Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy


Train With Us

If you like martial arts training and fitness, families, good people (and dogs), then this is the place for you.

We offer classes and private lessons for children and adults ages 4 and up, in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Dutch Muay Thai kickboxing, Renshinkan karate, and self defense.

Phone: 352-371-1007
Email: Jason@GlobalMMAAcademy.com



Our classes are divided into three programs (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Dutch Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Renshinkan Karate), and two age groups each (14 and up for adults, and 4-14 for kids). Members may train in one program, or opt for the unlimited membership with access to all programs.

Three Locations








Instructors and Staff


All of our instructors are at the highest levels of their disciplines, and are all trained coaches. That means you not only get to learn from a talented martial artist, but a seasoned teacher, as well.



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Jason Dodd

Black Belt or Equivalent
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Dutch Muay Thai
Japanese Jiu Jitsu
Renshinkan Karate

Jason has been training martial arts around the world for more than 30 years, and opened Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Gainesville in 2006. He is an active member of the Gainesville community and enjoys surfing, paddle boarding and training for fun.

Eli Hall

Black Belt or Equivalent
Dutch Muay Thai
Renshinkan Karate

Brown Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Eli Hall has trained under Jason Dodd for more than 15 years, and is an accomplished martial artist and talented instructor. He has a true gift for teaching and demonstrating techniques. He teaches in all of our offerings and oversees our children's karate program.

Larry Glines

Brown Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Larry Glines has been training Brazilian jiu jitsu for almost two decades, and for him, it's a family affair. His family owns and operates a martial arts school in St. Augustine, and he shares his expertise and teaching talents with us as one of Gainesville's newest permanent professionals and University of Florida graduates.

Charles Harriott

Black Belt or Equivalent
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Kenpo Karate

You'll struggle to find anyone who enjoys training as much as Charles Harriott. The mat seems to be his natural habitat. He has expertise in a variety of martial arts, and incorporates a few of his passions -- including breakdancing -- into his warm ups and demonstrations. You'll encounter his moves while teaching our No Gi Brazilian jiu jitsu classes and during training in general.

Marty Nemenyi

Black Belt or Equivalent
Renshinkan Karate
Shotokan Karate

Marty Nemenyi brings more than 35 years of experience in training karate to our classes.

Justin White

Purple Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Justin White not only brings a wealth of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is also an NRA-certified concealed carry and Army Combatives-certified instructor.



Ruby Taylor

Office Manager
Blue Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

If you ever wonder who makes the magic happen behind the scenes, it's Ruby. She is not only an amazing chief organizer, bookkeeper, and membership manager, but also a regular fixture on the mat. Beginning her BJJ journey in 2014, she received her blue belt from Marcelo Cohen from The Armory in Jupiter, Fla, before moving to Gainesville and training at Global MMA with her spouse and two children. When Ruby isn't training, she enjoys practicing yoga, giving Thai massage, and making homemade wellness products using essential oils.

Carly Barnes Dodd

Business Development
White Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Carly has the fun honor of being able to say that she walked in to a Brazilian jiu jitsu class and walked out with a husband. She met Global's owner Jason Dodd when she dropped into her first BJJ class in 2016, and life has been dramatically different ever since.

When she isn't pulling late nights at the dojo, Carly works to direct a health research institute. You can find her in the garden, on the ranch, in the woods, or on the mat.

Camellia ("Cam")

The Dojo Dog
Black Belt, Napping

Cam is our designated door greeter, snuggler, and in-house entertainment. She loves to sleep through class when she isn't keeping a watchful eye on the dojo kids. Most of all she loves nachos and her favorite person, Jason. Sometimes she pretends to do her own version of jiu jitsu, too.

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