The Welsh Academy of Martial Arts
was formed some 17 years ago by then
formerly known at Lynne Tolcher-James
Lynne is an NVQ Qualified Coach, N.V.Q
Assessor and Internal Verifier within Martial Arts
Lynne holds Black Belts in Karate and Kickboxing, Muay
Thai and Freestyle Tae-Kwondo. 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.
Lynne has had the honour of being part of the book entitled "The 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 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 is now changing to help those victims
who 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
for her contribution and developement
martial arts in the United Kingdom.