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.
Vali has seen a lot of students come and go, but there are always those who come here and just never leave.. Denman Island is located in the northwest corner of the Georgia Strait, and is one of the Northern Gulf Islands. It is approximately 2 1/2 hours north of Victoria, 1 hour north of[…]
Learning to Heal. “Your body is not a temple- it is more like a truck- ready to put through hell- take it on a ride, push hard, get it dirty, get it used, but give it the care and attention that is needed.” There are many different definitions of “health”. The absence of illness. A[…]
On skills and Attributes. I certainly could not take credit for the break down of these elements that make anyone good at anything. It appears that good skills and positive attributes are essential to excelling in any field. Skills can be taught but attributes need to be developed. In martial arts, skills refer to the[…]
Roots Dojo offers the only Martial Art Leadership Program of its kind in North America which endows students with the tool necessary to LEAD, be it in time of crisis, at work, when undertaking adventures, or even at home. We specialize in creating LEADERS- individuals who gain confidence, management tools, communication, negotiation, martial art, self[…]
I would like to thank Vali for having me come out to Roots Dojo in Denman Island, British Columbia. I greatly appreciate his hospitality, opening his school up to me, and having me teach Systema to them. The seminar went great, student were very dedicated, they were attentive, and they were very interested in understanding[…]
Yes here it is. Our new website is in the process of coming to life. While under construction we ask you to be patient; but please take the time to come back and visit often as we upload new material- new programs , new calendar, new community events and much more. It is a great[…]