Mark just fails to reach the last eight

The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

Kyokushinkai Karate The Bri­tish Open/Cup of Europe cham­pi­onships had some fan­tas­tic fights; un­for­tu­nately Mark Welsh’s bid to get into the last eight came to an end against Kelvin Te­in­stra, a tall, strong fighter from Hol­land.

Te­in­stra caught Mark with a knee to the head early on in the fight, this didn’t faze Mark who fought on strongly against his awk­ward op­po­nent for the re­main­der of the fight. But with just a few sec­onds left, Te­in­stra once again threw the knee, which Mark (think­ing it was com­ing to his head) went to block, Te­in­stra see­ing the block switched at the last sec­ond to send the knee into Mark’s so­lar plexus, caus­ing Mark to mo­men­tar­ily turn away hurt as the fi­nal buzzer went.

That un­for­tu­nately was enough for the judges to award the fight to Te­in­stra.

Mark and I would like to thank ev­ery­one that sup­ported us in the build-up to, and at the tour­na­ment it­self.

Mark’s train­ing re­sumes this week with the build-up to the Scot­tish Open in Glas­gow on Fe­bru­ary 27.

Novem­ber 1 saw ju­nior com­peti­tors from sev­eral clubs bat­tle it out in Lochgilp­head in the yearly tour­na­ment run by Cale­do­nia Kyokushin, along with adults com­pet­ing in a kata (set pat­terns) sec­tion, a full re­port on this will be in the next col­umn.

A ‘squad train­ing’ ses­sion has also been or­gan­ised for Satur­day Novem­ber 7 in Oban. This is to aid any­one wish­ing to train to­wards ‘knock­down’ fight­ing.

Mar­tial Artists from any group are wel­come to at­tend. The class will be taught by my­self, Iain Rodger 5th dan Kyokushinkai Karate.

For any in­for­ma­tion about Cale­do­nia Kyokushin con­tact: iain@ ikku.co.uk or 07584 166542.

BJJ Oban BJJ will be­gin its chil­dren’s class on Fri­day Novem­ber 6 at 6pm to 7pm and is for five-year-olds and above. This first class is free.

The class will con­sist of a mix of ba­sic BJJ move­ment drills and fun games that in­cor­po­rate fun- da­men­tals of BJJ. Adult classes con­tinue as nor­mal.

Shukokai Karate Train­ing con­tin­ues as nor­mal with some mem­bers com­pet­ing in the ju­nior tour­na­ment in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 1, re­port to fol­low. Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts are hold­ing a course and grad­ing on Sun­day Novem­ber 8 at Dal­mally Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

For club info con­tact Kenny on kenni.gray@bt­in­ter­net.com

Kick­box­ing On Wed­nes­day the 28th Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing held their an­nual spon­sored Hal­lowe’en train­ing ses­sion, where the ju­niors got dressed up and took part in a pad work ses­sion along with some games, this raised £ 332 to go to­wards the Dojo fund and some new strike shields. Shi­han Wul­lie Rodger would like to thank ev­ery­one who spon­sored the kids, do­nated sweets and prizes, and a spe­cial thank you to Sem­pai Sharon Dick­i­son for her or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

Ju­nior mem­bers were com­pet­ing at the tour­na­ment in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 1, re­port to fol­low. Adult train­ing con­tin­ues to­wards the Scot­tish Open in Fe­bru­ary and other full con­tact tour­na­ments.

For club info, con­tact; Wul­lie on shi­han­will@gmail.com

AC­TION MAN: Mark Welsh in ac­tion against Hol­land’s Kelvin

Te­in­stra.

FUNDRAISER: Young­sters from the Sensi Do Kick­box­ing Club held a fancy dress train­ing ses­sion

re­cently where £332 was raised for Dojo funds.

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