Based on the training of Russian Special Forces, our unique methodology have evolved from the teachings of Valdimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko, the founders of modern systema.
Roots Dojo offers unique opportunities for various organizations, agencies, sport teams, educational facilities and corporations to develop “Esprit de Corps” and build strong team dynamics.
There is far more to martial arts than kicking and punching. At Roots Dojo you will learn not only to stand your ground, but you will learn how to become leaders. Our Martial Leadership program is very unique and one of a kind.
So you think you can do it? 48 hours of non-stop challenges. Based on the brutal training of special forces. If you succeed, you will be a new person. Not for the light-hearted.
Our unique school offers much more than Martial arts and self defence. Unlike many gyms, dojos, clubs and martial arts school, ours is a one of a kind educational facility where training is not an activity, but a way of life. The curriculum is complex- from health, conditioning, fitness, communications and close protection, to team work, martial history, philosophy, weapons, strategies, stealth, students will carefully and methodically be exposed to the vastness of conflict, violence, harmony and serenity all of which are part of the Warrior’s path. Along the way, our students learn skills that will stay with them while walking the face of this earth. Join us for a week, a month or a year. You will not regret it.
We teach every aspect of martial arts. A thorough study of conflict and violence. From deescalation skills to medical and trauma medicine, weapons, team work, healing, ground work, striking and much more.
Our special events such as our Internships, or intensives, weekend seminars or on-going training are much sought after. Come and find out why.
Simply put, there are no other Dojos like it anywhere. From the incredible setting - tucked in the woods on a small Island in North Pacific, to a very unique curriculum, and an awesome team of instructors- we can safely say that Roots is in a league of its own.
Roots Dojo, under the direction of Founder Vali Majd delivers top of the line unadulterated training, teaching and instruction. Our goal is to help each student individually reach their maximum potential in the shortest period of time.
Talking to a Roots student the other day, I was reminded of the saying “It’s not the mountain that will wear you down but the pebble in your shoe.” We had been discussing what brought him to Roots from his home gym in Victoria. He replied, in more or less these words: You know when[…]
The ‘reptilian brain’ acts like a filter to our more modern and advanced cognitive brain functions: anything that needs to be assessed, examined, and analyzed, needs to go through the reptilian brain first. Only when that brain approves can it move further. Basically, appease your reptilian brain or there is no room for negotiation. It[…]
Violence. Noun. Defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.” So when we say martial arts,[…]
Because Vali and da wulf have disappeared to the hills, for lack of wise words of wisdom, I will take this opportunity to share our 2018 calendar. Strictly business so to speak. We all hope the pair reemerges in time for: Roots Winter Internship: Feb 5th-May 5th SYSTEMA Knife Defense: March 3rd, 12-4pm Roots Bootcamp:[…]
Actually, we hope you don’t. Hence training. Will the winter internship cover knife work? Why, yes. Thanks for asking. It will cover a lot of weapons..but nothing is as simple as just that. What is a weapon? As a first layer we weaponize the body. Then we consider, not the specifics on any one weapon,[…]
The tree towers above. The trunk stands straight and proud. The branches fight for space in the sun. But the ROOTS! Oh the roots! They anchor the plant and absorb water and soil nutrients. Without them, the tree fails… unless you are an air plant… well luckily this is not a botanical newsletter. When it[…]
What we teach is at the roots of all martial arts: the movement and the basic principles. It is only beyond these that the various martial arts are broken down into a variety of techniques and so on. This is why we are Roots, because we are teaching principles. We stand by the fact that[…]
This guest post from our friend Emmanuel Manolakakis of Fight Club Toronto. — Halloween is here. This is a great time to talk situational awareness or as its more commonly known as “street safety & smarts”. I’ve met and talked with countless soldiers and law enforcement professionals over the years and I’ve noticed that they[…]
I was feeling particularly sore and sat down…slowly…wanting to write about recovering from a workout. If you search ‘ways to recover’, you get a very typical North American array of suggestions: everything from eating well, stretching, hot baths, music, and drinking water. I wrote down a fancy list that went as far as turmeric and[…]