Michael Miller's Books
Legends of Kenpo: Rainer Schulte
This is the beginning of a series of biographies meant to provide clarity to Kenpo practitioners worldwide about the history of where Ed Parker's art came from, how it evolved into what it is today, and who some of the key soldiers were. This series will serve as a historical documentation of the garden produced by the seeds sowed by Ed Parker and some of his most decorated dignitaries.
This is Rainer Schulte's story--the story of a young German boy who at the age of five was caught in the middle of a firefight between Russian and German soldiers during World War II, being one of the only German survivors along with his sister Ursula and mother Martha. Rainer's first success of dodging death began his adventure of overcoming turmoil and becoming a successful government protector and Kenpo master.
Legends of Kenpo: Sean Kelley
This is the 2nd book of a series of biographies meant to provide clarity to Kenpo practitioners worldwide about the history of where Ed Parker's art came from, how it evolved into what it is today, and who some of the key soldiers were. This series will serve as a historical documentation of the garden produced by the seeds sowed by Ed Parker and some of his most decorated dignitaries.
This is Sean Kelley's story--the story of the constant new kid at school, moving 11 times throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania before turning 11 years old, dealing with bullying and a troubled childhood, to becoming a successful international Kenpo instructor, dodging bullets as a Guardian Angel, and becoming the co-founder of Stomp the Bullying, Inc. changeing thousands of children's lives.
Martial Intellect is a collection of martial arts articles written by self-defense and personal protection expert Michael Miller covering a variety of topics including the anatomy of speed, the science of street survival, the realities of gun and knife defense, the ultimate martial arts style, the black belt, the importance of multiple strikes, kung-fu animals vs. Kenpo animals, a solid base vs. constant movement, American Kenpo's Chinese elements, American Kenpo knife combat revealed, martial arts forms, finger strikes, the circle and the line, the value of private lessons, time - the fourth dimension, and much more. Many of the articles contained within this book were published in Black Belt or Inside Kung-Fu magazines from 2004 - 2008, others were accepted for publication in Inside Kung-Fu but were never published due to the magazine going out of print, and some are brand new articles written specifically for this book including an exclusive interview article with UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn.
Kenpo Perspectives: The Diversity of American Kenpo is filled with a wealth of information for all American Kenpo practitioners and instructors around the world. American Kenpo founder Ed Parker said, "Every Kenpo black belt is a style unto himself." Every person is different, and each person who studies Parker's system creates his own style of that system. This book illustrates that concept while displaying the common ground found within the system, and also provides a lot of insight from many different perspectives for those who truly want to dive into the inner workings of the American Kenpo system from its inception to what it is today. This book includes a detailed analysis of the perspectives, interpretations, and beliefs of some of the top American Kenpo instructors in th world about the blueprint of American Kenpo and how they understand it, teach it, and apply it.
The 15 American Kenpo dignitaries interviewed for this book include: Chuck Sullivan, Dave Hebler, Michael Robert Pick, Sean Kelley, Doreen DiRienzo, Rainer Schulte, Bob White, Paul Dye, Pat Salantri, John Sepulveda, Dennis Conatser, Steve LaBounty, Skip Hancock, Brian Duffy, and Rich Hale
The Elvis Experience
Dave Hebler spent four years (1972-1976) protecting Elvis Presley as one of his personal bodyguards and during that time was also Elvis's Kenpo Karate instructor. Every Elvis fan knows all about Elvis the entertainer, Elvis the actor, and Elvis the singer. In this book Dave takes you through his personal journey with Elvis, sharing many humorous stories to give you a glimpse of Elvis the person. Dave's stories reveal that not only was Elvis the greatest entertainer ever, but also the greatest person ever.
Dave takes you through how he met Elvis, how he became Elvis's bodyguard and karate instructor, what it was like during his first day on the job, the things crazy women did during concerts, and more. He goes into some fun stories with Elvis including the big drug bust, the San Diego Chicken, the lady ninja, the gaudy bauble, the gunslinger, the kid with the watches, and more. He talks about Elvis the giver, Elvis the martial artist, and Elvis the Christian to paint the picture of who Elvis the person truly was.
Dave shares some stories in this book that have never been told and even goes through his firing, what it was like handling Elvis's prescription drug issues, and provides insights about the controversial book "Elvis What Happened?" This book is Dave's journey as he lived it with Elvis - a man Dave loved dearly and protected from everyone but Elvis himself.
Journeying Beyond The Mountaintop
In October of 1965, Tom Bleecker was awarded his black belt in American Kenpo, thus becoming one of the youngest black belts in the United States--and 54 years later, he was awarded the rank of 8th degree. In this book, he recalls the early years of American Kenpo, his thoughts on the present state of the art, as well as how he envisions its future. Having barely survived a highly-dysfunctional childhood, the author shares with the reader how American Kenpo and his three key mentors--GM Ed Parker, director Blake Edwards, and actor William Holden--made it possible for him to arrive at the top of the mountain, greatly relieved, to discover that he finally had a chance at a meaningful and rewarding life.