North Heights Karate
"Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart,
as working unto the Lord, not unto man." Colossians 3:23
North Heights offers karate and women's self-defense classes in partnership with The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association.
The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association (ABKA) was founded by Denny Holzbauer in an effort to promote the study of Karate in a Christian environment and for the purpose of using martial arts in the service of Christ.
Bushido in Japanese means the “way of the warrior.” Kai simply means “school.” The ABKA teaches a form of Karate that is now referred to as Bushido-kai “school of the way of the warrior.” ABKA-North Heights is dedicated to making true warriors in every dimension of life: physical, mental, and most importantly, spiritual.
The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association (ABKA) Mission Statement: To use Martial Arts to bring glory to God, to honor Christ Jesus, and to build up and expand the kingdom of God through evangelism and discipleship. To teach a quality standard of Martial Arts and to develop Martial Artists with Christ-like character.
Philosophy of Karate
The true philosophy of karate is that of peacemaking, respect for others and avoidance of violence whenever possible. In the discipline of a combative art, we aim to provide an excellent and advanced training environment, while averting unnecessary injuries. Focus, respect, discipline and control are expected and enforced at all times.
To be a Karateka is to commit to promoting karate in its proper use of respect and peace outside of class. A Karateka avoids fighting unless absolutely necessary for their own protection or the protection of someone unable to protect themself. Knowing karate does not mean you can out fight everyone you encounter, but you will attain important fighting and survival skills useful in a threatening situation.
Karate Teaches You
Confidence: Gain a new level of self-confidence and appropriate self-assurance as you accomplish basic skills as an individual and as part of a group.
Strength: Improve your aerobic fitness, flexibility and physical strength.
Self Control: Enhance the Fruit of the Spirit known as “control of self.”
Coordination: Develop and maintain your physical and mental agility.
Discipline: As you become a Karateka you’ll learn discipline that can achieve a long-term benefit.
Character: Karate can help you enhance your tenacity, endurance, respect, focus, humility and many other character qualities.
Karate & Self-Defense Classes
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Co-ed Karate Classes
Offering classes for grade 1–adult. ABKA-North Heights is dedicated to making true warriors in every dimension of life: physical, mental and spiritual. Course consists of two classes a week. Open enrollment. All levels. No experience needed.
Enrollment Fee: $50/student (includes uniform and belt)
Testing Fee: $25/test (includes boards and student’s new belt)
Materials: As they progress, students may be encouraged to purchase their own equipment: mouth guard, gloves, shin pads, etc.
CO-ED KIDS CLASS
Mondays & Thursdays, 5–6pm, Arden Hills Room 103 (no classes March 16—March 28)
For grades 1–5. Cost: $60/month per person
Co-Ed Family / Adult Class
Mondays & Thursdays, 6–7:30pm, Arden Hills Room 103 (no classes March 16—March 28)
For grade 6–adult, 6–7:30pm. Cost $75/month per person
Advanced Adult Class
Every other Tuesday, Now–March 24, 6-7:30pm, Arden Hills Room 103
Advanced students only.
Women's Self Defense
Saturdays, 10–11:30am, Arden Hills Room 103 (no classes March 16—March 28)
April 4–May 23 No class April 11
For females grade 6–adult. Cost: $125/per course. Space is limited.
This 8-week course focuses on the most common and dangerous attacks on women. Learn physical, verbal and psychological strategies on how to avoid and escape an attack while building confidence, awareness and boundaries. Course consists of eight, 90-minute classes. No experience necessary.
Molly Nielsen is a motivated and passionate learner of several martial arts styles. She holds a second-degree black belt and instructor’s status in mixed martial arts and karate. Molly teaches children to adult from white to black belts. She encourages her students to advance and to apply the qualities of being true, confident warriors, not only in class, but in all areas of their lives.
Molly is a wife and mother of four teenagers. She and her husband spent 15 years as missionaries working with at-risk children and youth in Puebla, Mexico. In 2018, the family returned to Minnesota where Molly trains and teaches martial arts and self-defense classes. Her husband works in construction and serves as a mission’s pastor.