Black Belt Academy
4885 West Boulevard • Poplar Bluff Missouri 63901 • 573.785.KICK (5425)
There's more to tournament competition than bringing home hardware that may eventually become dust collectors. The tournament experience is so unique, there is no way we can duplicate it at the academy in class. The fact that only about 10% of ATA members compete in tournaments should tell you something -- it's a big deal and those who attempt it are well-rewarded and have a lot to be proud of.

Jonesboro, Arkansas -- December 2019

Jonesboro AR 2019

The students of the Black Belt Academy recently competed at the first ATA tournament held in Jonesboro, Arkansas, earning 26-1st place, 6-2nd place and 5-3rd place medals, an incredible 37 medals in all. It's even more amazing considering first-time competitors accounted for half of our entries! Awesome job!

  • Miss Laura: 1st in Sparring, 2nd in Creative Forms and 3rd in Traditional Forms
  • Mr. Blaze: 1st in Forms and Weapons
  • Miss Zoie: 1st in Forms, Weapons and Sparring
  • Mr. Ryker: 1st in Forms, Weapons and Combat Weapons, 2nd in Sparring
  • Mr. Spencer: 3rd in Weapons
  • Ms. Kris: 1st in Weapons
  • Mr. Drew: 1st in Forms, Weapons and Sparring
  • Mr. Adrian: 1st in Forms and Weapons
  • Mr. Jacob: 1st in Weapons and Sparring, 2nd in Forms
  • Miss Addy: 1st in Sparring and 3rd in Forms and Weapons
  • Mr. Walter: 1st in Forms and Combat Weapons, 2nd in Traditional Weapons and Sparring
  • Mr. Cyrus: 3rd in Forms
  • Mr. Damon: 1st in Sparring and Weapons, 2nd in Forms
  • Mr. Dean: 1st in Forms, Sparring, Traditional Weapons and Creative Weapons

Memphis, Tennessee -- January 2020

Memphis TN 2020

Our students did a great job in Memphis, bringing home 15 medals (four 1st-place, six 2nd-place and five 3rd-place). Their hard work is definitely paying off.

  • Miss Laura: 1st in Forms, 3rd in Sparring, 3rd in Traditional Weapons, 2nd in Creative Forms and 1st in Xtreme Weapons
  • Miss Zoie: 3rd in Forms and 2nd in Sparring,
  • Mr. Ryker: 1st in Forms, 3rd in Sparring, 1st in Weapons and 2nd in Combat Sparring
  • Mr. Walter: 2nd in Forms, 2nd in Sparring and 3rd in Weapons
  • Mr. Damon: 1st in Forms, 1st in Weapons
  • Mr. Dean: 3rd in Forms, 3rd in Traditional Weapons, 2nd in Combat Weapons and 2nd in Creative Forms

Jackson, Tennessee -- November 2019

Jackson, MO 2019
Congratulations to our students who competed at the Jackson ATA tournament: Mr. Wyatt (2-2nd place, 1-3rd place), Ms. Laura (2-1st place), Mr. Walter (1-1st, 1-2nd, 1-3rd), Mr. Damon (2-1st, 2-2nd), Miss Zoie (2-1st) and Mr. Dean (3-1st). All that work pays off.

Evansville, Indiana -- September 2019

Evansville, IN Sept 2019
Congratulations to our students who competed in the ATA tournament in Evansville, Indiana, Mr. Damon, Mr. Walter, Mr. Dean and Miss Zoie! With ten 1st place medals, three 2nd place and one 3rd place, it was a good day at the office! Nice job!

Germantown, Tennessee Tournament -- August 2019

Germantown TN Aug 2019
Our students competed in the ATA Regional Tournament in Germantown, TN. Top: Mr. Damon, Mr. Walter, Mr. Seth; Bottom: Mr. Dean, Miss Zoie, Mr. Ryker.

2019 World Championships

2019 World Championships
Congratulations to our students who competed at the ATA World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas! Mr. Page, Mr. Damon, Miss Laura and Mr. Walter, Mr. Dean, Mr. Ryker and Miss Zoie.

2019 Mid-West District Championships

2019 District Championships
Congratulations to our students who competed at the ATA District Championships in Kansas City, and will be competing at the World Championships in July in Little Rock. Top row, left to right: Mr. Page, Mr. Walter, Mr. Damon, Ms. Laura and Ms. Bridget. Bottom row, left to right: Mr. Ryker, Mr. Dean and Mr. Matthew.

Little Rock, Arkansas Tournament -- April 2019

April 2019 Little Rock Tournament

Congratulations to our students who competed at the April 2019 Class A Tournament in Little Rock Arkansas: Mr. Stacey, Mr. Seth, Mr. Damon, Mr. Ryker, Mr. Shawn, Miss Zoie and Mr. Dean! Ms. Laura and Ms. Bridget also competed. Very nice work! :-)

This was the last regional tournament for the 2018-2019 tournament season.

Somerville, Tennessee Tournament -- March 2019

Somerville TN March 2019

Congratulations to our students who competed in Somerville, Tennessee! Top left: Mr. Walter, Mr. Damon, Ms. Bridget, Mr. Ryker, Mr. Matthew and Mr. Dean. These six students brought home 17 trophies! Wow!

Memphis, Tennessee Tournament -- January 2019

Memphis TN January 2019

Congratulations to our students who recently competed in Memphis, Tennessee: Mr. Damon, Ms. Bridget, Mr. Dean, Mr. Ryker and Mr. Chase.