Jason Smiley is the head instructor of the Hilliard School
of Martial Arts. He has 30 years of continuous martial
arts training and teaching beginning in 1987 with Richard Rennie and Derik Simovart. He has
rank in Aikido and Black Belts in Karate (Bando / Jeet Kune Do), Iaido, Judo, and Jujitsu.
He received his first Shodan rank in 1993 from
Sensei Rennie (Karate). He served as Sensei Rennie's assistant instructor at the Sawmill
Athletic Club dojo in Dublin, OH until 2004. He returned to the
Hilliard Community Center dojo as Head Instructor in March 1997. He is currently continuing
his training in the arts of
Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, and Iaido with Sensei Scott Stukenberg and Hanshi Roger Jarrett,
most recently receiving his Yondan in Iaido in September 2017.
7 Simovart is the current assistant instructor of the Hilliard School
of Martial Arts. He began his martial arts training in 1987 under Richard Rennie, Gary Tucker,
and Derik Simovart, and achieved the rank of Shodan in 1993. He has served as assistant instructor
at the Hilliard Community Center dojo under Sensei Derik Simovart from 1989 through 1990, and
under Sensei Matt Burnett from 1990 through 1996. He often taught the class as lead instructor,
as well as, help plan and participate in self defense seminars for women and children.
Sensei Simovart returned to his roots as the assistant instructor at the Hilliard Community Center dojo
in September 2009, where he helps teach his own daughters. He is currently continuing his training
in Judo and Jujitsu with Sensei Jason Smiley and Sensei Scott Stukenberg.
Shellie Calle is the current assistant instructor of the Hilliard School
of Martial Arts. She began her martial arts training in 1989 with Richard Rennie and Gary Tucker and
achieved the rank of Shodan in 1995. She has served as an instructor at both the Hilliard
Community Center and the Sawmill Athletic Club dojos along with planning and teaching
self defense seminars. In addition, she has many years of training in boxing, kickboxing, and Krav Maga.
Richard Rennie is the founder of the Hilliard School of Martial Arts. He
has over 40 years of martial arts experience, has rank in 4 styles, and
is a certified firearms instructor. He has
studied Aikido, Bando, Iaido, Jeet Kune Do, Jiu-Jitsu, and Kung Fu.
He began his training in Weirton, WV in 1969 by studying Bando from
John France. He began his Jeet Kune Do training with John McKracken in
1973. His Iaido training began in 1974 with Kataka Sensei. His firearm
training began in the United States Military. The Hilliard School of
Martial Arts was founded in his garage. In 1979 he was asked to start
a karate program for the Hilliard Community Center and moved the school there,
where it remains today.
In 1988 he was asked to open a second dojo at the Sawmill Athletic Club.
Sensei Rennie currently teaches seminars ranging from basic self defense to force-on-force
firearms training for law enforcement.
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