Profile of Senshi Do kick boxing and Wullie Rodger
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 email@example.com.