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Our People


Jason Dodd


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. Few things make him happier than sharing his love for training. Jump in one of his many classes, or spend time with him in a private coaching setting.

Jason teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, Japanese ju jitsu, Japanese Karate, Traditional and combative weapons, Muay Thai (Kickboxing), Self defense, and more to ages 5 and up, and to families in classes and small group lessons.

Teaching Credentials At-A-Glance

- Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu
- 5th Degree Black Belt, Shorinji-ryu Karate
- Black Belt Level Band, Muay Thai
- Self Defense Certified

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Carly Dodd

Trading in business professional for matching spandex, Carly resigned from her 10-year career in the science policy and program management arena to join her husband Jason full time at Global MMA.

She manages our business office, fight shop, and directs our youth enrichment programming, including after school classes, and spring break and summer experiential camps. She teaches the following classes: Bushido (Character) for Kids, Martial Music, History of Martial Arts, and Life Skills for Young Warriors.

Teaching Credentials At-A-Glance

- M.S., Agricultural Education and Communication
- Former Senior Administrator and Lecturer at University of Florida
- Classically Trained Musician

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Jonathan Boyd

Bringing 20 years of martial arts experience to Gainesville in 2018, Jon joined the Global team after owning and managing a successful Jiu Jitsu school in north Georgia. 

His diverse talents are showcased in his career, including education, business management and more. 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!" 

Teaching Credentials At-A-Glance

- Black Belt, Wado Kai Karate
- Black Belt Level Band, Muay Thai
- Brown Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Brown Belt, Judo
- Self Defense Certified


Justin White


Justin fits the bill of the old saying, "the most lethal guys are the nicest." (But if you ask him, his most treasured accolade is Proud Army Spouse.)

He has 15 years of experience in multiple martial arts, and is an active professional fighter. He leads our military and law enforcement programs in addition to teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu classes and self defense seminars.

Teaching Credentials At-A-Glance

- Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu
- Brown Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Trained by U.S. Army in Basic and Tactical Modern Army Combatives, and the Special Operations Combatives Program
- NRA Pistol Instructor
- Certified Concealed Carry Instructor
- Seasoned MMA Coach


Harrison Taylor

Harrison joined our team in 2017 as a full-time apprentice instructor. Don't let his youth fool you: he is an experienced archer, and has been training in jiu jitsu, kickboxing, and strength and conditioning for several years. He assists with our youth martial arts classes, coaches fitness classes, and offers personal training sessions at our academy.

Teaching Credentials At-A-Glance
- Blue Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Archery Coach
- 4 Years of Strength and Conditioning Training