Art of Combat Martial arts has clubs based in Rogerstone,Cwmcarn & Newbridge in the South Wales Valleys.
We are an open and welcoming club.We are passionate about having the highest possible standard of Taekwon-Do & Muay Thai/Muay Boran. We take great pride in being a club who accepts everyone from all walks of life regardless to race, religion, ability and circumstances. Our goal is to help unite communities through our passion of martial arts and bring people together to end bullying and isolation. We believe we can all unite from our passion and to use our skills not only to defend when necessary, but to use our self control to find understanding in times when people need it.
Art of Combat Martial arts students are regularly involved in raising money for charities and take part in sponsored events once a year to raise money to give to those who need it most. We take our skills we learn from classes and find a way to give back to the community.
We start students from as young as 4 years old and take them right the way through to adulthood.
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Art of Combat Martial arts is part of the following associations:
International Martial Arts Association (I.M.A.A)
United Kingdom International Taekwon-Do federation (U.K.I.T.F)
International Taekwon-Do federation (I.T.F)
British Taekwon-Do Council (B.T.C)
World Muay Boran Federation (W.M.B.F)
Kru Muay Thai association (K.M.A)
Mr Chris Thomas is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt (I.T.F. Taekwon-Do), 12th Khan in Muay Thai and a 1st degree Black Belt in kickboxing.
Mr Thomas has been training in martial arts for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge in Taekwon-Do, Kickboxing and Muay Thai & Muay Boran.
Mr Thomas has had a highly successful competitive career winning many titles over the years, and has also had the privilege to represent Wales & the U.K by competing for Welsh National squad (in both Kickboxing and Taekwon-Do) in all categories of points, light contact, semi contact and full contact all over the world.
Mr Thomas is a direct student of Senior Master Gassor 8th degree black belt, who is Mr Thomas inspiration and guide in both martial arts and on a personal level. He has trained with many Masters from all over the world and has the privilege of training on a regular basis with Grand Master Trevor Nicholls IX Black belt who is the president of the UKITF and General secretary of the I.T.F headed by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, the son of the founder of Taekwon-Do General Choi Hong Hi. Mr Thomas's grades are also recognised and signed by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa.
Mr Thomas has been trained by the very best Muay Thai instructors that are internationally renowned. He has trained and graded under Grand Master Sken and also Grand Master Kevin Lloyd of the Siam Camp who with great regret, sadly passed away in June 2020. His successor, Master Jayson Brooks, has now taken Mr Thomas under his guidance to make sure he continues to receive the very best of tuition to pass on to his students. . Mr Thomas is part of the Kru Muay Thai association which is directly recognised by Thailand's ministry of Culture, which in turn, makes our grades not just internationally recognised, but also allows us to have a fully sanctioned Welsh team which allows us access to compete in the World games which is held in Thailand, and once in the Olympics, It will allows us to have competitors selected for team U.K.
Mr Thomas holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Taekwon-Do Hyeong (One of the Korean terms for patterns, also known as 'Tul') Marathon which lasted 26 hours non-stop. This mammoth achievement was carried out by Mr Thomas in order to raise funds for the Gassor’s Tournament Team to help fund travel costs that the team does around the U.K and Europe. Mr Thomas is also one of the coaches for the team which is guided by Senior Master Gassor's eldest daughter Mrs Leanne Gassor-Jones 5th degree Black belt.
Over the years Mr Thomas has appeared in countless newspaper articles and has also appeared in several major international martial art magazines publications, from competition photo captions to a full write up regarding his career. He has trained many of his students to win local, national and also international tournaments and many of them following in his footsteps winning titles.
Mr Thomas is a registered B.T.C. (British Taekwon-Do Council) and is registered with the Kru Muay Thai association (KMA) Instructor with full D.B.S. (C.R.B.) vetting,insured and First aid trained. Alongside this Mr Thomas is also a qualified Boxercise instructor bringing years of experience in pad work and fitness drills to these classes making them exciting and highly motivated.
Additional to the above, Mr Thomas is also a registered & qualified Boxercise instructor. Many people enjoy logging on to the website under the "Live classes" section and take part in weekly online Boxercise classes from the comfort of their own home.
Little Dragons Taekwon-Do was created almost 20 years ago by Mrs Leanne Gassor-Jones 5th Degree Black Belt.
Mrs Gassor-Jones is the eldest daughter of Senior Master Gary Gassor 8th Degree Black Belt, who is Mr Thomas's Taekwon-Do Instructor.
It was designed with the age of the children and their understanding taken in mind.
It's design is to bring children into martial arts in a fun and exciting way which teaches them the basic principles of punching, kicking, balance, co-ordination and also anti bullying.
Little Dragons is also great for confidence building and bringing children who have a shy tendency "out of their shell" to help them develop important life skills, which develop further into their childhood and later adult years.
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art that is renowned for its explosive kicking and fast punching techniques. Although it is predominantly a self defence martial art, it is also the national sport of Korea. The Korean military also use Taekwon-Do in their training where they use Taekwon-Do for hand to hand combat training. Taekwon-Do is based upon the tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. Taekwon-Do was developed in Korea by combining Shotokan Karate and a highly explosive kicking martial art called Taekkyeon into the force that it is today. Taekwon-Do is suitable for all ages and abilities with no previous experience required.
We are proud members of the I.T.F which is headed by the son of the founder of Taekwon-Do Grand master Choi Jung Hwa. By being a member of this association, it allows our grades to be recognised internationally and gives our members access to international and national sanctioned events.
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand which origins come from the ancient art of Muay Boran. It is most known for it destructive knee and elbow techniques that are regularly used by many of the top MMA competitors.
We are proud to be associated to the Kru Muay Thai association (www.krumuaythai.or.th) which is the only Muay Thai association to be recognised by Thailands ministry of culture, which means all of our grades, rankings and events are recognised internationally.
As part of our curriculum, we don't just teach the sport side of Muay Thai for competition, but we also teach the self defense side of the art Muay Boran, where the sport side was adapted from.
Boxercise is an exercise concept based on the training methods used by boxers.
Sessions typically involve hitting focus pads but no class involves hitting an opponent. It is a fun, challenging and safe workout which is great for stress busting, accessible to all ages and fitness levels.
The I.M.A.A (International Martial Arts Association) is headed and guided by Senior Master Gary Gassor 8th degree Black belt, which has clubs around the South Wales area teaching Taekwon-Do and Kickboxing. Areas include Rogerstone, Cwmcarn, Risca, Caldicot, Maindee, Undy and Usk.
We fully understand that people learn better and faster when they are rewarded for their hard work, sweat, determination and effort that they put into their training. That's why we always offer regular incentives in the classes ranging from something as simple as gold and silver stickers for the Little Dragon's who stand out each class to Student of the month awards and also 100% attendance awards each month. At the end of each year we award the most outstanding students with extra awards such as Student of the year, Most improved, Most promising etc.
Each class also has refreshments added in so when the class intensifies there is always free squash or water available for drink rests.