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Steven Bellamy
Born June 12, 1950(1950-06-12)
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Residence Japan
Style Jodo, Iaido, Karate, Judo
Teacher(s) Ichitaro Kuroda, Morio Higaonna, Isao Okano
Rank 8th dan karate
Notable students Chisato Mishima
British All-Styles Karate Team member - 1972
Final of Great Britain versus France - Crystal Palace - London
Final of Great Britain versus Japan - Liverpool, England
Final of British Championships - Sheffield, England
Hozanji Shrine - Fukuoka Jodo Honbu 1974

Steven John Bellamy (born in Sheffield, England on 12 June 1950) is a British martial artist, author, and lecturer.



Steve Bellamy practiced judo and boxing at school. He began studying karate in the early sixties, crediting the seminal book Karate the Art of Empty Hand Fighting by Nishiyama and Brown as his inspirational source. His first formal lessons were in the Wadō-ryū under Masafumi Shiomitsu later changing to Goju-ryu under Brian Waites.

In the late sixties and seventies he won numerous national, European, and World titles in karate. He was a British All-Styles Karate Team Member from 1970 to 1973. During 1974 to 1977, he won several full contact and kick-boxing titles in Japan and in the USA. He has lived and trained in Japan for more than 35 years.

In addition to instructor ranks in karate, jūdō and aikidō, he holds advanced teaching licenses in several classical martial arts of Japan, notably Shindō Muso-ryū Jodō, Musō Shinden ryū Iaido, and Kasumi Shindō-ryū Kenjutsu

He is a member of the Kansai Japanese language council (関西国語審議会) and has passed both the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験) and the Japanese foreign service translators examination at level 1 (the highest)

In July 2009 he was appointed to the Nihon Jodo Association (日本杖道協会) Board of Directors.

Training History

Steve Bellamy studied karate under:


In the early 1980s, whilst coming to the aid of a Japanese woman being punched and sexually assaulted in the street, Bellamy kicked and killed her attacker. The ensuing investigation and court case polarized the Japanese judicial system and established new Japanese law.

Bellamy claimed "justifiable homicide in the defense of another". This defense "by a civilian" was a precedent-setting legal argument pitting the National police agency, which supported his claim and refused to arrest him, against the Justice Ministry, which initially charged him with murder, later changed to manslaughter. It was the first Japanese case in which karate was cited as the weapon used. First found not guilty, then reversed on appeal, the case against Bellamy was finally dismissed by the Supreme Court of Japan

Since then Bellamy’s case has become the central argument used by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations for reform of Japan’s system of Justice. This lobbying has resulted in the passing of a judicial reform bill in May, 2004, reestablishing the jury system and allowing for citizen judges in 2009. As preparation for this changeover, the Justice Ministry held a mock trial in November 2006 in which Bellamy’s case was examined and re-tried. He was, again, found not guilty.[citation needed]


  • Traffic jams cause rain (1997)
  • Sanchin: Your kata is killing you (2002)
  • Kihon: Wasted time, wasted energy. What you don’t do will make you better (2004)
  • Fight Right (2005)
  • Between two trees. The Shindo Muso Ryu of Kuroda Ichitaro (2006)


  • 一角流教程 (Ikkaku Ryu Kyōtei) Training curriculum of the Ikkaku Ryu, in Japanese, Sanshidō Publishing, Tokyo (2008)

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