In the Beginning:
Ronin is a Japanese term for an outlaw or masterless Samurai. 'Ro' meaning wave and 'Nin' man, the word literally means "man tossed around like a wave." The Dojo was founded by men in a state of chaos. Discontent to subscribe to just one art or method of training, they learned and tested many. Drawing on Okinawan Karate, Ninjutsu, Akido, Muay Thai, Boxing, SIlat, Kali, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Bujutsu, they engaged in no holds barred training before the UFC and the Gracies transformed mixed martial arts into a mainstream phenomenon.
For the first decade the teachers and their students were a rag-tag underground group of fighters and rule-breakers. Their reputation was for intensity, pushing limits, and a voracity to test everything. From the fires of this group the art began to take shape.
The Growing Years:
As the school grew, its distinct nature began to become apparent. This nature was about being a training grounds for life. Here students came to learn that the limits they believed they were bound to didn't exist, and that the human capacity was far beyond anything they'd ever imagined. A return to nature, a de-evolution to states of harmony and primal strength fueled the art and those who trained in it.
Martial arts was a vehicle that encompassed warrior training on many levels. Mastery of movement became the study of working with opposing force through the fighting arts. Mastery of breath and self through Lung Gom, meditation, and tests by the elements of nature expanded students awareness and control. Wilderness survival, attunement, and tracking brought them directly in touch with nature and the place humankind holds as a part of the larger whole.