About Global MMA

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Coaches have a way of impacting our lives for years to come.

This sentiment is certainly true for academy owner and head coach, Jason Dodd. Although he began training martial arts at the age of 10, it wasn’t until a college professor turned karate instructor would guide him into a career and passion as a professional instructor and coach.

Alex Heyman started Heyman’s Martial Arts Academy in Gainesville more than 30 years ago, and throughout the evolution of traditional and modern martial arts and combat sports during that time period, his academy grew into what is now Global MMA Academy.

Under the ownership of Jason Dodd, Global MMA has innovated year after year to become Gainesville’s legacy academy for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, MMA Training, Japanese Karate and Ju Jutsu, Fight-Style Fitness, and Youth Martial Arts, while staying true to its traditional, authentic roots.


Teamwork makes the dream work.

Jason met his wife Carly at the academy in 2016 during her first martial arts class, and they now operate the academy together full time. Coaching offers a unique opportunity to become part of our members’ families day-to-day lives, and the Dodds are committed to fostering a positive community , and creating an environment that supports personal wellness and growth.

Jason holds advanced black belt level ranks in multiple traditional and combat-oriented martial arts, and has extensively competed and trained all over the world. He is a master swordsman and weapons instructor.

Carly trains under Jason in multiple martial arts and coaches fundamental and fitness classes, and brings more than a decade of coaching and teaching experience to her arsenal.

Global MMA is honored to have an entire team of top-notch professional instructors in addition to Jason and Carly teaching at the academy, along with regular visiting guest instructors sharing expertise.