Lethal force should always be a last resort. When you have been properly trained in defense tactics, everyone can go home safely.
Being able to walk confidently, boldly knowing you can defend yourself is priceless!
At Olympic, family is what it's all about!
All my life I played sports, trained, stayed in shape. Staying strong I was able to plow through pain or discomfort. In 2015 I had an unfortunate devastating fall that over the next 5 years required 9 surgeries to my back, neck, knees, hands, and hip with lasting scars. From that moment I have not felt the same since, my life changed forever and only in an instance. The aches and pains that I used to work through became bigger, longer and way more intense. Getting up every day to run my medical practice was a mystery with what would hurt and what the struggles for the day would entail. I could not even jog from one gate to the next to catch a plane on the weekends when I traveled to teach continuing education classes.
Then 2 summers ago in the early morning going to the gym I realized something felt wrong when I got out of my car. I noticed an unfamiliar car coming through the parking lot and my guard went up. As the car quickly turned around coming right at me, I realized I had to get in the building as fast as I could. Hobbling as much as my leg and back would allow I made it to the door swinging it open as hard as I could causing me to turn around. The two passengers were directly behind me reaching out to grab me. By turning around and looking directly at them, their progression toward me stopped so I was able to get inside the building. After that I realized I am tired of being paranoid so if I can’t run, I better be able to fight or at least go down fighting.
I have known Master Miller for many years and always wanted to take the self defense classes that he offers but I made every excuse in the book, “I’m too afraid of getting hurt, I’m too afraid I will be too sore, I can't do that stuff because of all my injuries and of course I just do not have the time”. Since walking through the doors of Olympic Tae Kwon Do, I have been given hope and once again, my life has changed.
I went into this class with a general interest in self-defense. By the end, it was well worth my time to do four sessions over four nights. We started with simple, functional defense techniques based on easily learned movements rather than complicated techniques that would require more than four sessions to learn. In just four classes you build a confidence that will provide a toolbox to build from. Master Miller truly cares about his students. His dedication, patience, and no-nonsense teaching method connects with the most hesitant beginner to the previously trained in martial arts. He provides such a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere that even when you are not where you want to be physically, you know everyone is there to help you along the way.
Dr. Cheryl Hancock DPT
I have been a student of Master Miller for over 3 years. I have always been one to want to protect myself but after having a child this brought on a new level. I am a concealed weapons carrier, not always being able to get to or even carry the weapon leaves room for fear. After having a child I never wanted to feel helpless or scared if I was ever in a store or by myself with my child!
I am 5’2” weighing 130lbs no way could I fight off a man or woman who may be larger and or stronger than me. That’s the beauty of HapKiDo, it’s not a pound for pound type of martial arts. Master Miller teaches you how proper technique, how to use your body and a bit knowledge can give you the confidence And edge in any threatening situation.
I can defend myself against an attacker much bigger and stronger than me whether they grab me, throw a punch or have a weapon. Thanks to Master Miller for his patience and skills of being able to communicate and teach the art of Hapkido, I do not have to submit myself to the fear of an attacker, I will have some type of answer!
I have the utmost respect for Master Miller. He is phenomenal with kids. I have twins at different focus and ability levels. He was able to identify each of their strengths and weaknesses, build their confidence, and nurture a family environment for them to thrive.
We are happy to be a part of the Olympic Taekwondo family and strongly recommend it to others.
The Brooks family