You can install the project with a few commands:
git clone --depth 1 firstname.lastname@example.org:zedshaw/ljsthw-project-template.git yourproject cd yourproject npm install . ./scripts/init.js
You can then either
rm -rf .git and make your own git, or you can make a branch:
git checkout -b yourproject
You'll also want to disable push so you don't accidentally keep trying to push to the remote.
git config branch.master.pushRemote no_push
I'm actually not sure if this is needed but it should be an extra help to keep your from trying.