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.