Systema School of Warrior Arts

Systema Roots

Roots Dojo is one of the most unique Dojos. Our curriculum is extensive. Our training genuine. Our setting- priceless. No Frills no nonsense.


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.

"No Frills, no non-sense, just pure, fun and exciting training"

About Roots

Live the dream- become who you are supposed to be. Learn to fight, heal, protect and overcome.
We have been creating healthy warriors since 1999.

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.

  • Martial Arts

    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.

  • Special Events

    Our special events such as our Internships, or intensives, weekend seminars or on-going training are much sought after. Come and find out why.

  • One-of-a-Kind

    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.

  • incredible Instruction

    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.



Roots Dojo is deeply embedded in multiple communities, without which it would not exist. We are always in deep gratitude for those who support our vision. Following are but a few individuals who continue to make Roots a successful Institution.
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VAli Majd

Founder, Director and Chief Instructor.
Since 1999 when Vali first founded Roots Dojo, he has provided countless individuals with the tools to better understand themselves and others, particularly under conditions of stress, trauma, conflict, or violence. As a student of Ryabko-Vasiliev Systema for 20 years, and a martial arts student for 30 years, Vali has long been studying the nature of violence; its origin(s), its effects, ways to recognize it, and ways to address it at varying stages. Through a unique teaching method that emphasizes an active role in the student learning, Vali facilitates similar explorations on the topic of violence, health, martial art training, among many other topics. As one of the top North American instructors in Systema, he is frequently asked by other professionals to offer thoughts and comments on a wide range of topics because his contemplative approach to training allows him to clearly articulate subtle concepts. Vali is also asked to offer Systema seminars around the world. The Warrior Arts training he provides through Roots Dojo goes above and beyond the topics typically covered in Systema, thanks to the unique environment, the opportunity to train twice daily during all of the seasons, and the wide spectrum of topics that Vali is well-versed within and is able to offer students. This training is unparalleled anywhere else in the world; both in quantity and quality. The skills his students acquire are skills that will stay with individuals as they walk their paths and embark on their own journeys, no matter how long they train
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Matta Schaal

Art Director, Instructor and Program Developer.
Matta has a background in counseling, mediation and conflict resolution. She facilitates Girls Groups in schools and has created and run youth programming and woman’s empowerment activities using art and community activism. She comes from a background rich in girl power and feminism and seeks to encourage strength and resiliency in everyone, particularly woman and youth. She has been a student of Systema at Roots Dojo for several years.
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Nathan Smith

As a Roots Dojo Instructor, Nathan brings to the team a deep kinetic understanding. While he started his martial training at a young age, he also expanded his practices to acrobatics, gymnastic conditioning, rowing, hiking and climbing. His understanding of the human capabilities and his desire to further share and help others develop, grow and overcome limitations are what make Nathan a great instructor.


"Learn skills and develop attributes that will stay with you for the rest of your life"

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