Guro Diana has been teaching the martial and defense arts since 1993. Her students vary from those seeking personal self defense and fitness, to martial artists and instructors seeking technical information and curriculum development as well as law enforcement and security personnel. From '93 to today she has been teaching classes at Minnesota Kali Group, at various locations around the Twin Cities and, when she's on the road, at a variety of places around the country and internationally. Her classes, seminars and private training on a variety of martial art, self defense and law enforcement/security topics are well regarded. As she developed as an instructor under Guro Inosanto, Grandmaster Chai Sirisute, Sensei Erik Paulson during her twenty two year apprenticeship to Guro Rick Faye, Diana became one of the top female martial arts instructors in the country. Diana is known for her ability to adapt her curriculum and teaching methods to a variety of clientele. In addition, she is sought out for direction and mentoring by martial artists from around the globe.
Seminars & Workshops:
Seminars and workshops on martial arts topics ranging from Kali weaponry and JKD to the striking arts of Muay Thai and Panantukan in England, Scotland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Madison, Rockford, Kansas City. She was also an assistant instructor to Rick Faye at seminars in Germany, France, UK, Seattle, Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago and other Minnesota locations.
- Minnesota Kali Group (1993 - current): Thousands of hours teaching Kali weaponry, Filipino Boxing (Panantukan), Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Phase classes (The MKG Method of blended or Mixed Martial arts), Women’s Kickboxing and Self Defense.
- Lifetime Fitness, Lakeville, MN: weekly Muay Thai classes 2012 - 2015
- Sealed Mindset, New Hope, MN: a Stick & Knife class. 2013 - 2016
- MCTC: Minneapolis, MN Adjunct Professor: Women's Self Defense January 2017 - current
- Bills Gun Shop and Range: Self defense, martial arts. February 2017 - current
Instructor development and mentoring for numerous martial artists over the last 20 years. Local, national and international clients have benefited from Guro Diana's coaching in this area. References available upon request.
Women's Self Defense:
Ongoing bi-monthly women’s self defense workshops at the Minnesota Kali Group (1993-2015).
Local workshops at schools, businesses and organizations around the Twin Cities and Duluth, Seattle, Madison, Kansas City and Aberdeen, Scotland.
ILEETA Conference Presenter: 2011-2017
Edged Weapons Defense 2017
Combative Movement Enhancement Drills for Law Enforcement - 2016, 2015
Developing Street Combat Skills in Law Enforcement Officers - 2013, 2014
Surviving the UFC Generation: MMA for Law Enforcement - 2011, 2012
Assistant to Rob Mahoney: The Bourne Alternative: Improvised Weapons Training for LE - 2010
PoliceOne Video Instructor: Tutorials on a variety of subjects for Law Enforcement Professionals.
Arrestling Oﬃcer Safety Conference presenter: Edged Weapon Defense - 2014, 2015
Arkansas Women’s Law Enforcement Conference: DT Instructor - Empty Hands & Ground Tactics
LETOA Conference Instructor: 2012-2013
Developing the Fighter’s Edge: Empty Hands Defensive Tactics - 2013
Edged Weapons Defense - 2012
Empty Hands Defensive Tactics - 2012
MTOA (Midwest Tactical Oﬃcer's Association) Conference Instructor: 2005-2010, 2014
Edged weapon Defense Lead Instructor: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Tactical Ground Fighting - Assisted Stanley Philips 2006 - 2010
Empty Hands / Close Quarter Fighting - Assisted Peter Hetrick- 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014
Fighting Fitness for Law Enforcement - Lead Instructor: 2009
Minneapolis P.D. Assistant Instructor: Edged Weapons Defense - Assisted Ofc Tim Hanks - 2008, 2009, 2013
Eau Claire P.D. SWAT (Eau Claire, WI): Team building; Entry Tactics solutions - 2010, 2011
Presenter: International Association of Women Police - Ground tactics - 2010