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Kyokushinkai Karate

The win­ter grad­ing tests will take place over the com­ing week­end and de­tails will be in the next ar­ti­cle.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Kyokushinkai Karate club, con­tact Iain Rodger (6th dan) for a friendly chat on 07584 166542 or [email protected] Al­ter­na­tively, send a mes­sage to Cale­do­nia Kyokushin on Face­book.


Classes con­tinue as nor­mal on Wed­nes­day evenings at 4.30pm for ju­niors and 6pm for se­niors at the Old Crofters up above Stod­dard’s mo­tor­bike shop. Tele­phone Wul­lie on 07480 273190, or email shi­han­[email protected] or you can also find them on Face­book as Sen­shi Do Kick­box­ing.

Shukokai Karate

Stu­dents of Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts/Ar­gyll Shukokai held their win­ter grad­ing and mini tour­na­ment re­cently.

Grad­ing re­sults. 8th kyu: Emma MacCal­lum and Al­fie McMullen.

7th kyu: Isaac Charl­ton, Max Allen and Ab­bie Frew.

6th kyu: El­lis Mckenna, Milly Mitchell, Cal­lan Frew, Jack Wil­son, Norma Jack, Tereza Kon­ick­ova and Con­nor Blue.

5th kyu: Daniel May, Francesca Warnock, Cal­lan Tay­lor, Matthew MacDougal and James MacCal­lum.

4th kyu: Harry Frew, Elaine Mitchel, Joshua Mitchel, Michael Caroll and Matthew Jamieson.

3rd kyu: Lucy Blue, Cal­lan May and James Whitelaw.

2nd kyu: Fe­or­lin Ren­ton, Eloise Ginestiere, Dou­glas Cameron and Gre­gor Warnock.

1st kyu: Lewis May and Co­nan Burns.

In­struc­tor Kenny Gray said: ‘I would like to thank se­nior stu­dents Iona MacCul­loch, Zoe McKil­lop and Fin­lay Law­son for their help, and in­struc­tors Flo McBurnie, An­drew Law­son, An­drew Buchanan for giv­ing up their Sun­day to run the event. Also a big thanks to Mary Buchanan for cater­ing and Krissy Gray for the ad­min­is­tra­tion.’

Any­one look­ing for more de­tails on these clubs should con­tact Kenny Gray (5th dan) at [email protected]­in­ter­ or on 07884 183905.


Oban MMA had a busy month with two sem­i­nars tak­ing place in the course of a few weeks. The first sem­i­nar was a jiu jitsu one with the club’s head BJJ in­struc­tor Mar­cos Nar­dini.

The sem­i­nar cov­ered the spi­der guard po­si­tion go­ing over sweeps and fin­ishes from this po­si­tion. At the end of the two hours, stu­dents who had shown im­prove­ment over the past year were given stripes on their belts. Drew MacCal­lum re­ceived his blue belt and long-serv­ing stu­dents Ma­teusz Gra­biec, Dawid Loukil and Pawel Sczen­cia re­ceived pur­ple belts.

The sec­ond sem­i­nar of the month cov­ered strik­ing for MMA and was taken by coach James Doolan who runs Scot­land’s most suc­cess­ful MMA gym and is home to UFC fighters Danny Hendry and Ste­vie Ray.

This sem­i­nar broke down ba­sic strik­ing and move­ment with the em­pha­sis of foot­work and body po­si­tion while strik­ing.

Both sem­i­nars were well at­tended with stu­dents learn­ing from two of the coun­try’s most knowl­edge­able and re­spected coaches.

Any­one who would like to start BJJ or MMA are more than wel­come to come along and try. First ses­sion is free!

If you would like to try out BJJ or MMA, Oban BJJ can be found on Face­book or you can email us­ing coo­[email protected]

Wado Kai Karate

The Park Pri­mary School class is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers. If you have a child aged seven-10 and want to know more about this class, please con­tact Mike on 07709 229284 or email [email protected]­in­ter­

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 [email protected]­in­ter­

Knights Of The Tower – Medieval Com­bat Oban

Knights of the Tower are still look­ing to boost their mem­bers, male and fe­male, who 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. Come down to have a look at what we do and have a chat with some of the mem­bers or maybe even try it out.

BJJ sem­i­nar and gGrad­ing stu­dents.

Stu­dents at the MMA sem­i­nar.

Ar­gyll Mar­tial Arts/Ar­gyll Shukokai stu­dents after their win­ter grad­ing and tour­na­ment.

Coaches James Doolan and Coo­gie Pot­ter.

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