Black Belt Karate Academy is known for its high level and quality of individual instruction.

Master Binky Furstenberg
8th Degree Black Belt

Master Furstenberg - Chief Instructor is considered Springfield, MO. and the surrounding areas most experienced Martial Arts Instructor. He has been a student of the Martial Arts for over 40 years and holds various Black Belts with a strong background in Boxing and Kickboxing. Master Furstenbergs many titles include the WKA United States Weapons Champion. He was ranked in the top ten in Forms, Weapons and Fighting by NASKA in the mid 80s and was rated #1 in the Midwest by the PKL. Master Furstenberg has earned four decades of Tournament wins regionally, nationally and internationally.He is an alumni of Baptist Bible College,Springfield,MO. In 2008 Master Furstenberg founded MASK the Midwest Association of Sport Karate.
Sherry Furstenberg
5th Degree Black Belt

Sherry started studying Martial Arts in 1994 at Black Belt Karate & Kickboxing Academy. She started competing shortly after and quickly became on of the top female competitors in the Midwest. Sherry is known for her high quality organizational and judging skills. She was given the honor of Referee of the year by the PRO AM Sport Karate Circuit in 2002. Sherry also has competed as a Kickboxer and Professional Boxer. She was ranked number two in the world by the IFBA in the Strawweight division. Sherry started, in 1998, the first Aerobic Kickboxing program in Southwest Missouri and is the Instructor of our Kickboxercise program.
Shannon Kelly MD.
1st Degree Black Belt

Shannon AKA "The Fight Doctor" Started his Martial Arts training in 2000 with Black Belt Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Shannon, a dedicated Martial Artist, is not only known for his fighting ability and his use of the Eku Staff, but also for his great attitude and sportsmanship. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Missouri Medical School and is a practicing Family Medicine Doctor with Cox Health Systems.