Martial arts with Iain Rodger

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Kyokushinkai Karate

The club’s annual tournament will be held on Sunday November 10 at the usual venue, Mid Argyll Sports Centre, Lochgilphead. This year sees the introduction of a Shukokai Kata section in addition to the Kyokushin Kata section. Shukokai instructor Kenny Gray is providing a shield in memory of Nicky Connolly for the high grade kata winner. As usual, clubs from across Argyll and beyond will attend the tournament.

After this week, the next intake of students will be in January 2020. New members don’t have to be fit to start as the training will make you fitter as you progress. The club has access to local, national and international tournaments, along with national training camps.

For details about the Kyokushinkai Karate classes contact Iain on 07584 166542 or email
The club can also be found on Facebook under Caledonia Kyokushin.


The club, which always brings back medals in the fighting section, is in training for the Lochgilphead tournament. Classes are on Wednesdays and Sundays and beginners from age five upwards are always welcome.
Find the club on Facebook Senshi Do Kickboxing or email

Shukokai Karate

The clubs are in training for the tournament in Lochgilphead on November 10. The introduction of a Shukokai Kata section to the event means that members can vie for the title of Shukokai Kata Champion.
Anyone looking for more information on these clubs can get details from Kenny Gray on 07884 183905 or


Oban MMA has had a busy few weeks with purple belt standout Jack Brown, who has been dominating recent shows and competitions with his leg lock game, coming to Oban to teach a two-hour seminar on foot locks.
The seminar proved highly enjoyable and informative. His coaching and knowledge showed everyone why he had been such a force when competing.

The classes are now building towards a gi only comp in November which will hopefully be well attended by clubs students. A lot of the newer members will be entering for the first time and are keen to test themselves in a competition.

The MMA class on Thursdays has introduced different aspects of sparring to go with the work put in over the past few months and is proving popular.
Mondays are now for beginners at 7.30pm and Fridays are BJJ rounds.

The club is always looking for new members to try BJJ and MMA.
If you would like to try out BJJ or MMA, Oban BJJ can be found on Facebook or email

Wado Kai Karate

The Oban Wado Kai karate clubs are hosting a course on Sunday November 10 at Atlantis Leisure, Oban, from 11am to 4pm.

This will be a combined styles event led by Ronnie Watt Shotokan Master, 9th Dan, from Aberdeen and his lifelong friend Chris Bruce, 8th Dan Wado Ryu, based in Oban.

The event will incorporate a Bunkai Masterclass led by Ronnie using Kata forms familiar across various styles of Karate and a grading event.
The cost is just £25 per person for the day. Anyone wishing to attend this course should contact Mike Faulkner or Chris Bruce using the details below.

Anyone interested in Wado karate should contact Mike Faulkner for the Park Primary School classes. These sessions are for children aged 7 to 10 years and are at 3.15pm.

Mike can be contacted by emailing
For the Dunbeg classes contact Chris Bruce by emailing