Fight­ers look for­ward to com­pet­ing for team GB

The Oban Times - - SPORT - WITH IAIN RODGER For club info con­tact Coo­gie on coo­giepots@gmail.com.

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, Lochgilp­head, and Well­park House, Oban. If you can help, please con­tact Iain on 07584 166542 or iain@ ikku.co.uk. Any help would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

BJJ

IT HAS been a year since Oban BJJ as­so­ci­ated it­self with Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu black belt Mar­cos Nar­dini.

Club coach Coo­gie Pot­ter had the fol­low­ing to say when asked how this had af­fected the club: ‘I had been want­ing to get the club as­so­ci­ated with a le­git­i­mate pro­fes­sor for a long time and al­though we had a black belt help­ing out a few times a year I had wanted some­one who could com­mit to us in a more per­ma­nent way.

‘From day one it was ob­vi­ous Mar­cos was the way ahead for us.

‘His monthly sem­i­nars and pa­tience in teach­ing, along with an easy go­ing Brazil­ian men­tal­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail, was a per­fect bal­ance to the dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and per­son­al­i­ties of our stu­dents. I feel this has re­flected on my own style of not just BJJ but in teach­ing as well.

‘Ev­ery stu­dent that has been with us over the past year has come on quicker than all the years be­fore.

‘The link be­tween us and his other clubs will ac­cu­mu­late this month with two sem­i­nars – a No gi sem­i­nar on July 16 fol­lowed by a week­end bar­be­cue train­ing ses­sion with his other clubs in Oban at the end of the month.’

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