Pro­file of Sen­shi Do kick boxing and Wul­lie Rodger

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE ORI­GINS of Sen­shi Do kick boxing started when Wul­lie Rodger be­gan his train­ing in Kafdo freestyle karate which was based on Tae Kwon Do. At the age of 14, Wul­lie went along to keep a school friend com­pany and in­stantly fell in love with mar­tial arts. At that time he was train­ing un­der David Shaw and then James Young af­ter David moved away from Oban. It was then at the age of 19 that he passed his 1st dan black belt un­der the chief in­struc­tor of WUMA Richard (‘Deadly Dicker’) Hop­kins in Chel­tenham. James Young then had to move from Oban for his job and that’s when, at the age of 20, Wul­lie took over Oban freestyle karate along with Mark Gowdie.

Be­fore and af­ter that tran­si­tion Wul­lie and Mark, along with Michael France, Vincent Bax­ter, George MacKen­zie, Andy Bruce and Iain MacInnes, were tak­ing the freestyle tour­na­ment cir­cuit by storm win­ning tro­phies all over the UK and, for Wul­lie, Mark and George, the USA too.

Wul­lie de­cided he wanted to move into the full con­tact kick boxing scene so with the help of some of the oth­ers he trained up for his first fight, back then it was mainly high kick/Amer­i­can rules with no kicks to the legs like you see in Muay Thai or K1 kick boxing nowa­days. The full con­tact rules suited Wul­lie well and he went on to be the WUMA su­per heavy­weight UK cham­pion.

It was then that he started his first kick boxing club un­der the name of Koza­kai kick boxing, but af­ter a num­ber of years Wul­lie changed the name of the club to Sen­shi Do kick boxing to tie in with his brother Iain’s Kyokushinkai karate club of the same name (Sen­shi Do trans­lates from Ja­panese to ‘ war­rior way’). All the while Wul­lie was rank­ing up un­der WUMA to his present grade of 6th dan black belt, which was pre­sented to him af­ter his com­ple­tion of his sec­ond 100 Man Ku­mite, which is where the per­son at­tempt­ing it faces a fresh fighter ev­ery minute in bare knuckle full con­tact fight­ing un­til 100 fights have been com­pleted.

Cur­rent club mem­bers are win­ning tro­phies at points tour­na­ments and full con­tact events through­out the coun­try and club mem­ber Craig MacLach­lan even rep­re­sented the club at the World Knock­down Karate Cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan.

Ses­sions are on for ju­niors on a Wed­nes­day at 6.30pm and Sun­day at 11am, seniors are on Wed­nes­day at 7.30pm. Begin­ners are al­ways wel­come, if you want more de­tails call Wul­lie on 07588 513 618 or email shi­han­will@gmail.com.

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