Sensei Anita Bendickson is a 5th degree black belt. She began her karate training in 1975 under Master Robert Fusaro. She received her 5th degree black belt in 2007 from Master Hidetaka Nishiyama.
Along with her teaching duties at the Midwest Karate Association of St Paul, Sensei Bendickson also teaches many self defense coures around the Twin Cities area. Among these courses are accredited classes at the Univeristy of Minnesota, Macalester College and the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. Along with these classes she is in constant demand for self defense workshops by area corporations (3M, for example) and community groups.
Now retired from competition, Sensei Bendickson has many tournament accomplishments. Among them are the AAKF national women's individual kata championship in 2001. She was also the women's kumite champion in 1982 and 1989. She has been a member of the national champion synchronized kata team many times. As a member of the USA team she competed in the 1983 ITKF World Tournament in Cairo, Egypt and again in 2000 in Bologna, Italy.