Johnny "Basai" Burrell Jr. (Owner & Chief Martial Arts Instructor) Born in Brooklyn, New York. He started Martial Arts at the age of twelve and has been studying Martial Arts for close to thirty years. His teachers include two of the founders of the Kuroshi-do system: Soke Haisan Kaleak, his immediate teacher, and Soke S. Papasan Canty. Mr. Burrell also received training from Hanshi Zato, Kyoshi Nekosan, Hanshi Jap, Kyoshi Katana, and Sensei James. As of 2014, Johnny Burrell Jr. has been promoted to the rank of Kyoshi 6th Degree Black belt in the Kuroshi-do system.  Mr. Burrell also has training in Brazilian Jujitsu, and Ninjitsu. He has studied technical management with a focus on marketing at Devry College in New York City, and studied creative writing at Medgar Evers College.Kyoshi has been inducted in the U.S.A Martial Arts Hall of fame, and the Kuroshi-do Hall of Fame, as instructor of the year, and is a recipient of the Elite Legion Of Honor Award. He has taught in after school programs such as the Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture, The Malcolm X Academy, and the Leadership Academy.


Kelly White Burrell (Owner & Dance Instructor) Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Kelly Seph White-Burrell, holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. She has had the distinct honor to study dances of the African Diaspora under Baba Richard Gonzalez, the late Jean Leon Destine, Nadia Dieudonne and Danis "Lamora" Perez. Kelly has performed with Feet of Rhythm Dance Company, Ase Dance Theater Collective, Ground Provisions Movement, Prophecy Dance Works, Nia Love's Blacksmith's Daughter and also Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective.  Mrs. White-Burrell is a second-generation educator who has brought the art form of dance to a host of colleges and inner city public schools located in New Orleans, California, Mississippi and New York. She has been blessed with opportunity to teach Afro-Caribbean Dance styles at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Extensions Program, Peridance, the Djoniba Dance and Drum Center and is presently with Dance New Amsterdam.

Nyendo Arts is always interested in meeting experienced Martial Arts and Movement Instructors!  Feel free to contact us about employment opportunities!  Come make a difference in our community!