Happy July! 15 years!

Happy July! Bushido Kenkyukai celebrates 15 years this month. Time has flown by.  We have grown from a room in a community center (portable dojo) to a large facility.   We have been blessed with wonderful students, families, friends, neighbors, and benefactors.  So much has happened in 15 years.

There have been 3 facilities, multiple landlords, a Van. We have suffered a variety of hardships like roof leaks, vandalism to our van and our facility, plumbing issues, air conditioning failures, to health issues, and the toughest part, the passing of friends & family.

We have also had the joy of watching children grow up, graduate, get married, and have kids of their own. It has been a great joy to have a child you instructed bring you their significant other, their spouse, their child for you to meet. As a Sensei you feel like an adoptive parent.  No matter what their age they all become your children.

I have personally had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students that have past through our facility. A few were only around for a day or a few weeks for special workshops/training while many others have been with me for years.

I feel very bless and very grateful. I hope for many more years to come.


  1. Gallegos, 5th Dan

Head Instructor

Bushido Kenkyukai

15 year Anniversary

Bushido Kenkyukai is celebrating 15 years!

We have come a long way since the summer of 2003. There have been 3 locations, lots of students, classes, workshops, outings, open houses, road trips, special guest & instructors, news paper articles, TV interviews, special classes, and so many memories.

2018 Bushido Kenkyukai Class Schedule

Beginning Class Schedule



     Youth Karate (7-13yrs): Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm

     Adult Karate (14 & up): Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm – 7:30pm


     Youth Taiko (7-13yrs): Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm

     Adult Taiko (14 & up): Wednesdays: 6:40pm – 8:40pm

THANK YOU! Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

As we look forward to an amazing 2018 we would like to thank our amazing Karate & Taiko students, families, friends, neighbors, fellow karateka, our brilliant webmaster/graphic artist, sponsors, donors, and benefactors. Thank you everyone!!!
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

FREE Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming Kids Class

A 1 hour “Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming” class for kids will be offered on Wednesday November 1st from 5:30 to 6:30pm pm.  No previous music/drumming experience necessary.  This hands on workshop is FREE and drums are provided.  BK Taiko dojo is located at 9911 Southern Blvd SE – unit F (near Eubank & Central).  Taiko is a high-energy blend of martial arts choreography and synchronized drumming which dates back over 2,000 years.  Taiko simply means “great drum” in Japanese and has taken on the meaning of the art form.  For more information or to sign up for the class, email Taiko@BKWoW.com or call (505) 294-6993.

The class will give an overview of basic taiko knowledge including taiko history, terminology, and basic drum info as well as introduce basic taiko stances, movement, kata, and kihon.  Students will also enjoy hands on experience with the drums.

For more information on BK Taiko, their performance schedule, or their taiko classes go to www.BKTaiko.com or go to www.Facebook.com/BKTaiko .

Instructor Biography

ANITA LEE GALLEGOS has studied Taiko for 17 years and has had the great opportunity to train & perform with professional Taiko drummers from Japan & the United States.  She teaches Taiko class for kids, youth, and adults in addition to leading BK Taiko’s performing group.

Japanese Taiko Drumming in New Mexico

  • BK Taiko performing Taiko Bayashi

BK Taiko is part of Bushido Kenkyukai, a Japanese Martial & Cultural Arts center in Albuquerque.  We not only have year round classes in Japanese Drumming for kids & adults, but we have a performing group that travels throughout New Mexico.  This year our group traveled to Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Gallup, Clovis, and even Phoenix, AZ.  Of course we perform several times a year in Albuquerque at public & private events.

Our group even works with schools, community groups, and summer camp programs to teach children Taiko Japanese Drumming in their facility or ours.  BK Taiko also hosts workshops with professional Taiko players & groups.

If you would like our group to perform at our event or you would like to join our fun exciting classes email Taiko@BKWoW.com.

Host an Origami Workshops or Booth at your Event

Origami is the Art of Paper Folding. Bushido Kenkyukai offers Origami workshops periodically throughout the year. We also go to schools, businesses, & events to run Origami booths or hold on site workshops. Paper is provided with hands on instruction. There are many fun subjects to choose from. No experience necessary. Difficulty level can vary from first timer to advanced. We work with young kids to older adults (seniors).

Contact us for a Quote. Sensei@BKWoW.com

Have Taiko Drums will Travel

BK Taiko an Albuquerque based Japanese Drumming group is on a Performance Tour in New Mexico.  Our Taiko group has been grabbing everyone’s attention with their energetic skillful performances. While BK Taiko normally has several performances per year in the general Albuquerque area, this year has had a significant increase in out of town performances requests.  In February BK Taiko participated in the Phoenix Matsuri (Japanese Festival).   April 29th BK Taiko performed in Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Matsuri, May 5th in Bernalillo, June 10th in Gallup for the Gallup Arts Crawl at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, and July 22nd in Clovis.

Contact Taiko@BKWoW.com if you would like our Taiko group at your event.

New Class being offered-Yoga

Improving your physical fitness benefits your life in many ways including improving your ability to perform your job, your hobbies, and your everyday activities. Bushido Kenkyukai will be offering a 6-week Kundalini Yoga class starting March 1st from 4pm to 5pm.

Kundalini works with breath, movement, sound (mantra), and meditation to promote self-healing, strengthening the nervous system, manage stress and mood, and increase flexibility.

Yoga class will be 1 hour on Wednesdays afternoons. Minimum age for participant is15 years old.  Class fee is $55. Discounts available for Military and Kirtland Air Force Base personnel.  (Our facility is on Southern Blvd across from KAFB between the Eubank & Wyoming gates)The highly qualified instructor, Ms. Lopez, is KRI certified and has been practicing since 1998.

Benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength & tone
  • Improved respiration, energy & vitality
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio & circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance

Participants must pre-register prior to February 22nd.  Email Sensei@BKWoW.com for more information.


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