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Welcome to CRA

Head Coaches Chris and Ash

CRA Academy

CRA is the longest running established Brazilian jiu jitsu club in Wales established back in 2004. 

Since its inception we have developed programs in BJJ / MMA / Submission Grappling and Kids to aid the development of all new students. We pride our self on a professional learning environment that still captures that friendly family feel. 

We invite everyone of all backgrounds and all goals to try our mats, whether you are seeking social interactions or world championship status we truly believe in the expression something for everyone. 

The academy boasts champions across the board and also is home to the first welsh blackbelt in Chris Rees. Chris is the founder of the academy and is a pioneer in bringing the sport to south wales. As a team we have managed to produce a UFC Veteran and World Championship Grapplers most notably 3 weight Polaris world champion Ashley Williams who coaches frequently at the academy.



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The art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. We here at CRA offer a comprehensive fundamentals program as well as intermediate and advanced level training, giving you the best start and progression in the sport possible. All of our classes are taught by highly qualified coaches and run as a rotating curriculum meaning there is no better time to start Jiu Jitsu as today.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art designed on leverage and body mechanics. We have students as young as 4 years old with our oldest member being 60 years old. The best thing about Jiu Jitsu is the mental and physical challenge it will provide you daily.


Submission Grappling is viewed as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without the Gi. Over the last 5 years submission grappling has been proving itself as an individual sport where people specialise solely in SG. Due to its recent rise the development of the sport has been difficult to stay current with the modern game, here at CRA we are happy to offer you comprehensive programs which completely encompasses a fine balance of the fundamentals and modern game.


MMA is a mixture of many martial arts and breaks down into three separate disciplines, Grappling, Wrestling and Striking. Here at CRA we work closely with IMMAF which is the biggest recognised body for mixed martial arts in the world to ensure the best learning experience for you. Our curriculum offers both specific MMA and Striking classes that compliment our Grappling Programs.

We have the ability to take you from zero to competitive athlete using our well designed programs or allow an individual to learn the fine details of this amazing art purely from a self development approach.


At CRA we have a comprehensive juniors program starting from age 3 to 15. Our programs are specifically designed to build key skills and confidence via Martial Arts and junior students will learn in a safe and professional environment. 

Our juniors offering covers both BJJ and MMA and are taught by fully qualified coaches to ensure the highest standards of teaching quality. We encourage a family environment at CRA and are proud to have children of all ages participate in our classes.





At CRA we value your interest in our programs. To ensure that we can provide you with the best possible service, please fill out our contact form with your details. One of our experienced staff will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your martial arts goals and how we can help you achieve them. 

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Abertawe House Industrial Estate
Ystrad Rd, Fforest-fach
Swansea, SA5 4JB


01792 986296



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