Tameside Karate

About Tameside Karate

Tameside Karate, a member of Genbu-Kai UK, we guide our students towards becoming proficient, confident and genuine Karateka (Karate Practitioners). Always promoting courtesy, respect and self control. Training with Tameside Karate is a great way to get in shape, meet new friends, while learning  self defence and gaining self confidence and reducing your stress levels.


At Tameside Karate we also Teach Traditional Weapons (Kobudo) Bo, Kama, Nunchuku, Eku Bo, Sai and Tonfa as well at Batto-Do. So there is something for everyone.  We hold Kobudo Classes at Stalybridge and Ashton Dojo's.


Tameside Karate is committed to teaching Karate Do in a conscientious, respectful and principle led environment. We respect the dignity and rights of every student in our dojo. All students at Tameside Karate are treated equally regardless of age, ability, gender, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality and social status. All of our students have the responsibility to oppose discriminatory attitudes and to promote equality and opportunity, both inside and outside of the dojo. 


Sensei Julian Mallalieu is the head instructor at Tameside Karate, he is a well respected and established figure in martial arts, with over 39 years experience in martial arts training.

Shihan Funio Demura

Shihan Fumio Demura is the Chief Instructor and President of Japan Karate Do Genbu Kai International. Shihan Fumio Demura is one of the worlds most recognised and respected martial arts masters. As the Chief Instructor of Genbu Kai International, he effectively has over 25,000 students in over 30 countries over the world. Shihan Fumio Demura is a 9th Dan black belt. Shihan Fumio Demura was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1938. At the age of 9 he began training in karate, attaining his 1st Dan black belt at the age of 18. Shihan Fumio Demura moved to America from Japan in 1965 to teach karate from his dojo based in California. He has wrote several martial arts, karate and kobudo (traditional karate weapons)  books and has appeared in movies, notabily, the original Karate Kid films, where he played the stunt double for Mr Miyagi. Directly below are just a few examples on Shihan Fumio Demura's involvement in the movies. Viewing from left to right are The Karate Kid (1984), Ninja and Shihan Fumio Demura's action reel. For more information on Shihan Fumion Demura's movie involvement check out IMDb, the internet movie database website.

Sensei Julian Mallalieu - Chief Instructor of Genbu Kai United Kingdom

Sensei Julian Mallalieu

Sensei Julian Mallalieu has been training in Karate for over 39 years and currently holds the rank of 6th Dan Black belt in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do as recognised by the English Karate Federation [EKF], 3rd Dan in Okinawa Kobudo Rengo-Kai, 2nd Dan in Suishin-Ryu Batto-Do and also 1st Dan Black belt in Ju Jitsu. Sensei Julian Mallalieu is the Chief Instuctor of Genbu Kai Shito-Ryu Karate Do representing the entire United Kingdom. He has also trained in Aikido, Judo, Ju Jitsu and Kobudo. He has gained his level 1 coaching qualification with MAIUK and is recognised by MASA (Martial Arts Standards Assosiation)Sensei Julian Mallalieu trains regularly with Shihan Fumio Demura.


Join us at Tameside Karate to learn traditional karate in the Manchester region. Our Dojos are based in Ashton, Stalybridge and Dukinfield.

Shito Ryu Karate Genbu Kai in Kanji

Genbu Kai Shito Ryu Karate Do Emblem

Karate-Do Kanji Translation


SHI - Kanji representing Master Itosu

TO - Kanji representing Master Higaonna

RYU - School

KARA - Empty

TE - Hand

DO - Way or Path

GEN - Professional

BU - Martial Arts

KAI - Organisation

Genbu-Kai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do

This is the Crest used to identify Genbu Kai Shito Ryu Karate Do. It is called Ken Mon Katabami. Ken are the three blades or points. Mon is the Circle or the Crest and Katabami are the Leaves of the Wood Sorrel plant. In ancient Japan, the leaves of the Sorrel plant were used for their medicinal properties and also to polish mirrors, giving it an alternative name of Kagami Gusa meaning Mirror Plant. The crest was used extensively during the Heian period by the warrior class. The main reason being that the fruit of the Wood Sorrel plant was very reproductive, so the plant thrived and grew in abundance. Japanese Warriors took this charecteristic as a representation of their own future proliferation for themselves and their families. The Warrior element shows on the crest also with the insertion of the Three Blades sat inbetween the Sorrel Leaves.

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