Shifting Sands Dojo

Shifting Sands Dojo is a school of martial philosophy teaching the arts of Self Defense, Grappling,

Michael started his training in a traditional Hapkido program in 1995. In 1998 he moved to a grappling/kickboxing school and studied under Greg Jackson for two years. After that Michael studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing with Chris Ballard at Champions Martial Arts. For the past four years Michael has been teaching and passing on the joy of martial arts to students of all ages. For the last three years he has bee the After School Martial Arts Instructor at Monte Vista Elementary.

Operating as usual


Martial Arts in the Park, tonight 6pm-7pm Morningside Park!


No martial arts in the park this week. My daughter had a choir performance at Cleveland HS. Fyi!


Martial arts in the park, now at Morningside park in Nob Hill, 6:30 to 7:30 Tuesdays!


Martial arts in the park is now at 6:30pm. We will continue to adjust with the light =) Tonight we are at Denis Chavez park. Starting next week we will try out Morningside park near Nob Hill.


Tonight, 7pm, Dennis Chavez Park near the basketball courts, martial arts in the park. All are welcome to this free weekly class.


Just a reminder there is no martial arts in the park tonight July 5th. I will be back from Texas later this week and am looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday


Martial arts in the park, tonight at 7pm. Dennis Chavez Park near basketball courts. For those who want to workout as well come by at 6 for jogging and body weight exercises. Prehydrate if you are coming for the workout as it may be hot!


Material arts in the park, 7pm Dennis Chavez Park near the basketball courts. Mitt drills, kicks, hapkido. All are welcome to this free event.


Low key martial arts in the park going on this summer. No cost, just friends getting together to go over basic self defense, strikes, and mitt drills. Next week we are meeting at Dennis Chavez Park, corner of high street and Dan Street one block south of Avenida Caesar Chavez at 7pm on Tuesday. All are welcome.


Greetings friends and family. After much thought and deliberation I am saddened to have to announce that Shifting Sands Dojo will be closed due to Covid-19. The nature of submission wrestling and kickboxing always means sweat will be exchanged between parties. For those of you who have been coming during our 8 years of business you know we train hard and leave it all on the mats. That being said, we cannot continue to operate in good conscience with the possibility that we will contribute to a contagion. We are also going to use this downtime to relocate the dojo. Because of the uncertainty of how long this nationwide shutdown may last and the fact our lease is up this month it seems like as good a time as any to look for a new location (maybe with a functional bathroom!). This is a lot to take in and it has been on mine and Fernando’s mind for days as we’ve debated what to do. Rest assured we love our art and we will return. We’ll keep you all updated and hope that when we resurrect the dojo you will all come check out the new digs. You can’t stop ninjas!


The dojo is open regular hours today. See you all tonight!


Kick the new year off right! 515 kids class, grappling at 6, workout at 7.

Photos from Shifting Sands Dojo's post 12/24/2019

Killer turnout for the holidays! Great times all month at the dojo. We'll be closed until January 2nd and then back at it. Let's kick 2020 off in the same fashion that we finished 2019. Great people, fun workouts, and a ton of martial goodness :)


Super special workout tonight, 7pm, weights and bodies


The dojo is open tonight, November 11th


We had a great dojo slumber party with the kids class last weekend :) This photo is from our walk to get cookies from Rude Boy on Harvard. Fun times and a great group of kiddos.


No Class October 31st, this Thursday, due to Halloween (The instructor has kiddos who need candy!). Go Trick or Treat!


Get off the couch and into the dojo! Last night we had a great time grappling followed by an intense strength and conditioning routine. See you soon!

Prem's leaving drinks at Bandido's 08/07/2019

A sad but happy Tuesday (6th August 2019). Great fun, food and drinks with friends and family. We'll miss Prem so much! Thanks for all the hard work you put in to making us ninjas, and the fun times we shared!


One of our instructors, Prem, is moving to Kansas. Party for Prem after Tuesdays workout, 830 pm, Bandidos! Come have a drink and send this great guy off with a bang!


Fun times at the dojo, get in here and train with us :)


Back from the land of the rising sun and full of island fueled wisdom. Get into the dojo and absorb some of this goodness :D


Sorry folks! No class this Saturday 6/15! We will resume regularly scheduled classes on Monday!


No class on Saturday fellas. See you all on Monday, have a wonderful weekend.


Yoga at 10am grappling at 11am tomorrow Saturday the 24th, see you all in the morning


Great night of training at the dojo!


No classes tomorrow, Saturday May 18th. See you all Monday!


The dojo will be closed Saturday as we will be cheering on our competitors at grapplefest. Back at it like normal on Monday!


Spring Break is over, no more slacking! Get into the dojo, get your workout on, and focus on technique development. See you all in class tonight!


No workout class on Valentine's Day, tomorrow. Grappling and kids class like normal.


Yoga returns to the dojo! Saturdays 10am to 11pm. Be there!


Tonight at 6pm we'll be reviewing the basic scissor sweep followed by defending the headlock with a few variations. At 7pm is our strength and conditioning class with weights. Come on in and get off your couch :)


Happy New Year from Shifting Sands. Get that 2018 unfinished business done and prepare yourself for a new year of growth and friendship. The dojo is closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We will be back to our normal schedule on Wednesday the 2nd.


UFC Saturday the 29th at Mike's place, 8pm, 5$ pitch in, pm for details


Happy Holidays from the dojo! Pastries, hot drinks, and Hapkido went great today. See you all next Wednesday and have a great holiday.


Saturday, December 22nd, at 11am, all are invited to coffee, pastries, and some light Holiday Hapkido!


Hello dojo goers! Thanksgiving is here once again. We will be open tonight and closed tomorrow. Thanksgiving dinner is at Mike's house tomorrow at 2pm. Any and all are invited, just message 5053073615 if you would like to come over.


No dojo tonight, Halloween, have a great holiday all!

Photos from Shifting Sands Dojo's post 10/07/2018

A busy Saturday for Shifting Sands. Our newest youth class student, Joseph, tested for his yellow belt and did a great job. Josh, one of our adult students, took third in his division at the submission fighting tournament Grapplefest. Great work on the mats Josh!


UFC this Saturday 8pm at Mike's house. BYOB and five buck pitch in. Come enjoy a night of fights with us! Send a message for the address if you don't have it already.


Celebrate Labor Day by training to fight the Bourgeoisie! See you tonight, fellow proletariat ninjas ;)


Excellent breakdown of the finish! Really highlights the importance of the ground game and how technical it is.

Our Story

Michael Adams started his training in a traditional Hapkido program in 1995. In 1998 he moved to a grappling/kickboxing school and studied under Greg Jackson for two years. After that Michael studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing with Chris Ballard at Champions Martial Arts. For the past eight years Michael has been teaching and passing on the joy of martial arts to students of all ages. For the last six years he has been the After School Martial Arts Instructor at Monte Vista Elementary.

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Makayla on the mitts / Purple Belt Grading
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2219 Lead Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM

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