Sean Kelley Biography Featured on Martial Arts Website

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2016 Sean Kelley Seminars

Below are the current seminar location listings where Master Kelley will be teaching in 2016 :


March 12th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:



April 2nd

The 8th Annual Dragon Festival Camp : Sean Kelley, Mike Pick & Terry Rich

Fayetteville, NC – Hosted by Mr. Terry Rich

Contact info : Master Terry Rich (910) 305-8980

April 1oth

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


May 20-21st

Michael Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo hosting Master Sean Kelley

Bradford, PA

Contact info : Mr. Michael Miller : (814) 368-3725 or


May 28th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:



June 4th

Associate Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by Advanced TKD & Mr. Blake Bannister

Contact email :

Lantana, Florida


June 12th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


July 16th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:

July 29th & 30th

Associate Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by Champion Karate & Assoc. Professor Mike Friedman

Lake Mary, FL

email :



August 6th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by William Fletcher

Biloxi, MS

Contact : (228) 238-7086

August 19th & 20th

Long Beach International Martial Con

Hosted by : Steve Cooper

Long Beach, CA

Contact :


September 16th & 17th

Michael Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo hosting Master Sean Kelley

Bradford, PA

Contact info : Mr. Michael Miller : (814) 368-3725 or


September 25th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


October 14th-16th

9th Annual Seminar CKF South America

With Associate Master Sean Kelley & Guest Instructor TBA

Hosted by Senior Professor Roberto Vidal

Santiago, Chile

Contact :

October 21st-22nd

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:


December 4th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, call :  (561) 373-5617


Sean Kelley

Stomp the Bullying co-founders play a role in new book – Predator Proof Your Child

Stomp the Bullying co-founders Sean Kelley and Michael Miller played a major role in the new book Predator Proof Your Child written by experienced Florida based author Cynthia MacGregor who has written over 100 books. The book teaches parents all they need to know to protect their children from the predators that lurk in the world. It provides much-needed information and guidelines to help keep your children safe. It exploresthe faces of today’s predators and their strategies. It also includes online safety, basic self-defense, and how to talk withyour child frankly about the real dangers that exist. Predator Proof Your Child: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Kids is an essential guide for any parent who wants to understand current dangers and how to educate, warn, and protect her child.

Miller was interviewed for the book in which he provided valuable information about predator prevention, how predators groom their victims, personal boundaries, the warning signs of a predator, as well as realistic self-defense strategies and tactics to deter a predator from following through, giving potential victims the few seconds they need to escape. Miller was quoted in the book on a few occasions with the important information he provided.

Kelley, along with his daughter Tori and black belt student Jeff Benko, are pictured in the book teaching basic self-defense techniques that children could easily learn and execute. Kelley is an internationally sought out self-defense expert who holds a 7th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate and has been a part of the Guardian Angels for over 25 years. Miller is a student of Kelley’s and holds a 5th degree
black belt in American Kenpo Karate.

Kelley and Miller co-founded the “Stomp the Bullying” program two years ago, which is a free 90 day program offered through credible martial arts schools for children ages 7-15 where they learn the value of community service, how to be a good citizen, leadership training, self-defense, and bully education as well as bully prevention and how to deal with bullying behavior. It includes an in-depth manual that covers everything taught in the program including: how not to be a bully, what bullying really entails, the warning signs of both a bully and someone being bullied, the risk factors, how not to be a target of a bully, common myths about bullying, statistics, the three T-Steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement in dealing with bullies and what you can do as citizens to “Stomp the Bullying.” Aside from that, self-defense movements, strategies and tactics are also taught in the program, as well as awareness skills, verbal Judo, and physical restraint moves to control and negotiate.

Once a child graduates the program he/she will become a Junior Angel and will a part of community service projects. The “Stomp the Bullying” program is offered through the Guardian Angels through certified “Stomp the Bullying” martial arts schools. The program has been endorsed by actors Martin Kove (Sensei John Kreese in the Karate Kid Series) and Sean Kanan (Karate’s Bad Boy Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III), as well as actor and martial arts icon Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Alcee Hastings of the House of Representatives.



If you would like to order Predator Proof Your Child, click the link below.  It’s available only on Kindle at this point.



Guardian Angels Host East Coast Conference

The Guardian Angels had an East Coast Conference on May 19-20, 2012, in Easton, Pa, which was put together by Pennsylvania Regional Directors Scott Koppenhofer and Jason Weston. The conference was a great success with many different speakers, instructors and chapters in
attendance.  Guardian Angel members shared education about recruitment, communication, rules and policies of the organization, protocols, and more. Koppenhofer and Weston spoke about the new Pa training certifications for level 1 – 3 that were developed.

“Rocky” Pratt spoke about recruiting and gave a couple scenarios where many of us role played the proper and improper ways to recruit. Rocky has been a Guardian Angel since 1980 and he provided a lot of education about the history of the Angels and what it was like early on.  Rocky was a wealth of knowledge and provided some valuable information.

Michael Miller conducted a two hour power point presentation about the stomp the bullying program created by him and Sean Kelley.  The presentation went well as Miller spoke about the importance of the program, what it consisted of, and some of the most important concepts covered in the program such as the three T-steps, the rules of engagement, common myths, statistics, verbal judo, risk factors, how not to
be a bully, and self-defense training.  He explained that the key difference between this program and most other anti-bullying programs is that they actually take an active approach. Most other programs teach you what to do, but they don’t teach you how to do it. This program not only teaches you what to do, but also teaches you how to do it while empowering you by increasing your self-confidence and self-esteem to be
able to implement everything once you learn how to do it.

Miller answered some questions that some of the Angels had and Kelley spoke about how they were turning the stomp the bullying program
into a certification program where martial arts instructors who have their own schools could become certified in the program to start implementing it in their schools.  They explained that the stomp the bullying program is an entity of its own, but it is also a part of the
Guardian Angels. Once a child graduates the 3 month program he or she will become a Junior Angel and will be a part of community service projects.

Kelley taught some self-defense which included some parries, some strikes, and weapon disarms.  Three of Kelley’s black belts Kevin Kuliga, Bill Larson and Miller all assisted him.  Kuliga also taught for a little while. He taught a stick class utilizing five angles of attack and defense.  Miller taught a self-defense seminar covering some body manipulations through joint control and restraint principles and techniques.  He taught them how to do a specific hammer lock from four different angles and positions and covered a “what-if” right into a head and neck control.  The seminar was well received.

The conference was covered by channel 69 news, which you can watch the segment by clicking on the link below. Awards were given out to
certain individuals and Kelley received the “Chuck Beach” Award, which is a big honor.  It was a touching delivery from Weston how he explained the Chuck Beach award as Beach was Koppenhofer’s first martial arts instructor who died in his thirties from skin cancer. Rob Matthews received the Angel of the year award and the Easton chapter received chapter of the year. Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa came and did a speech.

Also during the conference a 15 minute anti-bullying video was shown given to Kelley by actor Martin Kove who played Sensei John Kreese in
the Karate Kid series. Kove is a huge advocate against bullying and has taken an interest in the stomp the bullying program and is giving Miller and Kelley his support. The event also had on hand a few of the Talking Jar’s created by Jeanne Dexter for display.  The bully jar was well received by all.

The Spartan Training Gear created by Marc Joseph was introduced to the Angels during this conference as well.  A Guardian Angel whose street name is “Snake” put on the equipment and took a few beatings during a couple of the self-defense seminars.  The equipment works extremely well for what it was designed for.  The conference went extremely well.



Karate Success Story

As a martial arts instructor, one of the greatest benefits you get out of teaching is watching your students grow and blossom into focused, confident individuals who are no longer afraid to look people in the eyes, to answer questions at school, to stand up to bullies, and much more, which produces healthy and happy people who become successful in life and good citizens.  It’s even more rewarding when parents come to you thanking you profusely for the great things you’ve done for their child and that they can see the amazing positive changes in their child.

Mr. Kelley received this e-mail from one of his student’s parents:

Hi Mr. Kelley,

I wanted to write to say thank you for all you have done to help us with Aaron. I will never forget how insecure, quiet and afraid Aaron was when we first started your classes. He would hardly speak and when he did it was always with hesitation and doubt. Aaron’s learning problems in school had made him a target with bullies, it was something he had dealt with since the first day of pre school. Even though he was bigger then the other kids his self esteem was so low that he felt he could do nothing about it except put up with the constant taunting and picking from the other kids. As a parent it is devastating to watch your child go through such a horrible thing.  We would talk to Aaron to help him understand why kids bully but with such low self-esteem he could not grasp that there was something wrong with the bully, he felt it was because there was something wrong with him.

We made the decision to put Aaron in karate to learn self defense so he could stand up for himself should a bully ever get physical. What we never imagined is that he would learn so much more then self defense. You and your team have helped us to build Aaron’s self esteem and self confidence to where he feels that he is worthy of all good things and that he is perfectly made just the way he is. The Stomp the Bullying program has made Aaron feel like he is a part of something. He no longer feels alone and he now knows that bullying is something he does not have to put up with any longer. Because of the adults that rallied around his father and I to support Aaron by lifting him up and showing him that he is important and his feelings matter he is a new kid. He is strong and can protect himself, not just by using the karate skills he has learned but also by using the reasoning skills the bullying education you taught him as well.

Thank you so much for your compassion, your tireless efforts and unconditional love you have for all the kids…. and their families. We could not have done it without God, you and the rest of your team.


Stephanie Smith-D’Andrea

Director of Outreach Services

New Beginnings Recovery Center

561-906-4507 Cell

877-338-6988 Office

Guardian Angels Hold First "Stomp the Bullying" Graduation


The Guardian Angels held their first graduation of their new program, “Stomp the Bullying” on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Bradford, Pa. The program was created by Guardian Angels, Sean P. Kelley and Michael Miller. Kelley came up with the concept to take an active approach to the bullying epidemic our society is facing, and Miller designed the program manual and was the first person to run the 3 month program leading to the first graduation.

Twelve students ranging from ages 7-15 became the first graduates of the program after twelve one – hour sessions at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo, and became Junior Angels. “Stomp the Bullying” is an educational course that creates Junior Angels and it focuses on five key elements: the Guardian Angels (Junior Angels); leadership; community service; bullying; and verbal, mental, and physical self-defense. Each session includes an education portion – like a school setting, which focuses on one or more of the five key elements, and a physical portion, where the students work on the physical self-defense.

The primary focus of the program is bullying, however, where the students learn how not to become a bully, the different forms of bullying (physical, verbal, emotional, and cyber), the risk factors, common myths, statistics, how to avoid becoming a target, how to recognize the signs of bullying, the 3 t-steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement, and what to do if you see somebody getting bullied.

Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo is the East Coast Headquarters for the program and Miller is in charge of teaching other Guardian Angel members how to implement the program. Aside from Miller, Kelley was present for the graduation as well as Pennsylvania Regional Directors Scott Koppenhofer and Jason Weston, both based out of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“Stomp the Bullying graduation was a huge success and had a great turn out considering the small population of Bradford, Pa,” Koppenhofer explained. “This goes to show bullying is a concern in all size communities. I have a personal interest in this program considering I was a victim of bullying from middle school through high school. The military, martial arts and the Guardian Angels empowered me not to be a victim anymore.”

The program is now currently being implemented in Pottstown, Pa through Pottstown Shotokan Karate/Crossfit under the direction of Rob Mathews, the Guardian Angels chapter leader in Pottstown. He is the second person to run the program and graduation will be on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

 The program has been well accepted and is gaining a lot of interest. Miller has already been contacted by two schools to come in and speak about bullying and the program “Stomp the Bullying.” Since bullying is at an all time high, this program is the perfect community service program for any community.

“It comes as an honor for me to see leadership being exampled by someone like Michael Miller and his staff that have stepped u and become role models as Guardian Angel volunteers in seeing the first graduation of the ‘Stomp the Bullying’ program become a reality to the global crisis of bullying,” Kelley explained. “The program has set such a profound impact with our tag team efforts that it is now being considered a module program for other Guardian Angel chapters to utilize. We feel confident that between the efforts of myself, Michael Miller and other Guardian Angel leaders across the world, this will begin to make a huge impact in areas that have been effected by such tragedies due to bullying and its serious effects.”

It can still be seen on the news quite often, where a child either commits suicide, or goes on school shooting sprees due to unending torment that he goes through at school. Children bully all the time. In some instances the child cries out, but nobody listens. In other instances the child keeps it to himself until it is too late. As Guardian Angels we hear those cries and we do something about it. We also teach the children to talk about it. There is hope, and there is help. We “dare to care” and now we are daring you.

“This is a program that is needed in every school, martial arts facility, community center, etc. If there is a place where youth are organized then this program should be part of that setting,” Koppenhofer concluded.

Below is our mission: (

The Reality

Bullying is a major epidemic in our society. All forms of bullying, such as verbal, non verbal or emotional, physical, and cyber-bullying happen every day in the United States and it causes serious lasting harm to victims leading to severe depression, violence and/or suicide. According to statistics, 19,000 bullied children attempt to commit suicide over the course of one year; on a monthly average 282,000 students are physically attacked by a bully each month; and on a daily average 160,000 children miss school because they fear being bullied. In a recent survey it showed that over 100,000 children carried guns to school as a result of being bullied.

The Dream

That all children will learn the appropriate lessons in life and will have healthy self-confidence and self-esteem, proper values, and a driven purpose motivated by a passion to become all they are capable of becoming. If this dream becomes a reality there would be no need for a child to bully another child.

The Objective

To bring a realistic and active approach to dealing with bullying behavior appropriately by educating about all aspects of bullying through a martial arts standpoint, and to get celebrities, martial arts instructors, teachers, parents, and anybody else willing to join our team to take a stand and become active in stomping the bullying.

The Purpose

To get children and adults to understand the full effects of bullying and why “bully’s” bully; to teach children how to come together and stand up against bullies – strength in numbers; to instill confidence and emotional defenses to protect victims against verbal bullying; and to empower victims with self-defense techniques and principles to protect against physical bullying.

The Plan

To conduct lectures, workshops, and seminars about bullying at schools, martial arts studios, or for any social groups such as girl scouts, boy scouts, youth groups, etc.; to get martial arts schools involved with the Guardian Angels and our concept of “Stomp the Bullying” and get the program implemented within those martial arts studios; and to petition congress to pass strict laws making bullying a criminal offense.


Train Smarter, Not Harder as you Age

Train Smarter, Not Harder as you Age

–Michael Miller

As you get older in the martial arts its important to note that your body doesnt respond the way they did when you were in your twenties. You need to find a way to stay in tune with your training, but not find yourself trying to heal from multiple injuries. According to Bill Larson, a second degree black belt who is in the medical profession, you have to listen to your body. He explained that if you are in pain, its a good sign that your body is telling you something.

As you get older you have to understand the aging process and understand that injuries take longer to get over, Larson explains. What may have taken a couple of weeks or a month in your twenties and thirties; it takes you five to six months, maybe a year when you get older.

Working out should be tailored to the aging process. You need to know when to take it easy, when to stop, when to start, when to turn it on, when to slow it down, etc. You have to pace yourself in your training regimen. Larson says that it is important to train slowly when you are older, because you can always speed things up when necessary. You can slow down, because you know when to turn up the volume, he explains, where the young wheels want to do everything hard, fast, how much and how many.

Larson notes that as you age you will realize that you could probably still do all those things you did when you were younger, meeting your maximum potential, but you need to know when to customize things to your body type and your own style of performing and teaching the art.

Stretching plays an integral role in the aging process. Although it is no mystery how important stretching daily is to a martial artist, stretching properly is the key. Larson prefers to stretch the larger muscle groups and he makes a bi-weekly visit to his chiropractor to maintain appropriate body structure.

Larson feels that you need to do aerobic workouts and also do some weight training or other anaerobic workouts to strengthen the muscles as you age. You are going to lose muscle mass as you age, he explains. Just like anything else, if you dont use it you lose it.Calisthenics are a good supplement to weight training, which will stress the muscles and the joints to assist in maintaining muscle mass.

The trick is to stay with your training. You dont want to have long extended absences from stretching and training or it will only get more difficult. According to Larson, as you get older you lose the elasticity of your muscles and you also lose a lot of the fluids in your body including the lubricants of the joints. The bottom line is to keep loose and limber, Larson adds. The key is to not get away from stretching.If you dont keep stretching you will raise your susceptibility for an injury.

As you get older, use your head and common sense. Dont push yourself too far. Sometimes you will find that your body will hit a plateau and Larson suggests that you allow your body to take a vacation. Take a day off from training to get re-energized and you will feel much better and will overcome your obstacle.

The History of the Red Belt

–Bill Larson

The history of the “Red Belt” in the Martial Arts has a long and honorable tradition that can trace its roots back through antiquity. You will see the Red Belt or Red Sash used in many of the Korean and Chinese Kung Fu systems. Many different styles and systems in the Martial Arts wear the Red Belt as a sign of mastery, worriorship or scholarly endeavor.

The American Kenpo System designates the use of the color “red” is to be worn on an individual’s Black belt, as a designation of one’s Rank, utilizing a red stripe as a symbol of progress. When the late Grandmaster Ed Parker was alive, the highest rank to be earned in American Kenpo within the International Kenpo Karate Association, under Mr. Parker was 7th Degree. You will find this to be true under the IKKA Black Belt Family Tree. After the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt, an individual was required to sit before a board of Masters and/or Grandmasters in order to advance in rank. However, there were a few other individuals within the organization that were been appointed to a higher rank, most notably the late Elvis Presley (8th Degree Black Belt). In Kenpo, one’s Black Belt has traditionally displayed red stripes or a red “block” (signifying 5th Degree). Additionally, the tradition or requirement for all Black Belts was that for the individual to remain in rank a specified number of years before being promoted to the next rank. The Black Belt must remain at the current rank (seasoning) for the same number of years as the numeric level of the next rank of promotion. This is a custom that can also be seen in military service. For example an individual who wears a 6th Degree Black Belt must wear the rank for at least 7 years, prior to being considered for promotion to a 7th Degree Black Belt.

Senior Professor Sean Kelley after wearing the rank of a 6th Degree for 7 years was then promoted to 7th Degree under the auspices and approval of a board of 3 Grandmasters and additional Senior Masters. At that same time, Mr. Kelley’s career shifted in its focus to emphasize more of the “combative” or “War like” applications of the American Kenpo System, under the guidance of his teacher Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick.

To mark this change or emphasis, Mr. Kelley reversed the colors of his own Black Belt (with Red stripes) to a Red Belt with Black stripes. Our Kenpo System points out that: every concept, principle, theory, idea or theme with regard to motion has a forward, reverse and an “opposite” Therefore; our belts must indeed adhere to the same idea. This is why there must be a concept of a Red Belt in the Kenpo System…