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WELSH ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS - BARRY YMCA
Rhydian 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

National Millennium Martial Arts Award Winner 2000
Sports Personality of the Year 1995
Many Times World Champion
Know throughout many part of the World as
"Ambassador of Martial Arts"

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"Bronze Medallist" World Championships 2001

            
  Rhydian Tolcher-James  
"Ambassador of Martial Arts"   
  
  Former World Champion 
British Champion - English Champion - Welsh Champion   
  Freestyle and Full Contact.  
                                         
Rhydian Tolcher-James started training in Karate at the young age of 4 years.  He trained for two years before being entered into the European Karate Championships in Holland in 1992.  He amazed everyone and took the championship beating a German opponent into 2nd place.  The Vale of Glamorgan were waiting to congratulate him on his return holding the European  Cup, the Youngest ever to achieve that level of martial arts. 
 
At the age of 7 he achieved his first Black Belt (Red Mongkon in Muay Thai).  The former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand came across to honour his Grade and to present him with a plaque for his dedication and achievement  That of "Youngest Member of the Palace Guard" in Thailand. The event was published in Combat Magazine January 1996. 
 
Also at the age of 7 he attained his first Black Belt in Freestyle Karate.  Rhydian trained everynight proving his dedication to martial arts. He trained firstly in Karate and went onto his Thai-Boxing Class almost everynight of the week. This young boy was a very dedicated martial artist. 
 
 Rhydian achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwondo at the age of 9 years. In 1994 he won the Grand Championship for the World United Martial Arts, and the Grand Champion of the Welsh Contact Karate Association, plus many other achievement along the way including European Martial Arts Champion.  He achieved World Kickboxing Champion in 1996, 1997, and 1998, after which he decided to concentrate on football, where his ability has been noticed, and represents a number of different football clubs.
 

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Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand

Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thail
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Receiving his Award "Warrior Status"

Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
General Tianchai Sirosompan and Mr. Kwan Robcop Director General of Physical Education of Thailand

He is now a 3rd Degree Black Belt in both Karate and Kickboxing. and 1st Degree Black Belt in Thai Boxingand Tae-Kwondo. Also a an  Instructor within the Welsh Academy of Martial Arts.

Owing to his dedication and outstanding achievements since he has trained in martial arts, an author by the name of David Mitchell heard of him, and approached him to appear in a book entitled "Young Martial Art Enthusiast". This was such an honour for Rhydian and Lynne his mother. Lynne was asked to provide two students to accompany Rhydian during the photoshoot which was held in Convent Garden, London. One of which appears right on the front of the book in the Black and Red Uniform. Rhydian appears both in the inside page and under the chapter Thaiboxing and Freestyle.

He is now known throughout many parts of the World, as an Ambassador of Martial Arts.

He won Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1995 for his outstanding achievements. This young man is a credit to his chosen sport, and encourages youngsters to follow in his footsteps.

Although he doesn`t take part in martial art tournaments at the moment he is a dedicated footballer, and member of a professional club, his love is still martial arts. Hopefully one day he will return the the fighting scene.

The Year 2000 was an important year once again for Rhydian as he won the "National Martial Arts Award" for his outstanding achievements. He also won the "National Student Creditation Award" for 2000. which was presented by Mr. Paul Griffin of the British National Martial Arts Associaton and Silvio Simac Tae-Kwondo World Champion

 


Pictured on the left Rhydian with his 6ft Trophy for Grand World United Martial Arts Champion 1996 together with his presentation from the Former Deputy Prime Minsiter of Thailand, His Sword for his Black Belt in Muay Thai - Welsh Contact Karate Grand Champion Cup 1996 - European Title Cup 1992 - European Martial Arts Trophy 1996- World Kickboxing Trophy 1997- Shield for "Sports Personality of the Year" 1995 and many other achievements along the way