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Grades, Designations, Titles and Qualifications of Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do

SSU Titles & Designations

YSSKU World Titles & Costs:


Kenshi                  Yen 20.000 - (€ 140.00)

Renshi                  Yen 30.000 - (€ 225.00)

Kyoshi                  Yen 40.000 - (€ 300.00)

Tasshi                   Yen 60.000 - (€ 450.00)

Hanshi                  Yen 80.000 - (€ 600.00)


Jun-Shidoin           Yen 15.000 - (€ 115.00)

Shidoin                 Yen 20.000 - (€ 140.00)

Jun-Shihan            Yen 40.000 - (€ 300.00)

Shihan                  Yen 60.000 - (€ 450.00)


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When we live our life, we must learn how to live properly and how to enrich it while respecting a moral code or a philosophy that its aim is the progress of our personality, knowledge, competence and strong kindness and benevolence. The main characteristics, are the following:

  • Knowledge and wisdom of life
  • Benevolence
  • Ability to coexist with others, to show compassion and cordiality
  • Courage to fight and to struggle with patience and power
  • Etiquette: Courtesy, respect and appreciation of Mind and Body
  • Faith & Trust: having trusted friends and being cordial
  • Loyalty: Establishing sincere relationships between teachers and students, at both an individual and a team level

Yamada-ha Shito-ryu Shukokai Karate-do Designations:

Any candidate must have a beautiful character, that is at the same time, seen as setting an example in society and the Karate community.


Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy 2023

"The YSSKWU UK is a world recognised association and has developed a Child Protection Policy for implementation throughout its member clubs throughout the United Kingdom.

The YSSKU UK recognises the need to make provision for children and young persons, and acknowledges its moral and legal responsibility..."


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Association Events Calendar 2023

YSSKU UK Events Calendar 2023
YSSKU UK Events Calendar 2023

This is the official YSSKWU UK Events Calendar for 2023.

Please note: It was accurate at the time of posting and sometimes changes for various reasons. We will do our utmost to inform everyone of any changes, but please do not use this source as the only source for dates, times and venues.

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The Poster Calendar 2023 >>>

Denis Casey Interview (MAI Magazine - 1988)

Denis Casey Interview

This is the official Denis Casey Interview with Martial Arts Illustrated magazine from 1988.

"When top fighters stop competing, can they pass on their immense knowledge and produce champion students? One such instructor who has achieved this is Denis Casey, who has produced National Individual Champions as well as team and Kata National Champions. I caught up with this talented instructor at his club in Altrincham".

© 1988 Chris Boughey


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60th Anniversary of Shukokai (by Adam Neill)

60th Anniversary of Shukokai

This is an account and report of a trip to the Japan HQ of the Shito-ryu Shukokai Union in 2009 by the UK branch of the Union.


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"On Sunday 28th June 2009 Karate practitioners from around the globe met in the city of Kobe, Japan to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Shukokai Karate-do. From Argentina to Australia, Great Britain to India representatives from over 20 countries made great efforts to fly to Japan to show their appreciation to the head of the Shito-Ryu Shukokai Karate-do association, Hiroshi Yamada Sensei (9th Dan), for the enduring success of Shukokai Karate.

The occasion involved wonderful celebrations, tremendous Karate training seminars and the opportunity to meet with old friends and to make new ones. A world championship tournament was also organised with hundreds of talented competitors competing in kata and kumite categories.

The group was fortunate to not only train in mainland Japan but were also given the honour of being invited to train on the island of Okinawa (the birthplace of karate) by five masters of Karate. Here the group spent a week of intensive karate training that involved use of traditional Okinawan weapons (Kobudo)."


© 2009 Adam Neill

Haruyoshi Yamada Interview 2005 (by Iain Abernethy)

Haruyoshi Yamada Interview

Hanshi Haruyoshi Yamada 9th Dan - "There are no short cuts on the path to perfection"

This is an interview by Iain Abernethy from November 2005. It also appears on Iain Abernethy's own website in 2011 (Iain Abernethy.co.uk).

To say it is a fascinating read would be an understatement.


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"On the 4th of November 2005 I had the privilege of interviewing Grand Master Haruyoshi Yamada when he visited the UK. This interview was on the old website and it has been a total oversight that it has not been posted here until now. Yamada was a joy to talk to (through an interpreter) and I felt that a lot of fascinating information was shared in the interview. I was particularly interested in his descriptions of his training with Chojiro Tani and the naming of the jujutsu style Kenwa Mabuni is said to have taught Tani along with karate and kobudo.

A few months after the interview I was able to train with Yamada in his home dojo in Japan and I’ve added some related pictures to this interview. I loved the way Yamada taught. His teaching was functional, technically impressive and was conducted with warmth and good humour. Every motion we did from kata was immediately broken down into two person practise. This emphasis on bunkai was naturally appealing to me and as you can read in the interview it was one of the things that impressed Yamada about Tani (“Tani Sensei also not only taught the kata; he also taught how to make use of the kata.”).

Grand Master Haruyoshi Yamada greatly impressed me both as a karateka and a man and I hope the interview captures a little of his depth of knowledge and depth of thought."

All the best,



© 2005 Iain Abernethy

The 10 Precepts of Anko Itosu (foreword by Iain Abernethy)

This is very historical document that was written by Anko Itosu - considered to be the father of modern Karate-do.

In October 1908, Itosu wrote a letter, "Ten Precepts (Tode Jukun) of Karate," to draw the attention of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of War in Japan. A translation of that letter is here for you to download.

This letter was influential in the spread of karate.

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"What we refer to as "traditional" in the martial arts often isn't traditional at all. Mention traditional karate today and people immediately think of white Gi’s, coloured belts and marching up and down the hall in lines. All of which are modern practices and none of which would be recognisable to founders of the art.


All of the past masters were innovators and none of them went on to teach the art exactly as it was taught to them. The true tradition has been one of constant change and it was only ever the core concepts that were supposed to remain constant. So what were the core concepts upon which the traditional art of karate was based?


There are not many written records on the history of karate due in no small part to the secrecy that originally surrounded the art and the bombing of Okinawa during World War Two. One important document we do have access to is Anko Itosu's 10 precepts of karate."


EPSON Japanese Fonts Pack

EPSON Japanese Font Pack

EPSON Japanese Fonts Pack

The fonts/typefaces used on this website and for branding of the YSSKWU (ie. merchandise, websites, Facebook pages/groups, flyers, banners, posters, badges, etc.) can be downloaded here.

There are several fonts included, as listed below.


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The fonts are as follows;





As they appear in software;



Other fonts/typefaces used



On the YSSKU UK Official website, this AKA website you will see the Official Logo. The English letters are created using Eurocaps typeface.

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Cochin LT Typeface

Cochin LT

Some of the names, titles and captions (other than 'body copy' text), Cochin LT typeface is used. You can download this font here.

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