Sensei Michael Mercaldi teaches an eclectic style incorporating teachings from Kempo, Krav-Maga, Kick Boxing, MMA, Judo, Akido, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Muay Tai, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, American Boxing, and Wrestling. into a self defense training program teaching techniques that are simple and effective.
Mercaldi began studying traditional Martial Arts at the age of 16 with Oakinawan Master Seiken Takamine in the art of Ryu Kempo Jiu-Jitsu. He continued on as an amateur Kickboxer training with former professional light heavy weight Kickboxing Champion Mike Ryan. Continuing on to learn the War Art of Wu-Shu-Kung-Ju-Go-Ju Ryu from Master Clyde Volpe, where he obtained the level of Sensei. Over the following years he studied and trained with numerous MMA instructors. Most recently training with Karv-Maga instructor Michael Rossetti.
Professionally, Michael worked as a Private Investigator in NYC for over 20 years, specializing in Executive Protection (Body Guard) for visiting celebrities and CEO’s. In 2012 He retired to Wilmingtion NC, where he began a career as an actor, and film fight choreographer, leading him to relocate in Atlanta. His film and TV credits can be viewed simply, just Google his name (Michael Mercaldi). Recently he returned to the coast, planting roots in Ocean Isle Beach.
Sensei Michael brings a unique style of self defense and training that he has developed for over 25 years. Body Edge Fitness is very excited to have him join our team of professionals!