Welcome to The Empty Hand Family Karate Studio! We're a growing community of families and individuals in and around West Chester, PA, sharing the traditional Japanese art of Shotokan karate. We are children and adults, male and female, beginners, teachers and champions.

Now that you're here, take  a look around. Read about who we are and what we do. Check out our news feed, find info on competitions and rank examinations, or look up our location on a map. Get in touch. Drop in for a visit. Take a class. Learn what karate is all about.

Quick links:
  • Questions answered: If you have a specific question in mind, you might find the answer on the Q&A page. If not, you can submit your question from there, too.
  • Find us: We're just off of West Chester Pike (Pennsylvania route 3), not far from US route 202. Map and directions on our Location page.
  • Get in touch: Send an email, voicemail or snail mail, or catch up with us on Facebook. If you have something to tell us or questions to ask, visit the Contact page.
  • Learn more: For information regarding class schedules, current training fees for yourself and your family, short instructor bios, and more, see our About Us page.
  • Uniforms: Need help learning the proper way to tie your gi and belt? We've got you covered, with instructions and videos. Look no further than the Uniform Guide page.
  • Rank and belts: For questions about rank examinations (belt tests), an upcoming exam, or the results of a recent test, you want our Exams page.
  • Competitions: If you'd like to know more about tournaments, see the results of recent competitions, or prepare for the upcoming championships, try the Tournaments page.
  • Broaden your horizons: Take karate home with you, in paperback or hardcover format, or peruse a selection of online text on a number of subjects on our Recommended Reading page.
  • Comport yourself: Every karate student should be familiar with the rules and etiquette that are observed in the dojo. Go over the Dojo Kun and Dojo Rules pages periodically.

Recent Announcements

  • No Class at The Empty Hand Tonight Just In Case 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 ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 3:32 PM by Joe Elliott
  • Class canceled at The Empty Hand on 1-8-2018 on account of ice!!! 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 ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:30 PM by Joe Elliott
  • Inclement Weather - No Class Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 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 ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:41 PM by Joe Elliott
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The Empty Hand Family Karate Studio | formerly the West Chester Area YMCA Shotokan Karate Club
location: 835 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382-4863
email: info at TheEmptyHand dot com | voicemail: 484-653-7597