New members welcome at martial arts clubs

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Kyokushinkai Karate

BEGINNERS are welcome at the clubs in Oban and Lochgilphead from now until the end of March so why not try something new for the New Year that could make a real difference in your life?

The minimum age for starting at the Kyokushinkai clubs is eight, with no upper limit. The classes are taught by Shihan Iain Rodger, 6th dan Kyokushinkai Karate, with assistance from a team of black belts in both classes.

It’s been a busy year for the Scottish branch of the IKKU under the watchful eye of Iain Rodger, with new clubs opening in Perth and Stirling, bringing the total tally of clubs in Scotland to six.

Chief instructor Rodger had this to say: ‘I expect a lot from the individual club instructors so you can be assured of the very best tuition at any of our dojos.’

Iain is in the middle of organising the Scottish Open Knockdown Championships which take place on February 24 in Glasgow and attract fighters from around the world. Once this is out of the way he immediately starts planning for a children’s tournament in May to be held in Lochgilphead.

Anyone interested in learning Kyokushinkai Karate should contact Iain Rodger on 07584 166542 or


Coach Wullie Rodger had this to say: ‘With 2017 over, we at Senshi Do Kick Boxing traditionally award the Student of the Year to two of the juniors, based on how much the student has developed and grown. This year it was awarded to Keiran Denholme and Rebecca Palmer, both of whom have really come into their own.

‘Also on the shortlist was Adam Bratton who, if he keeps going the way he is, will certainly be a contender for 2018. 2017 has been a good year for the juniors at tournaments with medals coming back from every tournament entered, and the fight team is looking forward to winning more in 2018.

‘We also had some changes with starting up more sessions on Friday (4.30pm for juniors and 6pm for seniors) and starting the Kick Fit session on a Monday at 6pm with Doug Craig putting people through circuits and pad work for a calorie-burning, cardio-building sweat-fest.

‘We all would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year and anyone wishing to start training with us just pop along and you’ll be made welcome.’

For club details, contact Wullie Rodger on or 07588 513618

Shukokai Karate

The clubs have beginners’ classes starting this week in all three clubs; Oban, Dalmally and Inveraray. For club details contact Kenny Gray on


Anyone looking for more information about BJJ and MMA classes should contact club coach Iain (Coogie) Potter on