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Instructor Profiles

Denis Casey (8th Dan)

Chief Instructor for all clubs

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

1970 - Joined the Y.M.C.A. Shukokai Karate Club Manchester
(members of the Shukokai Karate Union).

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

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

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

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

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

1996 - 6th Dan (S.S.K.U.)

2003 - 7th Dan (S.S.K.U.)

2013 - 8th Dan (S.S.U.) - Graded in Japan


Positions held within the S.K.U.:-

Member of the Executive Committee 1975 - 1998.

Member of the Technical Committee 1980 - 1998.

National Squad Manager/Coach 1983 - 1998.

Kumite Referee.

Chief Kata Judge.

English Karate Governing Body Instructor Assessment Officer.


October 1998 resigned membership of S.K.U.

(Reason for resignation, to gain more knowledge of the true Shukokai/Shito-Ryu system.)

November 1998 formed the Shukokai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.

1st August 1999 approved membership of the E.K.G.B.

22nd August 1999 travelled to Japan to train under the World Chief Instructor of Shukokai, Haruyoshi Yamada, successor to the late Chojiro Tani the founder of Shukokai.

September 1999 accepted into the World Shito-Ryu Shukokai Union
under the leadership of Haruyoshi Yamada.

Name of association changed to reflect this honour -
The Shito-Ryu Shukokai Union England was born.


Current positions held:-

Official representative of Haruyoshi Yamada 10th Dan Soke.

Chief Instructor of the Shito-Ryu Shukokai Union England & Chief Instructor for Great Britain.

Vice president of the Shito-Ryu Shukokai World Union.

Chief Instructor and Founder of Nakashi Karate Academy (est. 1974).

Chief Instructor of Altrincham Karate Club.

E.K.G.B. Instructor Assessment Officer (S.S.U.).


Miscellaneous:-

Former member of the English National Kumite Squad.

Former English National Referee.

Experience in other Martial Arts:-

Judo
Jiu-Jitsu
Aikido
Iai-Do
Kobu-Do


6th Dan grading ratification in Karate by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

6th Dan grading ratification in Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate in the form of a practical grading under Haruyoshi Yamada, World Chief Instructor Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union).

7th Dan grading in Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate under Haruyoshi Yamada, World Chief Instructor
Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union).

8th Dan grading in Japan in Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate under Haruyoshi Yamada, World Chief Instructor Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union).

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Denis Casey (8th Dan)
Denis Casey (8th Dan)
Denis Casey (8th Dan)

John Carr (5th Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Football Club

John has been training in Shukokai Karate for 26 years. He began training in Stockport with Mick Jones in the SKU and later the SSU, under Denis Casey's Nakashi banner. He now trains at Sensei Casey's Altrincham dojo. John began assisting at classes at the age of 15 and now instructs in the dojo at Altrincham Football Club.

John is a member of the SSU UK Executive committee and SSU UK Squad.

2 years Aikido training under Ted Devlin (no formal gradings taken).

Some experience of Wado-Ryu karate and Kung-fu whilst at Manchester University.

Participate in yoga, which shares many similar characteristics with the martial arts, to improve flexibility, breathing and both core and mental strength.

Karate titles include:

2000 SSU European Champion (-65kg).

2005 SSU World Champion (-70kg and men's team).

2014 SSU Yamada World Cup Champion (Shobu Ippon and Team Kata).

Various national SSU and non-SSU titles won over the years, along with numerous 2nd and 3rd placings.

My favourite kata is Gojushio as I feel it suits my style and body shape, with low stances and fast, powerful moves. The bunkai is also interesting and practical.

As I've grown older I've learnt to appreciate all of the benefits karate brings, both physical, spiritual and mental and it is now a huge part of my life.

On a personal level I am a qualified high school maths teacher, participate in a variety of other sports and believe that if you put in the effort and try your best then you can never truly fail.

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai, Wado-ryu & Aikido

Favourite Kata: Gojushio

John Carr (5th Dan)

Paul Lomax (5th Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Leisure Centre

Paul started studying Karate, and began his training in 1991 and has been training under Denis Casey Sensei to date.

Paul has a wealth of experience in teaching Karate and has been teaching children and adults the art of Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate under the SSU association since 2004.  Over the years Paul has given demonstrations, entered many competitions with success by winning National and Western competitions.

Paul has now taken all his knowledge and experience to the next level and is one of the SSU UK’s qualified referees and judge and has used these skills internationally.

Paul is also qualified and associated to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) alongside this Paul is a qualified First-Aider and is enhanced DBs checked, (Formally CRB).

Paul opened Nakashi Parrswood Karate Club (http://www.nakashiparrswood.co.uk) in March 2004, initially to give children the opportunity to develop their confidence, co-ordination, fitness levels and respect towards others.  As the club became more established, parents wanted to join, so Paul now runs mixed classes 3 times per week at Parrswood and Avondale, teaching Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate to all ages from 5 years upwards.

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai

Favourite Kata: Seienchin

Paul Lomax (4th Dan)

Catherine Church (4th Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Leisure Centre

Catherine started studying Karate in 1999 and so has over 18 years experience in the art. Catherine first graded to Black belt (1st Dan) in 2002, with 2nd Dan following in 2004, 3rd Dan in 2007 and currently 4th Dan in 2013.

Back in 1999 it all started with Denis Casey Sensei at Altrincham Karate Academy, and she is still there today now teaching for Sensei Casey whilst continuing her training with Sensei Casey.

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai

Favourite Kata: Chinto

Cath Church (4th Dan)

Stephen Church (3rd Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Leisure Centre

Stephen started training with Denis Casey Sensei at Altrincham Karate Club (Nakashi) in 2000 when he was 7 years old. Stephen graded to 1st Dan in 2003 at 10 years old and then graded to 2nd Dan in 2007 at 14 years old. In the past year has become a qualified first aider and successfully graded to 3rd Dan in Dec 2016.

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai

Favourite Kata:

Stephen Church (3rd Dan)

Joe Thomson (3rd Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Leisure Centre

Joe started Karate at a young age in 1999 at Altrincham Karate Academy and has continued to train to this day under the supervision of Denis Casey Sensei.

In 2008 Joe began to assist Sensei Casey in classes, gaining experience of teaching and passing on my knowledge he has gathered over the years of training.

Joe started entering competitions in 2003 and has competed in numerous competitions over the years gaining valuable experience on the mat which has helped him go on to win and place in SSU and non-SSU competitions. Joe has also competed internationally for the SSU Squad in individual and team events.

Most recently in 2014 Joe successfully achieved his 3rd Dan.

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai

Favourite Kata: Seienchin

Joe Thomson (3rd Dan)

James Bentham (3rd Dan)

Assistant Instructor for North Manchester Fitness Centre

James started to learn martial arts in 1992 after reading an advertisement in the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

He started his training with the NASSKC and learned Wado-ryu under the instruction of Dave Jacks (1st Dan) and Dave Thornton (1st Dan), with Patrick Scantlebury (then 4th Dan) being the Chief Instructor.

He trained as much as he could and enjoyed every moment. He graded up to 6th Kyu and also travelled to Birmingham and Sheffield to compete in numerous sport karate tournaments.

James also attended numerous Dojo’s in the Oldham area to broaden his knowledge of the martial arts and in 1993, James went to the Rising Sun Dojo in Chadderton, Oldham and learned Shito-ryu Shukokai under the under the instruction of chief Instructor/Founder Tommy Kwan (then 5thDan).

James graded to 4th Kyu and competed in several Kumite tournaments in the Northwest and collected several trophies.

After a short break in training for 12 months, James re-joined Karate at the East Crompton Shukokai Karate Club, then part of the Shukokai Karate Centres under Ian Barlow Sensei (then 6th Dan).

James was taught by Tony Cornett Sensei (the 2nd Dan) from 4th Kyu to 1st Kyu.

(After the club changed associations in 1996, to become ‘Shito-ryu Shukokai Union (East Crompton)’, under Denis Casey Sensei (then 6th Dan) James became assistant Instructor for the club with Tony Cornett Sensei (then 3rd Dan) being Chief Instructor.

After Tony Cornett Sensei emigrated to Canada to be the Canadian Chief Instructor for the SSU World Association, James joined the club now under Denis Casey Sensei now called SSU North Manchester (or Harpurhey) where Denis Casey Sensei (now 8th Dan) is Chief Instructor for this club and his own Altrincham Karate Academy, being 3 clubs in all. James teaches the Children twice a week for Sensei Casey.

James is a qualified First-Aider, trained in defibrillator use (AED) and is enhanced DBS checked, (Formally CRB).

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai, Wado-ryu

Favourite Kata: Naifanchi Shodan

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Chris Denny (1st Dan)

Assistant Instructor for North Manchester Fitness Centre

Chris started freestyle Karate at 17 years old picking up the interest from watching my Dad training in Shukokai for many years under Steve Powell. Chris started under Steve Powell (then 5th Dan in Shukokai), in Choshin-kai at the Chinatown Karate Centre in Manchester as part of the Kenshikan Association of Martial Arts. Also was taught Nunchaku by Steve Powell who is a master in the art.

After a break in training for several years, Chris rejoined Karate at the East Crompton Shukokai Karate Club, then part of the Shukokai Karate Centres under Ian Barlow Sensei (then 6th Dan). Chris was taught by Tony Cornett Sensei (the 2nd Dan) from White belt to 1st Dan in December 2000, grading under Denis Casey Sensei.

(During the break away from Karate Chris studied Taekwondo for a while and also Jeet Kune Do with his old instructor Master Steve Powell who was now part of the Jeet Kune Do family and taught this at the Van Dang Martial Arts centre in Manchester city centre).

After the club changed associations in 1996, to become ‘Shito-ryu Shukokai Union (East Crompton)’, under Denis Casey Sensei (then 6th Dan) Chris became assistant Instructor for the club with Tony Cornett Sensei (then 3rd Dan) being Chief Instructor.

After Tony Cornett Sensei emigrated to Canada to be the Canadian Chief Instructor for the SSU World Association, Chris joined the club now under Denis Casey Sensei now called SSU North Manchester (or Harpurhey) where Denis Casey Sensei (now 8th Dan) is Chief Instructor for this club and his own Altrincham Karate Academy, being 3 clubs in all. Chris teaches the Children twice a week for Sensei Casey.

Chris is a qualified First-Aider, trained in defibrillator use (AED) and is enhanced DBS checked, (Formally CRB).

Styles: Shito-ryu Shukokai, Choshin-kai, Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do, Nunchaku

Favourite Kata: Annanko

Chris Denny (1st Dan)
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