Iain Rodger and Craig MacLachlan returned recently from the So-Kyokushin Karate World Championships in Japan after a gruelling trip home. From leaving the hotel in Japan to getting home was a mammoth 36 hours. Although the tournament didn’t go as planned for Craig, the experience gained from fighting on the world stage was immense.
Craig unfortunately went out in the first round to a very tough fighter from Iran who eventually went on to take third place, having knocked out four other fighters, including two very good Japanese contestants en route to the semi-final. Team coach Iain has been invited to coach another squad for the All Japan tournament next November.
With a couple of days to spare after the event, Iain and Craig took time to visit the grave of Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate.
Grading tests have been set for December 17 in Oban and December 18 in Lochgilphead.
Anyone interested in learning this traditional style of karate should contact Iain Rodger on: 07584 166542 or iain@ikku. co.uk.
Classes continue as usual in Oban and Inveraray.
The clubs’ next grading test is coming up very soon and results should be in the next column.
Anyone thinking of taking up this martial art should contact Kenny Gray on kenni.gray@ btinternet.com.
On November 9, Senshi Do Kick Boxing held a grading for the junior class.
Achieving 9th Kyu Yellow Belt – Archie Palmer and Isla Hausrath.
8th Kyu Orange Belt – Murran Swain-Nisbet.
7th Kyu Green Belt (with a triple grading) – Sean Sneddon.
6th Kyu Blue Belt – Rebecca Palmer and Kieran Denholme.
5th Kyu Purple Belt – Ayden Campbell, Aiden Denholme, Innes McKinney, Hazel McGhee and Adam Bratton.
2nd Kyu Brown Belt – Logan Galbraith and Connor Beattie.
While they were sitting the required tests, the rest of the class was practising for the upcoming tournament in Lochgilphead on November 20.
For club info, contact Wullie Rodger using: shihanwill@ gmail.com or 07588 513618.
There will be more club info in the next column.
Congratulations go to club coach Coogie Potter on the birth of his second daughter.
For club info, contact Coogie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iain Rodger at the grave of Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate.