The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

Mar­tial Arts in Oban

Mar­tial Arts in Oban is at an all­time high, with six or seven clubs cur­rently run­ning in or around the town. In­struc­tion is avail­able from some of the high­est rank­ing in­struc­tors in the coun­try and, with reg­u­lar sem­i­nars avail­able, there is not a bet­ter time to start train­ing. Any club that is not cur­rently, but would like to

be rep­re­sented in this col­umn, should con­tact Iain Rodger on

Mixed Mar­tiall Arts

Oban MMA are now of­fi­cially af­fil­i­ated with Mar­cos Nar­dini. Mar­cos is a Jiu Jitsu black belt from Brazil who has clubs all over Scot­land and this af­fil­i­a­tion means that stu­dents can now grade as well as par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­club events and spar­ring held at his var­i­ous do­jos through- out the year. Mar­cos will be hold­ing sem­i­nars in Oban ev­ery four weeks with the next one on Satur­day, Au­gust 29, at 12 noon; this will be open to any­body. Classes on a Tues­day night will be con­cen­trat­ing on MMA fun­da­men­tals so are per­fect for any­one want­ing to start.

If you are in­ter­ested or want more in­for­ma­tion; con­tact Iain Pot­ter on coo­

Shukokai Karate

The be­gin­ners class in In­ver­aray re­ceived their first grad­ing award cer­tifi­cates. Most of the chil­dren have only been train­ing for less than six months and are show­ing a lot of prom­ise.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Shukokai Karate and Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts; con­tact Kenny Gray on kenni.gray@bt­in­ter­

Kyokushinkai Karate

The ju­nior class on a Thurs­day night in Oban is grow­ing in size, with sev­eral new mem­bers join­ing over the last few months. New mem­bers are welcome up un­til the end of Septem­ber, af­ter which, the next in­take will be in Jan­uary 2016. New be­gin­ners must beat least eight years old.

Train­ing is con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal with Mark Welsh and Amy Camp­bell putting in a lot of ex­tra hours in prepa­ra­tion for the Bri­tish Open in Oc­to­ber. This prepa­ra­tion is vi­tal as they will be com­pet­ing against some of the best fight­ers in the world.

Mark Welsh has been nom­i­nated for the Ar­gyll & Bute Youth Sport­ing Award and has been short­listed to the fi­nal three. The awards are to give recog­ni­tion to un­der 25s who have ex­celled in their cho­sen sport. The award cer­e­mony will take place in the Phoenix Cin­ema on 24th Septem­ber.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Kyokushinkai classes; con­tact Iain Rodger on

Kick Box­ing

Classes are con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal, with Ju­niors at 6:30pm on Wed­nes­days and se­niors at 7:30pm. Sharon Dickison’s women- only class is on Sun­days at 2pm.

Sharon, along with Craig Ma­cLach­lan and Colin Camp­bell are in train­ing to­wards their 2nd dan grad­ing test in De­cem­ber. This is a gru­elling test of skill, strength of char­ac­ter, and stamina which con­cludes with forty con­tin­u­ous fights. For more de­tails or in­for­ma­tion on the kick box­ing classes; con­tact Wul­lie Rodger on shi­han­

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