Mr. Miller is the Founder of Lehigh Valley Martial Arts and Active Learning Centers. The first location opened in Emmaus, PA more than ten years ago followed by two more locations (in Breinigsville, Fogelsville and now “Beginnings” for infants-36 mos in Fogelsville) in recent years. Master Miller oversees the Martial Arts instruction of all three of the schools and personally trains all of the instructors. He continues to teach classes at all of these locations on a rotating basis.
Shigung (which in Chinese means “teacher of teachers”) began his martial arts’ training at the age of 16 in Reading, PA. He earned a 5th degree black belt and the rank of Shihan in Kyokushin Kai Karate. After 20 years of Karate practice, he began learning Kung Fu which has become the main focus of his own practice and his instruction of others. He has trained in Tai Chi and Chi Ling Pai Kung Fu under the direction of Master Scott Felsen and multiple other teachers.
Mr. Miller has also completed training in Levels I, II, and III in Spring Forest Qigong under the direction of Master Chunyi Lin. In addition to the internal Martial Arts he has studied the art of massage to better understand how the body moves.
Shigung Miller has operated his own martial arts’ school for more than 20 years and trained over 500 black belts and countless instructors. At the present time he focuses on passing on the knowledge he has learned to his students and instructors.
Shifu Zach began his training at the age of 5 in the art of Kyokushin Kai Karate. Even at this young age, he demonstrated a strong aptitude for the martial arts. He won many first place trophies in local tournaments. Shifu continued to train in Karate until he reached the level of 2nd degree black belt under the direction of his father Paul Miller. His interest in Kung Fu took him to a new level of understanding. He continues to train in Kung Fu under the influence of his father and other teachers such as Master Jason Ward. He has earned the title of Shifu in Kung Fu and is the lead instructor at LVMA Emmaus. Shifu Zach has taught thousands of classes at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts to people of all ages.
Shifu Mark started training in the Martial Arts at age 10. He trained at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts in the art of Kyokushin Kai Karate. He started training with his sister and eventually with his father. He persevered and achieved his first degree black belt at age 15. Since that time he has continued his studies in the art of Kung Fu. He attained instructor rank and teaches classes at our Emmaus location. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree at Kutztown University.
Sensei Dana earned a black belt in Kyokushin Kai Karate in November 1997 and became an assistant instructor in February 1998. She earned full instructorship and operated a Kyokushin school from 1999 through 2004. In April of 2004, Dana joined her friend and mentor, Master Paul Miller, at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts, to pursue the deeper knowledge that Kung Fu has to offer and earned a second level black sash and instructor level status.
Dana has also trained in Spring Forest Qi gong under the direction of Master Chunyi Lin. Shifu Dana is responsible for the development of the pre-school and toddler program, which addresses the unique needs of children ages 2-4. Ms. Eldridge has also developed women’s safety programs, which have been presented at universities throughout Bucks and Lehigh counties. She has also authored a “Safe Kids, Strong Families” program to teach safety techniques to children and their parents. Sensei Eldridge is head instructor at our LVMA Fogelsville location and teaches Karate there.
Shifu Alex began his Martial Arts training at age 10 in Kyokushin Kai Karate. He achieved his first black belt at age 15 and then shortly after he began his training in Kung Fu. Once he earned the rank of Shifu in 2004, he began teaching at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts in Emmaus, PA under the instruction of Shigung Paul Miller. Alex is motivated by not only the physical training of Martial Arts; he also enjoys applying the theories and concepts to everyday activities. Alex takes great pride in his teaching and sharing his knowledge with his students as well as learning from them. He teaches classes at LVMA Breinigsville.
Crystal began martial arts during the 1970?s and achieved a green belt in Tae Kwon Do. In 2003, she came to Lehigh Valley Martial Arts looking for a program for herself and her daughters. After she participated in a few classes with Shigung Miller she knew she found her “home” to practice martial arts. She worked hard to attain her black sash at just over the age of fifty. Crystal believes the essential component of success in a martial arts’ school is the egoless teaching style of the instructors here. The style of Kung Fu taught here has so much more to offer to children, women, and “anyone not pumping iron regularly.” Crystal attained instructor status in 2010 and instructs at the LVMA program at the Seven Generations charter school in Emmaus, PA.
Adam first started his training in Kyokushin Kai Karate at the age of nine. After earning a green belt, he switched to Kung Fu. Adam consistently trained at his Kung Fu, while also studying Tai Chi and Qigong. Years later, after achieving the rank of black sash in Kung Fu, Adam moved to Hawaii for a year and studied other forms of movement that complimented the Martial Arts. He instructed and helped manage classes in the up-and-coming art known as Parkour, which is a method of movement much like gymnastics, but in addition, has a meaningful philosophy and a real-world application. After a year of this intensive physical and mental training, Adam moved back to Pennsylvania. He attained instructor status in 2010 here at LVMA and instructs at our Fogelsville location.
Zack has been training in the martial arts since 2001. He began his training at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts at age nine where he practiced Kyokushin Kai Karate and earned a green belt. Then, he switched under the direction of Shigung Miller to Kung Fu and earned a black sash in four years of practice. He achieved the assistant instructor level in 2008 and instructor level in January 2011. His students range in age from kindergarten to adults. He looks forward to continuing his martial arts training for the rest of his life. Zack instructs at our Fogelsville location.
Shifu Nicole began Kung Fu training at LVMA in 2003 and earned her black sash in a few years of practice. She earned the title of Shifu in January 2011. She currently is Assistant Instructor at Emmaus helping to teach the children focus and concentration.
Vicki also began Kung Fu training at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts in 2003 with her sister Nicole and mother Crystal. She is very proud to wear her black sash and help out with the classes at Emmaus.
After wrestling all through high school and college, D began seeking further training in the art of self-defense. His search brought him to the study of Kyokushin Kai Karate in 1989. After earning his black belt in 1993, he continued to train toward his 2nd degree black belt and became the program director for one of Kyokushin’s local schools where he remained until 1998. While serving in that capacity, he developed a violence management program that combines de-escalation techniques with martial arts. Two of D’s primary mentors introduced him to the study of Chi Lin Kempo and Wudang Kung Fu where he now studies full time. D assists with classes at Fogelsville.
Shifu Mara Basso began taking Kung Fu in June of 2008, when her son, who was a yellow sash, suggested she take a class. As Shifu came up through the ranks she was encouraged by Sensei Dana Eldridge to help with the kids classes. Shifu began helping with classes 3-4 days a week in addition to her own training.
In August 2010 Shifu earned her 1st Level Black Sash (Chinese equivalent of a 1st Degree Black Belt), and in November 2011 her 2nd Level and Assistant Instructor’s Certification. She continued to study the martial arts with Shifu Zach Miller and Master Paul Miller privately in addition to group training. In April 2012 Mara earned the title Shifu.
Shifu Mara has always enjoyed helping the other students to develop by guiding and supporting them to bring out their best in everything they do. Shifu Mara is passionate about the word of the week and believes the Student Creed has all the information to be successful on and off the mat.
Shifu Lorraine Walters began her martial arts training in February 2005 when she began training in Tai Chi and Quigong under the direction of Master Paul Miller. Her goal was to become stronger, improve balance and coordination as well as her mental wellbeing. She feels that Tai Chi allows her to take care of herself so that she may take care of others. In early 2008 Shifu began training in Kung Fu at the encouragement of her children who were training in the art. In 2011, Shifu earned her Black Sash in Kung Fu. Today, Shifu is a 2nd Level Black Sash and Instructor of Tai Chi and she instructs at the Emmaus location.
Sensei Chan first started training in Kyokushin Kai Karate in 1997 at the age of 7. He earned his black belt in 2001. In 2002, he began training at Lehigh Valley Martial Arts under Master Paul Miller to further his experience in Kyokushin Kai Karate and then training in Kung Fu.
In 2005, Sensei took a hiatus from martial arts to pursue high school sports. He played football and wrestled for Emmaus High School. Sensei states that his martial arts training helped to him to understand how the body works and the discipline he acquired help him to push through tough workouts.
After graduating from East Stroudsburg with honors in 2012, he returned to Lehigh Valley Martial Arts as a program director at LVMA Fogelsville. Under the guidance of Master Paul Miller, Sensei/Shifu Zach Miller, and Sensei Dana Eldridge, he achieved the rank Deshi in 2013 and then Sensei in 2015. He continues to teach at our Fogelsville.
Laoshi Marcel began training in the martial arts as an adult, following the desire to be involved in a physically healthy but mentally challenging activity. She was introduced to martial arts classes as a result of her son’s enrollment in childcare at Active Learning Center, and his enthusiasm in martial arts classes starting in first grade.
Laoshi has been training in Kung Fu since 2009 under the direction of multiple talented instructors and Master Paul Miller. She earned her Black Sash in 2013 and began training to become an instructor earning assistant instructorship in 2014, and both her 2nd degree and full instructorship in 2015. Third degree Laoshi quickly followed in 2016. Laoshi Marcel holds a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University. She currently teaches classes at the Breinigsville location and is a coach on the LVMA Demonstration Team.