Self Defense

The need to apply self defense techniques can occur when you least expect it. One very crucial difference between preparing to win matches and readying yourself for a violent confrontation is time. The faster one concludes a real fight the better. There is one rule we must use in real confrontations: win the fight in thirty... Continue Reading →


Okinawan Kobudō (沖縄古武道), literally means "old martial way of Okinawa" and is the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts. (source: Wikipedia) While much of our training and self defense focus on empty-handed techniques, ABQ Okinawan Karate utilizes several weapons traditional to Okinawan karate in our katas, including: Bo Sai Tonfa Kama Nunchaku We also train... Continue Reading →


ABQ Okinawan Karate Martial Arts Lineage Tracing our traditions from Chinese and Okinawan Masters. ABQ Okinawan Karate teaches TOKAR, which takes its katas from Naha-Te, one of the original styles of karate.


Sensei Michael Sheyahshe has always had a keen interest in martial arts and begin studying traditional Okinawan karate at TOKAR in Summer 2009. achieved the rank of Shodan (1st degree/dan black belt) in Okinawan Karate in 2011 and was awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd degree/dan black belt) in 2013, both from from TOKAR martial... Continue Reading →


Kata is a systematically organized series of defensive and offensive techniques performed in a sequence against one or more imaginary opponents. Katas teach speed, balance, rhythm, coordination, and basic techniques. ​​AOK Katas Yellow Belt (9th kyu) - Basic 1, 2, & 3 Gold Belt (8th kyu) - Bo Iche Orange Belt (7th kyu) - Pinan... Continue Reading →

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