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Kyokushinkai Karate

On Thursday May 17, the Oban club paid host to two Kyokushinkai instructors who were, coincidentally, holidaying in Scotland from different parts of the world.

Following a request from the club, Sensei Peter Appleton, who runs a club in the Peak District in Derbyshire and is an old friend of Iain from the Oban club, and Senpai Twan Smolders from Holland taught a section of the class as it’s always good to see different teaching methods.

If you would like more information about Kyokushinkai Karate classes, contact Iain Rodger on 07584 166542 or

Left to right: Twan Smolders, Peter Appleton, Iain Rodger, Paul Mackay, Charlie McLaughlin, Sean McQuade, Darryl McLaughlin and Jamie Docherty.

Twan Smolders teaches during a class.


Classes are as follows: juniors 4.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays and 11am on Sundays. Seniors 6pm on Wednesday and Fridays. Women only session 1pm on Sundays and Kick-Fit Mondays at 6pm. Beginners are always welcome. The first session is free and there are discounts for multiple sessions.

Find Senshi Do Kickboxing on Facebook or contact Wullie Rodger on or 07480 273190.

Shukokai Karate

Anyone looking for more details on this club should contact Kenny Gray on or 07884 183905.


Thursdays are now centred on MMA and as this class is starting from the basics, it is the perfect time to try something different. All classes start at 7.30pm.

For more information contact Coogie Potter on

Wado Kai Karate

Wado Kai Karate clubs have now been established.

The main club trains on Tuesday evenings at Dunbeg Primary School, 6.30pm – 7.30pm for juniors and 7.30pm-8.30pm for seniors.

Wado is a flowing style of karate that suits people of any age. It’s a small and friendly club with an emphasis on the technical and aesthetic aspects of the art. Gradings are held twice a year and there are occasional courses/master classes run by 7th Dan instructor Christopher Bruce. For more details email

There is also a weekly children’s club at Park Primary School, Oban, on Mondays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, term time only. For children aged 7 to 10, it is run by Mike and Julie Faulkner. There are currently 14 children in the class and the emphasis here is on learning through a mixture of fun exercises, moving into formal training. We do use sparring pads but do not allow full contact between the children.

At a grading test on Monday May 14, Mia Asher and Bex Fitzsimmons were awarded their Orange belts (7th kyu) and Thomas McDonald was awarded his Yellow belt (8th kyu).

For more details on the Park primary club, contact Mike Faulkner on 07709 229284 or