Forge your Path

Defense training for today's warriors 

Self-Defense - Self-Protection - Self-Reliance

For the past twenty years, I've been relentlessly pursuing mastery in the martial arts. My journey through disciplines like Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Filipino Kali has not only honed my physical strength but also instilled in me an unshakeable mental and emotional discipline. This ability to remain calm under adversity has proven invaluable in all facets of my life, from navigating difficult conversations to facing down deadlines. It is my mission now to help you start your own journey and to forge these valuable skills for yourself.  ~ Sifu David Mitchell

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Client Feedback

Before working 1:1 with Sifu Mitchell, I had gotten my black belt in another martial art after 3 1/2 years of steady training... but I still felt unable to protect myself and my family. If put into an uncomfortable situation, my body would go into fight/flight/freeze, and I'd suddenly lose all my black belt knowledge. I tended toward people-pleasing rather than allowing myself to defend myself or aggressively take up space. As a mid-thirties woman, I feel like that's more common than not.

Then I started working with Sifu Mitchell. Unlike in group classes where the high achievers are often overlooked, the 1:1 training session is fully dedicated to me and my personal self defense needs. These sessions are more than physical training or learning and repeating patterns. He's helped me through multiple emotional and mental blocks, trained me to get over the fear of hurting someone or doing the wrong thing. Over the course of our time together, I've stopped obsessively saying "sorry" and I've started standing up for myself in day-to-day life. And I genuinely feel confident that, if attacked, I would no longer freeze. 

There's something truly magical about Sifu Mitchell, in his ability to hold space, to maintain complete professionalism, and to meet a person exactly where they are and customize training to their needs.

~ Jen Butler

The training you get at Ronin Martial Arts Institute is very high quality. Sifu David is very knowledgeable and has an incredible understanding of range, timing, body mechanics, and how to apply them under pressure. From empty hand to weapons, he makes the information easy to understand and a lot of fun to learn! Ronin martial arts institute is a fantastic school that I believe everyone will enjoy and would recommend to anyone! 

~ Jon Ramer