MARTIIAL ARTS

The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAN RODGER

Spon­sor­ship CRAIG MacLach­lan from Oban’s Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing and Iain Rodger from Oban’s Cale­do­nia Kyokushin Karate have been in­vited to Ja­pan as part of the GB team to take part in the full con­tact karate world cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber this year.

The team of four fight­ers and a coach have been picked to rep­re­sent their coun­try but as an ama­teur sport they have to fund their own way there.

If any lo­cal busi­nesses can help with do­na­tions/spon­sor­ship, Craig and Iain would be very grate­ful. Do­na­tions have al­ready come in from D A MacDon­ald Con­trac­tors Ltd, Lochgilp­head and Well­park House, Oban. If you can help, please con­tact Iain on 07584 166542 or iain@ikku. co.uk. Kick­box­ing A SHORT bi­og­ra­phy of Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing Fighter Craig MacLach­lan. Name: Craig MacLach­lan D.O.B: 15/5/1985 Height: 180cm Weight: 78K Years train­ing: 10 Grade: 2nd dan black belt. Big­gest achieve­ments to date: Re­ceiv­ing my black belt, win­ning the So-Kyokushin open weight full con­tact karate tour­na­ment and be­ing in­vited to fight on the GB team at the world cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan.

Favourite tech­nique/com­bi­na­tion: Low turn­ing kick (Gedan Mawashi Geri) and spin­ning back kick (Ushiro Geri).

Favourite fight­ers: Andy Hug and Conor McGre­gor.

Am­bi­tions: At the mo­ment, get­ting to Ja­pan to fight in the world cham­pi­onships.

For more info con­tact Wul­lie Rodger on: shi­han­will@gmail. com.

Ladies- only kick­box­ing

SEN­SHI Do Kick­box­ing’s women- only ses­sions on Sun­days at 2pm, taken by Sharon Dick­i­son 1st dan and win­ner of the Most Spir­ited Fighter tro­phy at the 2013 IKKU Scot­tish Open full con­tact tour­na­ment, is open to be­gin­ners of all ages from high school to rest home.

Don’t be put off by some of the team jog­ging at the start of the ses­sions – this is purely through choice and you don’t have to join them if you don’t want to. Come along and give it a go, hit­ting and kick­ing the pads along with the move­ment and self- de­fence is great for stress re­lief and ton­ing up the mus­cles. First ses­sion is free so you have noth­ing to lose and ev­ery­thing to gain.

For more de­tails, con­tact Sharon on 07508 726334.

BJJ

OBAN BJJ are send­ing a small squad of stu­dents to com­pete in Ed­in­burgh this week­end (June 4) at the Scot­tish Open. An­other squad will be head­ing to Black­pool in July for the Black­pool open.

Train­ing on Tues­days has changed to a con­di­tion­ing class at 8pm and is open to any­one. The be­gin­ners classes on Fri­days at 7pm have proven to be a great help to those of less ex­pe­ri­ence and those at­tend­ing are train­ing hard learn­ing the ba­sic funda- men­tals of grap­pling.

For club info con­tact Coo­gie on coo­giepots@gmail.com

Kyokushinkai Karate

STU­DENTS are work­ing hard pre­par­ing for the grad­ing test later this month af­ter which new starters will be wel­come sub­ject to a min­i­mum age of eight with no up­per limit. Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing this tra­di­tional style of karate should con­tact Iain Rodger on: 07584 166542 or iain@ikku.co.uk.

Shukokai Karate

LAST week, Build­base man­ager Andrew Buchanan pre­sented Kenny Gray with a cheque for £150 to help fund the club. Any­one think­ing of tak­ing up this mar­tial art should con­tact Kenny Gray on: kenni.gray@ bt­in­ter­net.com.

Back row L-R Sandie Duff y, Kim­ber­ley Duff y Naomi Rim­mer, Ker­rie Gal­braith. Front row: Wilma Wardrop, Sharon Dick­i­son, Ni­cole Car­son, Ann-Marie Cameron.

Craig MacLach­lan in ac­tion.

L-R Kenni Gray Jnr, Kenny Gray, Andrew Buchanan, Flo McBurnie and Andrew Law­son.

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