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As fellow parents, we at Ancient City Martial Arts understand you have choices when it comes to martial arts instruction for your child. First, thank you; we are honored to be considered in your group of choices. 

Master Mike Plott

Master Michael Plott, head instructor at ACMA’s St. Augustine Location, has practiced his craft for over 30 years. Originally a Utah native, Master Plott relocated to South Florida in 1993 and trained under the direction of Grand Master John Pelligrini. In 2002, Master Plott opened his first martial arts studio with just a handful of loyal students. Today, Master Plott has a roster of over 70 students and has a premier studio located at 23 Marion Street in Saint Augustine, Florida. Extensive training in weapons combat training, including knife, stick, and gun, have added to his already impressive arsenal of traditional martial art forms. Master Plott has earned:
- Co-founder of KajuKenbo Hapkido (endorsed by Grand Master Jay Vera)
- 7th Degree Black Belt, KajuKenbo
- 4th Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido
- 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
- Black Belt in Chiryoku Riikiji Karate
- Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Defensive Tactics Instructor for local law enforcement and U.S. Customs Border Patrol
- Jiu-Jitsu Ground Combat Instructor for local law-enforcement

Master Plott is also employed full-time as a Deputy Sheriff for the St. Johns County Sheriff Office. He also serves as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

Michel Brennan

Michel Brennan has over 34 years of experience in the Martial Arts, including Cuong Nhu, Shinjimasu/Shaolin Goju, and Kung Fu.
He continued his training under Grand Master Jay Vera in the styles of Kajukenbo, Aiki-Jujitsu, and Penjak Silat.
He was actively involved in SKI/NBL tournaments as a Judge and Referee. He continued training in Upkudo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Currently he holds the following ranks:

- 8th Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo under Grand Master Jay Vera
- 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Marcello Bergo
- 1st Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Goju
- Volunteer Defensive Tactics Instructor for St Johns County Sheriff Department

Marcello "Salazar" Bergo

Marcello "Salazar" Bergo is a world champion 3rd Degree Black under Murilo Bustamante and a representative of Brazilian Top Team. He has competed and won at the highest levels of BJJ, Submission Grappling, Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, and mixed martial arts. More importantly, he is an even better instructor.

Marcello has brought his technical knowledge and experience to Jacksonville Fl. His aim is to produce the most successful BJJ program in the area. He is committed to teaching his students everything he knows about BJJ and strives to do so in a family oriented environment.

- World Champion World BJJ Championship (No-Gi)
- European Champion European BJJ Championship
- Pan American Champion Pan American BJJ Championship
- National Champion American National BJJ Championship (No-Gi)

Megan Brubaker

Megan Brubaker, head trainer and owner of the Training Loft, holds four NCCA accredited training certifications and has experience working with a diverse client base. The passion she has for health and fitness stems from the years spent as a competitive gymnast. She quickly learned how commitment, dedication, and discipline can positively impact one’s life. Her fascination with fitness combined with her background in business marketing, eventually led to the opening of the Training Loft.

Megan strives to help others achieve their individual health and fitness goals through customized personal training programs. “Fitness is not one-dimensional. It has to be challenging, yet fun and enjoyable. Programs need to have balance and speak to the unique needs of each client.”

She continues to pursue her education and is currently enrolled in the University of Alabama’s Distance Dietetics Program. She also hopes to complete her Masters in Exercise Science in the very near future.

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Martial Arts . Fitness . Personal Training

Ancient City Martial Arts (ACMA) offers a range of classes for various levels and age groups. We offer more than Martial Arts, we also provide fitness and personal training. We encourage you to read the descriptions of our classes and check our schedule to find out more about our programs. We invite you to visit us and meet with us to discuss your training goals.

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What our Clients say

Martial Arts . Fitness . Personal Training

"Master Plott is an awesome instructor. He teaches offense and defense for every move. He lives and breaths martial arts. He has zero arrogance and loves teaching children. I am very grateful to have found him to teach my son jujitsu."
Stacey C.

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