Sandoval Freestyle Karate Blog

Articles About Martial Arts, Child Development & Anti-Bullying

Welcome to Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Blog, where you can find information on martial arts and self-defense. Plus we regularly publish information about events and special offers, such as Karate Camp, birthday parties, and martial arts seminars. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us! Thanks for stopping by, we hope to see you again soon. Oh, and if you’re looking for martial arts lessons in the East Valley, please select from our schools, Chandler or Gilbert, to learn more.

Dojo Kun

This is a set of guidelines all karate practitioners are expected to follow. Not only do these guidelines apply within the dojo, they also apply to everyday life.

Martial Arts Project Helps Veterans with PTSD

In an attempt to fight her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), army veteran Jennifer Madden has taken up martial arts. She currently trains in East Berlin, Pennsylvania at a gym run by Waylon Yohe and doesn't have to pay a penny thanks to Project Takedown -...


A ranking system used in modern Japanese martial arts such as karate. It was adopted in 1924 by Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Different-colored belts signify a student’s ranking, and the highest ranking is typically the 10th dan. Belts above 6th dan are normally classified as “honorary”.

How to Perform a Karate Chop

Karate chops are a powerful form of strikes in martial arts and can be thrown in a few different ways, including inward and outward. Chopping creates less wind resistance and allows your body to move in a more fluent motion than standard punches; however, punching has...


A general martial arts term rather than being strictly a karate one. It is a Japanese word for the Samurai life and is loosely based on the concept of chivalry. Its literal meaning is “military scholar road”. Bushido is believed to be a relatively modern term, developed in the 16th century according to many scholars.

How to Perform a Karate Front Kick

One of the most lethal strikes in martial arts is the front kick; although it's rarely thrown in MMA in comparison to roundhouse kicks. The reason that a front kick is so effective is that it is hard to block, especially when timed just right. Due to the strike coming...


A rising punch.

October 2015 SFK Newsletter

Check out the latest news and see what's going on at Sandoval Freestyle Karate's Chandler and Gilbert locations below. Select an item to learn more and to register for an event online today! DATES TO REMEMBER: Tip-Testing -- Saturday, Oct. 24th thru Thursday, Oct....

Aim for the Moon. If You Miss, You May Hit a Star.

This is an important message that emphasizes the fact that if you try hard and you put all of your heart into your effort, good things will come; even if you didn't "win" or achieve a certain award.

5 Benefits of Karate for Kids Ages 6-11

It’s important to teach kids life skills that they can carry with them for years to come. Karate has many benefits for people of all ages, especially kids. Children who take martial arts lessons from six to 11 can help them learn to handle bullying, teaches healthy...

The History of Karate – An Infographic

Karate is one of the most popular forms of martial arts practiced around the world today, but have you ever wondered where it originated and how? If so, you're in luck, because we've created an infographic to show the history of karate and how it got to be such a...