Masters Academy Plymouth Team

As a member of Masters Academy Plymouth you have the opportunity to train with some truly world class instructors.

All our instructors pride themselves on teaching fun, exciting, energetic, and educational classes.

Our instructors also understand the importance of continual education and improving their martial arts skills. You will regularly see them training in classes or at any opportunity they get.

Anton St’James aka ‘Chief’

Head Instructor

Chief is the founder & co-owner of Masters Academy Plymouth. He has taught many of the UK’s top martial arts instructors, and is currently head of Cacoy Doce Pares Europe.

He now mainly focuses on teaching the Filipino Martial Arts and Muay Thai Kickboxing classes and teaches seminars around the world.
Anton’s Achievements:

Began training in 1971
Started teaching in 1977
9th Degree Black Belt in Filipino Martial Arts
6th Degree Black Belt in Karate
Founder KTX Kickboxing System
National Coach in Muay Thai Kickboxing awarded by Grand Master Toddy
3rd Degree Black Belt Okinawan Kobudo
4 x Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
Head of Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima UK/Europe
Head of San Miguel Eskrima UK/Europe
Executive Board Member British Council Kali, Eskrima, Arnis Instructors
Training Director Street Safe UK Personal Protection Programme & EWAP
CDPUK Stickfighting Team Coach
Founder Blade Warriors International
2 x British Karate Champion
European Karate Champion
International Martial Artist of the Year 2015
Continuously traveled around the world to train with martial arts masters since 1981

Anton’s Message:

Believe in yourself and set the goal to achieve the best you are capable of in life.

The martial arts journey has some challenging moments, stick to the path and you will gain some amazing life changing experiences.

The journey is different for each and everyone of us but we all share the same goal…Excellence in everything we do!

Tom Barlow


Tom is a co-owner & senior instructor at Masters Academy. He teaches our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing clases. He also teaches our instructor training programme.

Tom is considered one of the UK’s best Jiu Jitsu practitioners and regularly competes and teaches around the world.
Tom’s Achievements:

Began training in 1993
Started teaching in 2002
5th degree Black Belt in Kickboxing
1st Degree Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima
1st Degree Black Belt in Barong Kalasag Kali
1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu awarded by Braulio Estima
CSW Coach Level 1 awarded by Erik Paulson
3 x BJJ Black Belt World Champion
European Champion
6 x British BJJ Champion
ADCC Finalist
Ghost Instructor
Competed in MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, & Judo since 2004
Continuously traveled around the world to train with martial arts masters since 2004

Tom’s Message:

I believe martial arts is a vehicle for developing your full potential. Few things in life will put you as close to reality. It’s easy to distort our perception to make things more comfortable, in order to accept what we are.

When you train martial arts, it’s impossible to deceive yourself because reality comes at you in the purest form. A life and death struggle, using determination, your focus, your mind, and your training over and over again.

Sandra Benwell

Child protection and safeguarding officer

Sandra has been working at Masters Academy for over 10 years as the Academy manager.

Both her husband and son have been involved in the Academy since it first opened.

Contact Sandra by email contact@martialartsplymouth.co.uk

Sandra’s Achievements:

Management Level 3
Manage Business Environment
Manage Bespoke IT Software
Customer Service
Develop Management Systems
CPF Child Protection

Sandra’s Message:

Nothing is impossible.

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in everyday life always give yourself praise, even if no-one else does.

Always remember to end your day on a positive note, you will feel so much happier.

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