Unleash Your Potential with Taekwon-do

Join our family martial arts group and experience the transformative power of Taekwon-do. Our classes cater to everyone, including children, teens, adults, and veterans. With many parents training alongside their kids, we foster a supportive community where you can build confidence, meet new people, prevent bullying, and live a healthier lifestyle.

Build Confidence

Through expert instruction, our Taekwon-do classes empower you to develop self-confidence and inner strength. Gain the skills and mindset to overcome challenges, set and achieve goals, and unlock your full potential.

Meet New People

At SWAT Taekwon-do, you'll join a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for martial arts. Forge new friendships, develop camaraderie, and create lasting memories as you train together and support each other's progress.

Be Healthier

Experience the physical and mental benefits of regular Taekwon-do training. Improve your fitness, flexibility, coordination, and mental focus. Reduce stress, boost energy levels, and achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Welcome to SWAT Taekwon-Do! We are a martial arts school located in South Wales, established in 1992 by Master Dean Matthews. Our authentic traditional Taekwon-Do classes are ideal for children and adults, teaching self-defence, discipline, and valuable life skills.

Our family-oriented classes are designed to be fun and engaging for students of all ages, starting from 4 years and above. Join our Taekwon-Do family and experience the benefits of building confidence, meeting new people, making friends, and preventing bullying. Our experienced instructors are fully qualified international instructors and examiners, registered with the British Taekwon-Do Council (BTC) to ensure the safe delivery of Taekwon-Do, including safeguarding, insurance, and enhanced disclosure / barring service checks (DBS).

At SWAT Taekwon-Do, we believe in holistic development, focusing not only on physical skills but also on character building, team building, and improving overall fitness. Taekwon-Do is not just about learning techniques, but also about developing valuable life skills that will benefit you in all aspects of life.

Our schools have a proud history of producing black belts, national champions, and international champions who have won numerous medals and awards. With our expert instruction and curriculum based on traditional ITF Taekwon-Do, you can trust us to provide the highest quality training in a safe and supportive environment.

Join us at SWAT Taekwon-Do and embark on an exciting journey of self-improvement, personal growth, and empowerment through the practice of Taekwon-Do. Whether you’re a child, teenager, adult, or veteran, our Taekwon-Do classes are tailored to meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. Come and experience the thrill of Taekwon-Do and discover the transformation it can bring to your life.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Our team of expert instructors at SWAT Taekwon-do is committed to providing the highest quality instruction, guiding students on their Taekwon-do journey, and helping them achieve their goals. With their wealth of experience, technical expertise, and passion for teaching, our instructors are an invaluable asset to our martial arts community.

Master Dean Matthews

VII Degree - Chief Instructor

Master Dean Matthews is the founder and chief instructor of SWAT Taekwon-do. With over 30 years of experience in Taekwon-do, Master Matthews holds a 7th Dan Black Belt and is a highly respected figure in the martial arts community. He is known for his exceptional teaching skills, strong leadership, and unwavering dedication to the art of Taekwon-do.

Mrs Clare Matthews

VI Degree International Instructor

With 25+ years of experience, Mrs Clare Matthews is a respected Taekwon-do instructor and accomplished Welsh squad team member. She has earned Gold at the European Taekwon-do Championship and Silver at the World Taekwon-do Championship, showcasing her exceptional skills and dedication to the sport. In 2017, she was the overall champion at the European Taekwon-do Championship.

Mr Richard Taylor

IV Degree Instructor

With over 20 years of experience, Mr Richard Taylor is a skilled Taekwon-do instructor and an assistant coach to the Welsh squad team. He has trained talented competitors and competed across the globe, showcasing his passion for the sport. Mr Taylor has also achieved remarkable success as a European multinational champion and sparring champion, demonstrating his exceptional skills and dedication to Taekwon-do.

Mrs Emma Taylor

III Degree Assistant Instructor

With over 21 years of experience, Mrs Emma Taylor is a dedicated Assistant Instructor at SWAT Taekwon-do. Her expertise and passion for the sport are evident in her teachings and interactions with students. Mrs Taylor has also achieved significant success as a multinational champion, earning several medals in various events. Her commitment to excellence and her love for Taekwon-do make her a valuable member of our team.

Ethan Matthews 1st Dan

Mr Ethan Matthews

II Degree Assistant Instructor

Mr Ethan Matthews is a skilled Taekwon-do practitioner with over 18 years of training experience. As a Pan Am Gold Medalist and multiple UK and national champion, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. Mr Matthews is passionate about teaching and inspiring students to achieve their best in Taekwon-do. His dedication to the sport and impressive accomplishments make him a valuable asset to SWAT Taekwon-do.

Contact us now to schedule your first class and discover the benefits of training at SWAT Taekwon-do!

Student Testimonials

Hear directly from our students about their experience with SWAT Taekwon-do. Read their testimonials below and discover why they trust us for professional martial arts training.


"Having three generations of the family practice tae Kwon do over many years at this club, I can say it’s simply the best!! The experience of the instructors is second to none and their knowledge of the art exceeds all others. On top of that everyone is extremely welcoming… it’s definitely Family friendly and Fun!"


"Master Matthews and Mrs Matthews are excellent practitioners and very experienced instructors who have helped my children to gain confidence, improve their fitness, to learn self defence and they have provided them with opportunities to develop and have a sense of achievement. I’m proud to be affiliated with this family friendly and inclusive club."


"Amazing instructors who are encouraging and dedicated."

Get in Touch and Book your Free Trial Lesson

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, we welcome you to join our Taekwon-do community. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or to sign up for our classes or your free trial lesson. We look forward to hearing from you!

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