Jiu-Jitsu master class for Oban MMA mem­bers

The Oban Times - - Sport 31 -

A MIXED mar­tial arts black belt vis­ited Oban on Satur­day to teach a Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu master class to mem­bers of Oban mixed mar­tial arts.

Brazil­ian, Mar­cos Nar­dini, trav­elled from his home in Kil­marnock for the three-hour seminar. Af­ter the suc­cess of the class, he will now be­come a reg­u­lar coach at Oban MMA.

The seminar at­tracted 17 mem­bers, in­clud­ing Coo­gie Pot­ter, who set up Oban MMA.

He said: ‘ We’ve never en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion and not come back with­out a haul of medals.’

Oban MMA evolved into a club over the span of 18-months. It started with Coo­gie trav­el­ling back and forth from Glas­gow to train, but the cost of trav­el­ling started to take it’s toll. ‘I started to get a cou­ple of reg­u­lar guys to train with in Oban.

‘My con­nec­tion with the coaches from Glas­gow meant they would now come to us rather than us to them’, he said.

Renowned coaches and fight­ers from all over the world have vis­ited Oban to teach var­i­ous as­pects of mixed mar­tial arts in­clud­ing Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (UFC) su­per­star, Joanne Calder­wood.

Oban MMA train four times a week, Mon­day, Tues­day and Fri­day 7.30pm and Thurs­day 9pm. Any­one think­ing of giv­ing it a go gets their first class for free.

DEMON­STRA­TION: The class watch on as Mar­cos Nar­dini shows

them how it’s done.

WARM­ING UP: Mar­cos gets the team ready for the day ahead.

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