Oban BJJ mem­bers pick up the medals

The Oban Times - - Sport - WITH IAIN RODGER

Oban BJJ had a busy cou­ple of weeks with their monthly sem­i­nar with Pro­fes­sor Mar­cos Nar­dini cov­er­ing deep half guard.

Mem­bers of the club also trav­elled to Glas­gow to com­pete with more than 300 ath­letes in the BJJ 24/ 7 an­nual com­pe­ti­tion in Scot­land. The team of four boys took home five medals be­tween them.

Cal­lum Weir took a bronze in his first com­pe­ti­tion, Dawid Loukil took a bronze, To­masz Ka­pusta took a gold and club coach Coo­gie Pot­ter picked up two medals – a gold in no gi and a sil­ver in gi.

The club’s com­pet­i­tive record is some­thing coach Coo­gie is ex­tremely proud of as most of the club’s ath­letes now com­pete at in­ter­me­di­ate level and medalling is now com­mon­place for the club.

Classes con­tinue as nor­mal on Mon­days, Tues­days and Fri­days at 7pm and all are wel­come. The club is run by Iain (Coo­gie) Pot­ter who trains un­der Mar­cos Nar­dini. For any in­quiries, con­tact Coo­gie on coo­giepots@gmail.com. Darryl and Char­lie McLaugh­lin from the Oban club and Jodie Robertson from the Lochgilp­head club are in Glas­gow this Satur­day (April 8) com­pet­ing in the Kyokushin Cup. The three com­peti­tors are tak­ing part in full con­tact fight­ing, with Darryl and Jodie also en­tered in the kata sec­tions of the tour­na­ment. This is an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment with com­peti­tors at­tend­ing from all over Europe. A full re­port on the tour­na­ment will be in the next re­port.

If you are in­ter­ested in learn- ing Kyokushin karate, please con­tact Iain Rodger on 07584 166542 or iain@ikku.co.uk. 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. Sen­shi Do kick­box­ing had a few ju­niors tak­ing part in a freestyle karate tour­na­ment on Sun­day March 26 in Ar­broath. While the rules said light con­tact and men­tioned the face as an il­le­gal tar­get, the home com­peti­tors flouted the rules with full con­tact face punches get­ting thrown at an alarm­ing rate with no rep­ri­mand from the ref­er­ees and judges. Nev­er­the­less, Sara MacIn­tyre man­aged to fight through to take a sec­ond place and Cody McCul­loch took a third.

On Wed­nes­day March 29 the club held a grad­ing, a full re­port will be in the next col­umn once those who were too ill to take part have a chance to test in a back-up grad­ing.

The Kyokushin Cup tour­na­ment in Glas­gow on April 8 is at­tract­ing com­peti­tors from all over Europe. The club has sev­eral mem­bers tak­ing part and a full re­port will be in the next re­port.

Train­ing con­tin­ues as usual: Wed­nes­days for ju­niors from 6.30-7.30pm, se­niors from 7.309pm and on Sun­days ju­niors are from 11am-12.30pm and women- only ses­sion at 2pm. Find the club on Face­book un­der Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing or con­tact Wul­lie Rodger on 07588 513618 or shi­han­will@ gmail.com.

Dawid Loukil, Coo­gie Pot­ter and To­masz Ka­pusta show their haul of medals won at the an­nual BJJ 24/7 com­pe­ti­tion in Glas­gow.

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