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 www.ABQSelfDefense.com

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 www.BKTaiko.com.

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 www.ABQSelfDefense.com 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 : www.ABQSelfDefense.com

“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 Taiko@BKWoW.com 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 www.ABQSelfDefense.com 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 http://www.abqjournal.com/main/213532/living/martial-arts-led-instructor-to-taiko-drumming.html.

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: AbqSelfDefense.com.

May 2013 Bushido Kenkyukai Shinbun


BK Taiko had a successful, well received performance at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for their Annual Asian Pacific Islander celebration. With BK Taiko’s recent loss of a performer they have had to adapt their performance pieces to a smaller group size. The new arrangement debuted well at the Museum.


Some exciting news, recently some Bushido Kenkyukai Karate students, Taiko Students, some Parents of Taiko students, and our head Instructor were interviewed by the Albuquerque Journal. The Journal was intrigued that our head Instructor is an Astrophysicist, Karate Instructor, Taiko Player, and Drum maker. This article is great news for the dojo and we are excited to see the outcome.

The article is expected to appear in the Sunday Albuquerque Journal June 30th in the Living section. We will post links to the article on our webpage and Facebook pages as soon as it appears. Additionally we will have a copy posted in the Dojo.


Bushido Kenkyukai, a Japanese Martial & Cultural Arts center, will be offering a Japanese Cultural Day experience June 20th, 21st, & 22nd. The program is from 8 am to 5 pm and will offer several Introductory/Beginning level classes. Topics are: Japanese Language, Japanese Cultural Etiquette, Origami, Japanese Food & Meal Etiquette, and Taiko Japanese Drumming. A simple Japanese lunch is included. The cost is $60 per day (students can attend one or two days). This program is available for three age levels: Youth (8 to 12 years old), Teen, and Adults (Saturday class).


We are excited to announce Bushido Kenkyukai’s 10th anniversary celebration with the annual open house event which will be on Saturday July 13th. The event starts at 10 am and will feature Karate Demonstrations, Taiko performances, Shigin Singing Poetry, Bushido Kenkyukai 10 year video montage, food, and much more. This Family fun event is free to the public. Hope to see you there.

Announcing Endowment Fund for young students

The Bushido Kenkyukai Endowment Fund is for students (youth) who need a little extra help to participate in extra dojo activities or training. The BK endowment fills that gap and pays for up to 90% of the cost depending on the applicants need.

Bushido Kenkyukai Japanese Martial & Cultural Arts Center from time to time offers workshops with professional Taiko players, Martial Artist, Language Instructors, Cultural demonstrators, and field trips to special cultural events/lectures. Taiko, Karate, and other cultural activities are a great opportunity for youth to learn, grow and become more well-rounded and better citizens in our community.

The Bushido Kenkyukai Endowment Fund is for students (youth) who need a little extra help to participate in extra dojo activities or training. With the tough economy sometimes students just need a little financial help to make ends meet so they can participate in these activities. The BK endowment fills that gap and pays for up to 90% of the cost depending on the applicants need.

If you would like to contribute, please visit the Endowment Fund page on our main website.