Jeff Perkins began his martial arts training in 1972 with an lsshin-Ryu Karate self-defense class taught by his brother-in law, Edward Babicz. From this class he moved on to formalize training in lsshin-Ryu Karate at the Black Belt Institute in Inkster, Michigan owned by Sensei Norbert Donnelly. This school was formerly owned by Michigan lsshin-Ryu pioneer, Sensei Doug Noxon. Jeff was a successful tournament competitor in the Michigan and surrounding area winning numerous honors in Jiyu Kumite (free sparring), Bogu Kumite (lull contact sparring with body armor), Kata and Kobudo.
Jeff Perkins is currently a Police Lieutenant with 33 years experience. He has an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership and is currently work'1ng on his Master of Science in Business Administration Degree.
1972 - Began the study Isshin-Ryu Karate at the Black Belt Institute in Inkster, Michigan
1978 - Promoted to Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Bell) in lsshin-Ryu Karate by Sensei Edward Babicz
1982 - Begins training under Sensei Sam Santilli and Sensei Willie Adams under the umbrella of the American Okinawan Karate Association (AOKA)
1983 - Promoted to Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in lsshin-Ryu Karate by Michigan representatives of the AOKA
1986 - Promoted to San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Bell) in lsshin-Ryu Karate by the National Board of Directors of the AOKA
1990 - Begins further study of lsshin-Ryu Karate under Sensei A.J. Advincula, 1st generation student Isshin-Ryu's founder, Shimabuku Tatsuo.
1990 – Promoted to Yon-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt) by Sensei A. J. Advincula
1993 - Promoted to Go-Dan (5th Degree Black Bell) by Sensei A.J. Advincula
1994 - 1st trip to Okinawa. Further study of Okinawa Karate and RyuKyu Kobudo under Tokumura Kensho Sensei and lha Kotaro Sensei
1997 - Begins training with Sensei Sherman Harrill, 1st generation student Isshin-Ryu’s founder Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei. Learn Kyusho Jutsu/Tuite application to Kata and martial power sources/body dynamics
1998 - Promoted to Roku-Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) in lsshin-Ryu Karate by Sensei A.J. Advincula
2002 - Promoted to Na-Na-Dan (7th Degree Black Belt) in lsshin-Ryu Karate by Sensei A.J. Advincula and the Okinawa Karate Kobudo lsshinKai at
2008 - Appointed USA Mid-West Regional Director for the lsshin-Ryu Okinawa Traditional Karate-Do Association by Uechi Tsuyoshi Sensei & Sensei