Kyu Exam and Class – 5/19/2018 – 10:30 AM at The Empty Hand

posted May 2, 2018, 8:22 AM by Joe Elliott

Sensei writes:

To: All Empty Hand and Huaxia Chinese School Karate students and Parents
From: Sensei Todd Elliott
Date: April 29, 2018
Subject: Kyu Exam and Class – 5/19/2018 – 10:30 AM at The Empty Hand

We will hold our next kyu exam starting at 10:30 on the morning of Saturday, May 19, 2018 (the class will actually start at 10:30 AM with the kyu exam beginning immediately following the class - usually class runs 45 mins. to an hour). All Empty Hand and Huaxia Chinese School Karate students are both welcome and encouraged to come to class that morning even if you aren’t taking the kyu exam. You are allowed take the kyu exam if you have the minimum number of attendances and you have your instructor’s permission (Sensei and Elijah at Huaxia, Joe, Dan, Shani, Lincoln, Elijah and Sensei at The Empty Hand). Students who are testing or training the class should be at the dojo dressed and ready to help prepare the dojo for the exam no later than 10:00 PM on the 19th.

Although we let Huaxia students wear street clothes under their uniforms at the Chinese School. For the test all students should make sure they are wearing the official uniform. A plain white tee shirt is allowed under the gi top, but no other street clothes are permitted.

Mr. Judson Sumbler, the chief instructor at both Greater St. Matthew’s and the Yeadon Shotokan Karate Clubs, is the scheduled examiner for the 19th. He is a 6th degree black belt with over thirty years Karate experience. Mr. Sumbler has visited our club, and invited us to his own, on many occasions throughout the years. He is an excellent examiner and always teaches fun, informative and entertaining classes. Please give him your best effort and pay close attention to his instructions.

Administrative Details

In order to be eligible to test a student must have trained a minimum of 4 months and have at least 30 attendances (Huaxia students must also show a completed practice log) . The fee for the examination for a color belt with a current ISKF membership card is now $50.00. Students testing for the very first time (white belts or color belts transferring to The Empty Hand from another club) must complete the green ISKF (International Shotokan Karate Federation) membership application, have the application signed by your parents and also get it notarized (Yes, they really have to be notarized!!), and pay both the $35.00 annual ISKF/Empty Hand membership fee and the $50.00 examination fee ($85.00 total). All payments, membership cards, and completed ISKF applications must be presented to one of your instructors no later than the end of class on Wednesday, May 15, 2018. Please make checks payable to The Empty Hand. If you have any questions about the test, you can ask any instructor before or after your normal class times.

And once again, just a reminder... When you take any rank examination please remember to do all of your techniques with speed, power, and focus; remember that you should make loud strong KIAIs throughout your basics and twice during your kata, and DON’T BE LATE!! Finally, Sensei Sumbler WILL NOT LET ANYONE TEST IN A DIRTY UNIFORM. All gis must be clean and neat!! Keep up the good work. Thank you in advance for an outstanding performance during class and on the test.


-Joe Elliott

Snow Day 2 - Snowstorm's Revenge (Classes Canceled 3/21/2018)

posted Mar 21, 2018, 11:50 AM by Joe Elliott

Hey everybody, it looks like poor road surface and visibility conditions will be continuing well into this evening, so we're cancelling the 5:00 and 6:15 classes tonight, March 21, as well. As always, be safe, keep warm, and enjoy your evening off!

Best wishes,
-Joe Elliott

Class Canceled - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 9:36 AM by Joe Elliott

Sensei writes:

"Hi Folks,
Since the school districts are already starting to send kids home and since this stuff is already beginning to stick, I'm going to go ahead and cancel class for tonight (Tues., Mar. 20, 2018). Please keep warm and stay safe"
-Sensei Elliott

-Joe Elliott

No Class Friday, March 2, 2018 Due to Icy Road Conditions

posted Mar 2, 2018, 2:38 PM by Joe Elliott

The Empty Hand will be closed with no class tonight (Friday, March 2 2018), on account of continuing snowfall and dropping temperatures. Please be safe!

No Class at The Empty Hand Tonight Just In Case

posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:31 PM by Joe Elliott   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 3:32 PM ]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Sensei writes:

Hi Everyone,

We are probably being overly cautious but we are canceling class at The Empty Hand tonight because everything that got wet today is starting to freeze. Stay warm and safe out there! -Sensei Elliott
-Joe Elliott

Class canceled at The Empty Hand on 1-8-2018 on account of ice!!!

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:30 PM by Joe Elliott

Sensei Elliott writes:

No class tonight at The Empty Hand (Mon., Jan. 8, 2018) just in case it gets icy out there!  Please stay safe and be warm.

-Sensei Elliott

-Joe Elliott

Inclement Weather - No Class Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:41 PM by Joe Elliott

No class at The Empty Hand tonight (Friday, 12/15/17), on account of snow. There's growing accumulation on the roads, and conditions are likely to continue to worsen as the sun sets. Please be safe, keep warm, and stay tuned - we'll let you know here (and/or on our Facebook page) if we cancel class tomorrow morning, as well.

100 Katas for Christopher Court - January 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:40 PM by Joe Elliott

Sensei writes:

"Join us at The Empty Hand on New Year's Day when we make our annual attempt to do 100 katas to bring in the new year. This year we hope folks will also honor the memory of Christopher Court ( by sponsoring one of the participants by donating $1.00 to the Christopher Court Foundation for each set of ten katas one of the participants does ($10.00 per 100 katas unless you want to give more!). With any luck we can take a small step toward helping eliminate childhood brain cancer. Please join us as either a participant or a sponsor.

Best wishes, and happy holidays!

Belated Halloween Party - Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 - 5:00 to 9:00 PM at The Empty Hand

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:35 PM by Joe Elliott   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 9:51 PM ]

Join us for our (belated) Halloween party at The Empty Hand! We'll be training karate, playing games, eating pizza and having a good time! All Empty Hand students and Huaxia Chinese School karate students are invited, and you're encouraged to bring a friend, too! (Don't worry, we'll go easy on them!) Please send us an email before Thanksgiving to tell us you're coming, so we know how many people to expect!
What:   Halloween Party
Where:   The Empty Hand, 835 W. Chester Pike, 19382
When:   Saturday, November 25, 2017, 5:00-9:00 pm (Thanksgiving weekend)
How much:   No charge (but we'll happily accept $5 or $10 for food and drinks!)
RSVP:   Email – infoⓐTheEmptyHand•com
Halloween costumes optional - Wear something you can safely run around in!
We hope we'll see you there!

P.S. - Hey, parents, November 25 just happens to be the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday; use it well!

No class Tuesday, March 14 2017

posted Mar 14, 2017, 2:37 PM by Joe Elliott   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 2:37 PM ]
Sensei wrote:

"We are canceling class tonight on account of the weather. I just went out and a lot of the roads are clear but there are also a bunch of slippery spots. Please everyone stay safe and take it real slow if you have to go out.

Sensei Elliott"

-Joe Elliott

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