The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

Mar­tial Arts

FOR the start of the New Year it is ap­pro­pri­ate to re­cap on the var­i­ous club de­tails for those who would like to join and help shed some of the fes­tive ex­cesses. There is no time like the present.

Shukokai Karate

THE OBAN classes take place in Oban High School from 6.30pm to 8pm on Thurs­day evenings with a mix­ture of tra­di­tional Shukokai karate and freestyle karate be­ing taught. Begin­ners are wel­come from the age of five with no up­per age limit.

The in­struc­tors at the club are; Kenny Gray 4th dan, Flo McBurnie 4th dan, An­drew Law­son 2nd dan and An­drew Buchanan 2nd dan.

Con­tact de­tails: Kenny Gray on 07884 183905 or kenni.gray@bt­in­ter­

Ladies Kick­box­ing

THE CLASSES cover self- de­fence and kick­box­ing and take place in the Oban Mar­tial Arts Cen­tre (above Stod­darts/Stove Cen­tre).

Club in­struc­tor Sharon Dick­i­son said: ‘ We de­cided to start a ladies only class be­cause it can be re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing walk­ing into a mixed class for the first time.

‘Most peo­ple think that they are go­ing to get hurt but that is not the case, most of us have to go to work the next day. The class started in April last year and we have had a broad spec­trum of ladies from ages 14 to 52 years and from 8 stone in weight to 18 stone.

We have ladies with very lit­tle fit­ness to ladies with lots of fit­ness. One thing we all share is we have a great time. We work to ev­ery­one’s own abil­ity, and we work as a group to help each other.

As a re­sult, six of the ladies that started at the class have now also joined Wul­lie Rodger’s kick­box­ing classes on Wed­nes­days which is fan­tas­tic as the ladies have gained so much con­fi­dence that they have started grad­ing. Come and try it. The first class is free and if you like it, each class af­ter that is £ 5 per class.’

Train­ing is on Sun­day af­ter­noons from 2pm till 3.30pm.

Con­tact de­tails: Sharon Dick­i­son on 07508 726334 or go on Face­book and look for ‘Senshi Do Kick­box­ing for women’ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Kyokushinkai Karate

THE OBAN class takes place in the Oban Mar­tial Arts Cen­tre (above Stod­darts/Stove Cen­tre).

The in­struc­tor is Iain Rodger a 5th dan in Kyokushinkai Karate and the chief in­struc­tor for Scot­land for the IKKU.

He teaches tra­di­tional Kyokushinkai Karate to a syl­labus recog­nised through­out the world.

Begin­ners are wel­come from age eight up­wards, with no up­per age limit, the kids’ class is on Thurs­days at 6 to 7pm and the adults from 7 to 8.30pm. The first class is free so try­ing it out won’t cost any­thing ex­cept time.

Con­tact de­tails: Iain Rodger on 07584 166542 or


APART from the Thurs­day class, which is in At­lantis Leisure, all the other classes are in the Oban Mar­tial Arts Cen­tre.

Mon­day: BJJ fun­da­men­tals wear­ing a gi at 7.30pm, Tues­day: MMA begin­ners at 7.30pm, Thurs­day (At­lantis Leisure) no gi at 7.30pm for rolling and Fri­day 6- 6.45pm for kids BJJ & 7- 8 for Open Mat.

Kids are wel­come from the age of five. Open Mat is for mem­bers to go over what they want or feel they need.

Con­tact de­tails: Iain (Coo­gie) Pot­ter on 07824 881271 or coo­


SENSHI Do Kick­box­ing (SDKB); K1/Ja­panese style Kick­box­ing and real world self- de­fence. Senshi Do trans­lates from the Ja­panese as the War­rior Way or Way of the War­rior, Senshi = War­rior, Do = Way.

The train­ing is open to ev­ery­one who wants to get stronger, fit­ter and build con­fi­dence, the train­ing is hard work but ev­ery­one starts at their own pace and pro­gresses from there.

Wed­nes­days: ju­niors 6.30pm - 7.30pm, se­niors 7.30pm - 9pm

Sun­days: ju­niors 11am-12 noon, se­niors 12 noon-1.30pm, Sharon’s Women Only Ses­sion 2pm-3pm.

Head coach Wul­lie Rodger 6th Dan.

As­sis­tant coaches, Craig MacLachlan 2nd Dan, Colin Camp­bell 2nd Dan, An­drzej Dar­iusz Pytka 2nd Dan, Rory Flem­ing 2nd Dan, Sharon Dick­i­son 1st Dan and Doug Craig 1st Dan.

Con­tact de­tails: Wul­lie Rodger on 07588 513618 or shi­han­

Top and above: Woman pic­tured at a kick­box­ing train­ing ses­sion.

Senshi Do Kick­box­ing young­sters train­ing at the Oban Mar­tial Arts Cen­tre.

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