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Kyokushinkai Karate

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.

Shukokai Karate

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@ bt­in­ter­


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@ 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 coo­

Iain Rodger at the grave of Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate.

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