Martial Arts

We offer a range of disciplines for all ages and skill levels. Your first class is free, so you can come and experience the benefits firsthand.

Our classes are run by our experienced volunteers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with the community. Come and join us for a fun and rewarding experience that will help you build confidence, discipline, and strength.

Kung Fu

‘Lau Gar Kuen’ Kung Fu was brought to the UK from China by Master Yau in 1961 and is now the UK’s most popular form of Kung Fu. The style emphasises rapid, direct hand strikes together with fast, low to medium kicks. It also incorporates numerous locks, throws and take-downs. The style has, for many years, had tremendous success on the National and International  tournament circuit whilst remaining traditional and continuing to be taught in its purest form. Please feel free to come and watch the class.

Juniors 5:00 – 6:00pm £4
Seniors 6:00 – 7:00pm £5


A style of Karate, developed from various Martial Arts. it is considered a traditional and influential form of Karate-Do. Our aim in YMCA Neath is to promote the sound physical and mental development of our members through the study of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do

Tuesday & Thursday
Juniors 7:00 – 8:00pm £4
Seniors 7:00 – 8:00pm £5


Judo founded by Jigoro Kano and introduced to the Olympics in 1964 is the worlds most popular combat sport. Not only a sport, Judo is a great form of self-defence, helping to develop body control, core strength, discipline, self-confidence and interactive skills. Judo is now seen as a key foundation in helping people in all sports, of all levels of fitness & ability.

Sensei Ian Cardy has over 60 years experience with over 30 years of coaching – come along and start to bring out your full potential!


Juniors 5:45– 7:15pm £4

Seniors 7:15 – 8:45pm £5


Combat Ju-Jutsu is a modern reality based Martial Art with its roots in the Japanese fighting arts. We train for self protection and not for sport. Combat Ju-Jutsu utilies striking, locking and grappling techniques and can be adapted to suit all ages and levels of physical ability. Great emphasis is placed upon the development of awareness and conflict management skills to avoid problems and these skills are back up by straight forward and effective self defence techniques.


Juniors 6:00 – 7:00pm £4

Seniors 7:00 – 8:30pm £5

Ninjutsu (over 16s only)

Come and learn the arts of Japans most feared Warriors.

The Mahoutsukai Dojo teaches six traditional Japanese Martial Arts Schools.

Learn the skills of the Samurai and Ninja through the study of:

剣術 Kenjutsu (Swordsmanship)

棒術 Bojutsu (Staff)

捕縄術 Torinawajutsu (Rope)

槍術 Sojutsu (Spear)

柔術 Taijutsu (Unarmed Technique)

長刀術 Naginatajutsu (Halbard)

十手術 Jutteutsu (Iron Truncheon)

And many other traditional Samurai and Ninja weapon.

Instructor : Merlyn 十段、師範 (Judan, Shihan <10th Degree Blackbelt, Teacher)

Come and learn in a friendly and inviting class.

Please wear light clothing when training.

Saturday 11:15 – 13:15pm £5