Dick Harrell began his martial arts training in 1971 in Japanese Shotokan Karate under two instructors who trained in Japan. About 2 1/2 yrs later he met and began training under former Bruce Lee student Larry Hartsell and was with him for 8 years until Hartsell moved to Marina Del Rey, California to continue his Jeet Kune Do studies with world-renowned Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee protege. Dick met Inosanto in 1978 and Shortly after began flying both Inosanto and Hartsell into Charlotte yearly for seminars and his own training. It Was with Inosanto that he furthered his JKD training Along With Filipino Martial Arts, and Silat. Dick also fought Professionally In kickboxing in the Charlotte area for two years. He and Hartsell opened the first original JKD schools outside of the State of California in 1980. Dick Harrell Continues to Train under Inosanto to this day via occasional trips to Inosanto’s home and school in California as Well as following his seminar Circuit.
Dick met Ajarn chai Sirisute, founder And President of the Thai Boxing Assoc of USA in 1984 through his Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto. From that time through seminars, camps, and trainings he was finally awarded ‘Master Level’ in Muay Thai at the Oregon camp in summer Of 2011.