One of the best martial arts instructors I've encountered. He teaches based on the individual's needs rather than force a program regardless of your own ability or talents. Very knowledgeable and willing to dispense all the information you can handle.
~George I.


In the martial arts community, they refer to the knife as the “great equalizer”. I for one have to agree with that statement, however, in my humble opinion, knife attacks are more than an equalizer – it’s a game changer. Our world is becoming smaller with an unprecedented acceleration in population increase. Cities are becoming more crowded, aging infrastructure has a hard time sustaining the surge in population, the results of which gives rise to populous cities where it’s inhabitants are constantly on edge and opportunities for criminals to inflict more harm than ever before. 
My experience in martial arts has been quite lengthy, however, quite narrow versioned at the same time. I studied Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu for more than two decades. The knowledge I’ve gained served me very well in many aspects of my life and I am immensely grateful for all that I was taught. With age, observation of my environment, lack of physical mobility, I’ve noticed how my fighting knowledge didn’t translate very well in close quarter situations; nor did the ridged structure of the art allow for an aging and limited body movement. Military combat training also left that experience lacking to confidently tackle closer quarter dangers. It wasn't until a fateful night, going out to dinner with my wife, when I realized how little knowledge I had to protect not just myself, but my wife as well, against a knife wielding lunatic on a packed subway. 
Faith would have it that I was introduced to Filipino Martial Arts and knife combat. Through several networked connections I met Tom and was introduced to a martial arts system that truly defies age, bodily limitations and constantly morphs to account for any dangerous encounter. Even with my limited mobility, I’ve experienced a change in the way I physically react to knife attacks and at the same time have grown to mentally overcome the instinctive fear everyone feels when threatened with a knife. I cannot stress enough how important that last part is – knife attacks will paralyze the most experienced fighter with fear. Mentally, to be able to cope with taking a life or endanger the physical wellness of a person with a gun is hard. To do so with a knife, it takes a certain kind of person. To kill with a knife is very personal. Just the thought of penetrating flesh with a metal object at distance close enough to feel the other person’s life slip away – the crudity of that action is very raw. Someone on the receiving end of that attack feels the madness of this danger at the moment they see a blade. To be able to mentally overcome that, in my opinion, is greater than any skillset of any weapon system known to men. Hence I am grateful to Tom for training me to not only be able to analyze this instinctive fear, but to be able to deal with it and react defensively and offensively.
Tom Gallo’s knowledge of Filipino style of knife fighting, combined with his expertise is Kyusho, is a remarkably adaptable style with any body type or size. I’m integrating his lessons, not necessarily as a standalone system, but with fighting systems that I already know and comfortable with. That’s not to say that his system is not an excellent standalone system – in fact I would highly encourage anyone that wants to learn something new and effective to train with him – but more so, it’s remarkable that it can be adaptable to anything you already know. 
I hold Tom Gallo in high praises and encourage anyone that is looking to learn self-defense adaptable to today’s crazy world to learn from him.
~ George Iancu
From Evan Pantazi, Kyusho International Founder, on my 25 year mark in the Arts:
Well Tom you have become a great instructor as you are still learning. By avoiding an inflated ego you have fun and make training fun for your students. Your wit keeps you searching, your sarcasm keeps you questioning and your enthusiasm keeps you growing. 25 years is a milestone but it is the next 25 that will define you... Happy Anniversary.
More from Matt Binder who has moved out of New York for a better position in Law Enforcement:

Tom -

Wanted to stop and say how much I enjoyed and miss class. To all those out there looking for a great martial arts curriculum and even better teacher, look no further.
With a background in law enforcement I will personally attest to the fact that TACTICS works. When faced with people looking to fight on a daily basis, the incredibly adaptable techniques allow for almost instant reaction to virtually any attacker.
Tom Gallo's ability to communicate proper execution of the above mentioned techniques is the driving factor behind how successful TACTICS can be. He understands that people learn differently and to accommodate different styles, becomes as adaptable as the techniques he is teaching. The mark of a great teacher is how his/her students perform. As a student of Tom Gallo and personally knowing other students, I fully endorse TACTICS.
I’ve known Tom Gallo for many years and find him to be an upstanding, trusting, caring person, as well as a very talented martial artist. If you are looking for a true teacher of the martial arts without all the nonsense that comes with commercial schools out there today, I highly recommend meeting Tom, and trying one of his classes. It does not matter if you are a total beginner or an experienced student of the martial arts, his teaching style is relaxed, friendly and non judgmental. If you where to talk to any of his students, they would tell you how hard it is to find a great and compassionate teacher and how lucky they are to have found him. As for me, Tom is a great friend and a gifted teacher.
~Dave Nahon
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~James D.

Tom teaches self defense workshops @ my club, Life Health & Fitness in Astoria NY. I have to say that Tom is awesome. His knowledge and teaching technique is head and shoulders above instructors in this field. The comfort level he projects onto our members enables them to feel confident enough to apply in real life situations should they arise. He is second to none and a great asset to our team. 
~Sophocles Tsouros 

My name is Marvin and I met Master Tom about 7 yrs ago. I sought him out because he was the only one who was teaching Kyusho at the time and he is currently the only certified testing Instructor in the 5 Burroughs. Once meeting him I knew we were going to have not only a Teacher/Student relationship, but a friendship as well. Master Tom has a way to himself that makes it easy to pass on and absorb info. Another one of his talents is the ability to find a weakness is a particular moment or technique in most forms of Martial Arts. I will stick with him till we're both masters with long white Beards. :-)
Being an experienced Martial Artist I'm always curious to see what's out there. I consider my self a Martial Arts "Scholar" and was delighted to meet a fellow colleague Tom Gallo.
Always looking to improve and enhance my skill level I started studying Kyusho under Tom. Curious about his system T.A.C.T.I.C.S. I attended a session which turned into a private lesson (lucky me!).
Tom's approach to teaching T.A.C.T.I.C.S. is similar to the approach I use in teaching our system of F.A.L.C.O.N. COMBAT SCIENCES ( forgive me Tom for the shameless plug ... lol) .... the approach of principle and concepts before techniques. Teaching the "why"... why this works ... makes learning the "how" much easier. With this approach the student not only learns at a faster pace but also a greater chance for retention.
As a Martial Artist I highly recommend beginners as well as seasoned Martial Artist to try a class, I'm happy I did.
Again thank you Tom for sharing your knowledge and skill.
~Ferdie Uson
  Co-Founder and Master Instructor 
I just wanted to go on the record
I have trained with you and have been instructed by you and I have to say your knowledge and training methods are second to no one.
What you bring to the table would benefit anyone you train. You are the guy I want in the foxhole with me.
I think it's amazing you keep learning new and better ways to train us.
Thanks again for your support.
~Wayne L.

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