Active Arts at Duke City Dojo is a non-profit group of active arts practitioners training in public parks around Albuquerque, New Mexico during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Active Arts at Duke City Dojo is the descendant organization of Duke City Dojo, which formerly operated at a space located on Lomas and Washington before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, Active Arts is home to the Albuquerque Iwama Aikido program. The longest program affiliated with Active Arts at Duke City dojo, Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is a group of new and experienced aikido practitioners or aikidōkas in the Albuquerque area led by Nicholas Johnson Sensei and Patrick Hudson Sensei.
This program was originally founded by affiliated instructor Paul Barrett Sensei who started an Aikido program at the University of New Mexico first as an aikido club and then as a class offered through the Johnson Center's Works program. In 2018, Albuquerque Iwama Aikido moved off campus and into its own space. Offering additional instruction in Karate, Tai Chi, and other active arts, the organization took on the umbrella name of Duke City Dojo. Information about previous affiliated instructors for Duke City Dojo can be found here.
However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the dojo decided to use this moment to close its physical location and convert to a non-profit entity. As a non-profit, we are proud to be offer self defense instruction to the Albuquerque community in the future. Although focusing on Iwama Aikido at this time, we welcome aikidōka from any Aikido tradition as well as those without experience but wish to learn about Aikido and begin practicing. Our aikido program is part of the of the Takemusu Aikido Association.