Anglia Ruskin student wins British title

Published: 15 July 2015 at 13:51

Tecwyn Lee

Tecwyn now sets his sights on next European Iaido Championships

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An Anglia Ruskin University student has won the British Championships in the traditional Japanese martial art of Iaido.

Tecwyn Lee, a Computer Gaming Technology student, claimed gold at the British Kendo Association's National Iaido and Jodo Championships, making him the British Champion for his grade, 1st Dan.

Last year Tecwyn was selected to represent Great Britain at the 21st European Iaido Championships, and his most recent win makes him a prime candidate to be picked again for the British team in Berlin this year. Tecwyn will be working throughout the summer to move up to the next grading, 2nd dan Nidan.

He said "My hope is to pass my next grading and demonstrate my current level of Iaido in the summer competition. My performance last year is why I was chosen for the squad, and I'd love to once again have the privilege to represent the UK in the European Iaido Championships, but as the next grade."

Iaido, an offshoot of Kendo, teaches the correct use of the sword, rather than the bamboo of Kendo. Tecwyn practices Muso Shinden Ryu, which has its roots in the classical sword techniques of the 15th and 16th centuries.

The 20-year-old, who lives in Steeple Bumpstead, near Haverhill, trains at West Wickham village hall. More information about Tecwyn's club can be found at www.kenyukansuffolk.wordpress.com