Master Jeff Burhop began his study of the Martial Arts in 1981. The Karate style he first began learning and would become his primary focus was Isshin-ryu Karate.

Master Jeff Burhop achieved the rank on Sho-Dan in Isshin-ryu Karate on September 1st 1985 at the age of 15. He has studied Isshin-ryu Karate for the last 35 years and still continues to study the Martial Arts and learn to this day. In May of 2001, Master Burhop began studying the art of Kyusho-Jitsu (pressure point fighting). He still continues to learn and incorporate Kyusho- Jitsu in his Martial Arts study and fully integrates it into his study of Isshin-ryu Karate. Over the last 30 years Master Burhop has travelled the world learning and teaching the Martial Arts. He has had multiple Martial Arts schools and classes and has taught hundreds of students of all age groups and backgrounds. He has taught countless Seminars ranging from the Girl Scouts of America to Police Departments and held hundreds of tournaments. Master Jeff Burhop currently holds the rank of Hachi-Dan (8th Degree Black Belt) in Isshin-ryu Karate-Jitsu and Roku-Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) in both the Kyusho-Jitsu Kenkyukai and Dillman Karate International (DKI).

Isshin-ryu Karate was founded in Master Tatsuo Shimabuku (1908-1975). He was a small man only about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. He began studying Karate at the age of 8. Over his lifetime he studied various styles of Martial Arts. Most notably, he studied Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu. Master Shimabuku also studied Kobudo, which is the study of weapons. Master Shimabuku founded Isshin-ryu Karate on January 15, 1954. He combined what he believed to be the best techniques from Shorin-ryu (speed) and Goju-ryu (Power) and Kobudo. His goal was to incorporate techniques that would actually work in combat. After World War II, he began to teach U.S. Marines in Okinawa. The Marines that he taught brought Isshin-ryu Karate to the United States and opened their own Karate dojos and began teaching.

Master Jeff Burhop’s first instructors were Master Jesse and Jane Gallegos. Master Jesse Gallegos was born on April 22, 1925. In 1959, at the age of 34, he began his study of the Martial Arts. After studying various styles, he decided on Isshinryu Karate to be his main focus. In 1963 under Sensei James Chapman, Master Gallegos started studying Isshin-ryu Karate. On September 1st, 1965 he was awarded the rank of Sho-Dan (1st degree Black Belt). In 1969 Master Jesse and his wife Sensei Jane opened the Fox Gardens Karate Club in Aurora, IL.

Together they would go on to teach Isshin-ryu Karate in numerous communities in the Chicago area and hold hundreds of Karate tournaments. Master Gallegos was not only a Master of Isshinryu Karate but also a Master at the use of Ki/Chi (inner energy). He taught that it was better and more effective to use your Ki in Defense/fighting situations rather than physical strength and/or power. More Importantly he taught that Ki should be used as a way to heal oneself and others. Master Gallegos had a saying that “we should use the Martial Arts to pick someone up rather than knock him down”. Over the years Master Gallegos had helped and healed many people with his Ki. He was a loving and honorable man and a gifted healer. Master Jesse Gallegos died at the age of 69 on January 27, 1995. During his life he promoted hundreds of Black Belts, taught thousands of students, was a loving father and husband and healed many individuals. Master Gallegos held the rank of Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt) in Isshin-ryu Karate.