Step in the Arena

Global MMA Academy offers an unparalleled training experience in Gainesville. We combine high-level traditional martial arts training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Full-Contact Karate, with MMA, Martial Arts Fitness, and more. 

If you're looking for a family-focused, quality training environment, we invite you to stop by and tour our academy. Book a tour below, or give us a call today.

Global Mixed Martial Arts Academy LLC
4000 W Newberry Road, Suite F
Gainesville, FL 32607



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Our Programs


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We are Gainesville oldest Brazilian jiu jitsu school, and we offer no less than 20 BJJ training opportunities each week at our academy.

Academy owner and head instructor Jason Dodd is a First Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with more than 20 years of training experience, and is also a Master Black Belt in Japanese Ju Jutsu (the martial arts style that gave BJJ its roots). 

We train BJJ as a complete martial art. That means our training is appropriate for combat, practical self defense, fitness, and sport. We roll (live train) every single class.

Adults and Teen Classes: 11 am Monday - Friday, 6:30 pm Monday - Thursday, 7:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday

Youth Classes: 5:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Open Mats: 12 pm Monday - Friday, 7:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, 6:30 pm Friday, 10 am Sunday

We are affiliated with the Zenith BJJ team under undefeated MMA fighter and multiple world champion BJJ grappler, Robert Drysdale.


Muay Thai (Kickboxing)

We are Gainesville's first and only authentic Muay Thai kickboxing academy. Our high-energy kickboxing classes offer great training as a stand alone program or as part of our unlimited training membership.

Our academy owner is also the head coach for this program. Jason Dodd brings more than 20 years of Western kickboxing and 10 years of legitimate Muay Thai training to the mat in his classes.

Adult and Teen Classes: 7:30 pm Monday - Thursday

Youth Classes: 5:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Open Mats: 12 pm Tuesday, Thursday, and 6:30 pm Friday

Our Muay Thai lineage is through 8-time world champion Ramon Dekkers, under his direct student, professional Muay Thai fighter and coach Stefan Butin Bik.


Full-Contact Japanese Karate

Our karate program has been in Gainesville for more than 30 years. If Karate Kid-style training is your thing, you will love our traditional Japanese karate program. We teach open-handed forms and drills two days a week, and train in traditional weapons at the end of the week. This is a full-contact program and we spar every single class.

Head instructor Jason Dodd is a Fifth Degree Black Belt and Renshi Shihan (refiner of teachers) in our style of full-contact karate. He has been practicing for more than three decades.

Adult and Teen Classes: 12 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6:30 pm Monday, Wednesday

Youth Classes: 4:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Open Mats: By appointment

We are affiliated with Yushinmon Shorinji-Ryu Karate in Tokyo, Japan.


MMA Solo Fight Style-Fitness

We developed MMA Solo at our academy for two reasons: to provide cross training for active martial artists, and an opportunity to train in fundamentals and conditioning for those interested in a program with no sparring.

All classes are for ages 14 and up.

Fight Fit: 5:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays

Fitness Kickboxing: 5:30 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays

Defense Fit: 6:30 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays


Kinder Kicks for Ages 0-4

This program is designed for parents and children to exercise, learn and play with a martial arts flair. Children develop perseverance, self control, courage and respect.

Combine sports, karate, life lesson stories, exploration and education through our fun fitness curriculum. Participants learn about our training characters who aid in teaching the children valuable life lessons through character statement, stories, games and exercises.

Remarkable Me (0-18 Months): 4:30 pm Wednesdays

Jumping Joey (18-36 Months): 4:30 pm Tuesdays, 11:00 am Wednesdays

Leadership Lions (3-4 Years): 4:30 pm Mondays, 11:00 am Thursdays


Ninja Warrior Training

Learn ninja skills from the people who developed them: martial artists! We train on our indoor obstacle course, crash pads, learn how how to fall properly, and practice martial arts gymnastics and tricks. This is a great stand-alone class, or addition to any of our traditional martial arts classes.

This is an instructed class with curriculum, not free play.

Youth Classes: 4:30 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays


Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Schedule a Private Lesson or Seminar

We offer private training for individuals, small groups, and families (up to 4 people). Larger groups may book seminars with us.

Martial Arts Disciplines: Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Japanese Ju Jitsu, Muay Thai (Kickboxing), Japanese Karate and Weapons

Fitness: Personal Training in Fight Style Fitness, Fight Prep Coaching

Self Defense and Combatives: General Self Defense, Women's Self Defense Against Violent Predators, Gun and Knife Defense

Weapons Training: Concealed Carry Training, Firearm Training, Knife and Small Weapons Training

Can't come to us? No problem. We have portable private training mats and can come to you.

Give us a call at 352-371-1007 to discuss.


Our Motto

Shut Up and Train. That's our motto here. We believe in holding ourselves and each other to our commitments and goals. We show up. We help. We encourage. We push for better.

We are committed to fostering a family environment that is also family-focused. We make a point to offer classes for every single person in the family so that families can spend more time together.

We unapologetically offer the highest quality of training, in a high quality facility, with a high quality community of people. We care about your lifestyle and supporting you in every positive change you wish to implement.

Shut Up and Train is about more than not complaining in discomfort. It's about quieting negativity in your mind, pushing yourself to strive for greater, and leaving no excuses in the way of showing up for the best you.

If we sound like your kind of people, meet us on the mat.

All of our best,
Jason and Carly Dodd

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What Our Students Say

Rarely have I been to a more welcoming and warm environment. The sense of community and acceptance was a complete surprise to me. If had known that it would be such a life affirming experience, I would have started training here ten years ago.
— Thom C.
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.
— Josh B.
The lessons are challenging, but still very fun! All of the people in the academy are very friendly. I highly recommend this academy to literally everyone.
— Bonnie L.