• Classes: 5-7pm Mon, Wed, Fri
  • U Rec Center - Multi-Purpose Gym #1
  • INSTRUCTORS

    The Club retains professional black belt instructors to teach its regular classes for its members. These instructors provide high-quality training and technical expertise to the club’s wide variety of experience levels.  In addition to the current instructors listed below, the Club has enjoyed instruction from many highly skilled people over the years including Robert Fusaro, Michael Hubbard, Nina Chenault, Laura Ocampo, Charlie Gohmert, and Michael Fusaro.

    Sensei Robert delMas

    Sensei delMas is a 3rd degree black belt (Sandan) who began his karate training here at the UMN Shotokan Karate Club in 1973, while an undergraduate at the University. His teaching style is characterized as energetic and fun!  Sensei delMas currently continues his karate training at the Movement Arts Center under Nina Chenault. He is also an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics in the General College. Check out Sensei delMas’ faculty page HERE.

    Sensei Amy Sperling

    Amy is a 5th degree black belt (Godan) in Traditional Shotokan Karate. She is one of the highest ranked female practitioners in the United States in Traditional Karate, having trained for over 30 years with Sensei Robert Fusaro (9th Dan) and the late Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama (10th Dan) as well as advanced training with top Shotokan masters from around the world including.

    Amy competed on the national & international tournament circuit from 1992 to 2005 medaling over 30 times in Kata. After retiring from competition, Amy began teaching at Midwest Karate Minneapolis and went on to coach the AAKF US Team.  In 2011, Amy was named a Senior Member of the AAKF North Central Region’s Technical Committee.  She is an internationally-certified judge, active in local, national, and international tournaments.

    She now teaches at her own dojo in Minneapolis – Kitsune Karate – which she co-founded with her husband Scott Parkin (who teaches the accredited karate class at the U of M.)  Sensei Sperling serves as the Chief Judge at the Annual U of M Karate Tournament each spring. She is an active Board Member and Technical Fellow at the Shuhari Institute, which she co-founded in 2014.