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Marcus Charles

Marcus Charles is a JKD/Kali weapons, and Self-Defense Instructor. He has taught various Military, Law Enforcement, and civilian agencies. Marcus has been training and teaching since the age of 20. He fell in love with physical fitness at the age of 16 afer seeing and reading about Arnold Schwarzenegger. His love of bodybuilding changed to martial arts after reading an article in Muscle and Fitness magazine about Arnold's admiration of Bruce Lee. Living on the Southside of Chicago and being a security bouncer for many years, Marcus has had many encounters where he has had to defend himself. Marcus’ goal for his students is to combine the athletic training of MMA with the Self-Defense drills of various arts to make his students grow to their full potential



  • Senior Training Officer of Progressive Fighting System

  • Senior Instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak

  • Full Instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell

  • Illinois Director for JKD Grappling Association

  • Pro Coach 1 under Sensei Erik Paulson

  • Lead Pro Coach for Illinois of CSW

  • Instructor Level 1 under Guro Rick Faye's MKG

  • Instructor Candidate under Sifu Francis Fong

  • Pekiti Tirsia International

  • Giron Escrima Affiliate

  • Marcus also studied under Keith Wetosky, David Hatch, John Spezzano, Tony Checchine, Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney, Jon "The Jet" Manos.




We are a complete Martial Arts and Fitness group that is always on the cutting edge of training whether you want sport, self-defense, personal development or just something to be part of we have a program for you.


  • Inosanto Martial Art Blend

  • JKD Grappling Association Larry Hartsell

  • CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) Erik Paulson

  • STX (Savate Thai Cross Training) Erik Paulson

  • PFS (Progressive Fighting System) Paul Vunak

  • MKG (Minnesota Kali Group) Rick Faye

  • ISSA & ACE certified to guide you in your fitness needs, weight loss, strenth training etc.


Certification and or training in any or all systems with the Southside Kali twist!!


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