About our Instructors

Sensei Adam Tucker (Owner/Head Instructor)

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Adam has been studying the Martial Arts for over 15 years. He has competed extensively up and down the east coast in both submission grappling tournaments and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts bouts. Adam uses his competition experience to help temper our students while reinforcing the traditional principles which are the foundation for all martial arts.


1st Degree Black Belt Goshin Do Karate

Founder Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 6 (Purple Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Level 1 Mittmaster Certification

Blue Belt 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Orange Belt Bang Muay Thai

Competition Highlights:


3-2 Amateur MMA Record

2011 NYS Grappling Championship Absolute No Gi Champion

2011 NYS Grappling Championship Advanced 1st Place

Roxane Bennett (Assistant Instructor)


Roxane has been a Student of Ronin Martial Arts almost since opening day. She is very active in both our Ronin Kickboxing and Hayastan Grappling programs. She is incredibly enthusiastic about what Ronin Martial Arts Academy has to offer, and is always friendly and welcoming to students, both new and old!

Roxanne currently assists with all classes and runs our Friday night classes, including our Women's Grappling and Self Defense program.


Green Belt Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 1 (Yellow Belt) Hayastan Grappling System

Samantha Palella (Assistant Instructor)

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Samantha is very active in all of the Programs we offer. Whether it is Ronin Fitness, Ronin Kickboxing or Hayastan Grappling, she's always learning and helping others. 

Samantha currently assists with both our Children's Programs and aids in all of our adult classes as well.


Green Belt Ronin Kickboxing System

Level 1 (Yellow Belt) Hayastan Grappling System



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Julie has been a driving force of Ronin Martial Arts since before we opened. She helped to find our original location, build our schedule, design our main logo and begin initial advertising.

Currently Julie helps behind the scenes with advertising, billing, social media and several other jobs.

Our Story

The idea for Ronin Martial Arts Academy has been in development for over a decade before it was finally opened with it's first class in October 2018.


Starting out in a small 490 square foot room, Ronin Martial Arts Academy was founded to be a different kind of martial arts school. With that in mind, our curriculum began to develop as a school in which the old ways have joined with the new.


The school has grown over the last 2 years from it's humble beginnings into it's current  facility with a full heavy bag rack, stand alone bags, weight and fitness equipment, pro shop, waiting area and changing rooms.

Our Philosophy

The term Ronin is a Japanese word meaning "a wandering Samurai who has no lord or master."​ This term is the cornerstone of our school and it's philosophy behind martial arts.

Ronin has two distinct meanings for our school.


First, Sensei Adam personifies the modern day Ronin as a martial artist who has no master or instructor nearby. After originally moving to Rochester, NY and training at a few schools in the area, he longed for someplace like where he had come from and sought to create it.


Secondly, Adam sought to make a community for others like himself who felt lost or were wandering. He wanted them to be able to find themselves or a place that they belong in order to better themselves. Hence the symbol in most of our Ronin Logos: 

The Ronin Kanji representing the masterless warrior is encircled by the open Enso Circle from Zen Buddhism representing the furtherance towards enlightenment and peace.

We use this idea everyday in our classes, to continually improve ourselves within our dojo and to use the lessons learned in our everyday lives as well.

“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.”

— Miyamoto Musashi

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