The Global Team

MANY people contribute to the success of our academy, and we look forward to you meeting them when you come in to train! Our core staff bios and contact information are listed here.


Jason Dodd, Owner and Chief Instructor

Jason's martial arts career began at age 9, and more than 30 years later, training is still an integral part of his life. He bought Heyman's Martial Arts Academy from his long-time instructor, and re-opened the dojo as Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy in 2006.

Having earned black belts and beyond in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Japanese jiu jitsu, Shorinji-ryu Karate, and black band level instructor in Muay Thai, Jason is a multi-talented and credentialed martial artist and swordsman with more than 20 years of coaching experience. Don't let his wealth of classical training fool you, though. Jason has taken his fair share of MMA fights, but that was before mixed martial arts was sanctioned as a competitive sport.

Jason has received a variety of awards from local organizations, including the Police Service Award for his volunteer instruction of the Gainesville Police Department. He's a rural Gainesville area native, lover of all things Florida, golf aficionado, surfer, husband, and the biggest kid-at-heart you'll ever meet.


Jon Boyd, Instructor

Jon joined the Global team full time in January 2018 after moving to the Gainesville area from Toccoa, Ga., where we owned a successful Brazilian jiu jitsu school. He has trained with Jason for more than 10 years, and we are fortunate to have him on board at the academy.

Jon brings well beyond a decade of experience in training and coaching Karate, Kickboxing, Jiu jitsu, Judo, Self Defense and more to our dojo community. In addition, his experiences as an entrepreneur, restauranteur, educator, and coach adds to his diverse skill set.

By far one of the kindest souls we've ever encountered, it won't take you long to understand why we say that "everybody loves Jon!" With Gainesville-area roots, and a passion for teaching, we're honored to welcome Jon and his wife as part of our training family.


Carly Barnes Dodd, Manager

Carly joined the Global team full time in 2017 after resigning from her senior management position with UF Health. She brings more than a decade of experience in program, budget, and operations management, having worked with state and federal institutions and agencies in the science policy arena.

Carly directs Global's after school program and curriculum, in addition to general management of the academy. She graduated from the University of Florida with a master's degree in agricultural education and communication.

She trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, and Karate, and considers it a joy to spend her days supporting the family business. When she is not at the academy, you'll find her digging in the garden or cooking.