes sure that you understand them by building the technique from the ground up. I personally thought that I’d never understand some of the moves after my first 15 minutes and was laughing about how easy they had become to me after the class was over.

It’s very clear that Fabio is very knowledgeable and has a lot of training experience. His methods are top notch and so is his attitude. He’s very friendly and approachable. He’s the kind of guy you meet and after 10 minutes you feel like you’ve known him your entire life. He’s very passionate about BJJ and it shows. I’ve learned a lot from him and I hope I get several more opportunities to train with him over many years to come.

Akagi Jiu Jitsu

Gregory Lassale

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Minnesota Kali Group is headed by Fabio Morescalchi of Akagi Jiu-Jitsu and co-instructors Joe Swore and John Dornick. I have been training there for a year and half about 2-3 times a week and strongly recommend the program to anyone looking to train BJJ in Minneapolis.
The school is located on Chicago a few blocks off of I35W and Crosstown. The fees are very affordable and flexible (no mandatory yearly contract) and the atmosphere laid back though you will work hard to earn your stripes – literally and figuratively. The coaching there is top notch.
Coach Morescalchi is dedicated to the art and to making his students better. He has been training for 24 years in Jiu-Jitsu and is a Judo brown belt as well. The BJJ program’s lineage can be traced through Chris McCune – Fabio Morescalchi’s coach – who is a 2nd degree black belt under Rigan Machado. Whether you’re a total beginner or have been training for several years; are looking to compete or like me just take classes, have fun and get in shape, there is something for everyone there.
Coaches Morescalchi, Swore and Dornick have different games, so whether you’re a smaller and athletic player who likes to move a lot or have a larger build and favor a pressure game, you will find what you are looking for there. Also, the program regularly host great seminars (Jeff Glover, Tom Oberhue, Mike Ellefson, Chris Haueter, Chris McCune…) as well as visit or host rolling sessions with our cousin schools in the area. Stop by for a free class anytime, everyone there is always eager to welcome new students.
See you on the mat!
Midwest Center For Movement

Midwest Center For Movement

Had a great time teaching teaching at the Midwest Center for Movement this friday,

Had the oppotunity to guest coach at MCFM on Friday June 26th. We worked on some fun Kimura attacks, of course I had to throw an Omoplata in the mix and my patented fall away ankle lock! Ok, its not really patented but it is a fun one to play with none the less.

Big thanks to Micheal Ellefson (you cam call him Elle) for having me out to share some techniques and to check out his awesome new digs.

If you are in the Hudson area its the only place you should train. Akido, BJJ, strenght training and much more.




On 6/22/15

What’s a Jiu-Jitsu guy to do when the wife is out of town? You go find Awesome people to train with!

I went to Cellar Kickboxing in St. Anthony and got some time to roll with Marcelo Nunes a Black Belt from Zenith BJJ.

Even though bigger than me (by only a little, really) it was a great technical roll, I always tell my students, “no strength, no muscle, no power, only technique.” which made for a great experience.

Keep an eye out for Marcelo as he moves to Las Vegas to pursue his MMA fightcarreer.




July is up.

This July we are looking forward to some great classes and seminars. We have:

Women’s only Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense and Sport (two sessions)

  • Drop by this  July 11th at Wasceca Crossfit. From 10 am to 12 pm for a fun, supportive but thorough introduction to this great sport and martial art. Work out and learn how to defend yourself.Cost: $25
  • Our open Jiu-Jitsu Class is  on July 11th also at Wasceca Crossfit. From 1pm to 3pm
  • And come to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar: At  Minnesota Kali Group International
    215 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN 55807
    Time 11 am to 1 pm.