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Important Announcement (7th May 2024)

It is with a heavy heart that Altrincham Karate Academy has to announce the passing of our association’s Assistant Chief Instructor, Tony Grainger Sensei. He was an integral part of our association and a very close friend of Denis Casey Sensei.



“Shihan Tony Grainger 8th Dan passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning surrounded by his family and loved ones after a short battle against a particular aggressive form of cancer.


Tony was dedicated to his Karate and family in his rolls as Father, Grandfather & Chief Instructor of Hull Shukokai. Tony was also the Assistant Chief Instructor of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai World Union U.K.


On a personal note I have lost my assistant, the best I could have hoped for, my travel companion on our trips around the world teaching but also having great adventures and fun but most of all a very good friend.

Tony had a great sense of humour and was a demon on the Karaoke especially with his favourite renditions of Elvis Presley.


I could go on and on about our time working and playing together but that would be very selfish of me.


On behalf of the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai World Union, the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai World Union UK and myself I would like to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family, loved ones and students."

“RIP my friend.”


Denis Casey


Shihan Antony Grainger Sensei (8th Dan) - 6th October 1957 - 7th May 2024

Sensei Denis Casey reaches once-in-a-lifetime milestone

Sensei Denis Casey - 9th Dan (Kudan) - Hanshi


Altrincham Karate Academy's Chief Instructor, Denis Casey Sensei, has achieved a remarkable milestone during his trip to Japan and has been promoted to the prestigious rank of 9th Dan (九段 - Kudan) and honoured with the title of Hanshi (範士).


This once-in-a-lifetime milestone and honorific was presented to Sensei Denis by the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union's Chief Instructor, Sensei Tsutomu Kamohara (10th Dan - Hanshi) in Japan on his recent visit, this being Sensei Denis's 25th visit to the seat of Karate-do.


This recognition is a reflection of Sensei’s dedication, expertise, passion and continued contributions to Karate-do. His leadership has been instrumental in shaping the growth and success of Altrincham Karate Academy's overarching association, and we are proud to have him as our Chief Instructor, Denis Casey Sensei, 9th Dan Hanshi.


Please join me in congratulating Sensei on this outstanding accomplishment.

His commitment to excellence sets a high standard for all of us to aspire to on our own Karate journey.


Hanshi refers to a senior expert considered a "teacher of teachers".

This title is reserved for only the top few instructors of that style/association, and is sometimes translated as "Grand Master".

9th Dan - Kudan Kanji
Denis Casey - 9th Dan - Hanshi
Hanshi Kanji

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Altrincham Leisure Centre - CLOSED for renovation. See below for NEW venue.

St. Peter's Assembly Rooms - Children 5-12 yrs: Wed 6-7pm & Sat 3-4pm. Adults: Wed 7-8pm & Sat: 4-5pm

Altrincham Football Club Community Sports Hall: Tues 6pm & Thurs 6pm.

See the Clubs page for further details

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The YSSKWU UK 25th Anniversary year (1998 - 2023)


The Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (UK)
(formerly the Shito-ryu Shukokai Union UK) are celebrating their 25th year.


"It's 25 years since we broke away in order to form a group to align ourselves with the Shukokai in Japan

under the leadership of Haruyoshi Yamada (successor of the founder of Shukokai - Chojiro Tani) in 1998
We travelled to Japan and was accepted into the Shito-ryu Shukokai World Union
by Haruyoshi Yamada in 1999"

Denis Casey

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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. 


Sensei Denis, again re-wrote history in 2024 by becoming probably the only non-Japanese Karate-ka to be officially
graded to 9th Dan (Kudan - 九段) and awarded the title of Hanshi (範士), 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 is it Bunkai (application), Kihon (Basics) and Kumite (Sparring), to join us simply contact;

Denis Casey Sensei

by phone or email at the top and foot of this page.

Altrincham Karate Academy Venue and Contact Information

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

St. Peter's Assembly Rooms, Cecil Road,

Hale, Altrincham, WA15 9NU

Altrincham Football Club, Moss Lane,

Altrincham. WA15 8AP

Altrincham Karate Academy Facebook Page

Our Commitment To You

We strive at the Altrincham Karate Academy to have your best interests at heart. You and your children can train and be assured that ALL our instructors and assistants are all professionals and have been trained to the highest standards, set-out by our governing body

- The English Karate Federation -

We are part of a national association:-

- Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union U.K. -

and have direct links with its Masters and its base in Japan.

All members/teaching staff of the AKA are fully insured and DBS checked, with a first aider present at all times. Members will need a Karate Licence soon after joining and this brings full member-to-member insurance with it. This is renewed each year.

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SSU UK YouTube channel

Click to logo above

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.

Below is a sample of some of those videos for you to watch.

YSSKWU UK Kyu Grade Syllabus Videos

Combinations - 1A - 9A

Combinations - 1B - 9B

Combinations - 1C - 9C

Grading Syllabus 8th Kyu

Grading Syllabus 7th Kyu

Grading Syllabus 6th Kyu

Grading Syllabus 5th Kyu

Grading Syllabus 4th Kyu

Grading Syllabus 3rd Kyu

Grading Syllabus 2nd Kyu

Grading Syllabus 1st Kyu

Bonus Video - All Kyu Grade Katas

Yamada Sensei’s Kata

Tensho Kata (Bunkai)

“The Shukokai” Promo Video

To see the full Kata video complete with this Bunkai above, click the video directly below

The YSSKWU UK Promo video
demonstrating bunkai from Tensho Kata

These final 6 videos are taken from the YSSKWU (World Union) YouTube channel.

Niipapou Kata (二十八歩) - performed by
Haruyoshi YAMADA Sensei

Tensho Kata (転掌) - performed by
Denis CASEY Sensei

Pappuren Kata (八 步 連) - performed by
Tsutomu KAMAOHARA Sensei

Sensei Denis Casey
teaching Seipai Kata (十八手) & Bunkai (Part 1)

Sensei Denis Casey
teaching Seipai Kata (十八手) & Bunkai (Part 2)

Memories of Yamada Haruyoshi Sensei
(1938 - 2018)

These YSSKWU (World Union) have more videos on their YouTube channel to watch, check them out.



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