“Self-Defense for the Entire Family”

2040 S. Alma School Rd., Ste. 18, Chandler, AZ 85286

Located on the Southwest Corner of Alma School and Germann Rd. in the Fry’s shopping center. We are just south of Fry’s, right next to Supercuts. Just look for the big sign that says “AMERICA’S BEST KARATE” and you will find us. We are open Monday – Saturday for your convenience.

Do you want the Best for your family?


Americas Best Karate & Krav Maga in Chandler

“Wow! I am so happy my friend referred me to this place. The instructors are amazing! They really care about the kids. My son was in a “hitting phase” and my daughter rarely spoke at all. In a short period of time they taught my son to focus his energy in a positive direction and instill respect to others. And my daughter is more confident, is now making friends, and really enjoys learning to protect herself. I love the fact that we can make our own schedule every week because my kids are so busy!”

-Kelly S.

Voted #1 Martial Arts Program in Chandler Arizona for 24 Years!

We are parents just like you. When we designed our Chandler Karate School we built it around the things that we wanted to see for our children – discipline, respect for others, and self-esteem. We are the Valley’s leader in teaching character development to children – reinforcing the values you teach at home. Children are rewarded for making good choices in all areas of their lives. And it’s not just for kids. We have terrific adult and family Karate programs too! American Freestyle Karate is a blend of the best aspects of several different styles. It has the powerful kicking of Tae Kwon Do, the inside self-defense of Kenpo and Hapkido, basic ground defense of Judo and Jujitsu, and the balance of hands and feet that defines Karate. Our adult Alpha Krav Maga program is second to none.  We teach only the most practical self-defense techniques to keep you and your family safe. We produce top quality martial artists At a recent competition 27 of 31 students took a first place and many have won International and World titles.   We care about our students learning quality martial arts but more than anything we want to help create quality people that will have the tools to be successful in life.

 Affordable Tuition – Our tuition programs range from $99 to $159 / month.  We offer large sibling/family discounts. 

 Flexible Schedules –  Choose your own class times / days every week to accommodate your life.

Black Belt Instruction –  Our Staff is Legendary.  Many are World Champions themselves, but there are no shrines to them – their purpose is to create World Champion Students in Life! 

Personal Development Format – Children are rewarded in class for doing their best at home, school and in their daily lives.  Discipline and confidence are two natural by products of our program.  All of our students learn how to set goals, improve their self-image, and self-esteem.  They reach new levels of respect by thanking their teachers and helping around the house “without asking”.  Each student has a positive peer group to help support them in their goals so they can say “no” to gangs and drugs.  We reach new levels of self-expectancy with an “I can do it” attitude.  This is the part of the program the parents love best!

Now you have an opportunity to give your child the best in life!

Give us a call at (480) 961-5425 to schedule an introductory appointment to get a tour of the facilities, meet the instructors and talk about the benefits you will receive as a student.


Joseph Edmondson has been involved in martial arts training since the early age of 4. While growing up in California, he was picked on and bullied in school and lacked confidence. That is, until his mother decided to put him in the martial arts, which helped to build his self-esteem and teach him to defend himself.

His teacher was Grand Master Dan K. Choi, who’s famous students include Ernie Reyes, Sr. and Ernie Reyes, Jr.; Cynthia Rothrock, Tom Callos, Scott Coker, David Douglas and Kim Do; to name a few. Grand Master Choi, who retired in the year 2001, entrusted Joseph to teach his students and oversee enrollment. He promoted Joseph to 5th Dan Black Belt in January 2001, bestowing upon him the title of “Master Instructor.”

Master Edmondson has owned and operated his own schools since 1995, promoting martial arts and improving the lives of thousands of students over the years. He holds multiple advanced degrees of Black Belt and numerous teaching certifications. Still committed to learning even more forms of realistic training, Master Edmondson began training with Alpha Krav Maga instructor Sam Sade, who promoted Master Edmondson to “Coach” and has been a huge proponent of the Israeli System ever since.

To this day, you will find Master / Coach Edmondson training alongside his students on a daily basis and even after his years of competition and numerous championships; he still finds joy in teaching his students how to perform at a top level.

ABOUT master mike erickson –

Master Mike Erickson is a 4th Degree Black Belt and has been teaching Martial Arts for over 34 years.

He was an accomplished athlete early on and in high school participating in multiple sports such as swimming, the State Championship Football Team, lettering every year in Track and even winning a State Decathlon.

In addition, he was a highly skilled wrestler and qualified for State every year. In 1980 he was a Nebraska State Wrestling Champion and was invited to try out for the Olympic Team!

In the early ’90s Master Erickson worked for Grandmaster Stephen Oliver. In a short period of time, he helped Mile High Karate become the top-grossing martial arts school in the United States. He had the opportunity to provide security for Chuck Norris during the SideKicks tour and meet with him on multiple occasions promoting Kick Drugs Out Of America to which Master Erickson’s school was recognized by Mr. Norris as the top contributor in the nation.

Master Erickson competed on the World tour but retired and moved to Arizona in 1993 to start America’s Best Karate. He recognized that there was a need and opportunity to use the martial arts to teach character development to children.

He taught children the discipline of when to use Karate and when not to and how to build their self-esteem to smile from within and project confidence to others. The Educational Funding Company recognized his organization as #1 in Arizona and #3 in the country only behind the late Steven LaValle and West Coast legend Ernie Reyes.

In addition to being a World Champion Competitor, Master Erickson also acted and did stunts in several movies. Although he enjoyed this aspect of his life, he knew his passion was in teaching others.

Master Erickson has been recognized by many Black Belt Hall of Fames including serving on the Board of Directors of the Jhoon Rhee Institute and NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) as a world promoter for many years. His school is well respected in the business and martial arts community and his students regularly find success in competition, school, and life.


About Chandler, AZ

Chandler is a city in Maricopa CountyArizonaUnited States, and is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau,[4] According to the city’s official website, Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.

Chandler, AZ, with surrounding areas in Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley; is home to America’s Best Karate Alpha Krav Maga, a Martial Arts facility focusing on programs in Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing, After School Transported Martial Arts and Birthday Parties.