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Hands Of Stone
15-06-2008, 07:35 PM
For my own use and also hopefully later for public access, I'm trying to knock up MMAliens Mum and a database of all Welsh MMA, Muay Thai, wrestling, cross-training and reality-based training clubs, groups and gyms in Wales.
I've made fairly good in-roads just through personal contacts and a bit of internet scavanging but I'm short (on cock, before anyone else says it...) on many details and there are other smaller clubs tucked away training in isolation that I know fuck all about.
So, could anyone and everyone send me a list of where they train, with who and in what.
Also, could them very same people prepared to get off their arse and help me out, throw me details, rumours, legends of other gyms that they know of or suspect that they exist.
Again, I'd rather recieve to many/duplicate emails than fuck all...

Cheers in advance,

Paul Jenkins.

Hands Of Stone
18-06-2008, 10:40 PM
Wooooo !
Thread read by 53 people and not a fucking sausage in my PM box.
Feeling the love. :D

The Hands

19-06-2008, 12:12 AM
Thats because YOU ARE Welsh MMA

Can i come to your club again please :p

Hands Of Stone
20-06-2008, 04:40 PM
Ooooh, got two decent replies so far. Keep em coming ya fuckers....

Godders, which club ? The gym or the nightclub...?
I'll pick you and your Mrs up for either.

The Hands

Rob T
20-06-2008, 05:03 PM
You know about GB Swansea mate.

We have had a guy come to train with us from Pembroke, his name is Stuart Tyrie and he trains MMA with a bunch of guys down there.

Hands Of Stone
20-06-2008, 05:39 PM
Cheers, Rob.
Yeah, Stuart just pm'ed me and he's gonna throw me some extra info etc.

The Hands

lee kru
22-06-2008, 08:14 PM
you got mine mate, anyway will see you tommorow to discuss things

lee kru
22-06-2008, 08:15 PM
you got mine mate, anyway will see you tommorow to discuss things

impact thai boxing swansea

Matt Lawes got a club in Canton Community Centre too mate

Speak tommorow

26-06-2008, 11:26 PM
Jenks, both :D

Hows the list coming? We can sort something out and get the ball rolling soon

03-08-2008, 07:06 PM
Russ Williams is opening a full time gym in Wrexham in September. The ring and bags are up just some building work inside to finish.

shakus maximus
20-08-2008, 01:41 PM
any update regarding the site?????

05-09-2008, 09:04 PM
you have p.m mr stone

07-09-2008, 08:22 PM
hello paul i have opened a new club in merthyr,( streetstyle jujitsu ), active bodies gym, pentrebach industrial est , wednes 7.00pm 8.30pm tel no07904445629 thanks mark

Hands Of Stone
07-09-2008, 11:20 PM
Cheers for the info, guys.
Spoke to Godders this week and the prototype WFA forum should be up and running this week. All paid for by the guys who came to the first open mat.

I've got around 16-18 clubs listed in the South Wales area so just going to find out and fill in the exact details for each club and then make the list fully available for public access via the website.

Mark, I've been trying to get up to the Merthyr gym since Kevin Reed went up there for a session a while ago and said they're a good bunch of guys. Might be up this month sometime if thats alright with you...?

The Hands.

09-09-2008, 05:30 PM
no problem

shakus maximus
22-09-2008, 11:06 PM
ttt for the site

08-10-2008, 08:09 AM
Russ Williams has just opened a full time gym in Wrexham, he intends holding some inter club comps for the less experienced. www.russwilliamsmartialarts.co.uk if your'e ever in Wrexham ( true Wales ! ) check it out everyone is made welcome

19-10-2008, 07:57 PM
We're a mma club in merthyr called Team Iron Warriors, we train, mon 7-9 Cefn Church Hall, tues 5-6:30 Active Bodies Gym Pentre Bach and Thurs 5:30-7:30 again in Active Bodies. Coaches are, Jamie Weaver, Alan Wynam, Carl Scout and Damian Parker. For anymore info call Jamie Weaver on 07530536777. Please add us to the welsh club database. Also any clubs out there looking for any fighters?

21-10-2008, 03:39 AM
Paul, All the best with Knocking MMAliens mum up mate. i will pass the message on to her if i see her first ;)

29-10-2008, 05:26 PM
ttt for the welsh

01-01-2009, 07:11 PM
STREETSTYLE JUJITSU FOR 2009 training times EXTREME GYM PONTYGWAITH, RHONDDA tuesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm thursdays 6.00pm-8.00pm , please contact mark holloway for any other information 07967596815 also active bodies gym pentrebach ind est, merthyr wednes - 7.00pm-8.30pm, please contact mark budrridge 07904445629 (SSJJ) thanks

08-02-2009, 08:02 PM
Any clubs in bridgend area for a complete novice.

Hands Of Stone
08-02-2009, 11:34 PM
I trained down one yesterday in Wild Mill.
I'll get more details and throw them up on here.

The Hands

13-05-2009, 06:25 PM
when's this database gonna be up and running?

13-05-2009, 06:31 PM
I have done MMAliens mum.

Who hasn't?

Hands Of Stone
14-05-2009, 02:34 AM
when's this database gonna be up and running?
Godders has a few of his own problems at the mo, so when he's back on track we'll re-invigorate this thang...

The Hands

Dean Morris
27-07-2009, 12:24 AM
Im living in llanelli and want to start mma or muay tai can anyone tell me where the nearest club is plz?

27-07-2009, 09:52 AM
Im living in llanelli and want to start mma or muay tai can anyone tell me where the nearest club is plz?

Gracie Barra Swansea is just off junction 47 on the M4 www.graciebarraswansea.co.uk and there is a muay thai gym next door too!

Dean Morris
27-07-2009, 02:21 PM
isit?was hoping there were sum bit closer because havn't got a car yet.is it good there?

27-07-2009, 04:00 PM
Yeah i go there, i travel an hour to get there from the Rhondda but it's worth it.

Rob T
25-08-2009, 01:35 PM
Best jiu-jitsu in Wales :)

17-12-2009, 12:41 PM
good there are other options though :D

06-01-2010, 04:41 PM
hi im new here and looking for a gym near the bridgend area or possibly port talbot. i know there was a gym called legion mma in port talbot but im unsure if they are still open. does anyone know for any mma gyms in or near the bridgend area as it is difficult for me to travel to cardiff or swansea every week.



Hands Of Stone
06-01-2010, 04:56 PM
Bridgend's shit anyway, lmao !

I'm training with some guys from Noose-end tonight, so I'll ask around for you...


06-01-2010, 05:03 PM
lol, i wish i could mate. i hate this shithole. thanks anyway

20-01-2010, 08:30 PM
I'm looking to start MMA but cant find any local clubs. ANyone know any in the Cardiff/caerphilly area. I'm going to eagles muay thai on friday and they seem to have a good rep but to be honest i dont know the full extent of muay thai and how it differs from kickboxing with elbows and knees.
Any advice?

20-01-2010, 08:54 PM
I'm looking to start MMA but cant find any local clubs. ANyone know any in the Cardiff/caerphilly area. I'm going to eagles muay thai on friday and they seem to have a good rep but to be honest i dont know the full extent of muay thai and how it differs from kickboxing with elbows and knees.
Any advice?

Go to Eagles. Lee will keep you right.

29-01-2010, 10:14 AM
hi i live in bridgend and want to start mma bu the nearest gym is legion mma in port talbot does anyone have any info on this club or is it even open ? i dont wanna travel to swansea or cardiff cause im 17 and the costs

29-01-2010, 12:58 PM
there is a new MMA gym just started in the YMCA accross from the reck! i'll find out times for you now!

31-01-2010, 02:59 PM
cheers mate that would be great thanks alot

11-02-2010, 04:27 PM
mma in bridgend ymca is tuesdays and thursdays at 6.45pm. the trainers name is stuart howells

15-02-2010, 11:50 AM
does anyone have info on an mma club in maesteg i was talking to a guy in town and he metioned theres one called maesteg shootfighters ? any ideas thanks :)

15-02-2010, 12:53 PM
Maesteg freestyle ran by Karl Priece i have his number if you want to ask him times and stuff?

15-02-2010, 08:39 PM
do u no if his classes are any good ?

16-02-2010, 11:46 AM
do u no if his classes are any good ?

Don't be lazy, sit in on a session and find out for yourself.. anyone can say ''yes it's awsum'' or ''nahh it's not'' and you turn up and it's not good or you don't go but it's actually really good.. but you'll never know unless you see for yourself.. don't rely on others, afterall it's YOU who want train..


16-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Maesteg freestyle i ran by Karl Priece who is a very good boxer. He's had a few MMA fights too and has done pretty well. A few good fighters at the camp too such as Ryan Osgood who has built up a good semi pro record, brad thomas and Joe Jones who also train at GB swansea. they are both good on the ground. nicky walsh who is a decent light heavey weight fighter and London shoots mike edwards 10-2-0 who pops in now and again.

16-02-2010, 01:55 PM
got any contact details of the club ? and whats the facilties like ? thanks alot

12-04-2010, 09:28 AM
Anyone looking to improve/ add to there stand up game?
We have new classes starting in centre of Bridgend on Tues & Thurs nights, currently for over 16's

Check out the website, or look for us on Facebook

13-04-2010, 04:37 PM
One To One Gym with One On One MMA Club:
Karate (the practical & pragmatic type!), Krav Maga, Kick Boxing, Grapple N Strike sessions and seminars (Iaian Abernethy, Rick Young and Mick Coup already this year!)
Units TP 4 & 5 Main Avenue
Treforest Industrial Estate,
CF37 5UR
Tel: 01443 841165
For details of Martial Arts Club Contact Andy O'Brien 0772212962

21-05-2010, 12:41 PM
Cardiff Combat MMA
Is a New Gym too.
Check out all the information at

The Raptor
01-07-2010, 06:25 PM
Alright lads, would anyone know on an MMA club or gym in the pembrokeshire region, can't seem to find anything.

06-07-2010, 04:30 AM
Does anybody know of anything up my way? I live on Anglesey, I've never done MMA before - I did a bit of Muay Thai before I started seeing my Mrs, wanna get back into something and it's MMA I wanna do.

I have no idea where there are any gyms, I heard there is one in Rhyl and one in Wrexham but that's way too far for me to travel without my own car ATM. I don't think there are any on Anglesey otherwise I'd have probably found it by now... but anybody know of any around Bangor?

Thanks ya sheep shaggers! :D

13-07-2010, 10:39 AM
Here's our timetable for adult classes :) theres also Kids and Ladies MT classes

Celtic Pride MMA, Abertillery, Gwent
Monday 7pm - 9pm Muay Thai
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm BJJ Gi
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm Muay Thai
Thursday 7pm - 9pm MMA

Classes taken by Greg Creel and Lee Stingemore

Theres also lots of day training going on at Celtic Pride, usually attended by myself and Jamie Hughes and a few others, 2/3 mornings per week.

gareth stamp
08-08-2010, 01:58 PM
hi guys

just a quick question, i live in the rhonnda and have been into gym work the last 4 years, i was thinking of going to an mma gym for fitness work. i am 30 years old and have never done any form of fighting. are there beginers classes or will i just make an idiot of myself?

thanks for any help


12-08-2010, 02:12 PM
Hi im looking for bjj/subgrap classes near me for my three grand kids 8, 10 and 13. I live in Maesteg, cf34 9ah any info you can give me would be much appreciated on which is the closest lessons for me to take them. I have seen links to www.aikinsacademy.co.uk wich would be just 5 miles away in port talbot but when i try and find info of this academy or click on any links cant get anything but error messages. Thanks for reading.

16-05-2011, 12:31 PM
Rhondda BJj - Treorchy - CF426DB. Classes Wednesday 7.30pm, Fridays 6.30pm and Saturday 9am (No-Gi), classes 5. We have a guest BJJ Black belt instructor with us at the moment. Also regular seminars and workshops with Pedro Bessa. email: bjj.rhondda@gmail.com or drop me a PM for details

28-11-2011, 12:49 PM
Hi, I live in maesteg and was just wondering if there were any clubs local(ish). I mainly want to wrestle but I'm happy to train other stuff to. Not to bothered if the sessions are mixed just need to find a club.


25-04-2012, 08:17 AM
Hi, I live in maesteg and was just wondering if there were any clubs local(ish). I mainly want to wrestle but I'm happy to train other stuff to. Not to bothered if the sessions are mixed just need to find a club.


I think Mike Edwards from maesteg runs some classes, I think CACC wresting but may be mistaken. If not always welcome to pop down to treorchy. www.rhonddabjj.com we offer gi and no gi BJj, Submission wrestling, muay thai, boxing, strength and conditioning.

Rob T
25-04-2012, 08:59 AM
I teach in Bridgend on Saturday mornings, not far from Maesteg... a few guys travel down from there. Full details can be found here: http://www.ChrisReesAcademy.com (we also have lessons every day in Swansea and 5 days a week in Cardiff plus a few in other places).

26-08-2012, 07:12 PM
Hi guys,
I'm looking for a MMA gym in or near the Pontypridd area that is suitable for beginners, I do weights and cardio so I'm reasonably fit but I have zero experience of fighting.
I live in Pontypridd which is pretty much half way between Cardiff and Merthyr so I'd be able to travel as far as merthy or cardiff to train, or anywhere else near by- Caerphilly or Rhondda for example.
Ideally, I'm looking for a full time MMA gym, but a part time type set up would be fine or somewhere that just specialises in one aspect e,g boxing, mauy thai or BJJ
I keep hearing of a gym called "Hill Tribes" but every address I have found for them, I have visited and they are not there./..do they actually exist?
There are plenty of MMA promotions in wales e,g Valley Of Kings, Merthyr Mayhem...all these guys that compete at these events must be training at a full time gym somewhere...but where are these elusive gyms?
Sorry if my question has been answered, I read through the thread in a rush so Iv possibly missed something...

Rob T
26-08-2012, 09:54 PM
The MAT Academy is in Church Village and they have Lewis Long training out of there. I teach jiu-jitsu there twice a week (brown belt) and Lewis teaches Thai, wrestling and MMA. There is also an awesome conditioning coach.

My jiu-jitsu club also have loads of other classes locally... Trefforest, Cardiff, Merthyr and Caerphilly. See www.chrisreesacademy.com for full info... most successful club in Wales :-)

27-08-2012, 12:34 PM
Thanks Rob
The MAT Academy seems to be just what I'm looking for and I could deffinatly make it to a few of your BJJ classes. I train weights in Treforest at one-to-one...I had no idea there was a BJJ class there on thursdays and saturdays!
I should be able to make it to a few cardiff classes too, work and traffic permitting.
2pm-3.30pm saturdays at The MAT will be an easy class for me to make it to too, and the mauy thai on the sunday also.
Just a couple of questions mate...
Are the classes suitable for complete beginners?
Should I try and bring a friend so I can practice with someone on my level?
Will I need to buy a Gi from day 1? If not what would be suitable clothing? I'm thinking MMA shorts and a scruffy old tshirt, maybe with a rash vest or something underneath?...cheers

On saturdays I could probably go to The MAT class and then the Treforrest class back to back...I suspect I'd need to build up my conditioning/fitness before even attempting that though!

Rob T
31-08-2012, 01:09 AM
All classes suitable for all levels mate. But if you want to bring a mate, always the more the merrier :)

You don't need a gi straight away but I recommend training in the gi as soon as possible. The MAT Academy lessons tend to be all nogi and the one-to-one gym classes are mostly people training in the gi but always a few nogi every lesson. MMA shorts and old t-shirt is perfect for first class.

If you have monthly membership at one-to-one the classes are included! :)

K Marshall
29-09-2012, 11:27 AM
Hey spork,
Ive been training at the MAT for about a year now and done quite a bit of training with Rob and Lewis, i came from having no BJJ or MMA training at all, (being a complete novice) and i feel ive come a long way in no-gi thanks to them. There is a good variaty of guys & gals training there; all ages, weights and skills. If your interested the best way to keep in the loop of when there are lessons is on facebook, its updated every day with the times.

Hope this helps