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Upcoming Special Training at The Empty Hand - Thanksgiving 2018 and New Year's 2019

posted Nov 20, 2018, 4:25 PM by Joe Elliott

On Nov 20, 2018, at 1:04 PM, Sensei Elliott wrote:

Hi Karate Family,

You are invited to come train with us on this Thursday morning (Thanksgiving) to get some exercise in so you can at least feel like you've earned the right to eat all of that delicious food later in the day. The class will run from 9AM to 10:00 or 10:15AM and will consist of mostly kata (I may be persuaded to throw some sparring in there as well). By the way, this is a great way to get some extra training in if you're planning on testing next month and is also a good warm up for our upcoming 100+ Katas for Christopher Court event. C'mon out... It should be fun.

By the way, check out the attached pledge form for the upcoming 100+ Katas for Christopher Court event. Christopher was a student at Granite Forest Dojo (one of our sister schools) who succumbed to childhood brain cancer in 2011. His family and his karate school have been fighting tirelessly ever since to raise money and awareness in the fight against this devastating illness. Please help us help the Court Family and Granite Forest take another small step toward eradicating this disease. On New Year's Day 2019 The Empty Hand will host 100+ Katas for Christopher. Our goal this year is to raise at least $1,000.00 for more childhood brain cancer research. If we can get just 10 people to do 100 katas and they each get 10 people to donate just 15¢ per kata, we will easily reach (and surpass) our goal. Please consider participating in this worthy cause and event and using the attached pledge form to get your family and friends to support your efforts. For more information visit https://www.christopher-court.org. Thank you in advance for any help you can give!

Please have an awesome, fantastic Turkey Day!

Kyu Exam and Class - 12/14/2018 - 6:00 PM at The Empty Hand

posted Nov 17, 2018, 5:31 PM by Joe Elliott

To:           All Empty Hand and Huaxia Chinese School Karate Students and Parents
From:       Sensei Todd Elliott
Date:        November 13, 2018
Subject:    Kyu Exam and Class - 12/14/2018 - 6:00 PM at The Empty Hand


    We will hold our next kyu exam starting at 6:00 on the evening of Friday, December 14, 2018 (the class will start at 6:00 PM 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 evening even if you aren't taking the kyu exam.  You are allowed to 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 5:45 PM on the 14th.

    Although we let Huaxia students wear street clothes under their uniforms at the Chinese School because you are often rushing to us from other classes; 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 14th. 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 leaast 30 attendances (Any students who only train at the dojo or at Huaxia once a week 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 Friday, December 7, 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.

Classes Cancelled for Weather - Thursday, November 15, 2018

posted Nov 15, 2018, 12:23 PM by Joe Elliott

We will not be having classes tonight (Thursday, November 15, 2018) because of poor road safety conditions arising from continued snowfall. Stay safe and warm!

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.

-Sensei


-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.

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