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    Scott Hicks

    Founder / Muay Thai

    Scott is the founder of Megalodon. He was a long time student of the renowned Arjan Priteung Tongpakwan (Bangkok, Thailand). Scott has trained many state, regional, national and world champions. His fighters have dominated in both amateur and professional divisions, fighting around the world in countries such as, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand. Some of Hicks’ most notable events took place in Thailand’s famed Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums.

    In addition to Muay Thai, Hicks trained extensively in Muay Lanna and Faan Daap. He was the only non-Thai student of Arjan Manohp Yarana and Arjan Mohngkhohn Siangcharee that was promoted to Arjan status in Chaing Mai, Thailand. He became one of only a few Muay Boran/Muay Chaad Chuek trainers in the USA.

    Sit Quan Tong Muay Thai Association was established by Hicks to preserve the authenticity of Muay Thai and to ensure present/future Muay Thai practitioners engage in genuine training.

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    Casey Baynes

    Co-Founder / Head BJJ Instructor

    Casey is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero “Jacare” Calvacante, head instructor of the World Champion “Alliance” team.

     

    He is a certified Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Defensive Tactics instructor and a co-author of “Locks and Levers”- a P.O.S.T certified lesson plan for law enforcement.  Casey has been in law enforcement since 1995 and currently serves as an instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Commission facility in Forsyth.  He has training in several forms of martial arts. 

     

    He is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a major in Health and Physical Education.

  • Johnny Myung

    BJJ Instructor

    Johnny  is a black  belt in BJJ and former high school wrestler.  He received his black belt from Casey Baynes of Megalodon MMA.

     

    Johnny has been competing since 2008, with over 17 top 3 finishes at competitions, numerous NAGA and Newbreed 1st place finishes and has competing with the National Fighting Championship (NFC) and has been featured on FloGrappling.

     

    Besides training BJJ, he has also run in various races including the Georgia Marathon and a few Tough Mudder races. Johnny teaches the wrestling and Judo-geared portions of the BJJ classes.

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    Mingledorff

    BJJ Instructor

    Bart started martial arts as a wrestler. After moving from Northern California to Athens, Bart became the catalyst for the forming of the Clarke Central Wrestling Team, and competed on Team Georgia for two years as well as competing in Fargo, N. Dakota. Bart wrestled Freestyle, GrecoRoman, and Folkstyle. Bart finished in the Top 15 both years.

    Bart counseled troubled children for 5 years for the Georgia Department of Human Resources and Eckerd Academy of the Blue Ridge. Bart credits a lot of his coaching style to these years working as a counselor. 

     

    Bart started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 30 and shortly after started competing and coaching kids. He has competed and medaled at every belt at IBJJF Atlanta Gi and No-Gi tournaments. He has competed at many NewBreed Pro events, as well for the NCF and was featured on FloGrappling. Bart is currently a purple belt and the Megalodon Kid's Competition Coach. 

  • Don Scozzari

    Muay Thai / MMA Instructor

    Don coaches Muay Thai / MMA for Megalodon ​and has experience competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts. He has competing several times for the National Fighting Championship and has been featured on FloGrappling. 

  • Grant Seman

    Muay Thai Instructor

    Grant coaches Muay Thai for Megalodon and has decades of experience competing in Muay Thai.

  • Chris Ashmore

    BJJ Instructor

    Chris is a blue belt in BJJ. He has been training since March 2017 and is a coach for the kid's program. Before joining the Megalodon team Chris served his country in the Marine Corps.

  • Kati Baynes

    BJJ & Women's Self Defense Instructor

    Kati is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu purple belt.  She has trained and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since she was approximately 8 years old. Her competitions have been featured on FloGrappling.

     

    Kati volunteers part of her time assisting to teach defense tactics to police officers, and has experience with children's and women's martial arts / self defense instruction.

  • Mac McComb

    BJJ Instructor

    Mac is a BJJ blue belt who wrestles on the University of Georgia team. He currently assists in the instruction of the kids' BJJ program.

  • Nicolas 

    Ayala-Toro

    Capoeira Instructor

    Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Nicolas has been studying martial arts from an early age beginning with Kyodai Ryu Karate. After moving to the US mainland in 1997, he studied under Menkyo Kaiden Dr. Karl Friday of the Kashima Shinryu tradition of swordsmanship to the rank of Shoden.

     

    Nicolas began to study Capoeira in 2013 under Grão Mestre Fran, founder of Grupo Maculelê Capoeira. Grão Mestre Fran granted him permission to teach Capoeira in the Athens area for the last two years.

We aim to spread knowledge and awareness of effective martial arts systems so that no one will ever have to feel helpless or defenseless.

1071 Jamestown Blvd. Unit E-7, Watkinsville, GA  30677  E-mail: megalodonmma@hotmail.com