BUJINKAN MARTIAL ARTS IN ALBUQUERQUE
Sensei Domonic Lees has worked and lived in the Albuquerque area since 2001. Sensei Lees first started his training in martial arts at the age of 13. Wanting to train in martial arts he began training in a martial arts school in his home town. Working at the school by cleaning the bathrooms and other duties to pay his tuition, he trained throughout high school until moving onto college. Realizing his early training in martial arts prepared him for competition at tournaments and sparring events but it was incomplete when training him for defending himself in a combat situation he trained in various martial arts throughout college. He continued his martial arts training while attending college in New Mexico. During a chance encounter with a fellow student at the university gym, he learned that the student trained and taught Taijutsu. Soon after this encounter the Bujinkan Yamaneko Socorro Shibu was founded by Mr. Robert Protsman and Sensei Lees attended his first seminar with then 7th dan sensei Jeff Prather in October 1991. He also traveled back and forth to Las Cruces, NM training with Shidoshi Robert Geyer until earning shodan ranking in 1999 under Mr. Prather. Training under the guidance of Shihan Prather he went on to head the Socorro Shibu throughout graduate school finally handing it off to a personal student. The Tasukeru Shibu still trains today. Since then, he has continually trained in Taijutsu both as student and teacher along the way earning the rank of Judan, 10th degree black belt. He moved to Albuquerque in 2001 and has trained and taught in the area with various Bujinkan dojos including the UNM, Bernalillo, Ishimaru, and Jubunnaai dojos. In 2006 he founded the Fudo Myo Dojo, and became an official branch of the Bujinkan Yamaneko Dojo, or Mountain Cat training hall in 2007. As an official branch of the Bujinkan Yamaneko Dojo the Fudo Myo Dojo embodies the teachings of both Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and Shihan Jeffrey Prather by teaching authentic budo taijutsu and following the guidelines and requirements of the International Bujinkan Dojo.