Riley Miller

Little Dragon

Once again, the Student of the Year trophies took so long to get here that our Little Dragon Student of the Year is about to be promoted to the Youth Beginner Class. We are proud of her for moving up but hope she will continue to be our studio ambassador. She befriends every new student, gives them a tour of the studio, and makes them feel welcome. The 2022 Little Dragon Student of the Year is Riley Miller.

Silas Hale


Our Youth winner is one of those kids who make you wonder, Is there anything he can’t do? As well as martial arts, he does Lacrosse, Drum lessons, Fiddle lessons, Robotics and Cub Scouts. He is also an active, and winning, tournament competitor. It’s been awesome to watch him grow and mature, taking on leadership roles and rising to his rank of Cho Dan Bo Level 2, taking his martial arts to a new, and much higher level And he is humble. The only reason he is not a Level 3 is that he chose to wait. The 2022 Youth Student of the Year is Silas Hale.

Dakota Self


Our Adult Student of the year is one of what I like to call our wandering black belts. Already a black belt when he wandered into the studio, he stayed anyway. He has been immensely helpful to the studio including starting a Jiu Jitsu program and teaching our Intermediate / Advanced youth class on Tuesdays. He was already a third degree black belt in Shorin Ryu, a fourth degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu, founded his own style—Akaishido Ryu Jiu Jitsu, and has now managed to earn his first degree black belt in Tang Soo Do in a bit over a year. We are so happy to have him as part of our staff. The 2022 Adult Student of the Year is Dakota Self.