MAR­TIAL ARTS

The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

Oban BJJ held an in- club com­pe­ti­tion for white belts on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 3 to give those who want to com­pete prop­erly a chance to see what com­pe­ti­tion is like in a less in­tim­i­dat­ing at­mos­phere and help with nerves and so on when they do com­pete.

Six­teen com­peti­tors bat­tled it out in this sub­mis­sion- only event, with some great skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion shown by all. The even­tual win­ner was Craig Cameron, whose fi­nal with Miguel Al­varez, from Oban’s brother club Fort BJJ, was a tough very close con­test.

Third place went to Dean Cameron, who pulled a lovely arm bar off against To­masz Ka­pusta, who had been an early favourite to win the event. The £290 raised from the event went to Soroba Young Fam­i­lies.

The first sem­i­nar of this year was an ex­tremely busy one with 22 stu­dents learn­ing the ba­sics of the ‘De La Riva guard’ and sharp­en­ing up their skills on the mat.

If you are in­ter­ested in try­ing out BJJ, then Fri­day’s be­gin­ners- only classes teach the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals at an easy-go­ing, friendly pace, and ev­ery­one is most wel­come.

Oban BJJ club is run by Iain (Coo­gie) Pot­ter who trains un­der Mar­cos Nar­dini. For club in­for­ma­tion, con­tact coo­giepots@gmail.com.

Kyokushinkai Karate

The Kyokushin classes are in full swing with stu­dents train­ing to­wards var­i­ous events. The Oban ju­nior class will be tak­ing on new mem­bers for the next cou­ple of weeks, then will be con­cen­trat­ing on work to­wards the next grad­ing test in June.

Club coach Iain Rodger is just back from the Scot­tish Open Knock­down tour­na­ment and full re­sults will be posted in the next col­umn.

Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing Kyokushin karate should con­tact Iain Rodger on 07584 166542 or iain@ikku.co.uk.

Shukokai Karate

The Ar­gyll mar­tial arts clubs are con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal with in­struc­tors Kenny Gray, Flo McBurnie, Andy Buchanan and An­drew Law­son putting the stu­dents through their paces.

Be­gin­ners are al­ways wel­come at the Ar­gyll mar­tial arts classes and if you are in­ter­ested

Kick­box­ing

Ev­ery­one at Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing would like to wish An­drzej Dar­iusz Pytka the best of luck this Satur­day as he com­petes in the IKKU Scot­tish Open un­der Kyokushin bare knuckle knock­down rules. This tour­na­ment has grown year on year and is now one of the premier full con­tact tour­na­ments in the UK, at­tract­ing world class com­peti­tors from all over the UK, Eire and Europe.

The tour­na­ment was started and is still or­gan­ised by Shi­han Iain Rodger, chief in­struc­tor of Cale­do­nia Kyokushin, who we’d like to thank for or­gan­is­ing a truly open tour­na­ment that wel­comes all as­so­ci­a­tions and styles.

In other news, some of the ju­niors are train­ing hard to take part in the Kyokushin Cup that falls on April 8. This again is a full con­tact tour­na­ment and the young­sters show a lot of courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to take part.

In the photo be­low, Sara MacIn­tyre and Cody Mc­Cul­loch take part in some hard spar­ring to get them­selves in top shape phys­i­cally and men­tally.

Classes con­tinue as usual and be­gin­ners are al­ways wel­come. Con­tact Shi­han Wul­lie Rodger on 07588 513618 or visit the Face­book page Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing. please con­tact Kenny Gray on 07884 183905 or 01838 200419 or Flo McBurnie on 07765 931902.

Mem­bers of Oban BJJ who took part in an in- club white belt com­pe­ti­tion re­cently.

To­masz Ka­pusta gets to grip with An­drew Ritchie.

Tro­phy win­ners at the re­cent BJJ com­pe­ti­tion: 1. Craig Cameron, 2. Miguel Al­varez, 3. Dean Cameron.

Ewan Weir, left, tied up with Colin John­stone.

Miguel Al­varez bot­tom clamps down Liam Roberts.

Cody Mc­Cul­loch and Sara MacIn­tyre pre­pare for the Kyokushin Cup.

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