Unleash Your Inner Warrior
with Global MMA in Gainesville!

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The Global Experience

Study Japanese combat arts as they were once taught along the coasts of feudal Kyushu, practice the tradition of the fearless Thai warriors, push through the grind of Brazilain Jiu Jitsu to the flow of Latin beats, and train like the rockstars of American martial arts. We’ve traveled the world and brought the best training right to you in Gainesville.

  • Traditional Arts: Authentic, full-contact Japanese Karate and Japanese Ju Jutsu

  • Modernized Combat Arts: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and MMA

  • Fight-Style Fitness and Self Defense: Fitness Kickboxing, Self Defense Jiu Jitsu, Barre KBX


Our Training Programs


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Grappling meets physical chess in this highly popular and fun-to-train martial art. We are Gainesville’s oldest Brazilian jiu jitsu school, and offer training options for adults (coed), women, and youth.

Adult and Teen Classes
11a Gi: Monday - Thursday
11a No Gi: Friday
6:30p Gi: Monday - Thursday
6:30p Women’s Gi: Tuesday
6:30p Women’s No Gi Self Defense: Thursday
7:30p No Gi: Tuesday, Thursday

Youth Classes (Ages 5-13)
5:30p: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Open Mats
12p: Monday - Friday
Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays by appt.


Muay Thai Kickboxing

This striking style is a blast to train! You’ll be dripping sweat as you pretend to beat up your new friends. We spar every single class, so you won’t miss out on any action.

Adult and Teen Classes
7:30p Muay Thai: Monday - Thursday

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

Open Gym
12p: Monday - Friday
Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays by appt.


Full-Contact Japanese Karate and Ju Jutsu

We bring back the “war” in Samurai warrior arts, with all of the old school combatives-style training. All of our Japanese arts are taught for self discipline, flexibility, form, as well as tactical capability. We spar in every class.

Adult and Teen Classes
12p Tactical Karate Jutsu: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30p Full-Contact Karate: Monday, Wednesday

Youth Classes
4:30p Japanese Karate: Monday, Wednesday
4:30p Japanese Ju Jutsu: Tuesday, Thursday
4:30p Japanese Weapons: Friday


MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

We have a unique take on MMA instruction, and that is to only offer MMA training to adults on a seminar basis (we do have a youth MMA class). Instead of teaching you the “Swiss Army knife,” we want you to learn the tools in your toolbox independently to have solid technique to pull from in an MMA environment. We recommend any students interested in MMA train in the Brazilian jiu jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing programs.

Adult Classes
Scheduled as seminars

Youth Classes
5:30p: Fridays


Fight-Style Fitness

This program is designed for folks who want all of the benefits of martial arts training (hello, muscles you’ll never know about before you do!), but want none of the full-force sparring. We’ve got a few options for you.

Fitness Kickboxing for Adults and Teens
5:30p: Monday - Thursday

Self Defense Fitness for Adults and Teens
6:30p: Thursday


Barre KBX

Guess what’s a lot like fighting? …Dancing! That’s why we created our own Barre + Kickboxing fusion programming. No cardio kickboxing to aerobic workout music - that’s not our game. We give you a killer leg, arm, and full body workout by combining your favorite workouts from Barre classes with our Fitness Kickboxing techniques. You are guaranteed to love your results from this program.



Kinder Kicks Pre-Martial Arts for Preschoolers

This is by far our cutest program on the mat. We focus on discipline, fitness, social skills, balance, and fundamental striking, and obstacle courses (!) in this class for 3 and 4 year olds.

4:30p: Mondays


Warrior Wellness

When you train with us, you’re getting the most authentic martial arts training available. That means that we not only teach how to break bodies, but also mend them. Athletic recovery is an important and absolutely necessary component of training, and we work hard to make that an integral part of the Global MMA experience so that you can sustainably train for your entire life.

5:30p Rehab (Athletic Recovery): Fridays


We’ve been training Gainesville for more than 20 years, and offer unparalleled instruction and facilities. Whether you’re looking for competitive training, an engaging way to get fit and lose weight, or a family activity, we have an experience for you.


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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