Dominican martial artist opens dojo in Canada

Shihan Shannah Robin opens new dojo in Vancouver, Canada

Universal Martial Arts Academy (UMA) Robin Ryu Jiu Jitsu, a Dominican owned entity, has gone international. A new UMA Canadian dojo was opened in Vancouver on Saturday 14th July 2018. The UMA was originally created in Dominica in 2010 and officially launched in 2014.

The owner and founder of the school Shihan (which means master or senior teacher) Shannah Robin has been involved in martial arts for the better part of 25 years. From meager beginnings, he has had consistent hard-fought success in business and the field of martial arts and has recently made positive in-roads into the entertainment industry.

At the opening, over 45 students and well-wishers were present at this historic moment for the master Dominican martial artist and the UMA. Shihan Robin, speaking about his motivation to overcome negativity and hate said, “my drive is to show the world that greatness can come from the most humble place.”

He pointed out that well recognized names like Michael Jordan or Bruce Lee weren’t necessarily better than him but did have better opportunities. Opportunities he had to find and create for himself to realize his goals when there were many who told him his dream was impossible. Robin would like his words and actions to inspire others to overcome their own challenges. He said that a setback would never stop him; instead, he would return to the drawing-board and start anew. He said he gives thanks to God in good times and in bad times as both circumstances help him to grow in mental and spiritual strength.

Shihan Robin mentioned the support of fellow martial artists like Sensei Marlon, Sensei Bill, Sifu Patrick Soki Renako from Trinidad and Tobago in realizing his dream of having an international dojo. He also thanked Grandmaster Robert “Sugar” Crosson operating out of Florida USA for his support and guidance.

The dojo address and google map location can be found below:


Robin Ryu Jiu Jitsu
7709 6th St, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M9
(236) 982-7798

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  1. moi moi
    July 19, 2018

    just want to say congrats! I am inspired also!

  2. Karl Orndem
    July 18, 2018

    Michael Jordan is better than you in Basketball, Bruce Lee would murder you in Martial Arts. Yes opportunities make a difference, but why are you comparing yourself to legends? you just reach!

  3. smh
    July 18, 2018

    Happy to see you have your Dominican flag up in your business place… good luck in your endeavours

  4. Breathe
    July 18, 2018

    Congrats Shihan. You are truly an inspiration to our young people

  5. Dominica, I love you.
    July 18, 2018

    Congratulation to Mr. Robin. You are a true inspiration to all of us. Hard work, persistence and resiliency is the recipe for success. You are a proud Dominican and you make it known everywhere you go. I see the Dominican and Canadian flag proudly placed on the wall in your studio. Stay true to yourself and continue to be a shining light for the those with dreams.
    May God continue to guide and protect you.

  6. true dominican
    July 18, 2018

    why is it that this gentleman has had to struggle so much and couldnt be recognized by his own people but had to leave dominica to make a good name for himself . open your eyes dominicans . to many a times young people have to strive and struggle to make an honest living . a setta red tape and fight down , but look another man has opened his land and his hand and welcomed our fellow brother . smh

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 19, 2018

      That is a very stupid, and not only stupid but a ridiculous question! If you are a true Dominican as you claim there is no doubt in my mind you struggled too. That guy is from Marigot, I am from Wesley; as far as I know born in those two villages, and for that matter, no matter where in Dominica people are born to this present day; life is a constant struggle!

      People in Marigot and Wesley has long come to the conclusion in order to  evade this struggle, academic education is the way out. Many only had the opportunity to obtained a secondary education, which ultimately did not guaranty anybody a job.

      So, what most of us did; we left: College and University became our priority, that change our life’s . Does that mean because of our personal accomplishment all of Dominica must give recognition by kissing our Butts? You see that is the problem with people like you!

      You hang on to peoples accomplishments rather than your own!  

  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 17, 2018

    When something is considered “gone International” is when it originated in a particular place, and then spread all over the world; or in at least  three other nations or country.

    In the first place; ” Place of The Way” was not invented, nor originate in Dominica. A “dojo”  is a hall or space for immersive, or meditation. This traditionally; in the field of martial arts.

    The term dojo literally means ” place of the way” in the Japanese language!

    So, what’s the big deal?

    There are thousands of places all over Canada where martial arts are taught.

  8. you serious man
    July 17, 2018

    WOOOOOW…. You were not my friend but i knew you hi and hello. MAD… Respect to that. MAD MAD respect. I am very impressed with you. you have always been a shinning light above very dark clouds. Keep up the good work brother. You’re giving Dominica a wonderful name. Thank you.

  9. anonymous2
    July 17, 2018

    Dominica’s loss if he has no current business on the island. I know a lot of children and adults benefited from his classes on island. Congratulations on his new endeavor.

    ADMIN: His local dojo is still open.

    • smh
      July 18, 2018

      some people just don’t read. they just jump to respond.SMH

    • Jonesy
      July 18, 2018

      SMH. Really?did you even read the article?

  10. out of south city
    July 17, 2018

    That’s great news, my brother! I have come to my own conclusions, that in life, there are those who will give support and those will criticise. Therefore, whatever your interests or goals in life, you are born with all the abilities and capabilities that you need to function in life, along with the support and encouragement form those who have your best interest at heart. The ultimate accomplishment comes from within, when you continue to work against negativity, adversity and stumbling blocks. You have worked against the grind, my brother, and you have stayed humble. I believe that with humility, one appreciates hard work and also remembers where he or she comes from and is a great inspiration to those who are starting their walk in life.

    CONGRATULATIONS again, my brother, and continue to reach out to those who have an interest in the same direction. Keep up the good work. (HOTEP) PEACE

  11. LifeandDeath
    July 17, 2018

    Shanna, you’re a Boss bro..Congratulations!!

  12. MuddUp
    July 17, 2018

    wow shannon migrated what a great lost for Dominica

  13. Sylvester Cadette
    July 17, 2018

    CONGRATULATIONS SHIHAN ROBIN to you and to your wife and family!!!
    You always persist until you succeed. This is also my mantra as I move forward. Continue succeeding!! Continue motivating and inspiring others.
    Whenever obstacles or challenges present themselves then: go through them, over them, jump above them, circumvent them, move them aside, or blast them out of existence. YOU TRAIN TO PERSIST UNTIL YOU SUCCEED. Good to see the growth forward and upward. The Best is yet to come!!!

    July 17, 2018

    Congratulations to you bro. Hard work and commitment breeds success.

  15. waypapa
    July 17, 2018

    All I can say is WOW! Great things happen when you dont depend on “politicians”

  16. Da Girl
    July 17, 2018

    Wow!! Good things!! Keeping climbing and all the best in your endeavors.

  17. R. Linton
    July 17, 2018

    Growing up with pain and a lil bit of opportunities can be the very ingredient needed to boost up oneself. Its normally these individuals who excel the most. You keep pushing Mr. Robin.

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