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

Kangeiko 2017 - Special Winter Training at ISKF Headquarters

posted Jan 11, 2017, 8:38 AM by Joe Elliott

What: Special winter training with sensei Hiroyoshi Okazaki at ISKF Heatquarters dojo

When: Every morning at 6:30, Monday - Saturday January 23 - 28, 2017

Who: All ranks and ages are welcome and encouraged to participate; students can be excused early for school or work

How much: One-time $25 fee covers the whole week

Upcoming karate events

posted Sep 6, 2016, 6:26 AM by Joe Elliott

Hey, karate family, I hope you had a great holiday!

Sensei announced a few upcoming karate events and asked me to share them with you.

Sensei writes:

"Hi Everyone,

This fall there are several karate events for students of The Empty Hand.  

Fall Camp
Our east coast family will hold our annual Fall Camp at Camp Green Lane in Harleysville, PA September 9th through 11th.  It should be a great weekend of training!

Next Kyu Exam
Our next rank exam is scheduled for the evening of September 30th.  Sensei Judson Sumbler is the expected examiner.  The class/exam is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on the 30th.  More info to come in a few days!

2nd Annual Amin Karate Seminar (youth and adult)
On Saturday, October 1st we have all been invited to attend the 2nd annual Amin Karate seminar in Hagerstown, Maryland (about 2 and 1/2  hours away).  The instructors for the seminars will be Sensei Najib Amin, 8th Dan and Dr. Farid Amin, 7th Dan.  immediately following the seminars, I will lead a youth shiai (mini tournament) for all the youth participants.  It was a fun day of training last year.  This year's event should be just as much fun.  The seminar starts at 9 AM with check-in at 8:15 (see the attached flyer for more info).

ISKF US Nationals
The ISKF US National Karate Championships will be held locally this year.  Usually we have to travel to get to the Nationals, but this year they are being held in Valley Forge, PA.  The Nationals will run from November 11th through the 13th.  As soon as we receive the Nationals packet we will send out the sign up sheets so you can participate.  With the Nationals [located] so close this year we should all try to attend and participate!

Keep Training!

Sensei Elliott"

See you in class!
-Joe Elliott

Join the Fight Against Pediatric Brain Cancer!

posted Jun 18, 2016, 9:10 AM by Todd Elliott   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 9:12 AM ]

In October 2011 Granite Forest Dojo lost a beautiful rising star, 7-year-old Christopher Court, to pediatric brain cancer.  Since then the club has been on a mission to raise awareness and to raise money for research to fight this devastating childhood disease.  This week, Bruce Costa (the Chief Instructor at Granite Forest) and the rest of his 4 -man team begin Race Across America (RAAM) in their continuing quest to help fund the fight against pediatric brain cancer.  Their goal is to raise at least $100,000 for this very important cause.  

The four RAAM riders will ride their bicycles from coast to coast in 8 days (San Diego to Maryland).  In order to make it across within the 8-day time frame, each rider will have to ride about 100 miles each day!  The ride will take them through some very tough terrain, including the Rocky Mountains, Death Valley and the Appalachian Mountains as they near the East Coast.  It will be a grueling 8 days for the riders, but the cause is worth it.  

Let’s support them as they ride!  Attached is a pledge sheet on which you can sign up to do your own 8-day ride.  Even if we can’t go with the RAAM riders in person, we can add our own efforts from back here at home.  I’m going to try and ride 25 miles for 8 days starting today.  Please support me by making a donation to the Christopher Court Foundation ( or by doing your own ride and getting sponsors to support the cause!  Let’s cheer the RAAM Riders on with our own efforts from home!

Modified class schedule for Master Camp week, June 10th-16th 2016

posted Jun 9, 2016, 5:45 PM by Joe Elliott

ISKF's annual Master Camp takes place this coming week, so most of our instructors will be away. We're still having classes at The Empty Hand, but the schedule will be a little different than usual, to minimize the time I have to spend away from my mom, who relies on me for assistance at home. Sorry about the short notice!

Most classes this week will be open to all students, and will go from 6:30-7:30 pm. The exceptions are Saturday, which is 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Tuesday, which is brown and black belts only, from 7:00 to 8:00; and Wednesday, which is kids only. To reiterate: Every class from Friday, June 10 through Thursday, June 16 will be 6:30 to 7:30, except Saturday and Tuesday. Here is the revised schedule in a more visual format:

 Day, Date: Start Time: Finish Time: Age, Rank:
 Friday, June 10  6:30 pm 7:30 pm all ages, all ranks
 Saturday, June 11
 11:00 am 12:00 pm all ages, all ranks
 Monday, June 13 6:30 pm 7:30 pm all ages, all ranks
 Tuesday, June 14 7:00 pm 8:00 pm all ages, brown/black belts only
 Wednesday, June 15 6:30 pm 7:30 pm kids only, all ranks
 Thursday, June 16 6:30 pm 7:30 pm all ages, all ranks
 Friday, June 17 (back to normal) 6:30 pm 7:45 pm all ages, all ranks

Thanks for your understanding!

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