Ryan Arnold began training in martial arts at 14 years old. Starting in American Kenpo Karate he developed a connection to martial arts. It was later through that development when he made the shift to more traditional martial arts. For the past 9 years Shotokan Karate has been his main focus. He is ranked through the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) and also the head instructor at the University of Rochester Shotokan Karate Club.