US Budokai Karate of Albany

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We Help Parents Raise Confident Leaders
& Adults Reach Their True Potential!

Since 1987, US Budokai Karate Association has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.


100 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205

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US Budokai Karate Association Owner

Hi, I’m Hanshi William J. Reid.


I remember when I was a child, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. I wondered if I had what it took to succeed and I wasn’t the most athletic or confident child - quite the opposite. Little did I know that beginning my martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of my life!

When I opened my school in 1987, I made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Albany by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership, and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.

We Share & teach The Same Values You Teach At Home.

Our programs have a strong focus on personal development. The foundations of our morals, values and core character traits are formed in our early years. For this reason, the programs at US Budokai Karate Association are an essential way to enhance the growth and personal development of young students of all ages. 

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You may have experienced boredom with your usual fitness routine or reached a plateau in your performance or physical fitness results. Our adult programs are the perfect alternative to a boring gym routine, as they help you develop into your maximum potential both physically and mentally by providing real-life self-defense strategies in a fun, focused environment. 

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Our Facility

• Large Main Training Area 
• High-Quality Mats for Maximum Safety
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Open Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars

What Makes US Budokai Karate Association Different From other
Karate & Taekwondo Schools?

We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.

Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified, and professionally trained to teach martial arts.

Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.

Our Promise at US Budokai Karate Association:

To Train in the
Highest Quality Martial Arts
Program Available

To Focus On
Personal Development
in a Positive Environment

To Offer Programs
Accessible & Enjoyable
by People of Any Age


US Budokai Karate Association was founded in March of 1987 by Hanshi William J. Reid. Prior to that, Mr. Reid was the Chief Instructor of Albany Seido Karate, one of the largest branches of World Seido Karate. The World Seido Karate Organization, based in New York City, was founded in 1976 by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. Kaicho Nakamura, a Ninth Degree Black Belt, trained under Mas Oyama in Japan, and in 1969 he brought Kyokushinkai Karate to America. He taught many students in Kyokushinkai until he formed The World Seido Karate Organization.


At US Budokai Karate Association we believe martial arts education is a vehicle for self-discovery and positive change. Martial arts training helps teach respect, self-discipline, and responsibility, as well as condition the body and teach self-defense. Budokai Karate helps to develop character, spirit, and strong positive attitudes. Using as much traditional Japanese theory as possible, we strive to build a strong mind, body, and spirit, which leads to self-esteem.


People begin training for a wide variety of reasons. One of our goals is to bring people together from all different walks of life, help teach them to respect each other, themselves and to care for their fellow man. However, the overriding goal of our school is to help each person become a better-rounded person. We believe martial arts training can improve the world one person at a time.


In addition to providing ivy-league martial arts education programs for over twenty years, US Budokai Karate Association has demonstrated a commitment to serving our community. We participate in a variety of activities including the Albany PAL, for the past 15 years. A program providing martial arts training for inner-city youth in the Albany school district. Fundraising for organizations like March of Dimes, St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Jerry’s Kids.

We encourage our students to strive to achieve their personal best both physically and mentally!