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DHMA - Senior Instructors

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

- William Arthur Ward

Dick Harrell - Owner/Head Instructor, Ajarn/Sifu/Guro

Dick Harrell
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  • Together with original Bruce Lee student Larry Hartsell, opened the first authorized academy to teach Jeet Kune Do on the East Coast.
  • Fought professionally under the Professional Karate Association (PKA) from 1976-1978.
  • Hosted first Sifu Inosanto seminar outside of California in 1982.
  • Trained and represented numerous fighters in regional Muay Thai/Thai Boxing events, including Tim Sielaff - North American amateur lightweight title at the inaugural TBA championships in Iowa, 2007.
  • Personally trained several Carolina Panther football players, including all-pro receiver Steve Smith and offensive lineman Jeff Schwartz.
  • Featured in the book The Jeet Kune Do Experience - Understanding Bruce Lee's Ultimate Martial Art.
  • First student of Dan Inosanto on the east coast to receive Apprentice Instructor certification.
  • Currently serves as the TBA Representative for North and South Carolina.
  • Promoted to Ajarn in July 2011.

Kyle Harrell - Boxing Coach


Kyle Harrell is a Professional Boxer with over 15 years competition experience as an amateur and professional athlete.

He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and World Instructor Training School (WITS). Kyle offers classes and one-on-one training in boxing, as well as weight training/general exercise.

Both boxing and weight training/general exercise can be tailored to individual needs and goals.