Dr. Tom Balchin

MEd, PhD, FRSB, Founder and Director of the ARNI Institute

Tom Balchin suffered a stroke in 1997, which left his left side paralyzed.
He launched ARNI (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury) in 2001, a charitable organization for stroke patients and their family members. The organization is active and growing continuously today. We currently have 120 active ARNI Instructors around England (and in some other countries: England, Ireland, America, Australia, France), helping and assisting thousands of patients and their family members daily.

His rehabilitation (from which the ARNI method was developed) was an innovative combination of self-defense sports, muscle development with weight training and mental / self-management training. This triple combination now serves as rehabilitation method with clinical proof, for the optimum development of stroke patients to offer sufferers a whole and full life. Following suffering a stroke, he regained his functional mobility almost perfectly, he tripled his physical strength and has been dedicated to developing his technique over the past 20 years.

During the rehabilitation he obtained the first diploma and taught primary school for 2 years. After that, he continued his studies (MA (Ed) and PhD at Goldsmiths College, London) and following he became a teaching assistant at the Brunel University in London, then a course instructor at the Reading University. He wrote a handbook for the field (The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education) and several other books and studies on "Excellence in Skills, Creative Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation". His latest book is written about the successful and effective training of stroke survivors: The Successful Stroke Survivor. The latest DVD series (7 DVDs) introduces innovative self-help techniques based on innovative evidence which patients can effectively apply to speed up recovery. He operates and supervises the ARNI charity organization daily, and also, he is a lecturer in brain rehabilitation at several universities such as Middlesex University, Brunel University and Oxford Brookes University. He also served as Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine, the United Kingdom Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) and the UK Stroke Forum Conference Steering Group, Stroke Association). He is Director of the Stroke Solutions Society and an honorary researcher at Oxford Brooks University, a member of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)..

Honors and achievements:
In 2015 he received the "Order of Mercy" award for 15 years of volunteer work with stroke patients.
In 2017 he received the "Order of Merit" from the Royal House of Georgia for his services in international rehabilitation.

He is an athlete, dedicated to weight lifting, he is a brown belt in Aikido and Karate. He also has Dan Taekwondo qualification (Grand Master Lee, 8th Dan, present Grand Master at International Teukgong Moosool Federation, South Korean Special Forces).


2012 Patent No. 1203631.5 ‘Neurogripper Bar’ A multi-purpose weightlifting bar designed for patients with hemiplegia. Currently sold worldwide by Watson’s Custom Gym Equipment.


 Honorary Senior Research Fellow – Oxford Brookes University CLEAR Rehabilitation Unit
 Course Director (Functional Rehabilitation) - ARNI Institute & Institute of Neurology, UCL
 Elected Fellow - The Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
 Director & Council Member - United Kingdom Rehabilitation Council (UKRC)
 Secretary & Vice-President Elect - Technology in Medicine Section – The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
 Yeoman – The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries (WSA)
 Member of Steering Group - United Kingdom Stroke Forum (UKSF)
 Member of Steering Group – Attend Acquired Brain Injury Group (Attend ABI)
 Member of Steering Group – Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCHLARC)
 Member - United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF)
 Member - Kent Acquired Brain Injury Forum (KABIF)