Classes and seminars

Classes are held at the Minnesota Kali Group in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays. We also have morning classes on Monday and Fridays.

I am also available to come to your gym to teach individual classes.

I’m available to teach 2 and 3 hour sessions

Private Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are available as well as lesson packages

Siloh Radovsky: Assistant coach at Jiu-Jitsu Dynamics

Fabio is generous with his time and instruction whenever I come home to Minnesota for a visit. I love checking up on how my extended BJJ family is doing and getting to train in the safe and supportive atmosphere he helps to create for his students –– an environment which, especially as a small female, I know is not always easy to find, especially for those trying out Jiu-Jitsu for the first time. Rolling with Fabio and his students is always fun. I find training with him to hold the balance between focused, playful, and technical that keeps me committed to Jiu-Jitsu, a practice which gives so much back to me in return. Fabio is a gentle teacher who is great to geek out on the details of techniques, while being down-to-earth (and also totally “down to roll”).

Siloh Radovsky,

Purple belt

Assistant coach at Jiu-Jitsu Dynamics (Olympia, WA)

Kurt Cornwell: Owner/Head Instructor MKG Detroit,

“Fabio is that rare type of coach who recognizes both the similarities and differences between beginner and advanced students, and the best ways to help everyone progress together. His emphasis on movement and structure, over flashy technique and hard rolling, sets him apart from many other instructors in the current climate of BJJ. I highly recommend Akagi for anyone interested in investigating BJJ as a system of self protection or martial art. Great instruction, great group.”

Kurt Cornwell

Owner/Head Instructor MKG Detroit,

Professional Mindset & Wellness Coach

Eric Yates

I have known Fabio for 7 years now and approached him at the MKG gym in Minnesota, Minneapolis for training in the grappling arts and groundwork.We hit it off immediately with his brilliant knowledge of the arts and first class teaching skill with a perfect sense of pace and patience.  Since then Fabio made a few trips to Canada to my training facility to teach seminars and give private tuition and he was instantly accepted and applauded by all students for his contribution.The result was a first class experience for all of us with up to date knowledge in Brazilian Jiujitsu, shoot wresting, Kali and related martial arts.  One thing I loved is his enthusiasm for martial arts and his tireless energy teaching and transferring knowledge to all levels of martial artists.I found it to be a very profound experience to be taught by and watch Fabio teach and would recommend his seminars and private classes to anyone interested in starting in the grappling arts and the more experienced martial artists.You wont regret it and you wont forget it.

Eric Yates Martial Arts Instructor,

Bsc. Nursing, Assoc. Degree Sciences, TESOL.

12 July 2015.

July 20th Women’s BJJ Class, Triangle choke for more than sport.

July 20th Women’s BJJ Class

Monday night class was an introduction to the triangle choke; Did basic drills then the technique, but for the women’s class I usually try to spend some time talking about how it’s applicable in a fight/self defense situation. We went over the difference between and sport and fight; how to control the opponents arm when someone is striking you as well as finding the openings to strike back using hammer fists and elbows and eye gouging. The goal isn’t to finish with the strikes (though not going to complain if they do knock out their assailant) , but to survive long enough to finish the choke. “You can fight of you’re arm is broken, you can’t fight when you’re asleep.”

We included the Triangle Armbar as well, not because we want them to tap out, but to go for the break, to cause enough pain and damage that it allows you to create an opening in order to readjust for the choke.  On the mat; for sport you go for the win, you get the tap and shake hands and it’s done. For survival, you need to keep fighting, give it everything you’ve got in order to be able to survive and escape that situation.

I love the sport of BJJ, but sometimes we forget the fight aspect, get caught up in the fun of competition, the points, the challenges of competing against other players the shiny medals. You have to remember that no matter what the reason is that you train; health, fun, exercise, competition or whatever is that if you are learning Jiu-Jitsu you are learning to fight and somewhere in the back of your mind that thought should always be there.

Next weeks class is all sport!



July 17th, Good Rolls…

July 17th, Good Rolls…

It’s always great to roll with friends, especially when they are visiting from out of town. One of these guys is Ben Lenyard; he comes to town a couple times a year, and is always a blast to roll with. Very competitive, hard worker and the right amount of attitude that means he’s never satisfied with where he’s at. He’s been training at Brazilian Top Team in San Antonio and self admittedly has two speeds, 80% and a 100%. Needless to say I know I’ll be in for a scrap whenever we train and always never fails to motivate me.

As his first BJJ coach I’m extremely proud to see his progress eveytime he comes back. Plus he gets some payback on his early years with me. As he put it “Don’t think I forgot what you used to do to me.”

Bring it!



Are you ready to adopt?

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Albert Schweitzer

And you can also look at it this way.

Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Dalai Lama

This kids are up for adoption.

Use the contact form if you’d can and are willing to give them a forever home.

Kitten therapy/massage after a harsh BJJ workout.

Carmel Working her Half Guard Pass

July 12th Seminar at Minnesota Kali Group International in Duluth

I had the pleasure of going to Duluth to teach a BJJ seminar at MKG International in Duluth, about two hours north of Minneapolis, so nice drive with some friends who accompanied me to take part.

good friends on a bjj trip with me
good friends on a bjj trip with me

So whenever I plan a seminar I day dream of all the cool, slick, fun moves that we are going to do; however a big part plays on the level of the students and what would best suit them. After a few pendulum and movement drills, we started with a look at basic guard passes; including posture, Bad Dog, how to open guard and using the same passes from different positions.  You don’t need to know every pass there is, but learn a few passes well and build off that. First, keep it simple.

We worked on some closed guard passes, and some half guard passes for about an hour and a half, then we moved onto the fun stuff, a little bit of candy for the day. I’m a big fan of the Omoplata, it’s one of my favorites and has a ton of options to play from, I jokingly call it an Omoplata guard there is so much to do there.

Carmel Working her Half Guard Pass
Carmel Working her Half Guard Pass

Though at first I thought working on the Ompoplata submission was going to be a little advanced; we started with basic movement, went back to the pendulum drill and built off of that, then needed an entry so basic armbar to Omoplata, added some helpful details on how to isolate the arm, adjust for a better position and then the finish for the tap. Then we were ready to really play. From basic combinations to how to start moving and retaining the arm and playing with submission combinations. I happened to get a little excited and accidentally added about an hour and a half to the day, but by the end of it, they were getting the hang of it conceptually enough to play a little with flowing from one thing to the next.

I got to spend the day teaching the art and being around good friends; it was a great way to spend a Sunday.

If you are ever in Duluth, go visit Drake Ritchie at Minnesota Kali Group International.


Antonio working on the Omoplata
Antonio working on the Omoplata

Group Pic Duluth Seminar

Group Pic Duluth Seminar


Akagi Jiu Jitsu

July 8th, Thoughts on tonights BJJ class

I usually like to teach things in progressions; but there are times you can just throw out fun stuff or teach something that maybe the less advanced students would normally not be ready for.

So for fun we did a lot of movement drills for the Omoplata; with the focus just being on movement and not even looking at how to finish the submission. The drill for the evening was setting up the Omoplata from the mount postion, leaving mount and retaining the arm and flowing back to mount, (may be hard to visualize). We worked our way to a series of rolling Omy’s; forward, backward  and to the side, and by the end of the night, everyone could do the drill and play and move between the setup fairly well.

Sometimes just have to show things like that just for fun and see what they make of it.


BJJ girls are tough...
BJJ girls are tough…

Omoplata flow drills