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.

Self-Defense

We see and hear it every day in the media that people are attacked while going about their daily lives.  Self-defense is not about becoming a violent person or hurting people, it is about applying simple, efficient and straight forward techniques for defending yourself or your loved ones in dangerous situations.  You have a right to feel safe in your home, at work or school.

Take a Self Defense class your life is worth it!!!

Welcome 2016!!!

January 2016 is the start of my 30th year as a Martial Artist.  I have been so incredibly blessed to have Sensei James Hawkes, 10th Dan, as my instructor.  I owe him a tremendous amount of gratitude for all that he has taught me.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to train with him for so long.  I will forever miss him.

As we head back into the Dojo after Christmas break I look forward to a wonderful year of training hard with Sempais, Kohais, and students.  I am anxious for never ending floor drills, Kata, Kumite, and drills, drills, drills.  🙂

Domo Arigato, Thank you, to all the other Martial Artists that have been a part of my training both in and outside of the Dojo.  We share a warrior spirit that forever calls us.  Thank you to my friends and family that have supported me, even though they may not of understood but were patience when I said “I have to train, I have to go to the dojo.” Thank you to my students both past and present you are my family.  I thank God for directing me to my Passion in life.  I am so grateful and blessed.

Domo Arigato Gozaimas!

2016 Gambate!

A Gallegos, 5th Dan Bushido Kenkyukai Head Instructor

Take A Women’s Self Defense Class, Your Life is Worth it!

A 3-week Woman’s Basic Self Defense Class will be held on Saturdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at ABQ Self Defense October 17th to October 31th.  The goal of the class is to teach women basic awareness and basic self defense skills. This class is for women and is taught by women.

Women of all ages face so many possible threatening situations, such as purse snatchings, groupings, rape, domestic violence, date rape, bulling, battery, road rage, assault, muggings, active shooter, and home invasions. Taking a self-defense class can decrease your likelihood of facing a life threatening situation. Your personal safety is worth the time and money spent on a self-defense class.

ABQ Self Defense is located at 9911 Southern SE unit F (near Eubank & Central).  To register for the class go to www.ABQselfdefense.com or call 505-294-6993.   The class fee is $90 for 9 hours of hands on instruction. Groups of 3 or more pay $80 per student. Participants must pre-register prior to October 10th. Call now to Take Control of Your Life!!!

ABQ Self Defense provides a comfortable, safe environment for Women ages 13 older to learn hands on self-defense. The classes are fun, relaxed & interactive with lots of opportunities for questions. The physical techniques are easy to learn. Students will learn to prevent assaults, identify dangerous situations, and effectively fight back in life-threatening situations. This is NOT a martial arts class. Due to the nature of the topics, discussed the minimum age for students is 13 years old. Students should wear comfortable loose clothing suitable for exercise.

For more infomation call ( 505-294-6993 or go to : www.abqselfdefense.com.

Taiko Japanese Drumming classes

Taiko Drumming is a fun physical activity.  We are always looking for new students to join our dojo.  Please come try a class for FREE.  No experience necessary.  Classes are fun and energetic!

Taiko is great for creative expression, learning group cooperation, improving physical fitness, improving self-confidence, improving hand eye coordination, de-stressing and cultural awareness. And of course just to have fun! Taiko is also music.

All classes cover basic taiko knowledge, including taiko history, taiko terminology, and drum info.  In addition, students will learn:

  • Kuchi shōga (Japanese phonetic system for “pronouncing” the sounds of drums)
  • Kihon (the basic techniques of Japanese martial arts)
  • Kata (choreographed patterns of movements )

Beginning Kids Taiko classes Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30pm, cost $32 per month plus Tax
Beginning Adult Taiko class Wednesday 6:40pm – 8:40pm, cost is 60.75 per month plus Tax

Onetime start-up fee for all classes: $20 (includes reusable hearing protection and a beginner packet)
Send us an email at Taiko@BKWoW.com and we will reserve a drum for you.

Self Defense Class for Women

A 3-week Woman’s Basic Self Defense Class is being offered on Saturdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at ABQ Self Defense March 21st to April 4th.  The class is only offered a few time a year.

The goal of the class is to teach women basic awareness and basic self-defense skills. This class is for women and is taught by women.  ABQ Self Defense is located at 9911 Southern Blvd SE unit F (near Eubank & Central).  To register for the class go to www.ABQselfdefense.com or call 505-294-6993. The class fee is $90 for 9 hours of instruction.  Groups of 3 or more pay $80 per student. Participants must pre-register prior to March 16th. Call now to Take Control of Your Life!!! Space is limited.

The physical techniques are easy to learn.  Students will learn to prevent assaults, identify dangerous situations, and effectively fight back in life-threatening situations.  This is NOT a martial arts class.  Due to the nature of the topics discussed the minimum age for students is 13 years old.  Students should wear comfortable loose clothing suitable for exercise.

Youth Karate Classes in Albuquerque

Bushido Kenkyukai has Youth Karate classes Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  The age range is 7 years to 13 years old.  We teach Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate.  The first week of classes is Free.  Bushido Kenkyukai is a Family friendly dojo and offers a variety of periodic Japanese Cultural Arts activities in addition to its core year round Martial Arts Training and Taiko Japanese Drumming.

Classes are structured with Traditional Karate basics and values.  The Youth are not only taught Karate basics, but Japanese terminology, Karate History, Basic Japanese etiquette & culture, personal safety, Disciple & Character (7 Virtues of Bushido), Sempai/Kohai, and  basic physical fitness.  Our head instructor is a strong supporter of education and therefore students are required to keep a minimum grade point average in order to continue participation in Karate classes.

Our head instructor has over 27 years of experience.   With small class sizes, your child will not get lost and become another number as in some larger schools.  In addition, with senior Adult Karate students often assisting with the youth classes there is plenty of one on one training.

Belt level progression is based on the successful completion and understanding of basic skills needed for each level.  Students are given a requirements sheet for each level which clearly defines the needed skills and minimum class time required for each belt level.  Since everyone learns at a different pace there is no regular calendar set testing schedule.  Students test when the instructor sees that the student has comprehension and demonstration capabilities required for that level.  Students which are ready for testing will be scheduled to test and will not be held back to wait for a group testing.

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