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 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 or go to .

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

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.

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 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 for more information. [contact-form subject='[Bushido Kenkyukai: Japanese Martial %26amp; Cultural Arts’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]


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 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 :

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 and we will reserve a drum for you.