The Jigoku Dojo was originally founded in 1988. However, the Jigoku Dojo was a concept, existing wherever Hanshi Marc established a training group. As with many martial artists, Hanshi Marc dreamed of having his own dojo, and not be reliant on using sports halls, or other premises. Finally, when Hanshi Marc and his wife moved into a large country house, he had the opportunity to turn a large garage into a small dojo. This was the original first Jigoku Dojo.
At first it was intended for small classes, but as people heard of the no nonsense karate system being taught, the dojo began to fill up. Even with staggering the classes, there was not enough room. So Hanshi Marc decided to invest in a second Jigoku Dojo. The first would be converted in a purpose-built Pressure Testing Dojo.