Fall Intensive Sept 24-28

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[…]

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[…]

Character development

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[…]

Post tactical thoughts

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[…]

The Myth of Violence

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[…]

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[…]

The Roots of Violence

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,[…]