Leadership Team


Lead Instructor: Brian Burkett

Brian Burkett is the founder and Lead Instructor of LifeTrek Martial Arts. He lives in Newburgh with his wife Jenny and their quadruplet children, affectionately known as “The Quadsquad,” Benjamin, Allie, Anna & Baron. They are members of Family Bible Church, where they frequently assist with leading worship. Brian is an account manager for a local I.T. consulting firm, and Jenny is a Registered Nurse at one of the major local hospitals.

Brian is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, and began his training with the World Tang Soo Do Association at the Montgomery Tang Soo Do Academy (now Oak Mountain Martial Arts) under the instruction of Master Michael W. Hicks  in 1989, earning his black belt in 1992. His formal training continued until 1996, during which time he was blessed to win numerous regional and world competitions, and also began assisting with teaching duties at the Academy.

While his formal training in Tang Soo Do may have taken an extended hiatus, Brian never stopped being a student of martial arts. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to practice and train with practitioners of Hapkido, Judo, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other disciplines. While he would never hold himself out as an expert, or even proficient in any of these other styles, these opportunities have added incredible value to Brian’s  understanding and application of self-defense concepts.

In 2014, The Quadsquad ran across pictures of their dad training as a youth, and wanted to begin their own training. After being unable to locate a Tang Soo Do studio in the area, they began training together at a local Tae Kwon Do school. Very quickly the leadership, upon seeing his abilities, asked Mr. Burkett to assist with teaching duties, thus paving the way to bring him back to his roots in Korean martial arts.

When that school closed it’s doors, Brian felt the calling to bring Tang Soo Do to the Tristate. He contacted Master Hicks about rejoining The World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) to introduce it to the Evansville area. The WTSDA is over 180,000 members strong with studios on six continents, and LifeTrek Martial Arts is excited to share all it has to offer with the community. Click here to learn more about what exactly Tang Soo Do is.

New Student Director: Zinho Barros

Bio and picture coming soon!