Karate Classes

North Heights, in partnership with The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association, is offering karate and self-defense classes.

The 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. "Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart, as working unto the Lord, not unto man." Colossians 3:23

Open enrollment. All levels. No experience needed.

Instructor Bio

Molly Nielsen and her husband, Ryan, both grew up attending North Heights and later served as NH missionaries with their 4 children for 15 years in Puebla, MX. In 2012, while in Mexico, Molly began training martial arts under another missionary, and since has earned a 2nd-degree black belt and instructor’s status in both mixed martial arts and karate. In 2018, Molly and her family returned to MN. Her husband works in construction and serves as a missions pastor, while Molly continues to train and teach martial arts and self-defense classes. Molly’s passion and desire is to use karate and self-defense classes to bring people into the church, and a relationship with Christ, who otherwise may not have ever attended church.

Co-ed Kids Class

Mondays & Thursdays, 5–6pm, Arden Hills Room 103
For grades 2–5. Cost: $60/month per person.

Co-Ed Family / Adult Class

Mondays & Thursdays, 6–7:30pm, Arden Hills Room 103
For grade 6–adult, 6–7:30pm. Cost $75/month per person.

Women's Self Defense Class

Saturdays, 10–11:30am, Arden Hills Room 103
For age 13 and older. Space is limited. Cost: $125/per course.


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.
Contact: Molly Nielsen.