Formerly known as VAMMA (Valor Athletics Mixed Martial Arts), Ronin Mixed Martial Arts in Hendersonville, North Carolina is an official satellite school of Dartanian Full-Spectrum MMA based in North Hollywood, California. Our program is a full-contact mixed martial arts training, which includes boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and high intensity strength and conditioning circuits. Please consult your doctor before applying for club membership. Come down and find out if you have what it takes to be the next Champion!
Head Instructor Shane Eitner, originally from Los Angeles, California, has been training in Mixed Martial Arts since 1997. Some of his trainers and sparring partners have included Dartanian Bagby (Dartanian Jiu-Jitsu), Frank Trigg, Vladimir Matyushenko (RAW, Tokyo Sabres), Rico Chiaparelli (RAW), John Marsh, Wallid Ismail, Gerson Sanginitto (Gracie Barra), Justin McCully (Team Punishment), Mirko Filipovic (AKA Mirko Crocop), Lyoto Machida, Hurb Dean (UFC Referee), Andy Wang (TUF 5) and Mac Danzig (TUF 6 Champion), as well as many other great talents in the MMA community. He has also had the privilege of training under the legendary Antonio Inoki while preparing to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he later instructed Mixed Martial Arts for the world famous Inoki Dojo in Santa Monica, California.
Since 1998 Shane has also been involved heavily in the security industry, having provided security and protection services for such public figures as Andre Young (Dr. Dre) & family, Marshall Mathers (Eminem) & family, The Game, 50 Cent, Larry Flynt, Michael Moore and David & Victoria Beckham & family, as well as having managed the security teams for some of the top nightclub venues in Los Angeles. In mid 2008, Shane decided it was time to leave Los Angeles for greener pastures and so he began a cross-country trip in his car, touring the national parks and taking photographs of the United States. After making a recent stop in Asheville, he decided he had found what he was looking for, and thus, Ronin MMA was born.