Ms Elaine Ogden, 3rd Degree
Ms Ogden first commenced Martial Arts training at school. She was selected as a trainee instructor early on and was awarded her first Black Belt in Zen Chi Ryu by Shihan Kyoshi Tom Slaven in 1983 and continued to train in the Kempo Jutsu branch of that system, where she was appointed into the role of "Gatekeeper" and most senior female member for Kempo Jutsu. She has also trained in Wing Chun, Hsing I and Arnis on an informal basis.
Ms Ogden began studying Taekwondo in 2005 and was awarded her 1st Degree Black Belt by Master Chong Chul Rhee (Australia) in May 2007. She has also trained and competed in Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword) and holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in that system.
Ms Ogden first began training with Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy in March 2009 and, although she has now moved to Australia, she has come back to train and compete with us on a number of occasions.
Ms Ogden did her first Taekwondo competition with Rayners Lane in 2009 and since gone on to be involved in a number of competitions, including the 2011 PUMA Black Belt World Championships where she achieved Silver Medals in the Senior Ladies Patterns and Featherweight Sparring. Preparation for the latter competition was used as preparation for her grading to 2nd Degree Black Belt in April 2011.
Miss Ogden continued her training in Sydney Australia and was promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2015 by Master Andrew Kang Hae Rhee VII Degree (now VIII) Black Belt, son of Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha, who pioneered Taekwon-Do in the UK.
Miss Ogden shared her passion for Martial Arts with her late husband Stephen Cacchia, who was promoted to 1st Kup by Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha on 10th April 2016. However, he fell ill and passed away on 24/12/2016. Whilst Steve was a student of Master Rhee, he also trained with us at Rayners Lane and is deeply missed by all that knew him.
Whilst Miss Ogden now lives and trains in Australia, she maintains close contact with our club and trains with us whenever she visits London.
Mr Matthew Baxter, 2nd Degree
Mr Ayomide Odunaiya, 1st Degree
Mr Ayomide started training at the Academy in ??? aged only XX years old and graded for his 1st Degree black belt in 2015. Mr Ayomide is currently at University, but still trains when he can. He has two brothers who currently train at the Academy, one of which is also a black belt.
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Mr Maciek Krychowski, 1st Degree
Mr Krychowski started Taekwon-do at the age of 7 in his hometown of Wigston in Leicester (training under Krystyna Sargent, then 2nd degree) and completing gradings under Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha (who examined him up to 2nd kup). He passed his 1st kup while he was training at Aston University.
Following a short break, he resumed his training at Rayner's Lane in 2015, grading to 1st degree black belt in October 2018, as well as winning 'Student of the Year'.
He features in Mr Anslow's book 'Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hosinsul'.
Mr Ayomikun Odunaiya, 1st Degree
Mr Elias Boston, Jnr 1st Degree