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My family have been training with empty hands for a few years now and consider EHMA a part of our family. The training is first class in a friendly and encouraging environment. A great opportunity to get fit and make some new friends all the while learning how to effectively defend yourself.
Empty Hands Martial Arts began in March 2008, and 11 years later, we are still here teaching Kenpo Karate to kids, teens and adults.
Our aim is to provide high-quality Kenpo Karate classes, in a positive and family-supportive environment.
Kenpo Karate develops environmental awareness, structural stability, balance, coordination, flow, speed, power and timing as the student progresses through our step-by-step curriculum.
Our students are taught not only how to execute the basic movements in our Program, but also when and why to use each basic.
In our classes, you are going to learn how to use your body to provide you with practical skills to defend yourself.
At Empty Hands Martial Arts, we pride ourselves on our family friendly training environment for you and your family.
While it’s true that an individual ’s progress is based on their own efforts, it can be amazingly motivating when training in a welcoming and supportive environment surrounded by friends on their own journey of self-development.
You can train with confidence knowing that all our instructors are internationally ranked and highly experienced, First-Aid qualified and with current (cleared) Child-Related Employment Screening.
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While classes are geared toward self-defence, the real value comes in becoming a better person in terms of physical and mental health, and character development.
There are many benefits of training in Martial Arts at EHMA.
The physical benefits of exercise - improving physical condition and fighting disease – are well known… your doctor already probably mentions this whenever you see them!
Exercise is considered vital for both maintaining mental fitness, as well as reducing stress. When we exercise, endorphins are produced in our brain - they are our bodies natural stress fighters – as well as acting as natural painkillers.
Self-discipline begins with something as simple as turning up to your training sessions regularly. Learning new things requires both focus and discipline, as well as providing a welcome distraction to your day-to-day routines. Learn to set goals and experience the sense of accomplishment when you achieve them!
Exercising and training with like-minded people around you provides a strong sense of community. Become part of our community and make new friends along the way!
Remember those endorphins that help to reduce stress? Well, they also help to improve your sleep. Regular physical exercise will help you to sleep better at night, so you have increased energy levels during the day.
As you develop self-discipline and self-control, training in Karate will give you a focus point and a motivation to move on from unhealthy habits.
Setting and achieving goals provides a solid foundation on which to improve your confidence is - a common benefit of martial arts training. You will learn to perform without being self-conscious or being shy in front of others.
Studies have shown that exercise is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, as well as enhancing overall cognitive function. Be a better version of you!
For people struggling with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety, the supportive community at EHMA can go a long way in offering you friendship and a place to relax at ease.
At Empty Hands Martial Arts, we offer a family-friendly environment so that your whole family can enjoy the benefits of Karate together.
Yes, you will work hard… yes, you will learn new skills… yes, you will make new friends… but maybe most importantly… you will have fun at the same time!
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My son loves the classes and his teacher is amazing. Highly recommend.
Family friendly. Instructors are so wonderful with the kids. Highly recommend! Been a member now for 2 years and wouldn't go anywhere else.
We had our first grading day today and were so impressed with the caring, professional, and fantastic experience! So very happy with our decision to join this amazing group!
My family have been training with empty hands for a few years now and consider Ehma a part of our family. The training is first class in a friendly and encouraging environment. A great opportunity to get fit and make some new friends all the while learning how to effectively defend yourself.
I have been training on and off at EHMA for the past 10 years of my life. I can happily say that I have enjoyed every moment I have been there and everyone is extremely welcoming and great to be around! I would definitely recommend first timers who want a good experience to come and try at EHMA!
I would certainly recommend EHMA for anyone over the age of 4 years, and have been training myself for about 6 years. Great for some exercise, and you can learn something that is actually useful at the same time! One big diverse family!!
I've been training at Empty Hands Martial Arts for 8 or 9 years now and I have no regrets! They welcome you in like you're family and make you feel as comfortable as possible. They're very professional in how they run their classes and I love that every instructor has their own way of teaching Karate. Solid 5 stars.
My son and I attend and they are great teachers and mentors and very friendly.
Very good and friendly teaching, excellent atmosphere for learning and discipline. Highly recommended.
In Martial Arts, you will hear the word “LINEAGE” frequently used… it is really a way of asking “WHERE are you from?”, or maybe “who is your FAMILY?”.
In “Martial Arts” this is important, asking any potential instructor “where did your martial arts ranks come from?”
We have a strong connection to the International Kenpo community, through our association with Mr Graham Lelliott (GLKenpo, California, USA). Mr Lelliott is a 1st generation student of Senior Grand Master Ed Parker – the Founder American Kenpo. Having received his 1st-4th degree Black Belts directly from Mr Parker, Mr Lelliott continues to teach Kenpo in Clovis, CA, USA, as well as travelling around the world as an invited guest instructor. He received his 9th degree black belt from Mr Lee Wedlake, as part of the Progressive Kenpo System (PKS) group in December 2017.
SA Representative - GLKenpo
3rd Degree Black belt - GL Kenpo Karate
1st Degree Black belt - Chinese Kenpo Karate
1st Degree Black belt - Koshindo Ju Jitsu
Blue Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Level One certified - Kyusho Ju Jitsu
Grad Dip Ed
Tim began his journey in martial arts more than 20 years ago, initially starting out in Go Kan Ryu Karate during high school.
Tim has had the privilege of training with numerous senior Kenpoists over the years including; GM Vic LeRoux, GM Larry Tatum, GM Huk Planas, AM Ed Downey, AM Jeff Speakman, Master of the Arts Lee Wedlake, Prof Ingmar Johanson and Mr Ed Parker Jr.
When he is not teaching Kenpo, Sensei Barnes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia and is also a qualified high school teacher.
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Kenpo Karate was developed in the 1940’s by Mr Edmund K Parker, Founding Grand Master of the Art. Kenpo is a “stand-up” Art, within which you see elements of Japanese (strong linear movements) and Chinese (flowing circular movements) striking Martial Arts, along with “body control” concepts, as seen in Jiu Jitsu styles.
Kenpo Karate is a highly practical Martial Art, and through your training, you will learn how to block, kick and strike. Physically, you will develop environmental awareness, structural stability, balance, coordination, flow, speed, power and timing as you progress through our step by step curriculum.
There are 10 belt ranks in Kenpo Karate, everyone starts as a white belt, and you then progress through – yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, brown belts and finally your 1st degree Black belt!
Although receiving your Black belt is a significant achievement, it is not really the end. Have you just ticked a “life-goal” box or is it the start of a life-long journey in the Martial Arts… what comes next is up to you!
In Kenpo Karate, you will learn how to use your body - the tools you have to work with to protect yourself and your family. Your training is broken into:
BASICS – learn how to kick/punch/block (and more!) correctly
SETS/FORMS – patterns of movement to teach the “big ideas” of the Art
TECHNIQUES – examples of how to use the basics you have learned in practical self-defence scenarios
SPARRING – Testing yourself in action against a fellow student
No, to get started in our classes you just need a willingness to turn up, to learn and to have fun! If you stick with your training over time, you will notice both your fitness and flexibility improving.
See our class timetable here.
This is really up to the individual – more is obviously better, however, we understand that Karate has to fit around the rest of your life. Starting training once a week – you will still see yourself improve more than if you never start training in the first place.
All of our classes (kids and adults) are limited to 20 students. We typically have 4-5 instructors in each session, allowing us to work with students in small groups.
We understand life gets in the way sometimes - you are welcome to make up any missed classes at one of our other sessions in the week.
Kids Karate – Junior kids classes 4-5 y/o, Kids classes 6-12 y/o
Teens/Adults Karate – 13 and up
We wear a black uniform (Gi) at our classes, and students receive a FREE uniform when they first join. The gi’s we use are great quality and will last for years, your child will literally outgrow their uniform before they wear it out!
People are welcome to come to view our classes, however, we strongly recommend potential students join in for our trial classes and get up on the mats to have a go.
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