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 2/20/2019 - Poor Road Safety Conditions Sensei wrote: Class canceled at The Empty Hand tonight (Wednesday, February 20, 2019) on account of the snow. Everybody stay warm and safe and don't forget to practice! -Sensei ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2019, 2:04 PM by Joe Elliott
  • Upcoming Special Training at The Empty Hand - Thanksgiving 2018 and New Year's 2019 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 ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2018, 4:25 PM by Joe Elliott
  • Kyu Exam and Class - 12/14/2018 - 6:00 PM at The Empty Hand To:           All Empty Hand and Huaxia Chinese School Karate Students and ParentsFrom:       Sensei Todd ElliottDate:        November 13, 2018Subject:    Kyu Exam and Class - 12/14/2018 - 6:00 ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2018, 5:31 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