MAR­TIAL ARTS

The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN 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 find 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 Mid­ton Acrylics in Lochgilp­head, D A Mac­Don­ald Con­trac­tors Ltd in Lochgilp­head and Well­park House in Oban. If you can help, please con­tact Iain on 07584 166542 or iain@ ikku.co.uk.

Kick­box­ing

Classes con­tinue as nor­mal with Craig MacLach­lan train­ing hard to­wards the full con­tact karate world cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan in Oc­to­ber.

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, are open to begin­ners of all ages from high school up­wards.

The 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 had a team of six com­peti­tors travel to Ed­in­burgh for Scot­tish grap­pling’s sum­mer leg Gi only com­pe­ti­tion.

The team fin­ished with two gold and a bronze medal, Jamie ‘Jay Jay’ McKay de­feat­ing all his op­po­nents on his path to gold. Pawel ‘Ugluk’ Sczen­cia also col­lected gold. This was his first podium fin­ish, though not be­fore time, as he has been very un­lucky in past tour­na­ments and gold was a just re­ward for his ef­fort over the past few years. Lastly, Craig Cameron con­tin­ued his pro­gres­sion as a com­pe­tent and dan­ger­ous prac­ti­tioner, get­ting bronze in his di­vi­sion.

Classes con­tinue to flour­ish with the begin­ners’ class on a Fri­day a great way to in­tro­duce your­self to BJJ. There is also a con­di­tion­ing class now on Tues­day’s at 8pm open to all.

For in­for­ma­tion con­tact Coo­gie on coo­giepots@gmail.com.

Kyokushinkai Karate

Classes are gear­ing up for the grad­ing tests this week­end, June 18 and 19. Stu­dents from Oban, Lochgilp­head and Stir­ling clubs will be get­ting put through their paces with young Jodie Robert­son at­tempt­ing her ju­nior black belt aged 14.

Stu­dents who pass a ju­nior black belt must re­grade as a se­nior when they are over 16, when which they will be tested with full con­tact fights. The test this week­end is ex­pected to last ap­prox­i­mately four hours.

Else­where, Mark Welsh has un­for­tu­nately had to pull out of the world tour­na­ment in Ja­pan due to univer­sity com­mit­ments but hopes to com­pete later this year in Lon­don.

For more info on the Kyokushinkai classes, con­tact Iain on iain@ikku.co.uk or 07584 166542.

Shukokai Karate

Ar­gyll mar­tial arts classes con­tinue as nor­mal un­der the watch­ful eyes of Kenny Gray and Flo McBurnie.

Train­ing nights are in Oban on Thurs­days from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Oban High School and on Fri­days from 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 9pm in Ni­col Hall, In­ver­aray.

For club de­tails, con­tact Kenny Gray at kenni.gray@bt­in­ter­net.com.

Etive Vik­ings Rugby Club hosted their an­nual end of sea­son bar­be­cue and awards night in Taynuilt last week. The mini sec­tion is one of the most thriv­ing in Ar­gyll and Bute with around 30 play­ers train­ing ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening. Etive Vik­ings have had suc­cess this sea­son by win­ning both the P4/5 and P6/7 Ar­gyll and Bute Dal­ri­ada Rugby Fes­ti­vals that have been con­tested be­tween lo­cal clubs Oban Lorne, Isle of Mull, Mid Ar­gyll, Etive Vik­ings and High­land vis­i­tors Lochaber RFC. It is hoped that the Dal­ri­ada fes­ti­vals will grow next sea­son with the ad­di­tion of Kin­tyre and lslay Rugby Clubs.

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