Origami, Japanese the Art of Paper Folding

Origami (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns.

Bushido Kenkyukai holds several Origami workshops per year in various subjects from holiday themes to traditional cranes.    Below is a list of some of the poplar workshop themes we have held:

  • Cranes (traditional, boxes, book marks, hearts)
  • Frogs
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Halloween
  • Christmas
  • Flowers
  • Dollar bill Origami
  • Airplanes

In addition we run Origami booths at numerous booths at events throughout New Mexico.  We recently had an Origami booth at Camille’s Sidewalk café in Gallup.  Below is a list of a few of our upcoming Origami booths:

  • New Mexico Natural History Museum for the Bisti Beast event June 22nd.
  • Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival at NM Veteran’s Memorial September 22nd. 
  • International Festival at NM Veteran’s Memorial September 28th.

All of our students are able to fold Origami but many specialize in certain pieces.  We fold Origami pieces from simple to complicated and cater our booth to the event we are participating in.  Visitors to our booths are all ages and we do not expect them to have any experience.

Bushido Kenkyukai has even hosted Summer Camps students, and various schools to participate in Origami workshops.  Our Instructor has gone to schools and daycares to run Origami workshops. 

Contact us (Bushi@BKWoW.com)  if you are interested in :

  • holding an Origami workshop at your school, Summer Camp, or event.
  • an Origami booth at your event
  • an Origami talk
  • our you are interested in being put on our list for Origami workshop annoucements

BK Taiko in Gallup

Thanks to Camille’s Sidewalk Café, BK Taiko Japanese Drumming group will once again be performing in Gallup as part of the Gallup Arts Crawl Saturday June 8th at 7:30pm. FREE to public.  There will be audience hands on participation after each set.   In addition prior to the performance BK Taiko will be folding Origami from 1pm to 4pm inside the patio area at Camille’s Sidewalk Café.

This is the 4th year Camille’s Sidewalk Café has sponsored BK Taiko at the Gallup Arts Crawl.  BK Taiko will be at Camille’s throughout the day available to interviews, autographs, & photos.

Thank you to KGLP radio Gallup for creating a PSA announcing BK Taiko’s performance. 

BK Taiko PSA for Gallup 060819 events

FREE Introduction to Youth Taiko Japanese Drumming

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.

This FREE  hands on 1 hour “Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming” class for kids (7 – 13 yrs.) will be offered on Wednesday January 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm pm. No previous music/drumming experience necessary.  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 or to sign up for the class, email Taiko@BKWoW.com or call (505) 294-6993. 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 .

Upcoming Workshops

Throughout the year we hold a variety of Japanese cultural workshops depending on instructor availability and facility schedule.  Workshops are generally open to the public and usually have a small supply fee.

In January we are hosting a FREE Introduction to Japanese drumming workshop for Youth, January 23rd.  We will be scheduling one for Adults in a few months.

In February we are hosting an Onigiri (Japanese Rice Ball) making workshop (Feb 2nd) and an Origami (Traditional paper folding) workshop (Feb 9th) .

Please check our calendar or our website/social media pages for more information.  You can also email Sensei@BKWoW.com

Happy New Year!

Happy 2019!  At Bushido Kenkyukai we are grateful for another year.  Last year definitely had some ups and downs….a new landlord, new friends & students, building repairs, a fun dojo picnic, our pictures in the press, 2 dojo floodings,  and sadly losses of family and friends.   

We are off to a great start this year with some new students, new equipment, and new workshops being scheduled.  Happy New year everyone!!!

Free Japanese Drumming Classes

Youth ages 7-13 yrs. Wednesday August 29th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Adults Ages 14 yrs. & above Wednesday October 24th from 6:40pm to 8:40pm

This FUN hands on class will teach Taiko History, Drum types, and how to play the drums.  NO music experience necessary.  Please email Taiko@BKWoW.com or message at Facebook.com/BKTaiko to reserve a drum.  Class is FREE

This is a great class for friends, couples, families.

BK Taiko is located at 9911 Southern SE – Unit F in Albuquerque, NM 87123.  (near Eubank & Central)

10 Years of Taiko Japanese Druming

Bushido Kenkyukai Taiko celebrates 10 years this month. Time has flown by.  We have been blessed with wonderful students, families, friends, neighbors, and benefactors.  So much has happened in 10 years.

There have been 2 facilities, multiple landlords, a Van, performance tours throughout NM, school performances. We have suffered a variety of hardships like roof leaks, damaged drums, vandalism to our van and our facility, plumbing issues, air conditioning failures, to health issues, and the toughest part, the passing of friends & family.

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.  Thank you to our fans and supporters!

Respectfully,

Anita Gallegos,  BK Taiko Group Leader

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.

Respectfully,

  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

 

OKINAWAN SHROIN RYU KARATE

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

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

TAIKO JAPANESE DRUMMING

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

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

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