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Welcome to the Official website for

Altrincham Karate Academy (Nakashi)

Est. 1975


It’s been a very difficult year for us all this year with classes, courses and gradings having to be cancelled but it’s important that we continue with our Karate study.

Exercise is essential to our physical and mental well being and has been proven to help fight the symptoms of covid-19, so while you are waiting to get back to the dojo try to continue with your training at home. I know it’s difficult sometimes but just when you feel like giving up victory is always within reach.

If anyone has any problems or questions I will always be available to you.

I wish you all a very happy and successful New Year.
Hope to see you all soon.


Denis Casey



We all know that 2020 has been quite a year and I hope and pray that life gets so much better for everyone soon and the past year will just feel like a bad dream.

In a year that has brought so many down times I feel it is now time for a little joy and happiness at this very special time. Also a time for reflection and to remember those Karate Ka, family and friends that are no longer with us.

I very much look forward to seeing you all and training together again soon.

So may I wish all members of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do World Union both at home in the UK and around the world



Until we meet again... Denis.

Himeji Castle


(Dated: 3rd September 2020)

Great news.

The classes at Altrincham Football Club Sports hall will be restarting on:

Tuesday 8th Sept  6pm - 7pm and

Thursday 6.30-7.30.

It’s been a longtime and would be great to see everyone again.

Unfortunately we have had no notification from Altrincham leisure centre regarding reopening yet, no doubt we will hear in the near future, in the meantime all members will be welcome to train at AFC. But please contact us first.

We will keep you informed of News of reopening classes in North Manchester as soon as a decision has been made.

Any questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.


We will continue with the classes in Stamford Park on Wednesday 6:30pm and on Sunday 11:00am (weather permitting) until further notice.

Thank you for your support.


Denis Casey


(Dated: Sunday 19th July 2020)

Karate In The Park

We have been testing training in the park recently, trying out methods of safe training and social distancing. We have found it to be very successful, so we can now open it up to everyone.

The outdoor lessons will be;
Wednesday evening 6.30pm.            &        Sunday Morning 11.00am.

Stamford Park, Stamford Park Road, Hale. WA15 9EP

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank You for you understanding and your cooperation.

Denis Casey

0777 629 0609


We appreciate that many members will not want to renew their licences at this time and this is fine. We must inform you that when the Dojo's are back up and running, you must renew your licence before you can attend your Club for training. Please do not forget as you are not insured otherwise.

Thank You for you understanding and your cooperation.

Denis Casey

Official YSSKWU UK Video Snippets

Hi all, the YSSKWU UK would to provide a selection of short video snippets for our members to watch whilst isolated at home.

The Official DVD's have been cut up into sections and we would like to start with Video 1 - Combinations 1A-9A (in both Kihon & Kumite forms), with the Kyu grading syllabus to follow.

There will be further videos every couple of days.

Find a bit of free space and follow along and then practice over the next couple of days. You could also perform some stretching exercises to stay supple and fit.

Note: The title cards on the videos say Combinations A, B & C, these are actually split up into 3 videos, with the A combinations only on this video.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Many Thanks
Denis Casey

Video 1 - Combinations 1A-9A

(in both Kihon & Kumite forms)

Video 2 - Combinations 1B-9B

(in both Kihon & Kumite forms)

Video 3 - Combinations 1C-9C

(in both Kihon & Kumite forms)

Video 4 - 8th Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 5 - 7th Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 6 - 6th Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 7 - 5th Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 8 - 4th Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 9 - 3rd Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 10 - 2nd Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 11 - 1st Kyu Grading Syllabus

(All sections 1-10)

Video 12 - Sensei Yamada Kata

(Various historic Kata)

Kyu Grading Syllabus Kata

(All 14 Kata)

Tensho Kata

(The Bunkai)


(Dated: 21 March)

With recent events and the situation as it now stands regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, many if not all of our member Karate clubs have now closed until further notice. Any official updates or further information will be be posted here as and when the situation changes.


It is vital that you keep practicing and not forget your karate skills. It is also vital that you keep your licence up to date. As a good will gesture for your continued membership we are going to post snippets from the official YSSKWU UK DVD’s.


We will be posting a schedule of videos that we are going to host starting with the 9 Combinations (in both Kihon and free fighting forms) and then 8th Kyu grading syllabus and 7th Kyu grading syllabus and so on. With further videos after that every couple of days.


You can also be reading your Members’ Handbook and get up date with your karate history. Your club may decide to post videos of recorded sessions, stay tuned if that happens.

Unfortunately all YSSKWU UK events (Open Courses, Dan Gradings, Squad Training and Competitions, etc) are suspended until further notice. We will let you know when the video schedule is going live. Please follow the national and your local health care guidelines and look after each other. We will be back in our dojo’s before you know it.


If there are any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to ask. 


Many Thanks and stay safe

Denis Casey

Altrincham Karate Academy

Altrincham Karate Academy is a traditional karate club with traditional values where the emphasis is on teaching authentic Karate.


The academy is recognised as one of the most successful Karate schools in the country, and is a Centre of Excellence for Shukokai Karate.


Our chief instructor is Denis Casey 8th Dan, sensei Casey created history in 2013, when he became the first non Japanese to be officially graded to 8th Dan, by "The Shukokai" in Japan.


The academy welcomes new members and experienced students of Karate. Special Classes are held for Children from 5 years and above, and Adult classes, male and female, both beginners and Advanced.

Whether it is Kata & Bunkai, Kihon & Kumite, to join us contact Sensei Casey by phone or email at the top and foot of this page.

Thank You


Denis Casey - Hachidan (8th Dan)

Chief Instructor

1968 - Began training in Karate (Wado-Ryu) - 4th Kyu (B.K.A.)

1974 - 1st Dan (S.K.U.)

1980 - 3rd Dan (S.K.U.)

1990 - 5th Dan (S.K.U.)

1999 - 6th Dan (S.S.K.U.)  - Grade ratified under Yamada Sensei

2013 - 8th Dan (S.S.K.U.) - Graded in Japan under Yamada Sensei

1970 - Joined the Y.M.C.A. Shukokai Karate Club Manchester (SKU)

1977 - 2nd Dan (S.K.U.)

1985 - 4th Dan (S.K.U.)

1996 - 6th Dan (S.K.U.) 

2003 - 7th Dan (S.S.K.U.) - Graded in Japan under Yamada Sensei

For further detailed information about Denis Casey, please see the Instructors page.


Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union

Altrincham Karate Academy is a member of the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (United Kingdom) national karate association. One of the biggest and most successful in the UK today.

The YSSKWU UK is in turn a member country of the Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union.

The YSSKWU is in turn a member of the Shito-ryu Shukokai Union (Japan) [formerly; :The Shukokai"]


See History page for further information.


Denis Casey Sensei, is the Chief Instructor and President of this association whilst running his own group of clubs. He is also the Vice-President of the YSSKWU World Karate-do Union.

See YSSKWU UK website for future details.

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Altrincham Karate Academy

Altrincham Karate Academy holds classes at three seperate venues. See below or Clubs page.

Altrincham Leisure Centre, Oakfield Road,

Altrincham, WA15 8EW

Altrincham Karate Academy Facebook Page

Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane,

Altrincham. WA15 8AP

Altrincham Karate Academy Facebook Page

North City Family & Fitness Centre

Upper Conran Street, Harpurhey, Manchester. M9 4DA

North Manchester Facebook Page

SSU UK YouTube channel

The YSSKU UK has it's own YouTube channel and there are some videos hosted on there. They feature Denis Casey Sensei, Yamada Sensei, Tani Sensei, Kamohara Sensei and other's in the Shito-ryu system.

There are some brand new videos and some vintage videos from the archives. There will be more added as time goes on.

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