About Us


The ABKA was created in the 1970’s by Sensei Denny Holzbauer.  Over the years the ABKA has grown to almost 50 schools and over 3000 students in 5 countries.  In 2005 the ABKA transitioned from its traditional roots of Sei Bu Kan Shoto-Kan and Kyokushin-Kai Karate to its own unique style of karate called Bushido-Kai Karate.  The ABKA now exists as a ministry organization that uses the martial arts to share the Gospel wherever we are called to go.  The ABKA is an active missions organization that averages 15-20 mission trips every year.

The ABKA karate system has evolved to incorporate many different forms of martial arts and the strengths they possess.  Human history offers us a wealth of rich martial arts traditions, which we now practically incorporate.  Many of our schools teach different styles of the martial arts and are equipping their students to handle most any life situation.  That being true, our system has historically been based upon strict standards passed down through the Japanese systems of Kyokushin-Kai Kan and Sei Bu Kan Shoto-Kan karate.  Our karate rank system requires mastery of the components of these traditions for promotion.

The American Bushido-kai Karate Association uses martial arts as a platform for evangelism and ministry.  Each karate club reaches out personally to the students and families involved and seeks out avenues of service in their community.  Each member has opportunities to participate in local and international evangelism and benevolence projects.  We have clubs in Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and the Philippines.  

ABKA Mission
1) Evangelism
2) Benevolence
3) Training excellent martial artists
Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Denny Holzbauer, 6 time world champion kick boxer, pastor, evangelist
Patti Lester, President
Dennis Hurley, Chief Instructor
Scott Murry, Vice President
Clint Shultz,  wearer of the most hats of anyone I’ve ever met
Christa Vance, Chief Minion