Martial arts with Iain Rodger

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Kyokushinkai Karate

Members of the Kyokushinkai clubs in Scotland headed to the Peak District on June 28 for a national training camp.

The training was tough but enjoyable and everyone came back with new ideas to improve their training.

Back home after his successful grading to 2nd dan, Paul Mackay received his new belt and certificate last week.

Camp instructors, left to right, Tom Smith, 5th dan England; Alan Cleary, 6th dan England; Paul Evans, 5th dan Wales; and Iain Rodger, 6th dan Scotland.

Classes continue through the school holidays and beginners are welcome from now until the end of September.

For further information on the Oban Kyokushinkai Karate club contact Iain Rodger (6th dan) on 07584 166542 or Alternatively send a message to ‘Caledonia Kyokushin’ on Facebook.


Senshi Do Kick Boxing is on throughout the school holidays on a Wednesday at 4.30pm and a Sunday at 11am. Youngsters are guaranteed a fun-filled workout which will take the edge off their energy levels. The first session is free.

Find the club on Facebook Senshi Do Kickboxing or email

Beginners aged five years and over are always welcome.

Shukokai Karate

The clubs take a break during the school holidays and resume in August.
Argyll Shukokai has clubs in Inveraray, Oban and Dalmally. Anyone interested in joining those clubs can get details from Kenny Gray on 07884 183905.


Members of Oban MMA travelled to Glasgow on Saturday July 6 to learn from Marco Canha, the multi-time Brazilian BJJ champion and head of the Check Mat BJJ team in the UK.

The two-hour seminar covered defending in half guard and setting up counter attacks from this position. The seminar was well attended with around 60 other practitioners eager to take advantage of learning from such a decorated coach.

Coach Coogie Potter said: ‘Classes in Oban have been covering setting up the cross guard and lasso guard with Monday’s class becoming a nogi sparring hour which is proving popular.

‘The Friday class is always looking for new members. It is taught at a slower pace to make sure folk are retaining the fundamentals.’
Classes are all at 7.30 pm, with BJJ on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and MMA on Thursdays.

If you would like to try out BJJ or MMA, Oban BJJ can be found on Facebook or email

Oban MMA, left to right, Calumn Weir, Coogie Potter, Marco Canha, Ewan Weir, Drew MacCallum, Mateusz Grabiec, Marcos Nardini, Rafal Warzecha and Pawel Sczencia.
Wado Kai Karate

The class held in Park Primary School, Oban, is now closed until after the school summer holidays.

These sessions, for children aged 7 to 10 years will resume on August 26 at 3.15pm. Contact Mike Faulkner on for more details.

Normal training will resume once the August term begins. For more details contact Chris Bruce on for more details.

Knights Of The Tower – Medieval Combat Oban

If you would like to try out medieval combat, classes are held on Sundays from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.