(814) 368-3725
443 East Main Street, Bradford, 16701

Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate make my kid violent?”

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.

Q: “Can my child get injured with Martial Arts, Karate?”

As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial Arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible.

Q: “My child isn't athletic. Can they still participate in Martial Arts, Karate if they're not athletic?”

Absolutely. Martial Arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.

Q: “Do kids enjoy Martial Arts, Karate? Do they stick with it for a while?”

Kids have a blast here. There's smiling and laughter throughout every class. We have our moments of intense concentration and focus... but we always balance things out with fun and games to keep everything alive and light.

Q: “Do children's confidence & self-esteem grow with Martial Arts, Karate?”

Absolutely. Kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.

Q: “What's a good age for a child to start Martial Arts, Karate?”

Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 5 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum - we've got you covered.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate for boys only? Or can girls participate as well?”

Our martial arts classes have been, and always will be, for boys AND girls! Every class has a good blend of the two as well. In fact, girls often get the hang of it sooner than boys as they're naturally more flexible.

Adult Martial Arts

Q: “Is there a risk for injury with Martial Arts?”

Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It's because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.

Stretching: At the beginning of every class we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.

Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, certified professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.

In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It's because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is risk for injury with our program - it's a very small risk.

Q: “What level of fitness is required for martial arts?”

You'll get in shape as you go. You don't have to be in great shape to start.

The great thing about martial arts is you can be at any fitness level and do great. That's because there's no rush or pressure to do anything quickly. You can learn at your own pace.

If you have a knack for it, you can speed through techniques. If it's a bit harder for you, take your time. All we care about is that you're having fun, learning and progressing, and staying safe.

Q: “Is martial arts violent?”

No! Because self-defense technique is taught in martial arts, it's often thought of as violent. However, the philosophies behind martial arts revolve around peace and harmony. The moves are more of a way to become connected with your body. We teach diplomacy and friendship. However, if a violent situation ever arises in your life, you'll have powerful tools to defend yourself and your loved ones.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Q: "What level of physical fitness does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?"

Any. We have guys and gals who are in incredible shape - and others who aren't. Everyone has a great experience, and gets a killer workout, too.

Q: "Will a medical condition / past injury interfere with participating in BJJ?"

Probably not. But we advise speaking with your doctor first. He / she will know better than anyone - and may be able to tell us what exercises you can & can't do.

Q: "BJJ seems intense. Do people get injured a lot?"

BJJ is intense! That's why we love it. But injuries are VERY rare. We've gone the extra mile to create a program that will actually help you prevent injuries rather than bring them on.

Q: "Can women take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?"

Absolutely. And even though it's a close-contact sport, there's never any awkwardness or uncomfortableness between genders. Everyone is just focused on having a great training experience. And because you'll be paired up with people of your skill level and size, gender doesn't even make a difference.

Q: "What's the class-environment like here?"

In a nutshell: supportive, fun & focused. BJJ tends to have a "family-like" vibe. After all, you're constantly challenging yourself, and striving to be your best in every class. This creates a real sense of camaraderie & team - which is part of the awesome BJJ experience.

Q: "Can I still participate if I don't want to be in tournaments or participate in MMA matches?"

Absolutely. For some, BJJ is a fun, kick-ass hobby. For others, it's a way of life. And for others - it's their career. Whatever your goals are, you're more than welcome as long as you're ready to have a great time, do some hard work, and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Q: "Can these classes help me get ready for my upcoming matches?"

Absolutely. We'll work with you to get your body, mind & technique ready for anything. Your fitness will skyrocket. Your technique will be honed & sharp. And your mind will be positive, focused & ready.

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Welcome to Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo! We are dedicated to reality based martial arts training in a professional manner that produces fully qualified black belts and leaders in our community.

We are the only full-time martial arts school in the history of McKean County and we train with families from ALL walks of life at whatever fitness level you are. Training at our world class facility provides numerous benefits for kids and adults who want to improve their body, mind and spirit; tap into their full potential and be inspired to greatness. 

The primary goal of Miller’s Kenpo Karate is fitness and self-defense while building confidence, increasing focus, creating better self-discipline, and teaching respect so that all students become productive members of society and are EMPOWERED with a positive future that’s filled with great success.

Martial arts is an excellent way for you or your child to learn important life skills such as…

We also teach anti-bullying strategies throughout all our programs since we are the East Coast Headquarters for the Stomp the Bullying Program (co-founded by Mr. Miller).

As your child’s confidence starts to soar, they’ll also get better grades that will set the stage for success now and for years to come.

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Our Adult Program focuses on reality based self-defense and fitness. Our primary system is a modern, realistic system of martial arts called American Kenpo. Although that’s the foundation, you will also learn the best techniques from other styles including: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Joe Lewis Fighting Systems, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Krav Maga, and Modern Arnis (stick and knife weapon system). You’ll get a vast array of skill sets, while getting in the BEST shape of your life and having a great time along the way. 

Come join Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo family of martial artists and see how you can get unbelievably fit, acquire character skills for success and get more VALUE for your money here. We can't wait to train with you and cheer you on every time you accomplish something big or small. See you soon!

Head Instructor

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

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.

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