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

Confident Kid: Skills for Life

Helping our kids and young adults to be armed with the knowledge to navigate life's often difficult choices is something we all want. However as our world changes so do the problems we face. Being unable to meet those challenges can mean we miss out on so many opportunities, and struggle in ways that can last a lifetime.  Issus like confidence, being able to carry a conversation, speak in public, problem solve, protect ourselves on social media, create healthy boundaries are all skills that we should all learn, but are often overlooked through the traditional methods of teaching.
If your child is moving up a year, heading to another school, about to start their university journey, are home schooled, or struggle with any of the above, these are all things that will determine their future.

Ladies 6 week beginners kickboxing

Join us for another round of our very popular 6 week beginner ladies kickboxing course. These sell out very quickly so grab your place and be ready to have some me time after the holidays.
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. Our fun, knowledgeable instructor team have created a programme to lead you through the basic skills and techniques of kickboxing so you are learning a genuine martial art in an accessible and entertaining way. 
Just £39

6 week beginner trial offer

Do you want to try martial arts but:

Don't know where to start.
Don't know if its right for you.
Don't want to sign up to a 12 month contract.
Don't want to feel foolish.
Don't feel confident enough to start.
Then our adult's 6 week beginners programme is designed with you in mind.
Throughout January you can try either kickboxing, Ladies kickboxing, or Modern Street Systems (Krav Maga) with a group of like-minded people who are all learning together for just £39.
Make new friends while learning great skills while hitting those fitness goals by embarking on a journey that could just change your life.


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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