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WELSH ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS - BARRY YMCA
LYNNE TOLCHER-JAMES
WHO ARE WE
THE HISTORY OF KARATE
THE HISTORY OF KICKBOXING
RHYDIAN TOLCHER JAMES
LYNNE TOLCHER-JAMES
NEWS
CLASSES
WHAT DOES A BLACK BELT REPRESENT
BLACK BELTS ROLE OF HONOUR
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A BLACK BELT
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002 WAMA TO REPRESENT WALES AGAIN
LYNNE WITH "DON THE DRAGON" WILSON
TRAINING AND GRADING SYLLABUS
HALL OF FAME
INSTRUCTORS AND FIRST AID OFFICIALS
EXCELLENCE IN RECENT GRADINGS PRODUCING "A" GRADE STUDENTS
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
HOW TO TIE YOUR BELT
OUR NINJA KIDS
KICKBOXING FOR LADIES
LYNNE WITH DAVID MITCHELL author of the "Young Martial Arts Enthusiast"
LYNNE/ RHYDIAN/PHILLIP WITH COLIN JACKSON
BEING A MARTIAL ART TEACHER
MEDITATION
CAN MARTIAL ARTS IMPROVE YOUR AWARENESS
MARTIAL ARTS CAN HELP IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED
DONNA HILLBERG
STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR
STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIVE CHAT
WELSH CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
NATIONAL MILLENNIUM AWARD WINNERS
THAI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL VISIT
NOVICES STRIKE GOLD
WHY PRACTICE KARATE OR KICKBOXING
BREATHING TECHNIC
SPARRING AND FIGHTING STRATEGY
BAG WORK
ASTHMA AND KICKBOXING
BASIC TIPS
STRETCHING
Contact Us
LINKS

N.V.Q. Qualified Coach
National Millennium Coaching Award Winner 2000
National Award Winner 2001
Bnmaa International Instructor
4th Degree Black Belt

National Millennium Award Winner 2000
Lynne

The Welsh Academy  of Martial Arts was formed some 17 years ago by then Lynne Tolcher-James now known as Lynne Caddick  
 
Lynne holds Black Belts in Karate and Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Freestyle Tae-Kwondo.  She is a member of the British National Martial Arts Association, Combat Sports Worldwide, National Coaching Foundation,  Sports Coach UK, Coach Safe and the Vale and District Sports Council, and has had the honour of being part of the book entitled Young Martial Arts Enthusiast, author Mr. David Mitchell and published by Dorling Kindersley.  
  
W.A.M.A. was formed owing to an attack on Lynne herself.  It was a violent attack and due to her knowledge although scared to death was able to defend herself successfully.  She felt that due to her experience that she would like to help others who were unfortunate victims of violence etc., both female and male.  Thus the birth of the Welsh Academy of Martial Arts.  
  
Most of her female  students were victims of either rape  sexual abuse  domestic violence and muggings.  W.A.M.A. became a huge success virtually overnight.  Owing to this, her female students wished their children to become part of her organisation, teaching them self defence skills to give them a fighting chance if ever they were bullied at school or  attacked on the street.    
  
It is a sad time when we as individuals have to learn to defend ourselves, sometimes, even in our own homes.  Lynne has also been a victim of domestic violence and is happy that the law as now changed to help those victims who in the past have been afraid to speak out.  
  
Owing to her success in the local community Lynne has unfortunately been a victim of discrimination. Being a female coach some of the male instructors  within martial arts have tried to cause many problems for her.  She has overcome this to continue with her coaching.  
  
Lynne has gained the respect of many martial arts organisations, and due to her dedication throughout her coaching career was nominated for the National Millennium Martial Arts Award in October 2000 for Excellence in Coaching.  She won this award with honours.
 
October 28th 2001 was another important day for Lynne as she was awarded The National Coaching Award for her contribution and developement of martial arts in the United Kingdom.
  
 
Lynne has an excellent Fighters Squad who have travelled far and wide and have over the years made her very proud.  She has coached children to international and world level, and still continues to strive forward to help those within the community gain the level of martial art training that they deserve.