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12th November 2017: - ** NEW Portrait Photos**

** We have produced some new instructor and Dan grade portraits for this website. Check out the Instructors page**

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8th November 2017: - ** SSUU UK National Championships 2017**

** THE PHOTOS**

Please use this link to see the photos from the Competition

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6th October 2017: - ** SSUU UK National Championships 2017**

** THE RESULTS **

Kumite Gold
Sam Parkin (Huddersfield)
Callum Sitford (Openshaw)
Oscar Payne (Nakashi)
Yousef Attya (Openshaw)
Jack Halliday (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Joe Sitford (Openshaw)
Erin Joyce (Kenny Karate)
Finnion Farrell (Nakashi)
Autumn Holmes (Kenny Karate)
Natasha Holmes (Kenny Karate)
Freddie Otto (Huddersfield)
Lynsey Robinette (Matsumura)
Marco Wong (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Joe Thompson (Nakashi)
John Carr (Nakashi)

 

Kumite Silver
Zara Bertenshaw (Nakashi)
Phoenix Galbraith-Williams (Llanrwst)
Kyran Burns (Openshaw)
Janae King (Huddersfield)
Joe Pollard (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Charlie Brown (Nakashi)
Farrah Connor (Kenny Karate)
Callum Byrne (Nakashi)
Sadie Edwards (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Ffion Parry (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Dave Percy (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Aga Przybylko (Llanrwst)
James Hagerty (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Jamie Shemeld (Kenny Karate)
Andy Plumb (Aka Ryuu)

 

Kumite Bronze
Danny Chen (Openshaw)
Catherine Oliver-Eastwood (Llanrwst)
Cathryn Russell (Kenny Karate)
Derek Chen (Openshaw)
Abigail Oliver-Eastwood (Llanrwst)
Amy Wild (Huddersfield)
Lewis Heap-Williams (Llanrwst)
Lucas Prior (Nakashi)
Owen Vaughan-Jones (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Heath Parry-Thorpe (Llanrwst)
Sam Parkin (Nakashi)
Harvey Payne (Nakashi)
Maiya Clark (Huddersfield)
Miya Burke (Kenny Karate)
Ben Oliver (Llanrwst)
Terach Nabasem (Huddersfield)
Megan Smith (Kenny Karate)
Mariya Akhtar (Kenny Karate)
Lucy Thomas (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Stephen Jolly (Shoshin)
Timeo Pochin (Huddersfield)
Brett Thompson (Hull)
Andy Garmston (Hull
Sion Williams (Llanrwst)
Andy Garmston (Hull)
Freddie Otto (Huddersfield)

Team Kumite Gold
Llanrwst A
Kenny Karate
Nakashi

Team Kumite Silver
Llanrwst B
Nakashi A
Aka Ryuu

Shobu Ippon Gold
Joe Thompson (Nakashi)

Shobu Ippon Silver
Sion Williams (Llanrwst)

Shobu Ippon Bronze
Brett Thompson (Hull)
John Carr (Nakashi)

 

Kata Gold
Harri Lloyd (Llanrwst)
Sam Deakin (Huddersfield)
Oscar Payne (Nakashi)
Janae King (Huddersfield)
Toby Wrigley (Kenny Karate)
Pam Kaur (Openshaw)
Ben Oliver (Llanrwst)
Sadie Edwards (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Kathryn Edwards (Matsumura)
Stephen Jolly (Shoshin)
Brett Thompson (Hull)
Becky Hartshorn (Aka Ryuu)
Marco Wong (Aka Ryuu)
Lynsey Robinette (Matsumura)
John Carr (Nakashi)

 

Kata Silver
Robin Lloyd (Llanrwst)
Catherine Oliver-Eastwood (Llanrwst)
Abigail Oliver-Eastwood (Llanrwst)
Lewis Heap-Williams (Llanrwst)
Amid Jawad (Kenny Karate)
Miya Burke (Kenny Karate)
Lowri Lewis (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Erin Joyce (Kenny Karate)
Matthew Tommis (Bangor)
Mariyah Akhtar (Kenny)
Rhonda McCarthy (Llanrwst)
Dave Percy (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Timeo Pochin (Huddersfield)
Rosy Whittle (Kenny Karate)
Merfyn Jones (Llanrwst)
Tracy Hartshorn (Aka Ryuu)
Andy Plumb (Aka Ryuu)

 

Kata Bronze
Julia Zuber (Llanrwst)
Klaudia Zuber (Llanrwst)
Phoenix Galbraith-Williams (Llanrwst)
Cathryn Russell (Kenny Karate)
Grace Byrne (Llanrwst)
Maddie Edwards (Aka Ryuu Bethesda)
Lucas Prior (Nakashi)
Christopher Benny (Nakashi)
Charlie Brown (Nakashi)
Josh Robinson (Nakashi)
Callum Byrne (Nakashi)
Finnion Farrell (Nakashi)
Autumn Holmes (Kenny Karate)
Geneva Henson (Aka Ryuu Conwy)
Becky Davidson-Lloyd (Matsumura)
Bethan Jones (Llanrwst)
Natasha Holmes (Kenny Karate)
Sion Williams (Llanrwst)
Andy Garmston (Hull)
Aga Przybylko (Llanrwst)
Dylan Williams (Matsumura)
Merfyn Jones (Llanrwst)

 

Team Kata Gold
Aka Ryuu

Team Kata Bronze
Llanrwst

Pairs Kata Gold
Aka Ryuu
Kenny karate B
Llanrwst A

 

Pairs Kata Silver
Llanrwst A
Kenny Karate A
Llanrwst B

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1st October 2017: - ** SSUU UK National Championships 2017**

Well what an eventful day. The SSU UK National Karate Championships 2017 was a very successful event with many medals being won by many clubs including our visitors for the day Kenny Karate from Oldham. Photos and winners names to follow and possibly a piece in the new Ippon magazine... more to follow on that one. 

I'm sure everybody and a great day and those that took home a medal were pleased with their perfomance. Great to see such a high standard in the Kumite and the kata, both from the kids and adults alike. 

On to next year for more of the same. Many thanks to all that put in such hard work in the planning and running of the 2017 SSU UK Championships.

See you all next week for the last Open Course of the year, along with NEW instructor Portraits being taken too. Any Dan grades 18 years and above need to be there to have their photo taken while we have the equipment. 

Many Thanks
SSU UK Exec

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20th Sept 2017: - ** OFFICIAL LAUCNH**

The Official Launch of Altrincham Karate Academy Website

I am very proud to officially launch the Altrincham Karate Academy website on behalf of Denis Casey Sensei.

Sensei Casey and myself have been working for some time now to get this website up and running and up to a standard that we are pleased with and proud of. It reflects the philosophy of the SSU association and Denis’s 3 clubs. There are many pages with plenty of content to check out, with more to come.

Would you please have a quick look when you have a moment, a bit of feedback would be welcome too.

The web address is; http://www.altrinchamkarateacademy.co.uk

If any members or the SSU UK - or anyone else for that matter - would like a website based on the WordPress platform, this is what I do. I am a freelance Web & Graphic Designer, I own Cristelin Designs. I have very competitive prices and can create whatever you want, big or small.

Please be aware that ALL content on Denis’s website is copyrighted to Denis or the SSU UK/World. Copying is strictly prohibited. If you would like to use any material from the Karate websites, just ask me rather than just taking it. Any photographs of past masters, say Kenwa Mabuni - for instance - are used with respect, as trying to find who owns these images is practically impossible. All other artwork, myself and Denis have created ourselves.

If you would like to use any of the SSU Official Logos, I can supply them for use on your own merchandise, posters etc.

 

We can be contacted at;

Denis Casey:       denis.casey@icloud.com
Chris Denny:      chrisdenny@cristelin.com

 

Many Thanks
Denis & Chris

 

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18th Sept 2017: - ** ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE **

Denis Casey Sensei has now booked his Hotel for the Japan trip in 2018.

The name of the hotel is the APA HOTEL, KOBE, in SANNOMIYA.

The cheapest way to book your is through Trivago.

So, if you are going to Japan this time you will need to book it ASAP before it becomes full.

Please DO NOT delay and get your hotel booked to avoid disappointment.

 

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18th July 2017: - ** ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE **

Yamada Gishinkan Cup 2018 (Amagasaki City).

** DATE AMENDMENT **

Please note there is a change in the dates for the above event.

They are now as follows:

** - Fly out from UK – Sunday 18th March.

** - Return to UK – Friday 1st April (arriving back in the UK at 06:50 Monday 2nd April).

Denis Casey Sensei has now booked his flights.

Anyone wishing to know the exact details should contact Sensei Casey directly (07776 290609 – denis.casey@icloud.com).

 

Further, there are some itinerary details below;

 - Wednesday March 21st Seminar 09:00 - 17:00

 - Thursday March 22nd Seminar 09:00 - 17:00

 - Friday March 23rd Seminar for instructors only.

 - Saturday March 24th  Seminar 09:00 - 15:00 for instructors only. Dinner party 18:00 - 21:00

 - Sunday 25th March, Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Cup / Gishinkan, 08:00 - 17:00.

 

For enquiries please contact Denis Casey Sensei.

Many Thanks

SSU UK Exec

 

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11th July 2017: - ** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT **

Yamada Gishinkan Cup 2018 (Amagasaki City).

These prestigious visits to our Japanese Headquarters are a once-in-lifetime occasion and each year they grow bigger and better. It is a chance for us in the UK to train with Yamada Haruyoshi Sensei (10th Dan) and many other high ranking Japanese Sensei’s across several days and then having the honour to compete in the Gishinkan Yamada Cup that it hosted at this event.

There is even a chance to join Yamada Sensei for the arrival dinner and the Sayonara Dinner. It is at times like this when the top Sensei’s of our association become accessible. It is truly a very worthwhile and fulfilling experience. Many past attendees have talked a lot about the many friends they made at this event from other member countries. We are all part of a huge world wide Karate family.

** Please note **

This event always takes a great deal of organisation both here and in Japan. So, anyone thinking of going MUST contact Denis Casey Sensei in the first instance ASAP of possible numbers, including attendees such as partners & parents etc.

Furthermore, because of the difficulty of organising this trip, can EVERYBODY please try and stick to the schedule set out. It has taken time and effort to arrange the best plan for all involved.

Flights generally only go up in cost, as soon as there is information about flights, there will be details here.

** - Fly out from UK – Sunday 25th March 2018

** - Return to UK – Friday 6th April 2018

** - Approximate cost of flights - £700

There will a full itinerary in due course and further details as they are released. Please make your interest known ASAP to Denis Casey Sensei.

Many Thanks
SSU UK Exec

Click here to go to Altrincham Karate Academy website for some photos of past visits.

 

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29th May 2017: - ** IMPORTANT NOTICE **

Kamohara Farewell Seminar in France

Kamohara Sensei is returning to Japan in August this year and there is a farewell seminar and celebration organized for Friday 30th June until Sunday 2nd July.

This will take place at the Château des Vaux (St-Maurice St-Germain) in France.

If anyone would like to go to this prestigious event must contact Denis Casey Sensei ASAP.

Programme (Seminar at Château des Vaux(St-Maurice St -Germain) in France):

Friday 30th June

18:30  - Welcome Dinner

Saturday  1st July

09:30 - 1200
- Warming up
- Shukokai  Kihon
- Kata: Nipai, Unshu  & Seipai (from 1st Dan)
- Sanchin ,Tensho, Naifanchi Shodan (others)

12:30 – 14:30
- Meeting & Lunch

15:00-17:00
- Kumite technique (30minutes)
- Kata: Paporen, Matsumura Bassai & Tomari Bassai  (from 1st Dan)
- Pinan 1-5, Jyuroku , Matsukaze (others)

19:30 - onwards
- Sayonara Dinner Party

Sunday 2nd July

12:30 – 14:30
- Gojyushiho,108 & Nipaipo  (from 1st Dan)
- Kihon Ippon kumite & Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Others)
- Massage & relaxation 
 

12:30 - Sayonara Lunch
 

Costs:

€120.00 for accommodation, meals and seminars, or €100 for the above without seminar (partners/parents etc).

Travel:

EasyJet fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle for £133 return from Manchester (Friday-Sunday), or its approx. a 9 hour drive from the UK!


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14th May 2017: - Dan Grading

Big congratulations go to all that successfully passed their Dan grade today, a lot of hard work had paid off today.

- 4th Dan (Yondan):-
Helen Lomax, Garry Smith.

- 3rd Dan (Sandan):-
Sana Niazi.

- 2nd Dan Cadet (Nidan):-
Khadeejah Choudhury, Ya-Seen Choudhury.

- 1st Dan Cadet (Shodan):-
Daniel Woodthorpe, Benjamin Clapham, Harvey Payne, Aaliyah Mahmood & Ibrahim Mahmood.

- 1st Dan (Shodan):-
Steven Brereton.

Very well done all.

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11th December 2016: - Dan Grading

Big congratulations go to all that successfully passed their Dan grade today, a lot of hard work had paid off today. Very well done.

- 3rd Dan (Sandan):-
Jackie Barnard & Stephen Church.

- 2nd Dan (Nidan):-
Becky Hartshorn, Grant Pullen & Freddie Hyde.

- 1st Dan (Shodan):-
Geneva Henson, Charles Brown, Daniel Gray, Rithvik Gongloor, Hong Xu Ni, Tracy Hartshorn, Maryam Atti, Linda Wilson, Andrew Nichols, Dylan Williams, Ingo Schiessl, George Lee, Andrew Papworth & Jack Cummings .

For more photos from the Dan grading, jump over to the official website Gallery page of The Altrincham Karate Academy

http://www.altrinchamkarateacademy.co.uk


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10th August 2016: - Sensei Denis Casey Wales Course - 13th NOVEMBER 2016

A new course added to the calendar, Sensei Denis Casey Wales course, Sunday 13th November at Aberconwy Secondary School, Conwy. LL32 8EF.

11am-1pm kids under 12years, £10
11am-3pm, kids 12 years+ and adults, £15

Qualifies as a course towards Dan grading. Open to all members not just Welsh students. For more details to contact Andy Plumb.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

2nd July 2016: - Sensei Eric Tomlinson

It is with a heavy heart that the SSU UK has to announce that Sensei Eric Tomlinson (Chief Instructor SSU USA) has sadly passed away this morning. He was 68 and succumbed to kidney failure. Below are some words from Sensei Denis Casey.

“I have known Eric for over 40 years, first as a team mate on the SHUKOKAI KARATE ENGLAND TEAM, travelling around Europe competing having a good laugh and lots of adventures, then as colleagues teaching at the same Dojo in Middleton in Manchester.

I lost touch with Eric for almost 20 years, then one day out of the blue he phoned me up from AMERICA. His first words were, "Hello Denis it’s me Eric", I didn't have to ask Eric who? He never lost his accent, "Eric, where the hell have you been?", he then went on to tell me he was living and working in America, and all about his life there.

It didn't take long before the conversation turned to Karate and in particular the sad loss of Kimura sensei, this had a big effect on him and he was beginning to lose his enthusiasm for Karate because of the political situation within Kimura Shukokai.

He asked me what I was doing now. I informed him that I had gone back to my roots, and had travelled to Japan to train under the head of SHUKOKAI, Yamada Haruyoshi sensei, and had now formed the SSKU in England. (1998).

This seemed to light a spark with Eric, he wanted to know all about it and we soon started to discuss about how he could go about joining. He invited me over to the states to teach on some seminars over there and explain all about THE SHITO-RYU SHUKOKAI UNION to his students.

He met me at St Louis airport, we recognised each other straight away, it went from a hand shake to hugs and kisses (man kisses) in no time. He then informed me that he was still working and if I would mind if he made a drop off on the way back home,
He asked to wait outside and he would drive round and pick me up, I couldn't believe my eyes when the biggest petrol tanker I had ever seen pulled up and out popped Eric's head," Jump in Den", oh yes he was a character!!!!! And he never changed.

We arrived back at his place at about 10 pm, I was absolutely shattered with all the traveling but he managed to ply me with drink and keep me up until 7am, talking Karate and reminiscing about the old days. That was just the start of it!!!!!!

We travelled across America from east coast to west teaching, meeting with lots of other Karateka, and lots more late nights.

Eric became the chief instructor for the USA, and was instrumental in introducing other members from around the world to the SSU.

USA, ARGENTINA, BRASIL, BOTSWANA, PHILIPPINES.

His Legacy will live on through them.

His love of Shukokai Karate never diminished, we spent many a long night through to the early hours of the morning discussing technique, reminiscing and having a good laugh, whenever we met up, in England, Japan, The Philippines etc etc.

The Shito-Ryu Shukokai Union has lost a good member and the members of the Union have lost a good friend, I am proud to count myself amongst them.

God bless you Eric RIP.”

 - Denis Casey

 

We at SSU UK would like to offer our sincere condolences to Eric’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them.

SSU UK Executive Commitee

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24th May 2016: - Two new clubs joining the SSU UK fold.

The SSU UK is proud to announce two new clubs opening. Shoshin Shukokai (Tyldesley) & Wincham Shukokai (Nr. Northwich).

SHOSHIN SHUKOKAI

A brand new club in a brand new area just outside Manchester, A longtime student of Denis Casey Sensei, Instructor Colin Jolly (2nd Dan) started a new club a couple of months ago in Tyldesley (in-between Astley and Atherton) and is going from strength to strength. Visit the club's Facebook page and show your support. facebook.com/Shoshin-Karate-Club. The club meets on a Tuesday 7.00-8.30pm and Saturday 3.00-4.00pm.

WINCHAM SHUKOKAI


A great addition to the SSU UK fold, Wincham Karate Club is located between Northwich & Knutsford (Cheshire) and will be opening it's doors with a new beginners course on Monday 6th June. Wincham karate club instructor, Andrew Wilson/Wil (4th Dan) currently assists Barry Williams at the Williams Kararte Academy clubs and is excited for the future of this new club. Please welcome our new club by sharing/liking the page on facebook.com/WinchamShukokai.

We wish you both well for the furture in your new ventures

SSU UK Commitee

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15th May 2016: - Dan Grading

A big congratulations to all that successfully passed their Dan grade today.

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Phil Jamieson, Carl Butcher

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Joshua Foden (Cadet U16), Nicholas Van-Gurp (Cadet U 16), Arvin Ashtab (Cadet U16), Leon Frettsome (Cadet U16), Mayek Gupta (Cadet U16), Louis Fielding (Cadet U16), Adam Cornett, Emily Hall & Michael Chappell.

Well Done to all

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** ANOUNCEMENT **

5th April 2016: - SSU Germany "Karate Mastercamp"

There is an event (Karate Mastercamp) in Germany (Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2016) for anyone that may want to attend from the U.K.

Please contact Denis Casey Senei if you are interested, and see the link before for the SSU Germany website.


Click on the link "Weitere infos" after the image on the website for "Further Information"

 

•Sat & Sun 18th & 19th June – Bavaria (Germany)
Karate Mastercamp
There is an event (Karate Mastercamp) in Germany (Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2016) for anyone that may want to attend from the U.K.

Please contact Denis Casey Senei if you are interested, and see the link before for the SSU Germany website.

http://www.shitoryushukokai.de/shitoryushukokai/informatives/mastercamp-2016.html

Click on the link "Weitere infos" after the image on the website for "Further Information"

 

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** ANOUNCEMENT **

5th April 2016: - SSU Kata Course

Hi all,
Could I remind all SSU UK members of the Kata Course this Sunday, 10th April with Denis Casey Sensei, please note the venue is Rudheath Leisure Centre, 11am - 2pm.

This is open to ALL students, whether you wish to compete or just improve your Kata and learn new ones.

Could ALL club instructors please inform your membership of the Kata Course.

Manny Thanks

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5th April 2016: - SSU Kumite/Kata Squad News

Hi all,
Could I remind everyone of the squad training this Saturday @ weaverham 1300 till 1500 fighting, 1500 till 1700 Kata. Not a big entry for the English Championships this year which is a bit dissapointing but still we have 2 British Championships approching so will be working towards putting the assosiation back on the map with these events.

See you all Saturday, please pass on to members in your clubs and let the coaches know if you cannot attend.

Many thanks
Paul Williams

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25th March 2016: - SSU Kumite Squad News - English Championships

Hi all squad members/instructors please inbox me or Barry if you are available to compete in the English Championships at the end of April. Please do not ignore this message as entries need to be in by next week.

Many Thanks

Paul Williams

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** NEW ENTRY **

31st January 2016: - SSU Kumite Squad training sessions added to Calendar

All the details below

- Saturday 13th February 2016 - 1pm - 3pm (Weaverham Communiy Centre)

- Saturday 5th March 2016 - 1pm - 3pm (Weaverham Communiy Centre)

- Saturday 9th April 2016 - 1pm - 3pm (Weaverham Communiy Centre)

- Saturday 14th May 2016 - 1pm - 3pm (Weaverham Communiy Centre)

- Saturday 11th June 2016 - 1pm - 3pm (Weaverham Communiy Centre)


These sessions are to develop a squad of cadets and adults to compete on a regular basis.

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31st January 2016: - 'NEW' SSU Kata Squad training sessions announced

All the details below

- Sunday 28th February 2016 - 12pm - 3pm (Weaverham Community Centre)

- Sunday 10th April 2016 - 11am - 2pm (Rudheath Leisure Centre)

- Sunday 22nd May 2016 - 11am - 2pm (Rudheath Leisure Centre)

- Sunday 19th June 2016 - 11am - 2pm (Rudheath Leisure Centre)



Could you please make all your members aware of the following dates which have been booked for the SSU Kata Squad sessions, please note they are open to ALL students who either, wish to train to be a part of the kata squad, or just want to improve their kata knowledge and technique.

Cost of the each course in £15.00

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15th December 2015: - Dan Grading

A big congratulations to all that successfully passed their Dan grade today.

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
Grant Pritchard, Jose Luis Sebastian Correia

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Patrick Teece

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Elysia Zdolyny (Cadet U16), Lucy Elizabeth Thomas (Cadet U16), Finnian Dominic Farrell (Cadet U16), Callum Byrne (Cadet U16),
Ekam Singh Bijral (Cadet U16), Lily Supple (Cadet U16), Anna Jones (Cadet U16) & Rory White (Cadet U16).

Craig William Stockton, Adam Rigler, David Hughes, Thomas Ashton & Luanna Kielty.

Well Done to all

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3rd August 2015: - Welsh Open Course - Sunday 9th August 2015

The welsh members in the association would like to invite you all to a seminar this Sunday with the SSU Chief Instructor Sensei Denis Casey 8th Dan.

The course will be held central to all Welsh Dojo's in Aberconwy Secondary School, Conwy.

This is open to ALL members of the SSU, it would be nice to see a good mix of members from across the SSU.

Non SSU Shukokai groups will also be invited to attend, to train together, the 'Shukokai' philosophy.

There are two sessions:

10:30am - 12pm: kids under the age of 12yrs. Cost: £10
12:15pm - 2:00pm: 12yrs and above. Cost £10.

The adult group are very welcome (and encouraged) to join in with the first group, cost for doing both sessions is £15.

Wales members: to book on the course please give your name and a £5 deposit to you instructor.

For all other clubs/groups please book with Andy Plumb direct.

For all travelling members, please get in touch with Andy Plumb if you would like me to arrange overnight accommodation.

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27th May 2015: - New Andes training bag added to the Store page - £20.00 each

See the Store page for a look at the NEW branded sports/training bag for your Gi and equipment. It is in Black with a silver SSU badge and will be on sale at the Summer Open Course on the 7th June at The Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Macnhester (See Calendar page for details). As a special summer offer, if you purchase a bag on the day you can have a T shirt at half price (this is just for the Summer Open Course).

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27th May 2015: - Soke Yamada performing Nipapou Kata with Bunkai.

From our partners over the water who have been creating a Video Dojo on the SSU World Website (www.shukokai-world.net), we would like to share a video of Soke Yamada Haruyoshi performing Niipapou (Nipaipo) kata with Bunkai. This video was shot in Canada in 1999. A pleasure to watch the master at work I'm sure you will agree.


Click to go to YouTube

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17th May 2015: - Dan Grading

A big congratulations to all that successfully passed their Dan grade today:

- 4th Dan (Yondan) -
Merfyn Jones, Adam Neill & Laura Hitchen

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
James Bentham, Adrain Ward & Steve Buckley

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Milo MacDonald, Bethan Jones, Ellie Thomson & Marco Wong

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Sadie Edwards, Ffion Parry, Mark Norman & John Kilmartin

Well Done to all

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20th Febraury 2015: - *SSU UK National Championships 2015*

The Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate Union proudly invite you to compete in the SSU UK National Championships for 2015, which will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at the George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester.

This is your chance to showcase your skills in competition, on a national level, with Kata, Kumite, team Kata and team Kumite events taking place, including the prestigious Shobu Ippon event for adult competitors (from 16yrs and above).

If you haven’t ever competed in a Karate tournament, and as this is an association only event which is open to all grades, it would be a great opportunity for you to test your mettle and join many Karate-ka competing at the top level of the sport in one of the biggest associations around.

Those who want to compete to become the next SSU National Champions, should speak to their instructor who will have all the entry forms.

The event is on the website calendar, and now the entry forms are available to instructors. Download them below in either Word or PDF format.

Completed entry forms along with appropriate fees MUST be paid by 8th March 2015 to Mark Outterside (see entry form for details).

There will also be a new merchandise counter where you will have the opportunity to purchase association merchandise, including all the DVD’s including the new Volume 3: Grading Syllabus (3rd Kyu – 1st Kyu) and T shirts.

The hard work starts now, refine your Kata’s, sharpen your fighting techniques and get involved in 2015 SSU UK National Championships.

SSU UK Nationals 2015 entry form (Word) Click for document SSU UK Nationals 2015 entry form (PDF) Click for document

Venue: George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, Davyhulme, Manchester. M41 7FJ (near the Trafford Centre).
Doors open 9am, competition start 9:30am
Spectator fee, £5 adults, £2 children (under 16yrs)

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15th Decmber 2014: - Congratulations to all those who passed their Dan Grade yesterday. See below for names and photo.

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
Joe Thomson

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Sam Ellwood, Gary Lucas, Steve Stanaway, Rob Outram, Barbara Mileham, Samuel Williams, Jacob Robson & Aaron Stanaway.

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Vani Midgley, Sophia Richards, Heidi Parkes-Smith, Francesca Huffa-King, James Doyley, Khadeejah Choudhury & Emily Clegg.

Well Done to all

Dan Grade - Dec 14

 

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12th December 2014: - The 2015 calendar is now on the Calendar page. Please refer back periodically as more events will be added as venues are confirmed, especially the SSU UK National Championships. Thank you.

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19th September 2014: - The SSU UK National Championships were a great success today with many medals and trophies won across all events. See below for a list of the results from all sections.

- Event results -

- TEAM KATA-

Junior pairs under 16yrs open grade
1st - Aka Ryuu
2nd - Huddersfield
3rd - Mileham A
4th - Mileham B

Senior team mixed 16yrs and over open grade
1st - Aka Ryuu (Mens)
2nd - Altrincham Nakashi
3rd - Aka Ryuu (Ladies)

- INDIVIDUAL KATA -

Cadets mixed 9 and under 8th-7th Kyu  
1st - Jamie Mileham (MKD)
2nd - Caitlin Vaughan (MKD)
3rd - George Borrett (MKD)

Cadets & juniors mixed 8-12yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Freddy Brown (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Evan Crompton (Williams Karate)
3rd - Callum Byrne (Altrincham Nakashi)

Junior girls under 16yrs 8th-4th Kyu
1st - Lara Mileham (MKD)
2nd - Francesca Healey (Williams Karate)
3rd - Georgie Bumpus (MKD)

Junior girls under 16yrs 3rd Kyu and above    
1st - Mia Lucas (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Lucy Thomas (Llanrwst)
3rd - Ffion Parry (Conwy & Bethesda)

Senior female 16yrs and over 8th-4th Kyu and above
1st - Joanna Parris (MKD)

 

Cadets mixed 9 and under 6th-4th Kyu  
1st - Sam Parkin (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Nikita Ramteke (Altrincham Nakashi)
3rd - Alex Gill (Huddersfield)

Junior boys 10-12yrs 6th-4th Kyu    
1st - Niall Small (Huddersfield)
2nd - Elliott Chappell (Hull)
3rd - Ben Oliver (Llanrwst)

Junior boys 13-15yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Marco Wong (Aka Ryuu)
2nd - Patrick Teece (Williams Karate)
3rd - Nick Flaherty (Williams)

Senior male 16yrs and above 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Andy Plumb (Aka Ryuu)
2nd - Edward Lister (Altrincham Nakashi)
3rd - Carl Butcher (Hull)

Senior female 16yrs and over 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Merna Azer (Conwy & Bethesda)
2nd - Bethan Hughes (Conwy & Bethesda)
3rd - Heidi Parkes-Smith (Conwy & Bethesda)

- TEAM KUMITE -

Cadet mixed 9rys and under open grade
1st - Mileham Karate
2nd - Aka Ryuu


Senior male 16yrs and above open grade
1st - Williams (P) Karate
2nd - Altrincham Nakashi
3rd - Williams (B) Karate

Cadet boys 10-12yrs open grade
1st - Altrincham Nakashi
2nd - Ilkley
3rd - Huddersfield

Senior female 16yrs and above open grade
1st - Altrincham Nakashi
2nd - Williams (B) Karate
3rd - Aka Ryuu

- INDIVIDUAL KUMITE -

Cadets mixed 9yrs and under 8th - 4th Kyu
1st - Owen Vaughan-Jones (Conwy & Bethesda)
2nd - ? (MKD)
3rd -

Cadet boys 3rd Kyu and above (under 5')
1st - Callum Hough (William Karate)
2nd - Finnian Farrell (Altrincham Nakashi)
3rd - Callum Byrne (Altrincham Nakashi)

Cadet boys 10-12yrs 6th-4th Kyu
1st - Dewi Roberts (Aka Ryuu)
2nd - Jack Crabtree (Huddersfield)
3rd - Niall Small (Huddersfield)

Cadet girls 8th-4th Kyu (over 5')
1st - Georgie Bumpus (MKD)
2nd - Lily Pochin (Huddersfield)

Cadet girls 10-12yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Kadeeja Choudry (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Mia Lucas (Williams)
3rd - Sadie Edwards (Aka Ryuu)

Cadet girls 12yrs & over 3rd Kyu and above (3' 11"-5' 5")
1st - Emily Hall (Aka Ryuu)
2nd - Ffion Parry (Aka Ryuu)
3rd - Lucy Thomas (Llanrwst)

Senior female open weight Dan grades
1st - Laura Hitchen (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Becky Case (Williams)
3rd - Merna Azer (Aka Ryuu)

Senior male over 75kg 3rd -1st Kyu
1st - Michael Chappell (Hull)
2nd - Osian Parry (Llanrwst)

Senior male over 75kg Dan grades
1st - Paul Stephenson (Williams)
2nd - John Carr
3rd -


Cadet mixed 9yrs and under 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Charlie Brown (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Kai Melville-Richards (Aka Ryuu)

Cadet boys 10-12yrs 6th-4th Kyu (under 5')
1st - Elliott Chappell (Hull)
2nd - Daniel Woodthorpe (Ilkley)
3rd - Ben Oliver (Llanrwst)

Cadet boys 10-12yrs 3rd Kyu and above (5' and over)
1st - Freddie Brown (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Danny Jones (Aka Ryuu)
3rd - Mark Shaper (Ikley)

Cadet girls 8-10yrs and over 8th-4th Kyu (under 4ft 8)
1st - Lara Mileham (MKD)
2nd - Caitlin Vaughan (MKD)
3rd - Annabel Healey (Williams)
4th - Charley Glover (MKD)

Cadet boys 13-15yrs 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Patrick Teece (Williams)
2nd - Marco Wong (Aka Ryuu)
3rd - Milo MacDonald (Altrincham Nakashi)

Junior girls 16-17yrs open 3rd Kyu and above
1st - Emily Ankers (Williams Karate)
2nd - Chloe Johnson (MKD)
3rd - Bethan Hughes (Aka Ryuu)

Male 16yrs and above open weight 8th-4th Kyu
1st - Clifford Surtees (Williams)
2nd - Danny Maloney (Williams)

Senior male under 75kg Dan grades
1st - Joe Thompson (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Edward Lister (Altrincham Nakashi)
3rd - Harry Phasey (Altrincham Nakashi)

 

 

- SHOBU IPPON -

Shobu Ippon Male Open Grade

1st - Paul Stephenson (Williams)
2nd - Michael Chappell (Hull)
3rd - Sam Ellwood (Williams)
Shobu Ippon Female Open Grade

1st - Laura Hitchen (Altrincham Nakashi)
2nd - Adele Gill (Huddersfield)
3rd - Becky Case (Williams)

 

 

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(1st = Gold - 2nd = Silver - 3rd = Bronze)

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Marco Wong, Sensei Denis Casey & Andy Plumb, Sion Willaims - Image copyright Andy Plumb ©2014
Marco Wong, Sensei Denis Casey & Andy Plumb, Sion Williams - Image copyright Andy Plumb ©2014

A huge thank you must go to the SSU UK Chief Instructor and President, referees, judges, organisers and support staff.

Special thanks to the three EKF judges/referees.

Thanks also to the medics on the day and the venue staff at G H Carnells.

Thanks also to Brian Bentham and his team for providing and setting up of the four Kata/Kumite areas.

Brian Bentham Mat Hire - 07736 741332

Martial Arts Mat & Score Board Hire - phone Brian Bentham on - 07736 741332

 

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10th August 2014: - We would like to announce that Official SSU UK Merchandise is now available on the Store page. All merchandise will be available at all association courses, competitions and seminars and can also be ordered through the channels below, thank you.


Orders, queries and questions for T shirts, bottles and mugs should be sent to:

SSU UK Merchandising team

Orders, queries and questions for Gi Badges, SSU UK DVD's and SSU World DVD's should be sent to:

Chris Denny at Cristelin Designs

For international orders or queries please contact:

Sensei Denis Casey

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4th August 2014: - We would like to welcome 3 new clubs to our association. Openshaw Shukokai joined us a few months ago and is going from strength to strength, We welcome Sensei Steve Buckley from Openshaw Shukokai. We have two existing member clubs that are expanding and have opened a new club each. Sensei's Paul & Helen Lomax from Parrswood Shukokai have opened Cheadle Shukokai (Cheshire) and Sensei Rob Outram from Llanddulas Shukokai has opened Pensarn Shukokai (N. Wales). All the details for these new clubs (training times, venue address and maps) are available on the Clubs page above. Welcome all.

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23rd July 2014: - There is a referees course now scheduled for 7th September at Woodhouse Park (same day as the open course).

10am - 4pm, with a course fee of £20.

IMPORTANT: It is imperative that all that qualify for this course attend this course.

IMPORTANT: If you have anyone in your club who might be able to help as a judge (min. 18 years and min. 1st Dan) make sure they come to the course.

Names and contact details are needed in advance so that information can be sent to them.


Please contact Chris Mileham - Home tel: 01743 873013 or chris.mileham@btinternet.com

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15th July 2014: - *SSU UK National Championships 2014*

The Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate Union proudly invite you to compete in the SSU UK National Championships for 2014, which will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 at the George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Manchester.

This is your chance to showcase your skills in competition, on a national level, with Kata, Kumite, team Kata and team Kumite events taking place, including the prestigious Shobu Ippon event for adult competitors (from 16yrs and above).

If you haven’t ever competed in a Karate tournament, and as this is an association only event which is open to all grades, it would be a great opportunity for you to test your mettle and join many Karate-ka competing at the top level of the sport in one of the biggest associations around.

Those who want to compete to become the next SSU National Champions, should speak to their instructor who will have all the entry forms.

The event is on the website calendar, and now the entry forms are available to instructors. Download them below in either Word or PDF format.

Completed entry forms along with appropriate fees MUST be paid by 7th September 2014 to Mark Outterside (see entry form for details).

There will also be a new merchandise counter where you will have the opportunity to purchase association merchandise, including all the DVD’s including the new Volume 3: Grading Syllabus (3rd Kyu – 1st Kyu).

The hard work starts now, refine your Kata’s, sharpen your fighting techniques and get involved in 2014 SSU UK National Championships.

SSU UK Nationals 2014 entry form (Word) Click here to download the Word entry form SSU UK Nationals 2014 entry form (PDF) Click here to download the PDF entry form

Venue: George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, Davyhulme, Manchester. M41 7FJ (near the Trafford Centre)
Doors open 9am, competition start 9:30am
Spectator fee, £5 adults, £2 children (under 16yrs)

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7th July 2014: *BREAKING NEWS* - The Yamada World Cup will be held in 2016 and not 2015 as previously advertised. This is to coincide with a large celebration of the 100th anniversary of Amagasaki City. The Yamada World Cup will run alongside and it is a chance for us in the West to experience more of the Japanese culture and join in with the celebrations. It promises to be a large event and one not to miss. Being in 2016 this gives us all more time to save up for the event. so, start now and make this trip one to remember. - More information to follow in due course.

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18th May 2014: Congratulations to all members who passed their Dan gradings today, very well done:-

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Liam Dodd (Cadet), Sufyaan Niazi, Morgan Rogers, Alex Tovey, Scott Clark & Sana Niazi.

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
William Jenks, Jonathan Aze, Samuel Watson, Carl Butcher, Laurie Murphy, Mia Lucas, Hannah Lucas, Evan Thomas-Crompton, Harish Prabaharan, George Kent, Alex Miles, Katie Connor & Annabelle Connor.

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9th April 2014: Open/Instructors course on 8th June will include an association group photograph, please be there and ask all your members to be there. This is the best chance to get a group photograph. We have booked a photographer for the event. It will only work if everybody attends. Please try your best.

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1st April 2014: NEW licencing system is up and running. Many members now renewing their licence by Standing Order. The current application form is on the Resources page to download. All members licences will now start from April. A pro-rata system is in place to achieve this.

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22nd Feb 2014: NEW calendar entry - Sunday March 2nd - Kumite Squad training. See Calendar.

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27th Jan 2014: The first association training DVD has now been produced and is on sale from your club instructor and will be available at all the courses this year. This is the first in a series of three DVD's, this being the Combinations with the sudsequent DVD's being the Grading Syllabus from 8th Kyu to 4th Kyu and 3rd Kyu to 1st Kyu. They are priced at £10 each. See the Store page for further details.

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17th Dec 2013: 2014 Calendar added. Further dates to be added later.

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15th Dec 2013: Congratulations to those who passed their Dan gradings today:-

- 4th Dan (Yondan) -
Roland Clark

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
Richard Hunt, Nick Flaherty, Wayne Thomas, Joe O'Brien & Sion Williams

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Nathan Flaherty, Jackie Barnard & Alan Goddard

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Harley Geraghty, Neo Brown, Thomas Wallis, Samuel Berry, Azhaar Niazi, Joshua Vaughan, Benedict Harper-Stone & Phillip Jamieson

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21st July 2013: Wales Open Course with Denis Casey Sensei (8th Dan) was well attended with Senior association Instructors also present.

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31st May 2013: Summer Open Course to include Instructors Photoshoot (Adult 1st Dan and above) - For anyone who hasn't had their photo taken previously or wants a re-shoot. Please arrive in time to have your photo taken before the course starts.

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19th May 2013: Congratulations to those who passed their Dan gradings today:-

- 4th Dan (Yondan) -
Paul Lomax, Catherine Church

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
Helen Lomax

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Merna Azer, Bethan Hughes

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Alex Luck, Rupert Walton, Ava Wilding, Jasmine Blackburn, Ya-Seen Choudhury, Daniel Fisk, Christopher Patel, Carl Jones, William Langton

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5th May 2013: Executive meeting on the 14th July added to the Calendar.

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29th March 2013: Sesnsei Denis Casey is awarded 8th Dan by Sōke Haruyoshi Yamada in Japan at the 2013 Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate-Do World Cup & World Congress.

Congratulations Sensei.

Denis Casey Sensei (8th Dan)

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26th March 2013: "Japanese Connection" page added.

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25th March 2013: Photos added to Gallery page. More to be added soon.

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28th February 2013: More instructor portraits added to Instructors page. More to be added soon.

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12th February 2013: Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for Sunday 28th April (see Calendar) to elect/re-elect Executive Committee Members

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11th February 2013: Updates to calendar for 2013 have been added, also available to download (see foot of Calendar).

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12th December 2012: The new calendar for 2013 has been added, which is also downloadable.

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2nd Dec 2012: Congratulations to those who passed their Dan gradings today:-

- 5th Dan (Godan) -
John Carr

- 4th Dan (Yondan) -
Laurie Prince

- 3rd Dan (Sandan) -
Gareth Ogden, Andrew Johnston, David Daniel, Giles Blackburne, Robert Kurzweil.

- 2nd Dan (Nidan) -
Aaron Daniel, George Dixon, Grant Prichard, Jozef Margetin, Daniel Peacock.

- 1st Dan (Shodan) -
Freddie Brown (10), Milo McDonald (12), Matthew Heeran (12), Aaron Stanaway (12), Jacob Dale (12), Jacob Robson (14), Jonathan Welsby (15),Pascale Goddard (15), Emily Ankers (15), Samual Williams (15), Dominique Goddard (16), Samual Dale (16),

Rob Outram, Leanne Smith, Stephen Stanaway.

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10th October 2012: The website has had a major refresh. Any and all comments are welcome.

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3rd September 2012: The SSKU National Championships will now take place on Sun 28th Oct.

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20th May 2012: Congratulations to those who passed their Dan gradings today:-

- 4th Dan -
Andy Plumb

- 2nd Dan -
Amy Chan, Martin Ashmead, Shirley Blackburne, Victoria Zaffiro

- 1st Dan -
Aris Meziani, James Warman (10 yo). Ellie Thomson, James Gupper, Marco Wong, Rachel Aquilina, Yanis Meziani, Zak Hasim Nabi (11 yo).
Alexander Patel, John Connolly (12 yo). Aryn Matthee, Joel Jones (13 yo) . Alexander Warman, Chloe Johnson, Jacob Matthee (14 yo). Jack
Walters, Jacob Jones, Sian Platt (15 yo). Harley Dando (16yo), Heather Wadey (17 yo). Alex Tovey, Lisa Feng, David Riley, Grant Pullen, Garry Lucas & Morgan Rogers.

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27th September 2011: Below is a message from Sensei Casey.

Dear all,

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing away of a former colleague and very good friend, Dave Warburton. Most of you will remember Dave from our time with the SKU. 

A pioneer of English Shukokai, Dave was a BIG MAN WITH A BIG HEART and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time.

The service will be held at St Johns Church, Delamere St. Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2LY. (2.30pm Mon 3rd October)

Anyone wishing to attend, the family has requested that we wear Blazers.

Denis

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31st Decmber 2010:The "Calendar" sections have been updated to includes the new dates and events for 2011.

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21st May 2010:The 'Shito Ryu Shukokai National Championships' has been postponed. The new date for the event will be announced soon.

 

SOKE

Sōke is a Japanese term that is most commonly used as the highest level Japanese title, referring to the singular leader of a school or style of martial art.

Soke are generally considered the ultimate authority within their art, and have final discretion and authority regarding promotions, curriculum, doctrine and disciplinary actions. A Soke has the authority to issue a menkyo kaiden certificate indicating that someone has mastered all aspects of his style.

It is with a sense of great pride that we announce Haruyoshi Yamada 10th Dan Hanshi, President and Chief Instructor has officially attained the promotion to Sōke.

"Congratulations Sensei" SSKU UK

 

 




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