Real People.
Real Training.


We’ve been training Gainesville for more than 40 years, and invite you to experience why.


4000 W. Newberry Road, Suite F, Gainesville

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Train For Life.

Global MMA trains warriors for life. We unapologetically offer world-class competitive and lifestyle-focused martial arts and combat sports training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Full-Contact Japanese Karate, Japanese Ju Jutsu, MMA Training and more for the entire family.



  • Gainesville’s first and oldest BJJ program

  • More than 20 years of training experience

  • Classes for Adult Co-Ed, Youth, and Women

  • Affiliated with Zenith BJJ under Robert Drysdale

  • Active Competition Team



  • Gainesville’s First and Oldest Muay Thai Program

  • More than 20 Years of Training Experience

  • Classes for Adults and Youth

  • Direct Lineage to 8x World Champ Ramon Dekkers

  • Active Competition Team



  • Gainesville’s First and Oldest Tactical Karate and Japanese Ju Jutsu Program

  • More than 40 Years of Training Experience

  • Classes for Adults, Youth, and Preschoolers

  • Direct Samurai Lineage to Isamu Tamotsu, Affiliated with Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate in Tokyo, Japan

  • Only Academy in Gainesville offering training all Japanese, Okinawan, and Modern Self Defense weapons, including archery



  • Gainesville’s First and Oldest Mixed Martial Arts Training Program

  • More than 30 Years of Training Experience

  • Classes for Adults and Youth

  • Active Competition Team


We  know that where you train is just as important as what you train.

That’s why we are committed to creating the best training environment for you and your family — where old school values and work ethic fuse with an innovative training experience.

Global MMA is a boutique martial arts facility with more than 3,000 square feet of training space, two training rooms with seamless mat systems installed on raised wooden floors (no mats on concrete here!), air conditioning, shower facilities, locker room, changing room, and premium amenities.

Our facilities are designed by martial artists for martial artists, and we believe in the genuine training community we’re fortunate to call ours.

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Hear From Our Students

Jiu Jitsu helped me develop a lot of confidence, a whole new skill set, it’s fantastic training, and it’s really changed my life. If you’re looking for a strong workout with a good skill set to go with it, consider Jiu Jitsu and consider Global MMA.
— Craig Sainz
Rarely have I been to a more welcome and warm environment. The sense of community and acceptance was a complete surprise to me. If I had known that it would be such a life affirming experience, I would have started training here 10 years ago.
— Thom Curry
It sounds cliche, but Global MMA has changed my life. I’ve lost 65 pounds. This is the most amazing thing you can do for fitness, for self defense, if you want a confidence boost, a good community of people to know, this is the place to do that.
— Josh Cortes
When I first came in, I weighed 300 pounds. I tried weightlifting, I tried running, and nothing really worked, but I’ve been coming here for six months and I’ve lost 36 pounds. I feel like I’m in pretty good shape and I’ve made a lot of friends. It’s not like other workout regimens.
— Anson Whitten
On top of providing top class training from excellent, knowledgeable masters of martial arts, Global MMA academy also boasts one of the finest communities of like minded people who will push you to be your best. I cannot thank Jason and Carly enough for everything they’ve done for my life and health.
— Jacob Iversen
This school is the best environment I’ve ever been in. The teacher really cares for his students if you ever want to reach out and really grab for a goal this is a great place to start.
— Joshua B.


Our Coaching Team

It takes a village to instruct a community. We’re always thankful for the people who show up for our students day in and day out to teach them the way of the warrior.


JASON DODD, owner/head coach

With 4 black belts, 30 years training on the mat, and 20 years of teaching combined, Jason is one of our area's most accomplished professional martial artists.

[Professional Credentials: 1st Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu JItsu; Advanced Master Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu; 5th Degree Black Belt/Renshi Shihan, Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate; Black/Red Prijiad, Muay Thai Kickboxing; Gracie Self Defense Certified]


carly barnes dodd, DIRECTOR/COACH

After more than 10 years in executive management, Carly left the office behind and never looked back. Her passion is empowering women and families through martial arts.

[Professional Credentials: M.S. in Agricultural Education; Blue Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Purple Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-Ryu Karate; Yellow Prijiad, Muay Thai Kickboxing; Gracie Self Defense Certified]


steve grimes, coach

Steve is an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, and also trained Muay Thai in Thailand. He coaches our Animal Flow/Ginastica program.

[Professional Credentials: Blue Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu]

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james mckibben, coach

James has been training with Jason for the past 20 years, and instructs in our Tactical Karate and Japanese Ju Jutsu, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs.

[Professional Credentials: Purple Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; 3rd Degree Black Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate; Black Prijiad, Muay Thai Kickboxing]


don russell, coach

Don has been training submission grappling for the past 15 years, with a decade of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He coaches in our No Gi BJJ program.

[Professional Credentials: Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu]


Michael selli, coach

Michael brings a wealth of experience in full-contact karate to our instructional team.

[Professional Credentials: 2nd Degree Black Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate]


natalie vaughn, coach

Natalie leads our women’s kickboxing and kickboxing conditioning programs.

[Professional Credentials: Yellow Prijiad, Muay Thai Kickboxing]


Justin White, Coach

Justin has 15 years of experience in multiple martial arts, and is a seasoned professional fighter.

[Professional Credentials: Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu; Brown Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Concealed Carry and NRA Pistol Instructor]

Contact Us

We are conveniently located on West Newberry Road between 34th and 43rd Streets.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6 am to 10 pm
Friday: 6 am to 9 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12 pm to 2 pm
By Appointment

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global mma academy

4000 W. Newberry Road
Suite F
Gainesville, FL 32607


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