Martial arts, with Iain Rodger

Kickboxing prizewinners, left to right, Eden Simpson, Lewis May, Gracie Campbell-Hill and Ondra Carpenter.

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Oban MMA members are back after the festive break and getting ready for this season’s competitions.

Beginners are concentrating on fundamentals and different guards.
The club is holding its first seminar of the year, with head coach Marcos Nardini, on Satruday February 1. Hopefully it be well-attended by students.

The Tuesday MMA class has re-started with members concentrating on basic movement and footwork.

Coach Coogie Potter said: ‘We are always looking for new members so if you are interested in trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts contact the club or call in to academy.’

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

Shukokai Karate

Classes are in full swing after the Christmas break. Anyone looking for more information on the club can get details from Kenny Gray on 07884 183905 or email


Senshi Do Kick Boxing held its last session of the year on Sunday December 29 2019.
During the session, the student of the year trophy was awarded to Gracie Campbell-Hill for her significant progress and her can-do, never give up spirit.

The end-of-year session also had some contests, including a best kick competition. There was a handicap system in place so everyone had a chance of winning, regardless of age and experience.

Eden Simpson won ‘best kick’ with her roundhouse followed by spinning hook kick. Another competition was for Sumo King of the ring, where all the entrants are in a 7m x 7m square and have to get the others out of the area.

The younger age group was won by Ondra Carpenter with Lewis May winning for the older age group.

Sessions are on Sundays at 11am to 1pm for juniors, five to 15 years, and Wednesdays at 4.30pm to 6pm for juniors, five to 15 years, and 6pm to 7.30pm for seniors, 16 years and over. Find us on Facebook Senshi Do Kickboxing or email

Kyokushinkai Karate

Coach Iain Rodger is organising the Scottish Open Knockdown Karate tournament which will take place in Glasgow on Saturday February 29 at the GCU Arc Fitness Centre. Entries are currently in from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden and Poland.

The club is taking on beginners so get in contact if this is something you would like to be part of.

For details about the Kyokushinkai Karate classes contact Iain on 07584 166542 or email

The club can also be found and messaged on Facebook under Caledonia Kyokushin.