Mark just fails to reach the last eight
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTION MAN: Mark Welsh in action against Holland’s Kelvin
FUNDRAISER: Youngsters from the Sensi Do Kickboxing Club held a fancy dress training session
recently where £332 was raised for Dojo funds.