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

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



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.
Focused Workouts

July Seminars

Women’s only Introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Self Defense and Sport (Session 2)

Date: July 11th:

Wasceca Crossfit

Time: 10 am to 12pm

Cost: $25

Open Jiu-Jitsu Class

Date: July 11th

Waseca Crossfit

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar

Minnesota Kali Group International
215 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN 55807
Time 11 am to 1 pm.


Seminars, Women’s Seminars, Video Classes and Private Lessons


I am available to teach seminars, from introductory for the beginning groups, as well as for the more advanced students.

I also teach Women’s only seminars as an introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jistu and self defense as well as for all levels to show the importance for women to learn how to survive possible assault situations.  The focus of these seminars is to show the two sides of training  and about transitioning from one to the other in hopes of inspiring to take the time to learn the full art of Jiu-Jitsu.


I will also be offering remote video seminars and private lessons.


These seminars and private lessons are a great way to add to  your skills, work on your goals or explore new techniques.