Dan Millman

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Dan Millman
Born (1946-02-22) February 22, 1946 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California
Residence Brooklyn, New York:[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Author, speaker
Spouse(s) Joy Millman
Children Three daughters
Parent(s) Herman and Vivian Millman
Website peacefulwarrior.com

Daniel Jay Millman (born February 22, 1946) is an American author and lecturer in the personal development field.

Early life[edit]

Millman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Herman and Vivian Millman (both deceased), and he has an older sister Diane. Much of his early life included active pursuits such as modern dance and martial arts, and then trampoline, tumbling, and gymnastics. During his senior year at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Millman won the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) national title on the trampoline and was voted Senior Athlete of the Year. While a freshman at U.C. Berkeley, he won the 1964 Trampoline World Championships in London, and earned All-American honors and won an NCAA Championship in vaulting (1964) and a USGF championship in floor exercise (1966). He represented the United States in the 1966 Maccabiah Games, winning four gold medals in gymnastics.[2] He was voted Senior U.C. Berkeley Athlete of the Year, graduating with a B.A. degree in Psychology in 1968. At some point in time, while attending U.C. Berkeley, he was involved in a car accident while riding his motorcycle, which led to him breaking his femur in seventeen different places causing him to have extensive surgery, and a steel rod being placed in his leg. Because of this incident, his personal career in the college's gymnastic program ultimately came to a temporary halt because of the fact that his injury would not allow him to compete anymore properly. Over time, while stricken with the burden of not being able to participate in something that was of personal interest to him, and with proper training and conditioning, he came back into the sport by storm, participating with U.C. Berkeley at the Olympic Qualifiers and earning the spot respectively. A movie was made based on these events.[clarification needed]


In 1968, Millman served as director of gymnastics at Stanford University, where he coached U.S. Olympian Steve Hug and brought the Stanford team to national prominence. During Millman's tenure at Stanford, he trained in Aikido, eventually earning a shodan (black belt) ranking, and studied T'ai chi (Taiji) and other martial arts.

In 1972, Millman joined the faculty at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio as an assistant professor of physical education. At Oberlin, on a travel-research grant from the college, Millman traveled to San Francisco, where he completed the Arica 40-Day Intensive Training, then to Hawaii, India, Hong Kong, and Japan, where he studied various disciplines including yoga and martial arts.

In 1985, Millman began to produce audio and video programs, and to present seminars and professional keynotes.[3] His work is generally connected to the "human potential movement".[4]

Millman has authored 17[5] books as of 2015 which together have been published in 29 languages.[6] In 2006, his first book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to a film, Peaceful Warrior, with Nick Nolte, distributed by Lionsgate Films and released by Universal Pictures in 2007.[7] Dan credits the inspiration for his first book to a gas station attendant he met who reminded him of Socrates and to whom he gave that name.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dan Millman and his wife Joy live in Brooklyn, New York.[1] They have three grown daughters.


Works by Millman include the following:[9]


  1. ^ a b "Contact our office". Dan Millman personal web site. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Millman, Dan". U.S. Gymnastics Federation. 
  3. ^ "Dan Millman - Bestselling Author, Athlete, Coach, Philosopher and Human Potential Expert". Big Speak. 
  4. ^ "Dan Millman - World Champion". West View Trampoline Community. [dead link]
  5. ^ Sura Dahn (March 3, 2014). Interview with Best-Selling Author, Dan Millman – The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. YouTube. Event occurs at 0:15. Retrieved March 4, 2015. Dan is a best-selling author of 17 books. 
  6. ^ "About Dan Millman and his Work". Peaceful Warrior Services. 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. a former world champion athlete, Stanford University gymnastics coach, martial arts instructor, and Oberlin College professor – is author 17 books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior (released as a feature film by Universal Pictures in 2007). His books are published in 29 languages with several million copies in print worldwide. Dan's seminars and trainings in the US and overseas have influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts. 
  7. ^ "Peaceful Warrior" at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Sura Dahn (March 3, 2014). Interview with Best-Selling Author, Dan Millman – The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. YouTube. Event occurs at 1:26. Retrieved March 4, 2015. The book was based upon autobiographical material, including meeting, in December 1966, an old service station attendant who reminded me of the old Greek sage, so I ended up calling him Socrates. 
  9. ^ "Peaceful Warrior Books". Dan Millman personal web site. 

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