Global Team

Global MMA Academy is just a big, padded space full of the best people we know. All of our members contribute to the success of our academy. The faces below belong to our phenomenal instructional staff and operations team, and look forward to you getting to know them.


Academy Instructional Team

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Jason Dodd, Owner and Head Coach

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.

Professional Overview

  • Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu

  • 5th Degree Black Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate

  • Black Belt Level Band, Muay Thai

  • Gracie Self Defense Certified


Carly Dodd, Manager and Coach

Carly trains directly under Jason in all martial arts programs, and leads our women’s and fitness programs.

Professional Overview

  • Blue Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Purple Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-ryu Karate

  • Yellow Band/Prajoud, Muay Thai Kickboxing

  • Certified Self Defense Instructor

  • Certified Kinder Kicks Instructor


Janet Hamilton, M.A., L.C.C.C. (Retired)
Warrior Lifestyle Coach

Janet has helped to empower individuals, couples, and families through results-focused counseling for more than 25 years. Her deep expertise in family dynamics makes her a wonderful resource for implementing behavior change and developing life warriors of all ages.

Professional Overview

  • Retired Licensed Christian Clinical Counselor

  • Specialty in Victorious Parenting, Healthy Boundaries, Relationship Dynamics

  • Career experience as a professional trainer for Guardian Ad Litem volunteers, foster parents, and other volunteers serving children and families


James McKibben, Multidisciplinary Coach

James has been training with Jason for the past 20 years, and instructs in our Tactical Karate and Japanese Ju Jutsu programs.

Professional Overview

  • Purple Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-Ryu Karate

  • Black Band/Prajoud, Muay Thai Kickboxing


Don Russell, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Don has been training submission grappling for the past 15 years, with a decade of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Professional Overview

  • Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Michael Selli, Karate Coach

Michael brings a wealth of experience in full-contact karate to our instructional team.

Professional Overview

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt, Yushinmon Shorinji-Ryu Karate


Justin White, Multidisciplinary Coach

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

Professional Overview

  • Black Belt, Japanese Ju Jutsu

  • Brown Belt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Army Combatives and Special Operations Combatives Trained

  • Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, and NRA Pistol Instructor


Justin Thompson, DPT
Physical Therapist and Sports Rehab Expert

Justin’s understanding of anatomy and human movement make him a great resource and leader of the rehab and athletic recovery class.

Professional Overview

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Owner of Thompson Physical Therapy

  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist

  • Former Collegiate Soccer Player

  • Host of the Athlete for Life Podcast


Matt Stephens, Strength Coach

Matt recently joined the Global team in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, and is now sharing his expertise in strength training with our community.

Professional Overview

  • Strength Coach (who can deadlift 500+ lbs. - proof his methods work!)

  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps 2014-2018

  • Combatives Trained


Affiliated Instructors

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Stefan Butin Bik, Muay Thai

Stefan Butin Bik is a professional Muay Thai fighter, and owns USA Muay Thai Kickboxing/Butin Bik Combat Sports in Crystal River, Florida. A native of Holland, Stefan trained directly under Muay Thai legend Ramon Dekkers.

Stefan’s record speaks for itself, with 12-5 in the professional circuit and an outstanding 61-7 in amateur matches. He is fantastic fighter and great coach.

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Robert Drysdale, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / MMA

Robert Drysdale is one of the world’s best grapplers, an undefeated professional mixed martial artist, and UFC veteran. He is one of the founders of Zenith BJJ, which is our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu affiliated team.

He is a multiple time world champion, pioneering film producer, and all around good human being.

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Soke Nakasaki, Karate

Soke Nakasaki is a professional Japanese martial artist and leads Yushimon Karate’s international organization from Tokyo, Japan. A talented traditional fighter and master swordsmen, Nakasaki demonstrates the true art of the warrior. He is a 10th Degree Black Belt and founder of Yushinmon Karate.