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The Empty Hand Family Karate Studio’s mission is to help families grow in strength, confidence, character and compassion through rigorous karate training, charitable works and community service. The guiding principles of ISKF Shotokan Karate, which emphasize the development of a participant’s character, effort, etiquette, self-control and sincerity, are key components in our quest to meet the mandates of our mission.

The Empty Hand is not just a karate club. From 1993 through 2010, as part of the West Chester Area YMCA, the club was part of an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of everyone in the West Chester area community. Part of the mission of the West Chester Area YMCA is to improve the quality of life in our community by presenting programs which promote strong families, good health, youth development, and the acceptance of equality of all persons. As an independent karate studio, we continue to work with the Y, and to promote the same principles and core values. The guiding principles of ISKF Shotokan Karate, which emphasize the development of a participant's character, effort, etiquette, self-control and sincerity, are in harmony with our goals.

Please follow the links below to learn more about our family (Sensei Todd Elliott and his seven black belt children) and our club, and how to get in touch. Welcome to The Empty Hand. And thank you.