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Instructor Profiles

Denis Casey 9th Dan (九段 - Kudan) - Hanshi (範士).

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 by Yamada Sensei

2024 - 9th Dan (Y.S.S.K.W.U.) - Graded in Japan by Kamohara Sensei

2024 - Awarded the title of Hanshi (Y.S.S.K.W.U.) - in Japan by Kamohara Sensei.

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.

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. The name of association was 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 Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do Union England & Great Britain.

Vice president of the Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do 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.).


Former member of the English National Kumite Squad.

Former English National Referee.

Experience in other Martial Arts:-


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-do 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-do under Haruyoshi Yamada, World Chief Instructor Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union).


9th Dan grading in Japan in Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate under Tsutomu Kamohara, World Chief Instructor Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do World Union (Shito-ryu Shukokai Union).

Denis Casey - 9th Dan - Hanshi
Denis Casey (8th Dan)
Denis Casey (8th Dan)

Renshi John Carr (6th Dan)

Assistant Instructor for Altrincham Football Club

John has been training in Shukokai Karate for over 26 years. He began training in Stockport with Mick Jones in the SKU (Shukokai Karate Union) and later the SSU, under Denis Casey's Nakashi banner. He now trains at Sensei Casey's Altrincham dojo. John began assisting with 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.

John's favourite kata is Gojushio as he feels it suits his style and body shape, with low stances and fast, powerful moves. The bunkai is also interesting and practical.

As he's grown older John has learnt to appreciate all of the benefits karate brings, both physical, spiritual and mental and it is now a huge part of his life.

On a personal level John is a qualified high school maths teacher, he participate in a variety of other sports and believes 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)

Renshi Paul Lomax (5th Dan)

Assistant Instructor at St. Peter's Assembly Rooms

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, (Formerly CRB).

Paul Says

People have asked in the past, why Karate.  Initially I went to my first Karate class to support my wife (Helen) and I found it to be fun and enjoyable.  Once I started to understand what I was doing and what I was achieving, I started to realise the benefits and began to train more and more.  Due to visiting other countries for courses and competitions over the years, I have found new friends from around the world, I look upon this as our Karate family.  Karate has given me the ability to achieve great thinks, and has given me skills that I can now pass on to others. 

In March 2018 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attempt my 5th Dan grading in Amagasaki Japan.  I landed in Japan on the Monday and graded on the Tuesday, I am happy to say that I achieved my goal and was ranked to 5th Dan by the Japanese masters on Tuesday 20th March 2018.


Paul Lomax (4th Dan)

Nakashi Parrswood Karate Club (https://www.nakashiparrswood.co.uk) was opened by Paul 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

Catherine Church (4th Dan)

Assistant Instructor at St. Peter's Assembly Rooms

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)

Joe Thomson (3rd Dan)

Assistant Instructor at St. Peter's Assembly Rooms

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)
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