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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.

Rick Lawson


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Welcome To Your New Martial Arts Family

Empty Hands New Martial Arts Family

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.


So… you’re probably wondering;

“Why should I learn Kenpo Karate at Empty Hands Martial Arts?”

EHMA - New location

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.

  • We All Need Exercise!

The physical benefits of exercise - improving physical condition and fighting disease – are well known… your doctor already probably mentions this whenever you see them!

  • Stress-Beater

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.

  • Improved Self Discipline

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!

  • New fFriendships

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!

  • Better Sleep

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.

  • Get Rid of Unhealthy Habits

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.

  • Confidence

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.

  • Better Relationship With Your Body

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!

  • Improved Mental Health

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.

  • Family Closeness

At Empty Hands Martial Arts, we offer a family-friendly environment so that your whole family can enjoy the benefits of Karate together.

  • Bring More Fun Into Your Life!

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!


What Our Martial Arts Students Are Saying

Melissa Pasko


My son loves the classes and his teacher is amazing. Highly recommend.


Susan Kent


Family friendly. Instructors are so wonderful with the kids. Highly recommend! Been a member now for 2 years and wouldn't go anywhere else.


Lyn Marshall


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!


Rick Lawson


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.


Rhys Johannes

Rhys Johannes

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!

Rhys Johannes

Rebekah Day

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!!

Rebekah Day

Aiden-Zayde Bryant

Aiden-Zayde Bryant

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.

Aiden-Zayde Bryant

David Lungwitz

David Lungwitz

My son and I attend and they are great teachers and mentors and very friendly.

David Lungwitz

Lachlan Blatchford


Very good and friendly teaching, excellent atmosphere for learning and discipline. Highly recommended.


Where Do We Come From?

EHMA kids in class

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.

Meet the Coach!

Sensei Tim Barnes

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.

Easy Access in Para Vista

Para Vista Shopping Centre
Shop 17, 296-306 Nelson Road
Para Vista, 5093
South Australia

Phone: 0439 812 244

EHMA new building

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kenpo Karate?

What are the rankings in Kenpo Karate?

What makes Kenpo Karate different from other martial arts?

Do I need to be strong, flexible and in shape to join Karate?

How often should I attend a class a week?

How large are the classes?

What happens if I miss a class?

What is the age requirement for each program?

What do you wear to train and where can I get them?

Is it ok to attend a class as a visitor?

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