Michael Miller is an international martial arts instructor and self-defense & personal protection expert, having taught martial arts seminars throughout the United States and Germany. He holds a 5th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate under internationally sought after instructor, Sean Kelley. Miller has also had extensive training under Kenpo experts Master Rainer Schulte, Grandmaster Dave Hebler, and Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick.
Aside from training with his four mentors, Miller has attended countless seminars taking lessons under other American Kenpo icons, as well as other martial arts legends including: Jeff Speakman (star of The Perfect Weapon), Lee Wedlake, Rich Hale, Pat Salantri, Dennis Nackord, Lee Epperson, Raffy Pambuan, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Joe Lewis, and Tim Hartman.
Miller has cross trained in various other martial arts styles including: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Joe Lewis Fighting Systems, Judo, Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Modern Arnis. Miller also wrestled for eight years and coached for four years giving him 12 years of wrestling experience and was an undefeated amateur boxer sanctioned by the USABF while in college. Aside from being a student under Mr. Kelley in American Kenpo, Miller also trains under Datu Tim Hartman in Modern Arnis.
Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing with a minor in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in April of 2002. Since then he has been a successful freelance writer, getting most of his publishing credits through Black Belt and Inside Kung-Fu magazines. He has also written four books: Legends of Kenpo: Rainer Schulte, Legends of Kenpo: Sean Kelley, Martial Intellect, and Kenpo Perspectives. He is currently on his fifth book and will continue to write many more. All his books can be found on amazon.com.
Miller is a member of the Chinese Karate Federation and Joe Lewis Fighting Systems. He was honored to be nominated to become the CKF Public Relations Administrator under the recommendation of Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick, Master Rainer Schulte and Sean Kelley (CKF President) due to his diplomatic ways of communicating to a diverse audience. Miller is also the co-founder of Stomp the Bullying, Inc.
Miller began teaching Kenpo in 1998 and has been running his full-time studio since May of 2006. Although Miller loves teaching adults the realities of self-protection, his child programs are top notch due to his knowledge of child development at the physical, mental, social, and behavioral levels. Miller was a caseworker for Children and Youth Services (CYS) in McKean County for three years working with child abuse and neglect and was certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a Child Welfare Direct Service Worker. During those three years Miller had specialized training in PA risk assessment, child sexual abuse, and juvenile sex offenders – characteristics, assessment, and treatment.
Miller believes in community service and is always looking for ways to better his community. Helping others is his primary focus. He has taught seminars for Bradford City police officers, McKean County Care for Children (special needs children and the staff), girl scouts and boy scouts, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Bradford High women’s cross country team, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the National Guard, McKean County Independent Living, and more.