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.

For more information about ABQ Self Defense, go to

Drumming to Bring in Fall

Albuquerque, NM, September 29, 2013:  BK Taiko Japanese Drumming group will kick off the entertainment offered at Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival Sunday September 29th.  The event will be held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, admission is $5.  In addition to the main stage performance at 10:30 am, BK Taiko will parade through the event at 9:45 am and will also be featured on the Martial Arts stage at 12:00 pm.

This group has been grabbing everyone’s attention with their energetic skillful performances.  BK Taiko performs traditional taiko numbers as well as their own original pieces.

Taiko is a high-energy blend of Japanese 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.  Traditional taiko is a musical art form which at the performance level requires serious physical strength and stamina.  Most professional taiko players run several miles on a daily basis in addition to performing regular strength building exercises besides their music training program.

The unique art form of Taiko Japanese Drumming is offered in Albuquerque at Bushido Kenkyukai Taiko Dojo located at 9911 Southern – Unit F (near Eubank & Central).  Classes are available for kids & adults.  Community and performing groups are also available.  The group owns several drums so all the students have to provide is an enthusiastic positive attitude.  The instructor has 15 years of Taiko drumming experience and has had the great opportunity to train & perform with professional Taiko drummers from Japan and the United States.  For more information on BK Taiko or their taiko classes go to

Take A Self Defense Class, Your Personal Safety is worth it!

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 October 5th to October 19th.  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 September 28th.  Call now to Take Control of Your Life!!!  Space is limited and this will be the last session offered this year.

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.   While it is not required that you bring a partner, this is a great class for Mothers & Daughters, Aunts & Nieces, Sisters, or friends.

Ms. Gallegos is a certified Women’s Self Defense Instructor and has been training in martial arts for over 25 years.  She has a 4th Degree Black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and a 3rd degree black belt Okinawan Kenpo Kobudo weapons.  Due to her extensive education and training in self-defense her Women’s Self-Defense Program is unique in the state of New Mexico.   

For more info call ( 505-294-6993 or go to :

“Introduction To Taiko Japanese Drumming” class August 12th

The next “Introduction to Taiko” class will be held Monday August 12th from 7:30 to 9pm.  This is your opportunity to learn Japanese Drumming.   Taiko simply means “great drum” in Japanese and has taken on the meaning of the art form.  The class will cover basic taiko knowledge, including  taiko history,  taiko terminology, and  drum info.  Students will also learn:

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

Please register by August 6th to reserve your space.
Cost : $5
Location: BK Taiko Dojo 9911 Southern SE Unit F (near Eubank & Central)
email to signup

Next Women’s Self Defense Class October 5th

Women’s Self Defense starts  October 5th, 2013.  It is a 3-week class on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  Women’s Self Defense classes are taught by women instructors & assistants.   We provide a safe, confortable 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.  This will be the last session taught this year.

Location:  9911 Southern SE unit F (Near Eubank & Central)
Class Supply Fee:  $65  (Group discounts available for 3 or more)

Must pre-register by September 28th.

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




Bushido Kenkyukai is celebrating 10 years with an Open House!

Japanese CultureWe are excited to announce Bushido Kenkyukai’s 10th anniversary celebration with our annual open house event which will be on Saturday July 13th. The event will start at 10 am and will feature Karate Demonstrations, Taiko performance, Shigin Japanese Singing Poetry, a 10 year video presentation, and more.

Saturday July 13th, 2013 starting at 10 a.m.

We hope to see you there!

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Bushido Kenkyukai’s taiko in June 23rd’s Albuquerque Journal

Donna Olmstead of the Albuquerque Journal has written an article about Bushido Kenkyukai’s taiko drumming classes.

You can read the article at

Abq Journal article snapshot

Next Women’s Self Defense Class will be Fall 2013

The next Women’s Three-week Basic Self Defense Class will be Fall 2013. Next class after that will be January 2014.

Self-defense is not about becoming a violent person or hurting people, it is about applying simple, efficient and straighforward techniques for defending yourself in dangerous situations such as muggings, carjackings, home invasions and more.

One class consists of 3 sessions every Saturday for 3 hours each.

  • Classes are fun, relaxed and interactive
  • Lots of opportunities for questions
  • The physical techniques are easy to learn

For more details and to register visit: