John Philip Barry

  Born April 30, 1950 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and raised in the small borough of Richland, Pennsylvania. While attending The Mercersburg Academy, he was impressed by the abilities of a teacher and wrestling coach, Robert P. Keller. Mr. Keller, a retired marine who held black belts in judo and karate was the inspiration for behind Philip Barry’s quest for martial arts training. Upon entering Franklin & Marshall College in September of 1968, he sought out his first karate instructor. He began his study of Isshin-ryu karate with Sensei Kitchul Lee. He received his green belt in 1970. During the summers of 1969 and 1970, he studied with Sensei Ron McClellan in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. From September 1971 to October 1971, he studied at the Marietta Isshin-ryu Karate Club, Marietta, Pennsylvania under Sensei Dick Prescott. In October of 1971, Philip began studying under Sensei Jack Sipe, who taught ALL PREVIOUS instructors in his Middletown, Pennsylvania dojo. He trained regularly with Jack Sipe until receiving his 1st degree black belt on June 07, 1973. He then opened his first dojo in August of 1973. Sensei Barry would continue to train with Sensei Sipe whenever possible into the mid 1980's. Sensei Barry began his training with Sensei Advincula in the late 80's after attending a seminar in Tom's River, NJ hosted by Don Nash and Byron Marriner.

John Philip Barry
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey