Instructors for Modern Samurai martial arts Chepstow. Matt Stait


Owner and Chief Instructor.

Matt Stait started his martial arts training in the late 80's in amateur boxing. After years studying disciplines such as Karate, Kickboxing, Olympic Wrestling and MMA and taking part in many successful competitions he then moved into self protection where he found the Israeli systems of Krav Maga and Kapap. He is a security and corporate trainer, ex- bouncer and bodyguard and recognised subject matter expert.

Matt holds a 5th dan black belt in Kickboxing.

3rd dan black belt in Modern Street Systems.

2nd dan black belt in Karate.

Level 2 Krav Maga instructor.

Level 1 Kapap instructor with the International Kapap Federation and the university of Tel Aviv under Lieutenant Colonel (res) Chaim Pe'er.

Level 1 Realistic Street Grappling instructor.

Assistant combat grappling instructor.

Certified Kickboxing instructor with the ASMAA (The All Styles Martial Arts Association).

A level 6 masters level self defence instructor and instructor assessor with the SDF (The Self Defence Federation).
Self Protection instructor.
Sportsword instructor.

Designer and lead instructor for the Stand against violence self defence schools programme for over ten years.

PTLLS L3 (Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector).

DOCM L3 (Delivery of conflict management).

Physical Intervention and Restraint Tutor (HABC certified QCF level 3).

Matt also holds grades in a number of other traditional martial arts.

World Champion, gold, silver and bronze medalist.
Inducted into the MAI black belt hall of fame.
Best selling author and writer.
Subject matter expert guest on multiple panels, podcasts and publications.

Mike Scholes With over 20 yrs training he holds a blackbelt in kickboxing, is a full contact striking coach and a level 1 instructor. A great guy to have in your corner.

Louise O'Byrne  is graded to black belt with a passion for traditional martial arts. She lived in Japan for a number of years and is a blogger and subject matter expert on martial arts inclusion.

Becky Ball runs the ladies kickboxing. After starting with us on an 8 week beginners programme over 4 yrs ago she is now a well-liked and knowledgeable member of the team.

Matt Pidden started with us several years ago with no prior experience. Since then his dedication and hard work has earned him a blackbelt, certified self-defence instructor status and qualified in physical intervention.

Harvey Scholes is the youngest member of our team. He is an assistant instructor who holds a black belt and is working through the instructor programme. He is a fantastic role model and a shining example of how martial arts adds to the life skills and health of our youth.
Instructors for Modern Samurai martial arts Chepstow. Matt Stait