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.
We had a question from a student about how best to prepare for training at the upcoming Intensive (or Internship) at Roots. Thought we could answer it here. First and foremost we have to look at the end goals of each program and be clear that what you get after 5 days and 3 months[…]
If you have ever wanted to accelerate your Systema skills, your strength and stamina, your ability to focus, and to overcome the limits of thoughts and the mind, all while getting stupidly strong, then the Roots Internship on Denman Island is for you. Under the professional and very skilled guidance and teachings of Vali Majd, you[…]
One of the interesting and alluring aspects of Systema is its no-nonsense nature. No belts, no uniforms, no rituals. Hard training. Practical. Efficient. All sorts of things people fail to find in other traditional arts. But after 20 years of teaching Systema, it is easy to come around to appreciate why so many of the[…]
The path in the woods. By: Josafath Herrera My last visit to Roots Dojo was a connection of my own training with mother nature. Coming from one of the biggest cities in the world (27 million), my main concern of being on Denman was to be the lunch of a bear or a cougar. Funny[…]
If you train long enough, at some point you will probably come to question your purpose in training. What may have started as a search for practical defense or discipline, health or fitness, or just a plain remedy for boredom- feel good be fit, pride and ego- may not continue to be so as you[…]
We asked Josafath Ferrera, our guest instructor for our upcoming Spring Intensive- Tactical Paradigm -to share a quick word about his upcoming training at Roots. *** Words have power. You can elevate an athlete or motivate a person with the proper words. But words misused, can destroy emotionally or even physically. “Violence” is an overused[…]
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:[…]