Internship Testimonial

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[…]

The pebble in your shoe

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[…]

Get over your reptilian brain

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[…]