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.

Karate, Taiko, Self Defense, We’re “In the Press”

Bushido Kenkyukai, BK Taiko, and ABQ Self Defense, Students and/or Instructors have been “In the Press” from time to time so we have created a page where you can view our Press.  Links to our most recent press is located on our “In the Press” page; other links can be found on our webpage containing the subject being featured or on our Facebook Pages.  Here is a review of some of our Press.

  • March 2014:   2 KASA Fox, Our Taiko Instructor was on to help Popejoy promote a professional Taiko performance coming to Albuquerque in April 2014.  There were 2 TV spots.
  • November 2013:  Albuquerque Journal, Gallegos Sensei’s Promotion to 5th degree Black belt.
  • July 2013:  Albuquerque Journal, Top 5 Billing, Bushido Kenkyukai’s Open House 2013
  • June 2013:  Albuquerque Journal did a feature story about our instructor and our Taiko classes
  • October 2012:  Albuquerque Journal,   Two members of our Taiko performing group were pictured at Aki Matsuri 2012 with a story about the NMJACL’s dream of a Japanese Cultural center
  • February 2011:  KOB channel 4:  Did a feature on Women’s Self Defense which including an interview with our instructor and video of our Women’s Self Defense Class
  • October 2010:  Albuquerque Journal Entertainment Magazine, BK Taiko’s performing group was pictured and listed as part of the “Taste of New Mexico” event in downtown Albuquerque
  • March 2009:  Albuquerque Journal, Bushido Kenkyukai Karate &Taiko students were pictured as part of our participation (Taiko & Origami) in the Balloon Museums event “Children of War, Voices of Peace: Japanese and American Perspectives”.

Women’s Self Defense Class, Registation Now Open

Registration is now open, don’t miss this opportunity.  The class is only offered a few time a year.

      A 3-week Woman’s Basic Self Defense Class will be offered on Saturdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at ABQ Self Defense April 12th to April 26th.  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  or call 505-294-6993.   The class fee is $65 for 9 hours of instruction.  Groups of 3 or more pay $55 per student.  Participants must pre-register prior to April 5th.  Call now to Take Control of Your Life!!!  Space is limited and this will be the last session offered this year.

     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. 

Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming Class

         Albuquerque, NM, March 10, 2014:  A 1 ½ hour “Introduction to Taiko Japanese Drumming” class will be offered on Monday March 10th from 7:30 to 9 pm.  No previous music/drumming experience necessary.  This hands on workshop costs only $5 and drums are provided.  The Taiko dojo is located at 9911 Southern SE (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.  Please register by March 5th.

This class is great for a person interested in finding out more about taiko, how to get started in the art form or someone who just appreciates the art form.  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.         Taiko is great for creative expression, group cooperation, building self-esteem, cultural awareness, and improving physical fitness.

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Instructor Biography

ANITA LEE GALLEGOS has studied Taiko for 15 years and has had the great opportunity to train & perform with professional Taiko drummers from Japan and the United States.  She teaches beginning taiko class for kids, youth, and adults in addition to leading BK Taiko’s performing group.

A Fun Way to Stay in Shape, TAIKO Japanese Drumming

With the Holidays behind us and the extra pounds lignering, it is time to get a little more exercise.  But who wants to get up early to pump some iron or run in the cold, how about trying something fun and different…Taiko Japanese Drumming.   For the average person, Taiko is a great way to relieve stress and improve physical fitness.  Taiko involves various movements of the arms and legs can be performed by people of all ages and fitness levels.  Actively performing the drumming training for 60 to 120 minutes not only benefits the cardiovascular system but also tones the arms, legs, back, shoulders, and the core.

Beating a drum is a great way to work out the stress of the day while toning your body.  It is perfect for both beginners looking for something fun and outside the sometimes intimidating mainstream gym, and jaded exercisers needing something new and interesting.  Kids and adults find it equally fun and exciting.  Taiko is also great for building self-esteem, creative expression, group cooperation, improving coordination, and cultural awareness.

The unique art form of Taiko is offered in Albuquerque at Bushido Kenkyukai Taiko Dojo located at 9911Southern Blvd Unit F (near Eubank & Central).  Beginning classes are Wednesdays with Kids (7-13 yrs.) classes from 5:30–6:30 pm and Adult (14 yrs. & above) classes from 6:40 – 8:40 pm.  No experience is necessary.  Practice Taiko drums and equipment are provided.  Improve your physical fitness and have fun while doing it!

BK Taiko’s instructor has over 15 years of Taiko drumming experience and has had the great opportunity to train with professional Taiko drummers from Japan and the United States.  For more information on Taiko Japanese Drumming email or visit

A Family that Kicks together Sticks Together

Looking for a fun activity for the family or siblings, try Karate.  Bushido Kenkyukai’s Karate classes are mainly composed of families.  We have and have had sisters, brothers & sisters, cousins, uncle & nephew, neighbors, newlyweds, Mom with her kids and the son in law.   Our Family oriented school teaches Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate class for Kids and Adults.  Classes are Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Kid’s class is from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and Adult Class is from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Karate is a great way to relieve stress and improve physical fitness.  It involves various movements of the arms & legs and not only benefits the cardiovascular system but also tones the whole body.  Karate is also great for building self-esteem, improving physical fitness, Self-defense, coordination, self-discipline, and just to have fun!  It also helps students focus better at school or work.

Bushido Kenkyukai Dojo located at 9911Southern Blvd Unit F (near Eubank & Central).    Improve your physical fitness and have fun while doing it with the family!

Bushido Kenkyukai’s head instructor has over 25 years of karate Training.  Gallegos Sensei is a 5th degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and a 3rd degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kempo Kobudo, and a Certified Self Defense Instructor.  For more information on Bushido Kenkyukai or our classes email or visit

Women’s Self Defense Class Starts January 11th

Women’s Self Defense class starts January 11th, 2014.  It is 3 classes on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  Women’s Self Defense classes are taught by women instructors & assistants.  We provide a safe, comfortable woman friendly environment that gives women of all ages the best opportunity to learn to protect themselves. Please go to for more information or to register.

The 3 classes this session will be January 11th, January 18th, and February 1st.  There will NOT be a class January 25th due to a scheduling conflict.

Location: 9911 Southern SE unit F (Near Eubank & Central)

Class Supply Fee: $65 (Group discounts available for 3 or more)

Must pre-register by January 5th.

Minimum 10 students for class to be held. Minimum age is 13.

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Sensei Promoted to Godan, 5th Degree Black Belt

Bushido Kenkyukai’s Head Instructor Gallegos Sensei was promoted to 5th degree Black belt on October 12, 2013.  The promotion was at the 1st annual Jim Hawkes Memorial Tournament held at the Pyramid hotel in Albuquerque.  Mrs. Sue Hawkes, 7th dan, promoted Gallegos Sensei in the middle of the tournament in front of competitors, visitors, peers, friends, and Sempais & Kohais from Jim Hawkes Karate.

Gallegos Sensei has been training in karate for 27 years and is a long time student (25 years) of the late Master James H. Hawkes.  “Training never ends.  There is so much to learn.” Gallegos Sensei stated.

Taiko Performance at Balloon Museum

BK Taiko performed at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum for International Peace day September 21st.  The group did a wonderful performance that was well received.  Initially the group started playing with only a few folks gathered, but once people heard the sound of the O’Daiko the room filled happy visitors.  Several members of the audience were seen head bobbing and toe tapping along to the beats of the drum.  The Taiko group received numerous positive comments including from the Balloon Museum program coordinator.

ABQ Self Defense

Bushido Kenkyukai is also the home of ABQ Self Defense.  ABQ Self Defense teaches several self-defense classes throughout the year.  Although many of the session taught are women’s basic self-defense, other classes such as general self-defense (adults, men & women), youth self-defense, and specialty self-defense (for companies & special groups) are taught periodically.

Periodically request for interview, and subject commentary are made due to the instructors certifications and years of experience.  These request come in from all over New Mexico.  Instructor Gallegos has been featured on television newscast, newspaper, and radio shows.

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