Jason Smiley is the Chief Instructor and owner of the Hilliard School
of Martial Arts. He has over 35 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, 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 Chief Instructor in March 1997. He is currently continuing
his training in the arts of
Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, and Iaido
(most recently receiving his Godan in Iaido in September 2023).
David Lees began his martial arts training in 2001 with Richard
Rennie, Jason Smiley, and Shellie Calle and achieved the rank of Shodan in 2020.
He is currently continuing his training in Aikido, Judo, and Jujitsu.
Other instructors from the Hilliard School of Martial Arts :
Richard Rennie is the Founder of the Hilliard School of Martial Arts.
He studied Aikido, Bando, Iaido, Jeet Kune Do, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu,
and was a certified firearms instructor.
He began his training in Weirton, WV in 1969 by studying Bando with
John France. He began his Jeet Kune Do training with John McCracken in
1973. His Iaido training began in 1974 with Kataka Sensei. 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.