MAT ACADEMY is a MMA club based in TREFOREST, south wales - home to World, European and Domestic champions. 

We offer beginner and advanced classes in MMA, Muay Thai, Wrestling and BJJ

Never Trained Before? Book On For Your First Beginner Class Now! - Located At Unit 3C, Upperboat business Park, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 5BP

Explore The Mat Academy Classes
(See Table Below For Times)


Mixed martial arts sometimes referred to as cage fighting, is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling and ground fighting, made up from various combat sports and martial arts from around the world.

  • Taught by Lewis Long & Wayne Samways
  • Kids MMA (Ages 5+) 
  • Beginner MMA (Age 12+) 
  • Advanced MMA


Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as "Thai boxing", is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.

  • Taught by Lewis Long & Joey Brincat
  • Kids Muay Thai (Ages 5+)
  • Beginner Muay Thai (Age 12+)
  • Advanced Muay Thai


Taught by Lewis Long, these wrestling classes are often geared towards MMA which includes cage defense/offense. With that being said, many of the fundamentals tie back to Olympic Wrestling.

  • Taught by Lewis Long
  • Kids Wrestling (Ages 5+) 
  • Beginner Wrestling (Age 12+)
  • Advanced Wrestling


BJJ focuses on submissions without the use of strikes, while training allows practitioners to practice at full speed and with full strength, resembling the effort used in competition.

  • Taught by Wayne Samways
  • Kids BJJ (Ages 5+)
  • Beginners BJJ (Age 12+)
  • BJJ
  • Competition BJJ

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Mat Academy Coaches


  • Bellator Pro Fighter
  • BJJ Black belt
  • Kickboxing Black belt
  • Judo Black belt


  • BJJ Black belt
  • 12 year+ years of training
  • 6 competition matches (2-2-2)
  • 18 medals (12 x 4 x 2 x )


  • 10 Years Experience
  • Muay Thai Title Holder


Unit 3C, Upperboat business Park, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 5BP


Unit 3C, Upperboat business Park, Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 5BP

The Mat Academy is more than just another place for you to train. When you're MAT, you're family.

"MMA doesn't have to be intimidating... The coaches at the MAT Academy are dedicated to making you feel comfortable whilst you learn the life changing skill of Mixed Martial Arts" 
- 3 Year Mat Academy Member

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