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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?”

Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behavior problems often become very respectful and calm.

Q: “Do kids get injured in Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Sometimes. But the truth is, injuries are very, very rare here. We have a lot of measures in place to keep your child perfectly safe. In fact, safety is our #1 concern.

Q: “Can my child do Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do if they are not the athletic type?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for kids who don't excel at team sports. Kids who have trouble in baseball, basketball, etc. often come to martial arts and do extremely well. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become very athletic.

Q: “Do kids enjoy Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do? Do they stick with it for a while?”

Kids have a blast here. There's smiling and laughter throughout every class. We have our moments of intense concentration and focus... but we always balance things out with fun and games to keep everything alive and light.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do a skill / talent that will give my child pride and confidence?”

Yes! A lot of kids perform their martial arts moves in talent shows and other things. Their friends are always blown away. The positive feedback children receive helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Kids feel good knowing they can do something that's "cool and special."

Q: “What's a good age for a child to start Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 3 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum - we've got you covered.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do for boys AND girls? Or just boys?”

Martial arts are for boys and girls. Our classes have a good mix of both, too. So if you're worried about your girl being alone in a group of boys, wipe that worry from your mind!

Kickboxing

Q: "Will my class be in a group or 1-on-1?"

Most likely you'll be in a group class. However we gladly offer private classes for those that are interested. Feel free to ask any of our instructors for more info on private classes!

Q: “How many people will be in my class?”

You can probably expect about 15-30 people in your class. It's a really great group full of positive people excited about losing weight. You'll fit right in.

Q: “Are there other beginners in the classes?”

Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.

Q: “Will you help me with my nutritional habits?”

Absolutely. Nutrition is KEY to weight loss, and we'll pass along the powerful knowledge we've put together over the years. (By the way, our nutrition program is all about naturally improving your diet - NOT forcing foods on you that you don't like or starving yourself).

Q: “Is this similar to 'cardio kickboxing'?”

No, our classes are extremely interactive, and involve real-life boxing equipment like punching bags & gloves. This is nothing like cardio kickboxing!

Adult Martial Arts

Q: “Can martial arts cause injury?”

Every form of physical exercise, from running to walking to martial arts, comes with a risk for injury. However, our program is run by trained experts who place a tremendous focus on injury prevention.

Because martial arts makes you more balanced, limber & flexible - it generally leads to LESS injury in people's lives. Not the other way around!

Q: “What level of fitness is required for martial arts?”

You'll get in shape as you go. You don't have to be in great shape to start.

The great thing about martial arts is you can be at any fitness level and do great. That's because there's no rush or pressure to do anything quickly. You can learn at your own pace.

If you have a knack for it, you can speed through techniques. If it's a bit harder for you, take your time. All we care about is that you're having fun, learning and progressing, and staying safe.

Q: “I've heard Martial Arts is violent. Is this true?”

Absolutely not! Martial Arts is about peace, balance & harmony. It's about becoming in touch with your body and all of life. It's about happiness and fulfillment.

The self-defense techniques you learn help you become flexible and strong. They help you become confident and proud.

The guiding principles of Martial Arts help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you'll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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ABQ-Karate is dedicated to bringing world-class martial arts to both kids and adults in Albuquerque metro. We take pride in having the look and feel of a state-of-the-art facility, with the kind of Albuquerque friendliness you’ve come to expect.  

Our culture is family-oriented with a focus on kids and realistic self-defense for our modern times. We train hard in Kenpo 5.0 Karate, Adult Fitness, and Balintawak. 

We use martial arts to influence our students and help develop their individual skills – not just physical skills, but also mental, emotional and social skills. We like to call them life skills for life success. Learning values such as self-confidence, disciple and integrity at a young age will help to set the stage for your child’s growth and ultimate SUCCESS in school and in all areas of their life.

We do this because we love the art and science of martial arts and we want to make a difference in our community… to lead by example.

We love beginners! Our team takes a planned approach to teaching beginners that focuses on the basics of martial arts, fitness, self-defense and most importantly, having FUN. If you’re a beginner, we want you to be able to relax and learn the basics with ZERO nervousness or pressure to compete.

If you’re new to martial arts and a bit nervous about starting, just know that every student – including the instructors - were once in your shoes so we understand what you’re feeling and will always support and encourage you, however you need it.

You’ll be entering high five and fist bump land when you take our classes because there’s a lot of that going on here. Whatever age or fitness level you are, we have a program you’ll LOVE and we are dedicated to helping your reach your goals! 

Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art that can take you to various tournaments.

No matter what motivated you to check us out here at ABQ-Karate, you’ll experience…

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Your child will learn how to be BULLY-PROOF, how to be more aware of other people and their surroundings and how to spot sticky situations so they can walk away before things get bad. They’ll also have the courage and confidence to defend themselves, if necessary.  

Both kids and adults can have peace of mind and feel safe knowing that you’ll learn epic kicks, powerful punches and strategic strikes to master any opponent, anywhere (even if they’re bigger than you are). What a great way to feel EMPOWERED!

At ABQ-Karate, we don’t stop until your goals are met. Why? Because your goals are our goals. We have passionate and dedicated instructors here to answer your questions, meet your needs, and push you to your limits.

We’ll actually help you push past your limits – slowly and steadily - so that you can reach your full potential. Imagine what you can be, do and have with all that inner (and outer) strength! 

All training is done without any kind of military style yelling or group shaming. We believe that positive, encouraging motivation gets the best performance from our students and that’s what you’ll see here.

Safe, Clean & Comfortable! We take great pride in making sure you have the most up-to-date, professional grade equipment, clean mats and floors and a comfortable place to change into your uniform or workout clothes. Your safety is our highest priority.

The instructors are highly qualified and love what they do. You’ll see that in every class. They stress the importance of developing a positive mental attitude and always doing your best. The instructors practice what they preach and are always learning cutting-edge strategies to share with you so that you get the most out of every class.  

Join ABQ-Karate to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you’ve ever had getting fit! We can’t wait to train with you and see how fast you unleash that GIANT within you. See you soon!

Head Instructor

Joseph Conway has taught Kenpo for over 20 years and holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black in the Kenpo 5.0 system. He received his Level 4 in Balintawak Arnis Stick Fighting System, directly tested by Grand Master Bobby Taboada. 

He also began his grappling training through Gokor Chivichyan’s Hayastan Fighting System 15 years ago and, more recently, has added training in the Gracie Combatives.

Mr. Conway is a member of the fictional cast of characters on You Tube’s hit series “Enter the Dojo.”  Joe plays the role of Todd Woodland, Master Ken’s favorite Uke.  “Enter the Dojo” is filmed on location here at ABQ-Karate.

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