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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 a permanent location inside World Gym 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:

  • Cofounder of KajuKenbo Hapkido (endorsed by Grand Master Jay Vera)

  • 6th 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

  • Brown belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor for local law enforcement and U.S. Customs Border Patrol.

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.

Robert "Snake" Mickey

With 35 years of training in the martial arts, Robert "Snake" Mickey brings a lifetime of experience to the teaching staff at Ancient City Martial Arts. Snake began his formal studies in Colorado with a broad-based approach that was rare at the time, training simultaneously in Isshin-ryu karate (black belt); judo (brown belt); and Japanese jiu jitsu. He was a "mixed martial artist" years before the term was coined.

Moving to Los Angeles, California gave him the chance to further develop his skills at the Jet Center, the school of kickboxing legend Benny "the Jet" Urquidez. Five years there afforded Snake the opportunity of training extensively in Muay Thai & international-style kickboxing with 7-time world champ Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham, as well as co-authoring Cunningham's instructional book, "Civilized Warring."

Transitioning into the fitness realm, Snake was one of a handful of original instructors for the L.A. Boxing gym franchise in Orange County, California, which gave him the chance to work alongside numerous up-and-coming UFC fighters. A move to Connecticut to start a multi-level kickboxing program at Yale University came next, as well as a similar program at nearby Quinnipiac University. 

Following his move to St. Augustine, Snake searched the area for a martial arts school with a philosophy similar to his own. "I found it at Ancient City Martial Arts. Michael Plott and I are very much in agreement on what works and what doesn't. We think a lot alike, and our goal is simple: to have the best Muay Thai program around."

GM Jay Vera

Grand Master Aiki-Jujitsu
Grand Master Kajukenbo
Founder of ZTM Realistic Mixed Martial Arts

Grand Master Julian J. Vera began training in karate, judo and boxing, at the age of 11 when he joined a local East Chicago Boys Club. By the age of thirteen, his father, a Golden Glove Boxer also began training Jay in boxing. Jay began to further his martial arts training in Kajukenbo in 1972 while being stationed at Bergstrom Airforce Base in Austin, Texas. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1976.

Jay had the honor of training with several well distinguished martial artists. A few of Jay’s mentors include, GM Dann G. Baker, GM Ted Tabura, GM Harold Laranang, GM Vincent Black, GM Richard Peralta, GM John G.Long, GM Alan Reyes, GM Don Nahoolewa and even Sijo Adriano Emperado.

Over the course of the last 40 years Jay has mastered many forms of martial arts under many world renowned grandmasters in Aiki Jujitsu, Iaido Swordsmanship, Kajukenbo, Kali Knife / Stick Fighting, Penjak Silat and Kung Fu. Within this time, Jay competed and taught in numerous tournaments and seminars across the country, hosting his own SKI/NBL tournaments for 4 consecutive years, in conjunction with teaching at his 3 schools in Louisiana.

Jay is also active in his community teaching techniques to all branches of law enforcement. Currently, Jay is President of Jay Vera’s International Realistic Martial Arts Association, Founder of ZTM Realistic Mixed Martial Arts, Grandmaster in Aiki-Jujitsu and GrandMaster in Kajukenbo.

Presently Jay continues to teach martial arts classes and private lessons while actively maintaining the family tree under the Tony Lasit branch. Numerous accolades have been presented to Jay, a few worth mentioning include; World Champion Coach for NBL, Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and Founder of the Year. Jay is also affiliated with and continues to support many of the Martial Arts Associations.

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)

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