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North Heights Karate

Teaching students karate skills while integrating Christian principles and practices, devotions and Bible memory to each class.

American Bushido-Kai Karate Association (ABKA)

The American Bushido-Kai Karate Association 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.

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Karate Classes

Karate classes are based on a belt-advancing system–white to black–designed for growth at a personal rate. No prior skills or experience are needed to begin!

Instructor, Molly Nielsen, has developed a well-rounded curriculum that reaches beyond karate; it encompasses all concepts and techniques from mixed martial arts as well. Students will learn stances, blocking, hand striking, kicking, katas, weapon forms, tumbling, falling, ground fighting, sparring, board breaking, and self-defense techniques; such as: throwing, submissions and joint locks!

On top of teaching a variety of physical techniques, Molly integrates Christian principles and practices, devotions and Bible memory to each class.

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Commitment to Peace

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.

Students must commit to promoting karate in its proper use of respect and peace outside of class as well. Students will avoid 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.


Instructor Molly Nielsen

Molly Nielsen is a motivated and passionate learner of several martial arts styles. She holds a black belt and instructor’s status in both 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.


Molly Nielsen or 651-253-6085

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1700 West Highway 96
Arden Hills, MN


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2701 North Rice Street
Roseville, MN


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