Mar­tial arts

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Kyokushinkai Karate

Club coach and chief in­struc­tor for Scot­land Iain Rodger is in the process of or­gan­is­ing a tour­na­ment for Ar­gyll chil­dren from all the karate and kick­box­ing clubs to take part in. This will be held at the Mid Ar­gyll Sports Cen­tre in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 3. All clubs are in­vited to send their ju­nior mem­bers along to take part in this. These an­nual tour­na­ments have been tak­ing place, or­gan­ised by Iain, since 2003.

The club is ac­tively seek­ing new mem­bers un­til the end of Septem­ber af­ter which time the next in­take will be Jan­uary 2019.

If any­one thinks this style of karate is for them please con­tact Iain Rodger (6th dan) for a friendly chat on: 07584 166542 or, al­ter­na­tively send a mes­sage to Cale­do­nia Kyokushin on Face­book.


Be­gin­ners are al­ways wel­come at Sen­shi Do Kick Box­ing. Ju­nior ses­sions, aged 5-14, are on Wednesday at 4.30pm to 6pm and se­nior ses­sions from 6pm to 7.30pm for ages 14 and over. The club is now pre­par­ing for the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 3.

Find the club on Face­book un­der Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing or email shi­han­ for more de­tails. The first ses­sion is free so there’s noth­ing to lose by try­ing it out.

Shukokai Karate

All the clubs are tak­ing on new stu­dents un­til the end of Septem­ber, and mem­bers are now start­ing to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 3.

Any­one look­ing for more de­tails on these clubs should con­tact Kenny Gray (5th dan) on: kenni.gray@bt­in­ter­ or 07884 183905.


Oban MMA has now been in its new acad­emy lo­ca­tion for a year. To cel­e­brate this mile­stone the club in­vited mixed mar­tial arts coach James Doolan to teach at a sem­i­nar. James has coached mul­ti­ple pro cham­pi­ons around the world and has fight­ers now at the pin­na­cle of the sport in the UFC. James took an MMA 101 sem­i­nar which looked at the ba­sics of strik­ing for MMA, the en­try and exit from strik­ing and set­ting up a take-down. The de­tail com­ing from his ex­pe­ri­ence was ex­cep­tional and the 20 stu­dents in at­ten­dance came away with lots to drill and a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of set­ting up strik­ing.

This sem­i­nar con­firms the club go­ing back into its MMA roots and classes will re­flect this with Tues­days and Thurs­days con­cen­trat­ing on strik­ing and wrestling and the other week­day classes still very much Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu.

If any­one would like to try out BJJ or MMA, Oban BJJ can be found on Face­book or email @ coo­

Wado Kai Karate

The Park Pri­mary School class (part of Kaishin Wado Kai) is now back open af­ter the sum­mer break. If any­one has a child aged seven-10 years and wants to know more about this class please con­tact Mike on 07709 229284 or email; m.faulkner6@bt­in­ter­

Kaishin Wado Kai at Dun­beg School is on a Tues­day from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. All ages are wel­come at the club train­ing ses­sions. Mike Faulkner said: ‘We are a small and friendly club with four Black Belt train­ers avail­able to help stu­dents at any time.’ For more de­tails con­tact Sen­sei Chris Bruce (7th Dan) at crb999@ bt­in­ter­

Knights Of The Tower – Me­dieval Com­bat Oban

Knights of the Tower is still look­ing to boost its mem­bers. Men and women are wel­come to turn up and try out the sport of me­dieval com­bat. The club trains on Tues­day nights from 7pm un­til 9.30pm above Stod­dart’s of Oban, in the old Crofters. Go down to have a look at what the group does and have a chat with mem­bers and maybe even try it out.

Oban BJJ mem­bers at the James Doolan sem­i­nar.

Knights of the Tower is look­ing for mem­bers.

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