Martial arts with Iain Rodger

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Kyokushinkai Karate
Caledonia Kyokushin held its annual junior tournament on November 4 in the Mid Argyll Sports Centre in Lochgilphead – the medal winners will be announced in the next article. The tournament was well attended by members from IKKU Oban, IKKU Lochgilphead, IKKU Perth, Senshi Do Oban, Argyll Martial Arts, Oban and Argyll Martial Arts Inveraray.
The club members are working towards their next grading tests in mid-December when Darryl McLaughlin will attempt his black belt test. The next intake of new members will be in January 2018.
Anyone requiring more information on this traditional style of karate should contact Iain Rodger on: 07584 166542 or

Senshi Do Kick Boxing had its annual Hallowe’en sponsored fancy dress session followed by a party for the juniors on Wednesday October 25. As usual the children had a great time, with Hollie Cormack and Logan Galbraith winning the girls’ and boys’ best costume, Melody Hwang and Callan May winning girls and boys respectively in musical statues, while Sara MacIntyre and Billy Bratton won the girls’ and boys’ wall stands. There were also goody bags for all the youngsters to take home with them.
The money raised was enough to buy two new six-foot punch bags and two sets of body pads. Club coach Wullie Rodger said: ‘A huge thank you to Sharon Dickison, Kerrie Galbraith and Kaitlynne MacLeod for all the help in setting up and running the session.’
For more information on classes contact Wullie Rodger on: 07588 513618 or

Oban BJJ classes continue as normal in the new venue. Anyone looking for more information about BJJ and MMA classes should contact club coach Iain (Coogie) Potter on

Shukokai Karate
Club grading tests are taking place over this week and results should be posted in the next article.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances in the community centre, the Dalmally classes are postponed until November 21. All the other classes are running as normal.
The clubs had several entrants in the junior tournament in Lochgilphead last Saturday and a full write-up will be in the next article.
Beginners are always welcome at the clubs and anyone thinking of taking up this martial art should contact Kenny Gray on