|"Bronze Medallist" World Championships 2001
"Ambassador of Martial Arts"
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.
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.
Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime
Minister of Thailand
|Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thail
|Receiving his Award "Warrior Status"
Rhydian with Former Deputy Prime Minister
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