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

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

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