Saddler\Strong's Uechi-Ryu Karate

Traditional Chinese\Okinawa Self-Defense. Al D. Saddler, Founder
Michael Strong, Head Instructor Men, women & children learn self-defense though basic punches, kicks and blocks.

These techniques are further honed when practiced in various sequences, or forms, known as katas. Within a kata, proper stance and breathing is emphasized in coordination with movement. Timing, control and accuracy also continue to develop through sparring, or kumite. Throughout training, students are challenged with finding mind/body harmony, and ultimate awareness, through the Sanchin kata. A

Operating as usual

07/27/2021

Join us at 5:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday!
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no contacts, no obligations.
$15 per class, half off your first 2 classes.
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#tired #tiredatwork #energy #training #exercise #flexibility #selfdefense #martialarts #karate #uechiryu #dtphx #workout

Join us at 5:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday!
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no contacts, no obligations.
$15 per class, half off your first 2 classes.
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#tired #tiredatwork #energy #training #exercise #flexibility #selfdefense #martialarts #karate #uechiryu #dtphx #workout

07/24/2021

Be smart!

06/29/2021

It’s never too late to learn practical skills for effective self-defense. Improve your strength, balance and coordination.
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Try it out with no obligations.
No contracts pay as you go, per class or per month.
Family discounts offered.

It’s never too late to learn practical skills for effective self-defense. Improve your strength, balance and coordination.
.
Try it out with no obligations.
No contracts pay as you go, per class or per month.
Family discounts offered.

06/25/2021

Thank you Sensei Walden and students for visiting our Dojo during the special session with Sensei Paul.
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#martialarts #karate #uechiryu #tradition #community #training

06/14/2021

Join us in congratulating one of our junior students in achieving Blue Belt rank (8th kyu +)
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The blue belt rank, in Saddler/Strong's Uechi-Ryu, was created by Sensei Saddler as a step between white and green for children (12 and under) to begin the Hojo Undo excercises.

Join us in congratulating one of our junior students in achieving Blue Belt rank (8th kyu +)
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The blue belt rank, in Saddler/Strong's Uechi-Ryu, was created by Sensei Saddler as a step between white and green for children (12 and under) to begin the Hojo Undo excercises.

05/28/2021

Fully vaccinated #blackbelt #instructors

Fully vaccinated #blackbelt #instructors

05/21/2021

What does #blackbelt mean to you? How do you think society views it?
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#karate #discipline #commitment #martialarts #uechiryu

What does #blackbelt mean to you? How do you think society views it?
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#karate #discipline #commitment #martialarts #uechiryu

04/22/2021

Actors and their stuntmen 😱

02/17/2021

We're back at it!!
#maskup, we have 2 open spots in our Tues & Thurs class. For adults and children, all levels. DM me to schedule.
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#karate #martialarts #selfdefense #uechiryu #fitness #phoenix

We're back at it!!
#maskup, we have 2 open spots in our Tues & Thurs class. For adults and children, all levels. DM me to schedule.
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#karate #martialarts #selfdefense #uechiryu #fitness #phoenix

01/03/2021
11/23/2020

CLASSES TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED (again)
With the number of cases and hospitalizations on the rise, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to suspend classes until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience. Mask up, wash up and stay healthy.

https://www.azdhs.gov/.../infectious.../covid-19/dashboards/

11/11/2020

Thank you to those who have served!

09/18/2020

Very pleased to be teaching again. Excited for my new students. We continue to be mindful of safe COVID-19 procedures. Contact me to set your personal training schedule.

09/04/2020

Now scheduling one-on-one sessions. No group class. Practicing safe-distancing and sanitizing between sessions.
email [email protected] to schedule your time.

Arigato

08/26/2020

Sanchin & the Chakras

An examination of the link between Martial Arts and Yoga Teaching Martial Arts for over 25 years, I have learned a few things. I think at least two.

azcentral.com 08/13/2020

State lays out complex path for gym, bar openings

azcentral.com Reopening guidelines for gyms and bars released by the Department of Health Services suggest businesses won't be operating normally for a while.

07/02/2020

Saddler\Strong's Uechi-Ryu Karate's cover photo

06/22/2020

Let's be honest, Kibadachi (horse stance) is not a practical position for self-defense. So why do we stand like this? The short answer, to strengthen and stretch. The llipsoas muscle is the only muscle to connect the upper body to the lower, by joining the lower vertebra to the femur, through the pelvis. Having strength and flexibility through this area has a multitude of benefits. Including, Improved balance and posture, stronger and relaxed back, and faster movement overall.
#karate #horsestance #balance #strength #flexibility

[06/20/20]   Jude (Matthias) and Frankie have been amazingly supportive of our Karate program. Their yoga studio is not just our dojo, but has become a home for Saddler\Strong's Uechi-Ryu. Please consider a small loan. Thank you

azdhs.gov 06/11/2020

AZDHS | COVID-19 Dashboards

We still are seeing a rise in COVID cases and will continue to err on the side of caution. I will not be scheduling any classes in the near future. I will re-address the class schedule when the numbers are in decline.

azdhs.gov Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

[05/04/20]   As of now, there is no specific date as to when the dojo will re-open. We continue to follow stay-at-home orders, remaining cognizant of your health.

We will return in phases, working with you individually at the dojo (no group classes, initially). Hopefully, this will start late this month, or beginning next month.

Stay well.

Arigato 🙏

04/11/2020

#love #lovethyself #selfrespect #selfconfidence #healing #youarebeautiful
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Art by @jay_jaydraws

[03/26/20]   NOTICE:
Received an email from #yelp, stating they have created a #GoFundMe on my behalf. I am not looking for any donations. I need to investigate the legitimacy of this and delete the gofundme. Kindly disregard, and don't give any financial information to an unknown source, (disguised as AZ Uechi-Ryu Karate or otherwise) Thank you

[03/18/20]   Classes are cancelled until further notice! Stay healthy. Be kind.

03/16/2020

In case you were wondering. 😉
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#positivethinking #confidence

03/06/2020

#teaching high school freshmen the basics of #traditional #karate and #selfdefense
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@crnelson1122 Thank you for the opportunity! 🙏🏼
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#uechiryu #awareness @ Bourgade Catholic High School

02/09/2020

Small article in the #azrep about Karate's "surprising" benefits. #confidence #mindandbodybalance

12/24/2019
12/19/2019

We train to react without emotion.
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#sanchin #karate #mushin #focus #meditation

11/22/2019

Ability Access

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10/18/2019

Balance is not static. It is the constant effort moving between inhale and exhale, tension and relaxation, conscience and subconscious... This is how I've come to understand the conflicts of #sanchin
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#uechiryu #karate #martialarts #balance #mindandbody

07/30/2019

With students from 6yo to 70+, there is room for you in class.

#karate #uechiryu #selfdefense #martialarts #training #meditation #arizona @ Totem Yoga

07/17/2019

Thank you to all who have offered your condolences. Please be aware that a Celebration of Life for Sensei will be held at the end of Summer. We will provide more details in the near future. If you have further questions or concerns, you are welcome to text Sensei Bobbie Walden at 602-505-5569. Thank you

How We Train

As a traditional style, classes are taught in a formal and disciplined setting. Students learn proper etiquette, and are respectful to each other and their instructors. Our program focuses on individual improvement, and is not competition based. It emphasizes proper technique and control, with relation to speed and power. A student’s advancement is based on specific criteria, and is primarily earned on effort and attitude. There are four major ranks (belts) in our system: white, green, brown & black.

Students begin with fundamental punches, kicks and blocks. These techniques are further honed when practiced in various sequences, or forms, known as katas. Within a kata, proper stance and breathing is emphasized in coordination with movement. Timing, control, and accuracy also continue to develop through sparring, or kumite. Throughout training, students are challenged with finding mind/body harmony, and ultimate awareness, through the Sanchin kata.

What you gain from training may differ from others. Students in our program often see improvement in several areas; Self Confidence, Self Control, Discipline, Respect, Leadership Skills, Stress Release, Balance, Coordination, Strength & Flexibility, Focus & Awareness.

We train with a practical approach to real world situations. A well trained student develops the ability to react in dangerous situations without thought or emotion, using only adequate force to stop an aggressor. Accurate controlled strikes to vulnerable areas translate into the common sense of self-defense; survival first.

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3201 N. 16th St #16
Phoenix, AZ
85016

Opening Hours

Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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