Kids Karate classes in Albuquerque

Bushido Kenkyukai has a few openings in Youth Karate class on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  The age range is 7 years to 13 years old.  We teach Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate.  Try 2 weeks of classes for Free.  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 35 years of martial arts training and is a 6th degree black belt Shorin Ryu, 3rd degree black belt in Okinawan Kenpo Kobudo, and a certified self defense instructor.   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.

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. Contact us for details.

BK Taiko to perform at Isotopes Game

Bushido Kebkyukai’s Taiko group will be performing Friday May 26th at the Isotopes Game. BK Taiko is performing from 5:15pm to 6pm as part of the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. The group can be see as you enter the 3rd base gate at Isotopes park.

Asian American Pacific Islander Month honors the history, achievements, and struggles of Americans with Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. Originally established as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in May of 1979, Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month was first observed as a full month in 1990 and officially established in 1992. The month of May was chosen due to its significance as both the month during which the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States in 1843 and the month of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 by mainly Chinese immigrant workers. 

Bushido Kenkyukai Karate 20 years

2023 is the 20th anniversary of Bushido Kenkyukai Karate. As a young martial artist over 35 years ago I knew I would do Karate for the rest of my life, but I never imagined teaching Karate much less having a Dojo. I feel blessed and grateful.

The past few years as a martial artist have been sad, watching so many schools close permanently throughout New Mexico due to the pandemic and its consequences. Life has changed for everyone. Fewer people are interested in martial arts and have found other activities that came out of the quarantine of the pandemic. Also the cost of everything has risen drastically and families have had to cut back on activities to make ends meet. In addition we have lost so many martial arts pioneers, which is sad, but understandable as time goes on. Bushido Kenkyukai is blessed to have wonderful students, families, friends, and supporters which has helped us get through the tough times.

This year started slow and a little bumpy but we are still here and training. Our youth class is our largest class and it is great to see it growing. We always have room for more students, both youth and adult. Dojo is family, so the more the merrier.

This summer we plan to have a special celebration to commemorate our 20 years. We hope to invite as many of our past students as possible to join us in this happy occasion. Please reach out to us if you are a past student who has lost contact with us, we would like you to participate.

I look forward to many more years of training and hope Bushido Kenkyukai makes it another 20 years!

Thank You!

2021 is gone and 2022 is here!  Thank goodness!  The Covid-19 years have been difficult, but we are still here.  Thank you to our students and their families, without you Bushido Kenkyukai would not have survived the past 2 years.  Thank you for adjusting with all the health orders and constant unknown of what change we would have to make next. Thank you for your patience. Thank you to those that never left and rode the wave.  Thank you to those that came back whether it was at the beginning of 2021 or the end.

Thank you to all our families, friends, and supporters of our programs.  In 2020 Covid-19 caused the cancelation of all our events and performances.  In 2021 we started the year off with a virtual performance for the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s celebration of Asian Pacific Islander month and finished the year with a live performance at Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Thank you to all event coordinators that gave us back the wonderful joy of performing & demonstrating.

Here is to a new year, with refreshing possibilities of a better year with prosperity & joy!

35 Years and Still Training

Within my first couple of years of training in Karate I knew without a doubt I would do it for the rest of my life.  I just knew I would find a way.  It spoke to me; it fed my soul.  This is not to say I was coordinated or skilled athletically. I’m not a karate prodigy.  The drills and forms made sense to me, repetition and discipline made sense, and as I got better and better, it drew me in further.  I was tremendously blessed with a great instructor and without him I would not be the karate student or teacher that I am today.  Luckily to this day there is still so much more I want to learn.  As I have gotten older, I realize how much I have learned and how much more there is to learn, so much more. Strangely, it has taught me how little I know about karate.  It has taught me so much in addition to self-defense.  It has taught me about myself.  It may sound cliché, but Karatedo is much more than punching and kicking, it truly is a way of life and has taught me about mine.

The pandemic, ugh!  Talk about a test of perseverance.  As an instructor you are always concerned with the heath and welfare of your students but trying to figure out how to protect and provide for your students with confusing public information and the uncertainty of something new and unknown is challenging.  Then all the restrictions, lockdowns, and mandates placed on a small school running on a shoestring becomes a juggling act of a lifetime.  To me it is a miracle that my dojo still exists.  Through all this there was never a doubt that I would continue to do Karate.  Sadly, I did wonder if I would still have a dojo or students. Since the pandemic is not over, I still wonder if we will make it.  So many small businesses have not survived the pandemic, not to mention martial arts schools were already in a saturated market.

I have been doing Karate since I was a teenager which now means most of my life.  There have been a few little breaks along the way mainly due to injuries, non-karate related of course, but never a “stop, done, no more”.  It is funny, I have coworkers that tease me because I’m not good at pop-culture trivia for the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.  They jokingly ask me where were you?  I smile and tell them… In the early years I was in school and the dojo, and in the later years I was at work and the dojo.

Karate has got me through so many things.  It has been my motivator for recovery from injuries.  It has been my rock to keep me grounded in bumpy times.  It has been what calms me when life is swirling.  I don’t know who wrote the quote below, but I like it.

“When you’re afraid. Just Train!

When something doesn’t feel right just train!

When you don’t believe in yourself anymore. Just Train!

The only thing that won’t betray you is your training”

My students have only added to my motivation and drive.  Karate for me as a student will never end; karate for me the instructor/school owner is yet uncertain.  The pandemic and the change in culture/interest in martial arts see the future of martial arts schools as shrinking.  Maybe it is full circle, maybe we are dying off into a secret sect of teacher and student as it once was.  The only thing I know for certain is in one form or another I will do it till I die.

2021, What a year

At the beginning of the year we all thought 2021 would be better and we would be back to normal, sadly that is not quite what happened. We still have restrictions, health orders, and mandates but at least we have been able to use our facility instead of virtual classes. It has been tough but 2020 was harder with no in person, no use of facilities, no contact. I’m grateful that we are training in our dojo and that many of our students were able to come back. Sadly many other martial arts schools did not survive. Our progress forward has been slow but at least it is forward.

2021 brought some pleasant surprises as well. Several students from the past came to visit, which was a treat. Dear friends were brought closer together. There was more appreciation for the dojo and each other. Back to basics became more precious. In person performance and demonstrations are slowly coming back. More students continue to trickle back in.

Bushido Kenkyukai is open and holding in person classes. We are taking new student and have free trial class available. Performance & demonstration are being scheduled.

Again we hope that 2022 will be better and more what “normal” used to feel like.

We’re Still Standing

Japanese Cranes

2020 has been a bumpy year with open & close, in person & online. We are working with the NM Health Orders best we can. Face coverings, additional facility cleanings, touchless dispensers for hand sanitizer, social distancing, micro classes, classes by family, one on one training, and individual student zones to name a few of the adjustments we have made. It has been tough but WE ARE STILL STANDING!

We are blessed to have a large facility with high ceilings, good ventilation, and numerous doors. We have space out doors to practice when the weather is warm. All our students and family have worked with us to adapt with the ever changing NM Health Orders, but unfortunately we have lost some students along the way due to the hardship Covid-19 has caused for so many families. We reach out to them and keep them in our thoughts. As a small dojo family we continue to push through as best we can in hopes that we can survive the hardship and come out stronger on the other side.


For Karate, as the NM Health Order allows, we are still training with small micro classes where students must remain in individual zones. Since we have several families that attend our school most of the classes are currently comprised of individual families. Online classes have greatly increased our appreciation for our dojo facility.

New Students Accepted

We are accepting new students, but an appointment must be made to visit our facility. Special Covid safe procedures for new students are required to maintain the safety of our current students. The old days of jumping in at anytime to try a class are not available. Special arrangements will be made for anyone wishing to try our program.

Fellow Martial Artists

Many Martial Arts schools have sadly had to close or temporarily go into a suspended status. If you are an instructor wanting to rent space by the hour please reach out to us, we may be able to help you get though the hurdle. If you are a student without a Sensei/school, we might be a good fit. We are NOT trying to take students away from anyone! We are offering to help those that my be stranded.


For Taiko, as the NM Health Order allows, we have small classes with students social distant. Face coverings are required, students must have their own drumsticks (drumsticks can be purchased at dojo), disposable gloves are available, and drums are covered in plastic so they can be kept clean & sanitized. Students are assigned a drum for class and are not allow to switch.

New Students Accepted

We are accepting new students, but an appointment must be made to visit our facility. Special Covid safe procedures for new students are required to maintain the safety of our current students. The old days trying a class at any time are not available. Special arrangements will be made for anyone wishing to try our program. We have youth classes and adult beginning class. If you are interested in our programs, contact us to make an appointment to visit our facility.

Taiko Performances

We lost all our performances and workshops for 2020, due to Covid-19, which are significant part of how we keep our Taiko program and facility running. BK Taiko normally travels throughout New Mexico performing for various groups and schools. It has been tough, part of the fun of Taiko is playing in a group with an many drums and drummers possible. Sensei has been refurbishing drums, making new ones, and repairing equipment as time allows. We have done some composing but it is slow without having the ability to bring the group together to try it out and make adjustments. The performing group is working on some performance pieces that we will record and post online.

Although we still don’t know what 2021 will bring or when gatherings/ performance will be allowed, our performing group is hopeful and willing to discuss the possibility of BK Taiko performing for your group or event. Contact to get the conversation started.

We buy used Taiko drums

If you are looking to get rid of a taiko drum in any state/condition at a reasonable price please contact us at It doesn’t matter if it is a barrel, blooming onion, torn head, or pristine condition reach out to us. Our Taiko sensei builds and refurbishes drums for the group, your drum may find a new home with us. The more Taiko the merrier!

Yes, We are Open (partially)

2020 has been quite a year. It seems like we went from one extreme to the the other over night. We closed in March and went online to comply with Covid-19 Health Orders. What a new experience for everyone, but we made the best of it. With the last NM Health Order we were able to partially open. We are on a slightly different schedule (shorter & less frequent) with micro classes. We are only offering our beginning classes right now but hope to expand with the next health order changes.

We are fortunate to have a large facility with industrial HVAC, numerous doors, fans, and high ceilings. The dojo has strong air flow pushing out of the building. There is a touch-less hand sanitizer dispenser and of course the bathrooms to keep hands clean. The facility has always been cleaned with disinfectant on a regular basis. Seated areas are more spread out and students are assigned zones. Group social activities are currently on hold.

No contact, no equipment, social distancing, and back to basics for the Karate students. Classes are basically 1 or 2 families with students assigned to individual zones to work in.

Taiko classes have drums covered in plastic and drummers are required to use their own drumsticks. The drums are spread out even further from each other and classes are so small it is a little difficult to play a full taiko piece but we are adapting as best we can.

If you would like more information about our programs or our Covid Safe practices for our facility, please contact Sensei at 505-294-6993 or

Learning To Be Still

With our fast paced world, being still, calm, focused is a skill many adults as well as children need to work on.  Attending a class or meeting, taking a test, driving, or a medical exam/test are a few examples in everyday life that require being still and focusing.  To be still in the mind is to be calm. To be still of the body requires self discipline.

The structure with which martial arts are taught teaches students to control their mind as well as their body. Karate teaches students to focus and calm their mind so they can improve their skills.  The technique they are learning at that moment are the main concern. They are taught to be aware but ignore what is beyond their immediate space and concentrate on the task at hand. This teaches you to focus.

Etiquette is an important component of martial arts. It has been said that “Karate begins and ends with respect” (Gichen Funakoshi, the father of modern Karate). As part of the respect of others, students are required to be quiet/still while another student or the instructor is demonstrating techniques. Also with the Sempai/Kohai relationship, or order of rank, you must learn to wait your turn which requires you to show respect and self discipline. All these take practice.

Traditional Karate goes beyond punches and kicks teaching students valuable life skills that aid the student in any aspect of life whether they are a child or adult. Learning to be still is one of many benefits of a traditional Karate program.

Bushido Kenkyukai’s head instructor started training in Karate as a teenage and credits the strong traditional training as a having a huge impact on Gallegos Sensei’s career & success in life. “No matter how old I am or what my physical abilities are i will do it forever one way or another. I can’t imagine my life with out Karate,” said Gallegos Sensei

For more information about Bushido Kenkyukai or Gallegos Sensei, email or visit

Origami Cranes

The Japanese word Origami is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: “ori”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper. A crane is the first thing many people think of when they hear the word Origami. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you will be granted one wish. Origami cranes are often viewed as a sign of hope and peace.

Bushido Kenkyukai host many Origami Workshops, runs Origami booths at events, and teaches on site Origami classes throughout New Mexico. The most requested Origami subject we receive is the Crane. While the crane is not really a simple piece we have taught one on one with students of all ages from little kids to older adults. On Saturday January 25th we will be hosting an Origami Crane workshop at out facility from 10 am to 12 pm. (Supply fee:$12)

In our school, Bushido Kenkyukai, we have numerous origami cranes throughout our facility including 1000 Origami cranes hanging below a large origami crane from the ceiling. The cranes were folded by our students and out head instructor. Gallegos Sensei enjoys folding origami and is often seen folding origami cranes with all kinds of paper in interesting places.