The home of martial arts and self defence in Chepstow

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Welcome to our Academy. We are a full time martial arts school and training facility based in Chepstow, South Wales that has been serving the local and wider community for over a decade.

 With a coaching team including world and British champions, security and corporate trainers, subject matter experts with trainers in fitness and strength and conditioning we have the knowledge to help you to become the best that you can be whatever your goals.

We hold High Risk First Aid at Work and Mental Health First Aid certification. We hold recognised teaching qualifications, are fully insured, and are members of a number of martial arts associations ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our students. 

  The Academy boasts a fully equipped training area designed to help you get the most from your classes and includes a spacious fully matted area, heavy bags, and all the equipment needed to maximise learning. 

We also have a reception area where you can relax before class or watch your children enjoying the sessions.

Our timetable offers a range of open children's and adult classes six days a week to meet your busy schedules, and for those who want to meet specific goals or just prefer a more focused learning experience we offer 1-2-1 private tuition and small group sessions.

We work closely with local schools and play an active role in the local comprehensives alumni programmes, regularly offer support to other local community groups and run bi-annual charity events that have raised thousands for local good causes.

We do not insist you buy expensive equipment immediately, lock you into long-term contracts, or have hidden fees. As a community led business our pricing structure is designed to reflect that.

 Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned martial artist looking to progress Modern Samurai Martial Arts Academy is an ideal place to start or continue your Martial Arts journey. 

Open to all from 4 years and above.

Upcoming courses

Ladies 6 week beginners self defence course.

Our 6 week ladies self defence beginners programme is designed to give you genuine skills that can be applied if they are ever needed. The course outlines not just the physical skills but also covers communication, body language, the law, and other relevant aspects. The physical skills are based on easy to learn body movements set in our full-time, fully-equipped academy where you will be learning with like-minded people in a safe and friendly environment. 
The class is led by a multiple blackbelt, former bodyguard, bouncer, and security trainer qualified in conflict management and assertive communication. 
Have fun, make friends, learn a new skill.
Classes start on 11/06/2024  every Tuesday 7-8pm. 

Ladies 6 week beginners kickboxing course.

Join us for another round of our very popular 6 week beginner ladies kickboxing course. These courses are designed to create an all around fitness workout in a fun environment while learning real, usable skills. Starts Tuesday 7-8pm 30/04/2024.
Have fun
Make friends
Learn a new skill
Blow off steam
Full body workout
This course is designed for complete beginners and everyone works at their own pace. There is no upper age limit, minimum fitness level, or need to have experience. We lead you through the basic principles and techniques of kickboxing so you are learning  genuine usable skills in an accessible and entertaining way. 

Martial movement for 50+ introductory course.

A six week introduction to the power of martial movement for 50 plus.
Studies show that martial arts can aid functional fitness including strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility and balance while also offering benefits to cognitive function.
This class is great for keeping active, maintaining a social life, learning new skills, feeling younger and having fun.This course will take martial arts as its base and include elements of yoga, strengthening and rehabilitation movements to create an inclusive all body and mind workout that is accessible to all.No previous knowledge is required and it is open to all fitness levels.


We are very pleased to announce that we are now officially representing Cacoy Canete Doce Pares here in the UK under GM Anton St'James. This is a traditional Filipino martial art and to find out more please click here: /modern-street-systems

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Schools, community groups and businesses

Work with us to provide better education, health, and well-being for our communities.

Online safety and social media use
Martial arts, self defence, violence prevention and anti-bullying
Confidence building and life skills

Some of our 5 star reviews


Matt is an excellent instructor and this is a brilliant place to learn the art of martial arts. Really enjoyed joining this club and look forward to continuing to improve technique and fitness. The team of people there are really friendly and supportive. Would recommend 100% to anybody who is looking to start a new hobby or continue to develop their martial arts skills. Superb club!


I love this place, made some good friends, laughed a lot, sweated a whole lot more and learnt even more than that. Matt makes sure that classes and techniques are at the right level for each person training and encourages a really positive atmosphere where you feel like you can give anything a go. This is a wonderful place to learn martial arts, with all of the benefits that go with it. Modern Samurai is a welcoming and positive place and I thoroughly recommend it!



Excellent instruction. As a complete beginner, Matt is able to instruct me alongside the more experienced and I always feel supported. He clearly knows his stuff and teaches with real enthusiasm.


Having trained in many disciplines over the last 25 years I would have to say that this is the best tuition I have received.
I say this because I am biased towards self protection and realistic conflict and this is what Modern Samurai Martial arts excels in.
For those more interested in the competition/sport there is top notch kickboxing training on offer plus other competition based systems.
For those who want to learn how to defend themselves effectively I couldn't recommend a better place.

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