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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored martial arts teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in Albuquerque, NM.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Action Martial Arts

Action Martial Arts is an Albuquerque school that offers Krav Maga classes to civilians and law enforcement personnel. Civilian classes are for men and women and will help increase speed, strength, and confidence. Classes contain 19 students or less and include professionals and EMTs, social workers, firefighters, and prison guards. Law enforcements classes are for active CIA agents, police, corrections officers, FBI agents, and government law enforcement.

Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 431-6325


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AKKA Karate USA is an Albuquerque facility that provides instruction in kenpo karate. The class for children between four and six years of age focuses on discipline, balance, self-defense, and coordination. They also learn some basic Chinese words. AKKA Karate USA also offers kenpo classes which focus on physical conditioning, personal development, and self-defense for students over the age of six. Students appreciate the welcoming environment and the instructors’ knowledge and talent.

Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 275-0031


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Albuquerque Modern Martial Arts

Albuquerque Modern Martial Arts is a facility that provides classes for children and adults. Classes include jiu-jitsu, Filipino martial arts, Krav Maga, escrima, women’s self-defense, and private lessons. The first two classes are free and students pay monthly for classes or a drop-in fee per class. Students appreciate the workout and the quality of instruction.

Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 450-3714


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ATA Karate

ATA Karate is an Albuquerque facility that has been serving adults and children for over nine years. The facility is 2,600 square feet and programs are for children ages three to six years of age, children seven to 12 years of age, and for teens and adults, 13 years of age and up. ATA Karate’s aim is to help each student achieve a black belt.

Albuquerque, NM 87124 (505) 994-3142


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Bates Premier Taekwondo

Bates Premier Taekwondo is an Albuquerque facility that serves adults and children and has over 16 years of experience. The facility offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, all adults classes, private lessons, circuit training, and competition team. Bates Premier Taekwondo is a Commissioned Club of USA-Taekwondo and is an Internationally Accredited Academy. Students appreciate the instructors’ support and dedication.

Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 985-9091


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Blackman Martial Arts Academy

Blackman Martial Arts Academy is an Albuquerque school that provides instruction in different martial arts styles. The school offers basic self-defense, taekwondo, weapons, hapkido, and escrima to students of all skill levels. Programs are for children, teens, and adults. Blackman Martial Arts Academy also offers birthday parties which include a birthday martial arts class, pizza and drinks, games, goodie bags, and more. Students appreciate the quality of instruction and the positive atmosphere.

Albuquerque, NM 87111 (505) 856-5616


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Bushido Kenkyukai

Bushido Kenkyukai is an Albuquerque facility that offers taiko classes to children and adults. There are also karate and women’s self-defense classes. Anita Lee Gallegos is a 5th-degree black belt in shorin ryu karate and a 3rd-degree black belt in Okinawan kenpo kobudo weapons. She has more than 25 years of martial arts training and is also a certified self-defense instructor.

Albuquerque, NM 87123 (505) 294-6993


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Champion Martial Arts

Champion Martial Arts is an Albuquerque school that provides classes to children and adults. Programs include weapons classes, kid jiu-jitsu classes, taekwondo sparring, combat hapkido classes, adult Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes, and Olympic-style taekwondo. Head instructor Master Christopher Ballard has more than 37 years of taekwondo experience, and has many certifications including Fifth Dan Kukkiwon Certified and Certified Combat Hapkido Instructor. Master Janel Ballard has over 21 years of taekwondo experience and she is Fourth Dan Kukkiwon Certified and is a Certified Taekwondo Coach.

Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 237-9884


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Chinese Shao-Lin Center

Chinese Shao-Lin Center is an Albuquerque school that has been serving Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Taos, Sante Fe, Tijeras, and Albuquerque for over 20 years. The school has students from 12 years of age to 65 years of age, and at all skill levels. The school offers kung fu, wooden man, tai chi, and chi kung. Chinese Shao-Lin Center provides high-quality supplies and weapons that were imported from China and an authentic atmosphere. Head instructors Master Abram Tamez and Associate Master Leslie Phillips have been receiving intense training for over 18 and 15 years, respectively. Students appreciate their patience, knowledge, and compassion.

Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505) 254-4604


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GMA Olympic Taekwondo Academy

GMA Olympic Taekwondo Academy is a Rio Rancho facility that has two different training locations. Grandmaster Abraham Quartey-Papafio has more than 40 years of taekwondo teaching experience and he is a 6th dan black belt. The academy teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced taekwondo.

Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 307-3600


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Humble Warrior Taekwon-Do

Humble Warrior Taekwon-Do is a Rio Rancho facility that provides instruction in tradition taekwondo. The first class is free and there are discounts for family members. Humble Warrior Taekwon-Do also offers one-day demonstrations and self-defense courses. The owner, Donna Weaver, is a retired police officer and has been teaching taekwondo for more than five years. Parents remark on the atmosphere and the quality of the instruction.

Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 980-7972


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Japan Karate Association

Japan Karate Association is an Albuquerque school that has been serving students for over 29 years. There are more than 20 classes each week for students of all ages and skill levels. Parents are welcome to join their child’s class. Japan Karate Association also offers private lessons and kinder karate for students three to six years of age. Child classes are for children seven to 12 years of age, and adult classes are for students 13 years of age and up. Sensei Yasuaki Nagatomo is the chief instructor and holds a 7th-degree black belt and has been training and teaching for more than 29 years.

Albuquerque, NM 87113 (505) 256-0700


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Jim Hawkes Karate

Jim Hawkes Karate is an Albuquerque school that provides classes to youth 11 years of age and under, adults 12 years of age and up, and executives 40 years of age and up. Jim Hawkes Karate is the longest running school in Albuquerque which Sue Hawkes runs. She is a 6th-degree black belt shorin ryu and a 4th-degree black belt in Okinawa kenpo kobudo.

Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 872-1091


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Mountain Path Kung Fu

Mountain Path Kung Fu is an Albuquerque academy that serves Albuquerque and the Metropolitan Area. The academy offers traditional kung fu lessons, tai chi lessons, chi kung lessons, and self-defense. Mountain Path Kung Fu also offers private lessons and a chi kung private group practice.

Albuquerque, NM 87122 (505) 681-5603


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New Mexico Jiu-Jitsu Academy

New Mexico Jiu-Jitsu Academy is an Albuquerque school that offers classes for children and adults. Classes include kids’ martial arts, Muay Thai, executive self-defense, kodokan judo, wing chun kung fu, and adult Gracie jiu-jitsu. Instructors Justin Hall and Armando Sanchez have over 39 years of combined martial arts experience. Students remark on the instructors’ training style, knowledge, and skill, the atmosphere, and the value.

Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 341-1500


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Shinbukan Dojo of Rio Rancho

Shinbukan Dojo of Rio Rancho is a facility that provides martial arts training to children nine and up and adults. The facility offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced karate and kobudo classes. Shinbukan Dojo of Rio Rancho offers introductory programs that come with a karate gi, as well as private lessons. There is a monthly tuition and no long-term contracts. Training weapons are also available for purchase. The founding teachers have over 60 years of combined experience.

Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 892-8998


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Takai Mine Karate/Tae Kwon Do

Takai Mine Karate/Tae Kwon Do is an Albuquerque school that has been serving students for over 30 years. The school provides four different types of martial arts classes for men, women, and children. Takai Mine Karate/Tae Kwon Do teaches shorin-ryu, majai pai escrima, tae kwon do, and shoto kan. Master Chavez has more than 35 years of martial arts experience and holds a 6th-degree black belt in tae kwon do. Parents remark on the environment, the structure, and Master Chavez’s professionalism and knowledge.

Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 294-6302


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Thunderbird Martial Arts

Thunderbird Martial Arts is an Albuquerque family- and veteran-owned facility that offers classes for children and adults. The facility offers classes for children three to five years of age and five to seven years of age. Family classes include kids seven years of age and up and their parents, and adult classes are also available. Thunderbird Martial Arts is a member of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.

Albuquerque, NM 87111 (505) 750-0873


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Tora Institute

Tora Institute is an Albuquerque facility that provides classes seven days a week. The facility offers kata-robics, mixed aerobics, and Shotokan karate to children and adults. Tora Institute offers a family discount for Shotokan karate. Tora Institute is a member of the GlobalFit fitness network. Bio-electro therapy/hypnotherapy sessions are also available.

Albuquerque, NM 87111 (505) 550-0917


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