Loved and blessed is the whole World!

Geliebt und gesegnet ist die ganze Welt!


  • Hapkido Großmeister Roman Urban
  • Hapkido Großmeister Roman Urban
  • Hapkido Großmeister Roman Urban

About Our School

Takai Mine Karate Inc. has been open since  1985, in Albuquerque, NM, and provides martial arts classes for ages three and up. 

Our school offers group (online and in-person) and private lessons. We teach four styles of martial arts: Tae Kwon Do, Derobio Escrima, Shoto Kan, and Shorin Ryu.  Our program focuses on improving our students' lives one kick at a time. Martial Arts training can help relieve stress from our everyday lives.  Our focus is to teach our students  Courtesy, Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance, and Self-Control (CHIPS).

Tae Kwon Do or Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. It is regarded as the world's most practiced martial art, and sparring (kyeorugi) is an official Olympic sporting event. In Korean, tae means "foot"; kwon means "fist"; and do means "way"; so taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of the fist and foot". Students can expect to both spar and learn forms.  Our students can also expect to learn how to use traditional martial arts weapons and break boards.

Majai Pai Escrima

This is one of the most popular styles our school offers. Escrima  is a Filipino Martial arts  system that is  very practical for those students wanting to learn self-defense quickly.   Studying Escrima will quickly tone your upper body, arms and legs.

Escrima focuses on self-defense against multiple opponents, empty hand techniques, and much more. This is a great self-defense program for people working in tight spaces such as pilots, airline stewards, and other public transit employees. Chief Chavez is a third level red shirt under Grand Master Dan Medina and is one of his Senior Students.

Shorin-Ryu Karate

Shorin -Ryu is a style of Karate developed in Okinawa, Japan.  This martial arts style is heavily focused on areas such as kicks, punches, katas, and weapons. Karate practice strengthens the mind, develops composure, a clearer thought process, and a deeper insight into one's mental capabilities, and more self-confidence.  It strengthens the entire body, improves coordination, quickens reflexes, builds stamina and overall health.

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan is a Japanese style  of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Yoshitaka Funakoshi (1906–1945). This style does focus on hand techniques. Karate training will improve Stamina & endurance, improve flexibility and agility. The Japanese forms taught in the school are useful in training our mind, body, and spirit.

About Grandmaster Chavez

Grandmaster Chavez began her Martial Arts journey in 1978 because her cousins had started and invited her to join. She has always enjoyed competing since starting martial arts. Throughout the years, she has competed in over 300 Martial Arts tournaments. She has won 195 first-place trophies, 90 second-place awards, 35 third-place awards, and 3 fourth-place awards. She has earned over 26 Black Belt Grand Champions and has made AAU All American for both Black Belt Forms and Black Belt Sparring divisions.
Grandmaster Chavez established Takai Mine Karate Inc. in 1985. The first location was in Tijeras Canyon at the Mountain School of Performing Arts. Later a 2nd location was started at the Lloyd Shaw School of Dance. In 1990, she opened her first full-time location.

Grandmaster Chavez holds the rank of 7th-degree Black Belt in AAU Tae Kwon Do, Kukkiwon, and The World Tae Kwon Do Chun Do Kwan Federation. She is also a 6th-degree black belt in The World Traditional Martial Arts Federation, Shorin-Ryu, and Shotokan. She is a Chief Instructor in Majaipai Derobio Escrima and holds the rank of 3rd level Red Shirt in Escrima under Grandmaster Dan Medina. Furthermore, she is also a member of the Black Master’s Sphinx Karate Clan of the Philippines. She was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Grandmaster Chavez has been involved with AAU Tae Kwon Do since 2002. She is the New Mexico AAU District Chair (since 2003), Region 10 Director (since 2012), and appointed to the AAU Tae Kwon Do Executive Committee (since 2018). She is an AA official for AAU Tae Kwon Do and a Referee Clinic Administrator for the AAU Tae Kwon Do program.

Grandmaster Chavez is a very well-known competitor and a very sought after instructor. Since it was established, Takai Mine has promoted 160+ students to the rank of First Degree Black Belt or above (view a list of our school's Black Belts). Grandmaster Chavez makes every effort to teach every class at the main school herself.

Takai Mine Karate has been teaching children at Sunset Mesa for over 30 years! Students from

the successful Takai Mine program achieved 133 medals at the 2021 AAU national tournament
and is in the top 20 karate schools in the US (#5). 

In addition to these competition successes,
studies show that school age children who study martial arts show great improvement in
concentration, self-confidence, and focus in all areas of their lives.


Kindergarten - 5th Grade


Fridays from 3:20-4:20 in the library August 27 - December 17
Cost: $325

Uniform: A uniform with logo can be purchased for $80

Grandmaster Chavez highly recommends that, when possible, students attend a free additional class at no extra
charge at the main school. Additionally, when school is not in session on a Friday or a student has missed a class,
they may make up the class at the main school on Tuesday at 3:30 PM or 4:00 PM, or Saturday at 10:30 AM. The
main school is located at 1027 Juan Tabo NE. 

Private lessons are also available.

Please fill out the form with a check made out to Antoinette Chavez and return to SMS office.
In-person registration only. Please do not respond by email or phone.

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