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Global Martial Arts University

GMAU is a world leading online martial arts university. You can learn, train, and earn real rank at home through our innovative and easy to use home study programs. We've been perfecting our home study courses since 2008.

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How It Works

A World Leading Distance Training Online Martial Arts University, Since 2008.

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Learn

Watch detailed video courses on your computer or mobile device.

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Train

Practice what you have learned on your own schedule.

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Earn Real Rank

Test and get detailed feedback to earn your rank.



Stream GMAU Classes and Lessons on any of these devices




Courses

The GMAU Courses include all videos teaching the white to black belt curriculum, new weekly classes, anywhere access, instructor support, and an easy to follow training path for home study success.

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate

Average Time to Black Belt
3-4 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you earn 1st dan.
Key Benefits
Total body conditioning/fitness, understanding of the traditional Japanese arts, self defense through perfective repetitions, and a total self improvement/self-discipline.
Founder
Gichin Funakoshi
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 3 hours

GMAU Shotokan Karate is a comprehensive training series which covers all techniques, katas, one steps, and self defense from white to black belt in this ancient art. Each and every technique is demonstrated from multiple angles, explained in detailed, and taught with follow-along instruction. Whether you are a white belt getting started in your training, or an experienced student, you will benefit from Master Hodge’s dynamic instruction and guidance. You will earn real rank (up to black belt) as you train at home through this true distance training course.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga

Average Time to Black Belt
4-5 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you reach Level 6.
Key Benefits
Intense cardio/conditioning/strength training while practicing, heightened confidence level, realistic self defense techniques that are highly effective and practical in the modern world.
Founder
Imi Lichtenfeld
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 3 hours, but this is up to the student.

A complete white to black belt course teaching the brutally effective self defense style of Israeli Krav Maga.

Ultimate Bo

Ultimate Bo

Average Time to Black Belt
3-4 years
Instructor Certification
Yes, certification course made available once you reach black chevron.
Key Benefits
Understanding weapon movement, upper body strengthening, exploring new body movements and technical capabilities, examining other aspects of kobudo
Founder
Michael Hodge (based in Japanese bojutsu with some modern elements)
Weekly Time Commitment
Recommended 2-3 hours, but this is up to the student.

A complete white to black belt bo training course of study. You will learn ancient Japanese bojutsu based techniques, katas, and realistic combat fighting.

  • Shotokan Karate

    Shotokan Karate

  • Krav Maga

    Krav Maga

  • Ultimate Bo

    Ultimate Bo

Instructors

Global Martial Arts University Instructors have taught thousands of classes in their own academies, and have years of experience working with distance training students through using a very uniquely detailed and concise level of communication, feedback, guidance, and motivation.

Michael Hodge

Ultimate Bo

About

Michael Hodge is the founder of the weapons style Ultimate Bo. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd degree black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo, and his father’s dojo in the last 10 years, and now currently works with his home study students from around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential.

Jon Hodge

Shotokan Karate

About

Jon Hodge currently holds the rank of 6th dan black belt in shotokan karate and song moo kwan. He has taught martial arts for nearly 20 years. Over the years Master Hodge has studied many different forms of martial arts and is also a Master Chi Kung and Tai Chi instructor. Master Hodge is well known as a teacher of self defense, self discipline, and most importantly to him – self improvement.


Michael South

Krav Maga

About

Michael South is a black belt Krav Maga instructor and has been a student of the martial arts for over ten years. He also holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. He began teaching martial arts professionally eight years ago and is the founder of National Martial Arts, an Oklahoma-based martial arts organization dedicated to making the world a better and safer place. He specializes in Krav Maga instruction and is an avid student of BJJ at the moment, as well as a competitor.

Dustin Koppel

Krav Maga

About

Dustin Koppel has been involved in the martial arts for more than a decade now, and teaching for 8 years. He began with Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Two years later he got involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a competitor, he has won kickboxing championships in the light and super heavyweight categories. Currently, he runs a top martial arts school in Tennessee, along with training his global Krav Maga distance training students.


About Us

Take a moment to learn about the history of our association, online university, and unique way of approaching learning martial arts at home.


About the Global Martial Arts Association

The association began with one community dojo in North Texas, which opened in 2004 by Sensei Jon Hodge, along with his son Michael. After teaching countless classes to students in the area, and creating his own weapons instructional curriculuma, "Sensei" Michael Hodge launched Ultimate Training in 2007. Ultimate Bo and Ultimate Chuks were made available for both students and instructors/school owners to train, earn rank through distance training, and instructor certifications. Since then, thousands of martial artists around the world have purchased, trained, and learned from our video instructional programs. Our association also trains and ranks students in physical facilities in the USA and Europe.

We offer students from anywhere in the world the opportunity to earn rank and certifications through the Global Martial Arts University. Home study students are given a great deal of support and training attention, which makes it much more feasible to grasp the understanding of the art at hand. We hold our distance training students to the same standard of proficiency as our physical training students. We have a proven system of video rank exams, feedback loop, and progress indicators which we have fine-tuned over the last seven years. We are 100% committed to upholding the values of martial arts training, and making training more accessible. In the past, you were limited to learning only from local instructors, now you have the ability to train in new styles and weapons with an accredited organization.

The association exists to give students, instructors, and school operators a common backbone of structure and guidance through their respective martial arts training programs.

Our values:
  • For the best and highest good of all
  • High levels of excellence
  • Total transparency
  • Open and honest communication
  • Integrity in every action

About the Global Martial Arts University

The Global Martial Arts University is the online/e-learning component of our association. We offer complete home study courses which teach the full curriculum, offer training drills, home follow along classes, a training guide, instructor support, and real rank testing. Each course is offered in DVD edition or streaming video edition; you can choose whichever you prefer. We offer video rank exams, instructor feedback/suggestions, and recognized rank accreditation through our courses. Think of our distance training program as a way to learn martial arts at home while progressing with actual certified belts/rank, just like how almost all credible Universities now offer online classes.

The Abundance Projects

Each month, a significant portion of our proceeds go to The Abundance Projects. This is a positive-action initiative which we have undertaken for the best and highest good of everyone. The primary goal is to motivate martial artists to become leaders in their community, and create “abundance projects” which are based in the mindset of prosperity, rather than lack or disparity.

What Our Students Are Saying

"With Ultimate Bo, I can train whenever I find it convenient—early mornings, after the children are put asleep—anytime. It also saves me travel time to the dojo in city traffic, which means I can invest more time in training. I find Ultimate Bo’s methodology clear and easy to follow, and it is more than just learning self-defense; the techniques, when put together into a full kata form, create a graceful form of art, not to mention a rigorous workout, particularly when performed in rapid succession."

client 1 John Balouziyeh Ultimate Bo

"Training in Total Krav Maga has really opened my eyes to a new love. It’s so simple yet so technical. I can’t get enough of it and I already train for 6 hours a week! All the videos are done very well and it’s great to know that an instructor is just an e-mail away"

client 2 David Wright Krav Maga

"The training material is good, the exams aren’t easy…you really need to earn a rank/belt. It is no fake MCdojo :). I can train where and whenever I have the time. I just took the yellow belt exam and received a 25 minute long personal video from Sensei Jon reviewing my material."

client 3 Laurens van der Sande Shotokan Karate

The more often and higher intensity you train, naturally, the quicker you can move through a program.

Contact Us

Need to contact us? Expect a speedy and knowledgeable response time within 30 minutes to four hours Monday through Friday (9-5 pm central). One of our Head Instructors (Michael Hodge, Jon Hodge, Dustin Koppel, or Michael South) will reply to you directly. On the weekends expect a response in 24-48 hours. Want to chat with us? Leave your phone number in the message below with a good time to call back.

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