Sensei Bryan Mathews
Sensei Bryan Mathews


Occupation:  Waste Operative for Viridor Waste Management
Grade  : 2nd Dan
Certified Level 3 Coach (B.J.J.A.G.B)
First Aider
Fully CRB Checked
20 Years + experience

Mobile: 07487 414146

Instructor at TBD Abergavenny

Bryan runs the Gilwern Total Body Defence Ju Jitsu School out of Gilwern Community Centre, Abergavenny

Bryan Matthews and his Gilwern students

Bryan runs his class out of Gilwern Community Centre Abergavenny


I enjoying attending the gym,weight training , cycling, walking and spending time with my partner and family.


About me

I have been doing Martial Arts for more than 20 years , I first took it up when I was in my late 20’s training in Shotokan Karate under the watchful eye of Sensi Bill Stone which was in Tredegar. I was working as a door supervisor at the time I felt I needed something more practical by way of self defence so I joined a class in Ebbw Vale under the instruction of a young Sensei called Sensei Alun Williams, the system he taught was called Goshinkwai Yawara and I loved it !  I continued to train under Alun right through the transition into Total Body defence and I attained by 2nd Dan Black Belt.


In 2015 I approached Alun, suggesting that I would like to run my own TBD school in Abergavenny, where I now live.  I wanted to share the knowledge Alun had taught me over the years and shortly after completing my Level 3 coaching with the B.J.J.A.G.B I opened it at Verve Martial Arts Center.  This is a state of the art, fully matted Martial Arts and fitness center in a prime location and owned by Leigh Haslett (2nd time British Kick Boxing Champion).  The center is fully equipped with a huge range of equipment and training aids.


I continue to develop by training with Alun and through the teaching of my students of whom I am also very proud and hope in the future to be able to progress to attain my 3rd Dan Black Belt.