Ryan Murdock is the hidden hand behind Forbidden Fitness, and co-founder of Shapeshifter Media. The program is a distillation of the most effective training methods he encountered and created during 22 years of obsessive ninjutsu training.
Ryan has spent the past 18 years sharing his passion for travel, culture and the world’s marginal places through the printed word. His travels have taken him to 72 countries so far, including desert expeditions and long solo journeys through Central America and East and Southeast Asia.
His first book, Vagabond Dreams, explored the process of psychological and emotional change experienced by the traveller, set against the backdrop of a solo journey through Central America. The book was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, which described him as “a powerful new voice in creative nonfiction.”
Ryan is Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Outpost, Canada’s national travel magazine. His popular “Adrift on the Continent” column, which appears in each print issue, explores odd corners of Europe, strange bits of political, human or physical geography that are largely unknown to Canadian readers. He also writes weekly commentaries for The Shift, an independent Maltese news portal.
Ryan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.