Tom Barell is a second generation Jeet Kune Do and Kali Instructor certified under Guru Dan Inosanto and Guru Richard Bustillo. He began his training in Jeet Kune Do & Kali in early 1983 at the original Filipino Kali Academy in Torrance California. He returned to NY in late 1985 with over 500 hours of Instruction and close to 3 years of intensive training with Inosanto, Bustillo, and Paul Vunak. Having lived in California, Barell was able to intensify his training with 2 private lessons a week with Vunak and over half a dozen weekly classes at the Filipino Kali Academy and later the original IMB Academy. While in California Barell also participated in numerous in house seminars with notable JKD affiliates such as Larry Hartsell and Gene Lebelle to name a few. Prior to returning to NY in 1985 Barell was assisting Guru Richard Bustillo with his classes at the IMB Academy as well as teaching a handful of private instruction as well.
After a short stay in NY, Barell returned to California in early 1988 where he received his instructorship under Guru's Inosanto & Bustillo and remained in California till mid 1993, honing and perfecting his skills both as a practitioner and instructor of Jeet Kune Do and Kali.
Barell began writing for BLACK BELT and INSIDE KUNG FU magazines with his first article "The 4 A's of Combat" in 1988. The article appeared in the MAY edition of BLACK BELT magazine and was also accepted to be published in INSIDE KUNG FU magazine, but the rights were already sold to Rainbow Publications. Since then Barell has authored over a dozen articles and continues to write for leading Martial Arts and Fitness publications.
In 1999 Barell contacted Guru Richard Bustillo and asked him to conduct a Police Defensive Tactics Seminar on Long Island to perpetuate the benefits of JKD and Kali in law enforcement. Since then, Barell has continued to adapt Jeet Kune Do and Kali to suit the needs of law enforcement agencies. Shortly afterwards in the early 2000 Barell became a certified Fitness Instructor with the A.A.P.T.E an organization affiliated with Hofstra University, after the deaths of his father and brother from heart disease. He continued to pursue his interest in fitness Instruction and in 2001 Barell became a certified personal trainer with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and in 2002 he obtained his certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
With over 30 years of experience in the martial arts and 15 years as a fitness professional, Barell is once again offering his knowledge to serious and motivated individuals. Among some of his notable and talented students are Ray Longo from Garden City an extraordinary practitioner and instructor of numerous martial arts, Mike Ryan from Franklin Square, a talented professional kick boxer, Russell Ireland from Brookville, a talented motivated person who sought Barell out in California and moved there to train with him, and, numerous state and federal law enforcement agents who depend on the skills they've learned every day of their lives.