Thunderbird Martial Arts

We practice traditional Korean martial arts, and seek to develop the whole person. We teach ages 5-7 in our "P*e Wee" program, and ages 7 and up in our family program.

P*e Wee classes are Tuesday/Thursday 4:30pm-5:00pm, while our Family/Youth/Adult program meets on Monday-Thursday at 5:30pm (any two), or Monday/Wednesday at 6:45pm.

Operating as usual


Thunderbird Martial Arts

As you know, the Covid situation is continuing, and although the rules are relaxing and allowing greater freedoms, there are still limitations that prevent us from effectively returning to a normal level of training.

Covid Safe Practices remain applicable to Thunderbird (Avoid person-to-person contact [i.e., sparring, grappling]; wear of face coverings or masks; etc.); additionally, the State of New Mexico has yet to give any indication of when “normal activity” might resume, or what it would look like. We have conducted virtual/online classes for over 14 months now, and our students are proving their ability to persevere.

Proper martial arts training requires learning self-defense techniques that cannot be practiced by oneself for an extended period—you MUST train with various partners to properly learn timing, distance, and application of techniques. Simply put, you must have in-person training to progress. Other states have successfully re-opened martial arts schools, with few, if any, cases of Covid. Unfortunately, this is not an option in the State of New Mexico at this time.

We are aware there are other schools in the metro area that are conducting in-person, group classes. However, based on the rules New Mexica has in place, we cannot in good conscience do the same without opening Thunderbird up to financial and legal consequences.

With all of this in mind, we will cease online classes on 31 May 2021.

We truly appreciate the last 9 ½ years of support and enthusiasm you have shown us! We were Albuquerque The Magazine’s “Best in City” for 2019 and 2020, in the Top 5 for 2017, and supported many charitable events over the years. We will never forget our Field Trips to McCall’s Pumpkin Patch, the antics of our students and instructors (on the mat, and off), and will always remember each of you.

In the moo do,


Thunderbird Martial Arts Thunderbird Martial Arts - A certified Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation studio

[04/19/21]   With ongoing NM Covid rules, and uncertainty of when they will allow us to return to full in-person martial arts instruction, we are closing our storefront. Classes will continue online, until further notice.



Thunderbird Martial Arts updated their business hours.

Thunderbird Martial Arts updated their business hours.

[01/01/21]   Happy New Year!

We wish everyone a joyful and successful 2021!


THANK YOU to the BEST students & families we could ever ask for! We WON Best of the City AGAIN this year!! #2019 #2020


Congratulations to all the Best In City Award winners!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!
The pandemic couldn’t stop it, but it did delay it by a day. 🤨 Available on newsstands throughout the city today and digital devices for subscribers at

[11/26/20]   Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends, families, students, and supporters!

We are thankful for all of you this year!


What could karate teach YOU? Also, great reminder for parents! Perseverance is one of our tenets. 😄 🥋

As a kid, I did NOT enjoy Karate. It was suuuuper boring. 😅 Video games and skateboarding were much more fun! 🛹

But I didn’t quit... Year after year, I kept practicing. Today I’m SO THANKFUL for this. 💪

Because Karate taught me the value of self-discipline, grit and patience. 👍 These lessons are INVALUABLE.

You see, life is not always fun. (Sometimes it sucks!) 😩 But that’s NOT an excuse to quit!! 👊

This is what Karate taught me. And it made me who I am today 🥋


We sure are thankful for those of you who have stayed with us!


Stay strong fellow martial artists! #KarateLife #TangSoo


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Hi everyone,

Please join us for the black belt promotion ceremony at 5:30pm:


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Happy 4th Thunderbird Family!!

[06/22/20]   This is test week for all color belts, and p*e wees. Black belts will have regular classes. All tests will be via zoom; only conductor and chief evaluator will be at the studio. Thanks!


We sure do miss seeing our students in person! Stay healthy, keep practicing & know that we are doing everything we can to be ready for that day! Tang Soo!


It's that time again!! Please consider voting for Thunderbird Martial Arts in the Albuquerque The Magazine's Best of the City! Voting open until 8/1/20. Thank you!

Things are kinda getting back to normal around here.
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[06/01/20]   Our online classes will be continuing for the foreseeable future.

For details, please contact us at: [email protected]

Thanks! 05/29/2020

Readers' Choice 2020 - Albuquerque Journal

Please consider a write in vote for US! Go to Sports category then Martial Arts! Thank you!! Vote today for businesses, events and activities across Albuquerque and New Mexico across 18 categories!


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You can update your charity selected by going into your Amazon Account and click on Account & Lists. From the dropdown, select Your AmazonSmile. This will bring you to the Your AmazonSmile Impact page, where you can see what your purchases have generated. You can click on Change Charity if it does not indicate the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation and you would like to begin donating through your purchases.

Support the APTSD Foundation by starting your shopping at

Once you have updated your charity, we recommend that you bookmark on your computer or mobile device so you don't accidentally shop at If you have an Android phone, you can use the Amazon app. If you have an iPhone, you will need to use the browser and go to, as it is not available at this time.

Only purchases made at are eligible for donations.

We appreciate your support of the APTSD Foundation. You can learn more about the Foundation by going to: 05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful moms!


Happy Easter Thunderbird Family! 🐰🐣💐
[graphic from Peaceful Warrior Black Belt Club] 03/20/2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

At this time, we are closed in accordance with the directive from the New Mexico Department of Health. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so. We are still available if you want to contact us.

If you have, or suspect you have, someone that is infected, we recommend looking at the CDC website for information on caring for them:

Thanks. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations


Thanks to our friends at Colorado Tang Soo Do for this great graphic!

We just couldn't resist making a hand washing chart too 😁

[03/15/20]   After reviewing all the information from the Center for Disease Control, local/state health departments, etc., we are cancelling classes for this week, 15-22 March, as a precautionary measure. We feel it is in the best interest of our families and students and will help with the recommended social distancing. We will assess if it is safe to re-open in the following weeks based on the information at that time.

We are looking into ways to make up for lost training time. In the meantime, practice at home and continue to check our page for updates.

Thank you for your understanding! Stay healthy and we look forward to seeing everyone once things have settled!

[03/13/20]   Hello everyone!

We want you to know that we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation, and are evaluating how to proceed. There are already no classes now through Sunday, so we will have more information in the next few days.

Please use good judgement for your particular situation if you are concerned. If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat, etc.), please stay home from classes.

Until then, please plan on classes next week (Monday-Thursday).


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How Martial Arts can improve discipline in Children and Adults

Call us to learn more! Looking to improve you or your child's discipline? Check out my post for tips on how you can use martial arts training to do it!


Thunderbird Martial Arts's cover photo

[02/25/20]   Test week has started!


Today is the last day of classes before test week. There are no classes during test week.

Good luck everyone--you got this!


Timeline Photos


This is testing month ... Every Black Belt starts as a White Belt.


Timeline Photos


TAC Tour getting started!! #APTSDF



What Modern Children Need (in my opinion),

In my nearly 42 years of teaching martial arts, I've had the privilege of working with literally thousands of children and I continue to be impressed with the positive impact martial arts can have on them.

In recent years however, I have become aware of a trend that concerns me. Today's children seem to be way less fit and more prone to injury than the children of past decades. I ask a doctor friend of mine about this recently and his comment was that there seems to be an increasing number of fluke injuries among children. His observation is that the sedentary lifestyle of today's child is causing major issues with the way their bodies are developing. I asked him what he felt we could do about. His answer was that kids just need to be more physically active. They need more unstructured play time.

Now I'm not a doctor, but I have had years of experience with young children and I couldn’t agree more with my friend. For children to develop properly, they need to run, jump, crawl, climb, and somersault on a regular basis. (By the way, I might be a bit biased, but martial arts does all these things and more.)

As parents, there is nothing more important than working time in to your child’s busy schedule for unstructured, physical play. So the next chance you have, turn off the TV, unplug the phone, and get your kids outside for some good old fashioned fun. Or better yet, get the whole family involved in Martial Arts. You will be glad that you did.

-Message from Hanshi Dave Kovar


YOU have us like, "WOW!"
THANK YOU so much to our WONDERFUL students & families, our AMAZING instructors and EVERYONE who has supported us over the last 8 years! To say that we are THANKFUL for you ALL is an understatement! THANK YOU!

Our Story

We teach ages 3-7 in our "P*e Wee" program, and ages 7 and up in our family program. Our P*e Wee Tiger classes (3-7) are 4:45pm - 5;15pm; P*e Wee Dragon classes are Tuesday/Thursday 4:45m-5:15pm, while our Family/Youth/Adult program meets on Monday-Thursday at 5:20pm - 6:20pm or 7:00pm - 8:00pm (any two).

We have been teaching in Albuquerque since 2011, and have been in our current location for over 6 years.




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