The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

BJJ – an over­view

Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a mar­tial art, com­bat sport sys­tem that fo­cuses on grap­pling and es­pe­cially ground fight­ing. Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fight­ing (newaza) fun­da­men­tals that were taught by a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Takeo Yano, Mit­suyo Maeda and Soshi­hiro Satake.

Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu even­tu­ally came to be its own art through the ex­per­i­ments, prac­tices, and adap­ta­tion of judo through Car­los and He­lio Gra­cie (who passed their knowl­edge on to their ex­tended fam­ily) as well as other in­struc­tors who were stu­dents of Maeda, such as Luiz Franca. BJJ pro­motes the con­cept that a smaller, weaker per­son can suc­cess­fully de­fend against a big­ger, stronger, heav­ier as­sailant by us­ing proper tech­nique, lever­age, and most no­tably, tak­ing the fight to the ground, and then ap­ply­ing joint-locks and choke­holds to de­feat the op­po­nent.

BJJ train­ing can be used for sport grap­pling tour­na­ments. How­ever it can be used in some self- de­fense sit­u­a­tions and does serve its pur­pose. Spar­ring (com­monly re­ferred to as rolling) and live drilling play a ma­jor role in train­ing, and a pre­mium is placed on per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in com­pe­ti­tion, in re­la­tion to progress and as­cen­sion through its rank­ing sys­tem.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1882, its par­ent art of judo was sep­a­rated from older sys­tems of Ja­panese ju­jutsu by an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence that was passed on to Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a mar­tial art, but it is also a sport; a method for pro­mot­ing phys­i­cal fit­ness and build­ing char­ac­ter in young peo­ple; and ul­ti­mately, a way of life.

Oban’s BJJ club is run by Iain (Coo­gie) Pot­ter who trains un­der Mar­cos Nar­dini. For club info con­tact Coo­gie on coo­

Kyokushinkai Karate

Caledonia Kyokushin classes teach Kyokushin Karate. Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full con­tact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Ja­panese Ma­su­tatsu Oyama. ‘Kyokushin’ is Ja­panese for ‘the ul­ti­mate truth’. It is rooted in a phi­los­o­phy of self-im­prove­ment, dis­ci­pline and hard train­ing. Its full con­tact style has in­ter­na­tional ap­peal and prac­ti­tion­ers have over the last 40+ years num­bered more than 12 mil­lion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing Kyokushin karate should con­tact Iain Rodger on: 07584 166542 or

Shukokai Karate – an Over­view

The Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts classes teach Shukokai Karate. Shukokai is a style of Karate, based on Tani-ha Shi­toõ-ryõ, a branch of Shi­toõ-ryõ devel­oped by Chõjirõ Tani in the late 1940s, and re­fined by his stu­dents, in­clud­ing Ya­mada Haruyoshi and Kimura Shigeru.

Chõjirõ Tani was born in 1921 and started his for­mal karate train­ing un­der Miyagi Chõjun, who founded the Gojõ-ryõ style, while a stu­dent at the Doshisha Univer­sity in Ky­oto.

Af­ter a few months, Miyagi Chõjun re­turned to Ok­i­nawa and the founder of Shitõ-ryõ, Kenwa Mabuni took over the teach­ing. Upon grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity, Tani be­gan learn­ing Shuri-te and then Shitõ-ryõ from Mabuni as well.

Af­ter many years of train­ing un­der Mabuni and be­com­ing one of his most se­nior stu­dents, Tani re­ceived the cer­tifi­cate of suc­ces­sion from him and be­came the head of Shitõ-ryõ, en­abling him to use the name Tani-ha Shi­to­ryu.

Begin­ners are al­ways wel­come at the Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts classes and if you are in­ter­ested please con­tact Kenny Gray on 07884 183905 or 01838 200419 or Flo McBurnie on 07765 931902

Kick­box­ing – an over­view

The Sen­shi Do kick­box­ing classes teach (in ad­di­tion to fit­ness and self- de­fence) K-1 style kick­box­ing. K-1’s pre­de­ces­sor Sei­dokaikan Karate was formed in 1980 by Kazuyoshi Ishii, a for­mer Kyokushin karate prac­ti­tioner who had formed his own or­gan­i­sa­tion to help pro­mote the best stand-up mar­tial artists.

Sei­dokaikan ar­ranged sev­eral suc­cess­ful chal­lenge events against other mar­tial arts or­gan­i­sa­tions, orig­i­nally us­ing rules based on the Kyokushin Knock­down karate rules, but grad­u­ally adapt­ing and chang­ing closer to kick­box­ing rules.

In 1993, Mr. Ishii founded the K-1 or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­clu­sively as a kick­box­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, closely co­op­er­at­ing with, but in­de­pen­dent from Sei­dokaikan.

Begin­ners are wel­come at the Oban club and any­one look­ing for more de­tails should con­tact Wul­lie Rodger on sen­shi­dokb@ or 07588 513618.

Cody McCul­loch and An­gus Files with their Stu­dent of the year cer­tifi­cates

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