Martial arts with Iain Rodger week 39

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Kyokushinkai Karate

Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. ‘Kyokushin’ is Japanese for ‘the ultimate truth’. It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style had international appeal. Practitioners have over the last 40-plus years numbered more than 12 million.
After formally establishing the Kyokushinkaikan in 1964, Oyama directed the organisation through a period of expansion. Oyama hand-picked instructors who displayed ability in marketing the style and gaining new members. Oyama would choose an instructor to open a new dojo. The instructor would move to that town and demonstrate his karate skills in public places. After that, word of mouth would spread through the area until the dojo had a dedicated core of students. Oyama also sent instructors to other countries such as the Netherlands, Australia, the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Brazil to spread Kyokushin in the same way. Many students traveled to Japan to train with Oyama directly. In 1969, Oyama staged the First All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships and Terutomo Yamazaki became the first champion. All-Japan championships have been held every year. In 1975, The first world Full Contact Karate Open Championships were held in Tokyo.
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.


The junior students at Senshi Do Kick Boxing are working hard training for their next grading, where the students test for the next belt.
They are also in training for the clicker tournament being organised by Caledonia Kyokushin in Lochgilphead on November 3.
The senior students were graded last week with Darryl McLaughlin Snr and Ian Robertson both getting 4th Kyu Red Belt, Rachael Speirs and Sine MacKay getting their 7th Kyu Green Belts.
Sessions continue on Wednesdays at 4.30pm for juniors and 6pm for seniors at the Old Crofters up above Stoddard’s Motorbike shop.
Phone Wullie on 07480 273 190, or email also find the club on Facebook as Senshi Do Kickboxing.

Shukokai Karate

Chōjirō Tani began teaching the Karate style Shūkōkai (meaning the way for all) at a dojo in Kobe, Japan in 1946. Shūkōkai was designed around the study of body mechanics and is very fast due to its relatively high stance aiding mobility, and is known for the double hip twist, which maximises the force of its strikes; making it one of the most hard-hitting Karate styles.
Tani’s most senior student, Sensei Shigeru Kimura, left Japan in 1965 to teach Shūkōkai in Africa. He developed Shukokai even further, emphasising its power and strength, and was regarded as an expert on the style. He continued to teach after travelling to Europe, before settling in the United States in 1970 at the age of 29, where he taught at Yonezuka’s Cranford dojo for two years creating the first Shukokai World Tournament in 1981.
Anyone looking for more details on these clubs should contact Kenny Gray (5th dan) on: or 07884 183905.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, Soshihiro Satake, and Isao Okano. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own combat sport through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of judo and jujutsu through Carlos and Hélio Gracie (who passed their knowledge on to their extended family) as well as other instructors who were students of Maeda, such as Luiz França.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves or another against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defence situations.Sparring (commonly referred to as ‘rolling’ within the BJJ community) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese jujutsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is not solely a martial art; it is also a sport, a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people, and ultimately a way of life.
If anyone would like to try out BJJ or MMA, Oban BJJ can be found on Facebook or email @

Wado Kai Karate

The Park Primary School class is always looking for new members, if anyone has a child aged 7-10 years and wants to know more about this class please contact Mike on 07709 229284 or email;
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

Knights Of The Tower – Medieval Combat Oban

Knights of the Tower are still looking to boost their members, bothe women and men, 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. Go along to have a look at what they do and have a chat with some of the members and maybe even try it out.