Karate Classes

North Heights, in partnership with The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association (ABKA), is offering karate and women's 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

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.


Mondays & Thursdays, 5–6pm, Arden Hills Room 103
For grades 1–5. 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

Advanced Adult Class

Every other Tuesday, January 14–March 24, 6-7:30pm, Arden Hills Room 103
Advanced students only.

Women's Self Defense

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. 

Saturdays, 10–11:30am, Arden Hills Room 103
Winter Session: January 18–March 7
Spring Session: March 28–May 23 No class April 11
For females grade 6–adult. Cost: $125/per course. Space is limited. 


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.


Molly Nielsen is an extremely motivated and passionate learner in several martial arts styles. She holds a second-degree black belt and instructor’s status in both mixed martial arts and karate. Molly has experience teaching children to adult from white to black belts. She is driven to watch students advance and apply the concept of being a true, confident warrior not only in class, but is all areas of their life. 

Molly is also a wife and mother to four teenagers. Her family spent 15 years as missionaries working with at-risk children in Puebla, Mexico. In 2018, they returned to Minnesota. Her husband works in construction and serves as a mission’s pastor, while Molly continues to train and teach martial arts and self-defense classes.


Molly Nielsen