The Midwest Karate Association is a traditional Shotokan Karate dojo recognized by the Japan Karate Association and the American Amateur Karate Federation. Our instructors, Sensei Joel Ertl, 6th dan and Sensei Anita Bendickson, 5th dan, are internationally respected instructors. Sensei’s Ertl and Bendickson have each been teaching karate for over 30 years. Midwest Karate Association of St Paul is affiliated with Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis school, under the direction of Sensei Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan, is one of the oldest dojo’s in the country. The Midwest Karate Association of St Paul is located in St Paul, Minnesota. It is conveniently located on 7th Street in St Paul’s east side. Visitors are welcome to observe any class. Traditional Japanese karate is a martial art that develops core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and mental concentration. The goals of Karate training include self-defense, physical fitness, confidence, competition, and fun. Our dojo is known for the friendly discipline of our classes and for detailed attention to form. We have classes for all ages and skill levels, and we welcome all new students. Whether you are looking for fitness, self-defense, or meeting other active people, call us today.