Aikido of Central New Mexico

Aikido of Central New Mexico

Sensei Charles Watkins

Operating as usual

VID00001 03/20/2020

A good Aikido warmup

VID00001 Aikido/Personal Defense warmup. Many of these exercises are foundational to both practices


This summer The Town of Bernalillo Dojo will be offering Youth Aikido Camps. There will be 4 sessions, two in June and two in July. Bernalillo Dojo has grown quite a bit in the 8 months we have been open. The Youth camps will be very affordable and is an effort by AOCNM to support the youth of our community.
We have much happening and my thanks to all of you students, parents, our location partners, and suppliers. You have made our programs possible.


Saturday afternoon March 17th there will be two seperate "free" clinics at the Bernalillo dojo.
1:30 to 2:45 will be a Women's self defense clinic
3:00 to 4:15 will be an Introduction to Aiki weapons clinic and open to everyone age 14 and up.


Our good friend Joel Nakamura sensei will be the guest instructor Saturday March 17th. The class will be at our Bernalillo Dojo 243 S. Camino Del Pueblo from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Please try to be at the dojo by 8:45.


AOCNM is now teaching Aikido at the Tamaya Wellness Center located on Santa Ana Pueblo. As part of the introductory curriculum AOCNM will be offering 2 clinics on February 24th at the wellness center. The first clinic will be a women's self defense class and the 2nd will be a Aikido weapons clinic. A flyer is attached.



Sad news for all of us at AOCNM. Mike sempai will be moving out of Albuquerque to Prescott, Arizona. Mike has been a huge part of our dojo and we will miss his presence on the mat and his friendship. The good news is that he wants to keep his Aikido connection with us. Maybe if it all goes correctly he will open his own dojo in Prescott sometime. As you all know both his Aikido and teaching skills are first class. He will make a great sensei.
Now the good news. Naomi Sinclair and Peter Borman both passed their 2nd Kyu test last Saturday. Congratulations to you both. Earlier this month Gustavo Angel passed his 7th Kyu test at the Bernalillo Dojo. It was the first test ever in Bernalillo. Congratulations Gustavo.
Last week was our first Aikido class at Santa Ana Pueblo Tamayo Wellness Center. We are going to arrange a Women’s Self Defense clinics for the Santa Ana location soon. Peter Part One 2nd Kyu Test Peter Part Two 2nd Kyu Naomi Sinclair 2nd Kyu Test


Aikido at the University of New Mexico
This semester, spring 2018, AOCNM is teaching two (2) credit hour courses at UNM. One is open hands and the other Aiki weapons. Most of the Tachi waza (open hands) are beginners. Some (in Gi's) are returning students. The Aikido program at UNM is beginning to take root and already some of the UNM students have begun training at our regular Dojos.
Attached are two short video clips of the first week of training.

UNM Fall 2018 01/07/2018

here is a link for the fall beginning class.

UNM Fall 2018

Timeline photos 12/28/2017

Join us this week for our children's clinic! Call us at (505) 920-4180 for more details.

Timeline photos 12/21/2017

When you start practicing Aikido, it will also manifest itself in non-physical ways in daily life. Visit for more details today!

Timeline photos 12/14/2017

Aikido is a leisure time activity with the benefit of learning self-defense skills. It is enjoyed by people of all ages. Visit to sign up for our classes today!

Timeline photos 12/07/2017

Practicing Aikido will also help you in physical, mental, and spiritual conflicts. Visit -6 to get in contact with us today!

Timeline photos 11/23/2017

Give yourself the opportunity of learning a martial art and start practicing Aikido. Visit for more information today!

Timeline photos 11/16/2017

Would you like to improve your personal defense skills? Come practice Aikido with us! Visit for more details today.

Timeline photos 10/26/2017

Our mission is to teach our students how to defend against attacks with no harm to the defender or attacker. Visit for more information today!

Timeline photos 10/12/2017

Did you know that we are offering the first month free for all new students? Visit -6 to get in contact with us today!

2016 Sato sensei 2 10/03/2016

One of the highlighted techniques from last weekend's seminar: Focusing on footwork.

2016 Sato sensei 2

Timeline photos 09/14/2016

Our annual Fall Seminar with Sato Shihan- all levels, all styles welcome!


Student video of the 31 kata, away in Las Cruces NM. Demonstrating that "have jo, will travel".

Timeline photos 08/26/2016

Michael shows young Jet the art of folding.

Photos from Aikido of Central New Mexico's post 08/24/2016

Congratulations, Denise!

Photos from Aikido of Central New Mexico's post 08/13/2016

Michael received his hakama! Putting it on with help from Sensei.

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Sanjuichi (31) no kata kumijo (partner practice)
31 jo kata partner practice




243 Camino Del Pueblo
Bernalillo, NM

Opening Hours

Monday 6:45am - 8am
6pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 6:45am - 8am
Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am
12pm - 1pm
Thursday 6:45am - 8am
Friday 9:30am - 11:30am
12pm - 1pm
Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am

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