Professor Miller is a very successful academy owner who specializes in teaching youth Jiu-Jitsu. He gives insight on what makes an academy a success and the keys to teaching kids. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • His intro to Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu
  • The early Seattle Martial Arts scene
  • Owning an academy for over 20 years
  • His unique approach to teaching kids
  • The trend of parents getting away from striking arts and putting kids into grappling
  • The competition of Karate and Tae Kwon Do kids programs
  • The level of kids Jiu-Jitsu today
  • The importance of a nurturing environment for young minds
  • Converting kids from a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle
  • The “Teaching on Command” theory
  • Advice for future academy owners
  • The misconception that a decorated champion = a great teacher
  • Sales points to attract parents to bring their kids to BJJ
  • Keys points to keep in mind when teaching kids
  • Maintaining the short attention spans of kids
  • Strategically transferring information to young students
  • Instilling respect in kids
  • The importance of introductory lessons
  • The changes kids go through when starting BJJ
  • Kids tournaments
  • His academy’s student code of conduct and parent code of conduct at tournaments
  • Learning to cope with losing
  • Complimenting kids in a productive manner