New Brighton martial arts studio moves to Fridley

MKG North Martial Arts and Fitness Studio has kicked opened its doors in Fridley and is aiming to provide strength, discipline and confidence to the community.
The Fridley studio, which became fully operational on Sept. 5, has a core curriculum that encompasses martial arts from around the world.

Founded on July 10, 2013 in New Brighton by head instructor Peter Kwong, the studio has since acquired loyal students and renowned instructors.

Kwong, who has been involved with the martial arts since 1978, has studied Shorin Ryu Okinawan Karate, Tae kwon Do, Chinese Kenpo, Tai Chi, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, and Wing Chun.

Kwong has earned a 2nd degree black belt from Chuan Lu Boxing Society and 2nd degree black belt from Kenpo Self Defense System. He is currently studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Luiz Claudio and Kuntao Silat under Master Maul Mornie.

The studios core curriculum includes a variety of arts or methods to including Thai Chi, Silat, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, Zumba and more. Personal training and self-defense classes are also offered.

“We are a really easy going studio,” said Kwong. “We crank on the music and just try to have fun and get a good workout.”

For beginners, MKG offers a phase one class designed to expose students to the different arts, develop a defensive structure and the ability to generate an offense.

Phase one curriculum comes mostly from Kali, Filat, the Jun Fan Martial Arts, Thai boxing and the Jeet Kune Do concepts. As students progress through the six phases. MKG instructors will integrate all arts and methods offered.

“Instead of pledging allegiance to one particular style, we take from all styles and all arts,” said Kwong. “We know that every art has weaknesses and strengths so what we do is draw the strengths from each one of them and everybody is different so we don’t like to teach the arts like robots. We tell are students to go with what they feel comfortable with.”

The martial arts studio offers private and group classes seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. in the morning to 8:30 p.m.

MKG also offers a free one week trial for those interested but unsure about their future in the sport.

The studio trains students as young as 4-years-old in the Little Ninja class and students as young as 7-years-old in the Little Dragon class.

“It is good to get the kids away from the video games and computers for a while,” said Kwong. “Martial arts can get them involved in some physical activity and teach them discipline that will help them later in life.”

For more information about class times and offers, visit or call 612-242-2766.

MKG North Martial Arts and Fitness is located at 7277 Commerce Circle West in Fridley.

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