Kyu Exam: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm.

posted Sep 14, 2015, 9:33 AM by Joe Elliott
Sensei Judson Sumbler will be visiting The Empty Hand on Saturday, September 26th at 12:00 noon for a class and test. As always, all students are encouraged to train the class. If you're testing, please make sure your ISKF membership is current. Exam and membership fees are due by the end of class on Tuesday the 22nd.

Sensei Elliott writes:


To: All Empty Hand, Huaxia and Martial Arts Academy Students and Parents

From: Sensei Todd Elliott

Date: September 14, 2015

Subject: Kyu Exam – 9/26/2015 – 12:00 PM at The Empty Hand


Our next Karate Rank Examination (Kyu Exam) will be held at The Empty Hand on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 12 noon. All Karate students, whether testing or not, are welcome to participate in the class and should be at the dojo dressed and ready for the class and exam no later than 11:45 AM on the 26th. The examination will follow a few minutes after the class.

Mr. Judson Sumbler, the chief instructor at both Greater St. Matthew’s and the Yeadon Shotokan Karate Clubs, is the scheduled examiner for the 26th. 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 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 3 months and have at least 30 attendances. Junior students are only allowed to take two tests in succession before being required to skip a test. Junior students are also limited to testing a maximum of 3 times per year (if you are 14 years or older, or a brown belt, you are allowed to take up to 4 tests per year as long as you meet attendance requirements and have your instructor’s permission).

The fee for the examination for a color belt with a current ISKF membership card is$30.00. Students testing for the very first time 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 $30.00 examination fee ($65.00 total). All payments, membership cards, and completed ISKF applications must be presented to Sensei, Joe, Dan, Kenya, Gaby or Shani Elliott no later than the end of the last class on Tuesday, September 22, 2015Please 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. Also remember that you should make loud strong KIAIs throughout your basics and twice during your kata. Also, DON’T BE LATE!! Finally, Sensei Elliott 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 making us proud at the class and for an outstanding performance at the test. 

Sensei Todd Elliott


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