Learn Martial Arts In The

Comfort Of Your Own Home

At the Global Martial Arts University (GMAU), we believe everyone should have access to the training they need
to protect and better themselves. That's why we built a better, proven way to learn martial arts.

  •  Your choice of style in the convenience of your home, across your devices
  • Achieve real rank at your own pace with one-on-one instructor feedback
  • All at the fraction of the cost of practicing at a traditional studio.

Take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and the ones you love with
our no-commitment FREE beginner's course!

             Normally a $127 value                                                                                                                                         Daniel Pesado (student Since 2016)

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Core Benefits

Train Wherever, Whenever

With the Global Martial Arts learning platform you can train wherever you want, across your favorite devices and at times that work best for you.

Fraction of the Cost of a Tradition Studio

Traditional classes at martial-arts studios can cost hundreds of dollars a month. With GMAU you'll have everything you need to learn your favorite martial art for as little as $39/month. Save thousands on your path to blackbelt!

Learn Martial Arts At Home

We custom tailor the learning process for you to learn in the comfort of your own home. No more having to rush to get to a class or being one in a crowd. Your journey to mastery is yours. We focus on you by providing exclusive, one-on-one instructor feedback.

Sarah Hill (student since 2012)

Ready for a Stronger

and Safer You?

Any martial-arts style you choose will help you feel more physically grounded and stable. Learning martial arts is an extremely rewarding journey that we want to support you through. Take advantage of our special offer -- try a martial art through a free beginner’s course! It will start you on your journey to becoming a master.

Normally a $127 value

100% Satisfaction Guarantee with
Our Proven Process

Step by step, we guide you from Grasshopper to Sensei.

Easy to use Portal and Progress Tracking

Follow along to video courses on your computer or mobile device anywhere, anytime. Learn your favorite martial art through in-depth classes, with clear progress markers and tips & tricks to turn you into a ninja in no time!

Get the Feedback you need to Progress

We’re dedicated to helping you on your journey to better health, powerful self-defense, and mastering your favorite style. Our world-class instructors take time to give you personalized, detailed feedback so you can improve your skills and get the mentorship you want.

Earn Real Rank and Hit Clear Milestones

Our instructors are fully accredited and able to supply you with real ranking as you progress in your martial art. You’ll reach clear milestones to becoming a master while increasing your strength and being part of our online community.


Take a moment to learn about our university and our proven, unique way of
teaching you martial arts in the convenience of your home.

Helping You be Your Best

At GMAU, we’re on a constant quest to improve our courses, instruction, website, and experience for you. We only exist to help you reach your goals.

The GMAU is the Golden Standard for At-Home Martial Arts Instruction

We’ve been working with global distance-training students since 2008. This has led us to create cutting-edge home-study courses that truly work. We hold our instructors, courses, and student support to the highest standard so you receive the best training experience possible.

Rank Earned is Internationally Accredited and Recognized

The Global Martial Arts Association, member instructors, and affiliated schools back your rank and certification.

Rank is Earned, Not Given

We uphold the same standards (if not higher) for our online home-study students.

Rank is recognized by the Global Martial Arts Association, which is an internationally accredited organization of martial-arts instructors.

Spread Abundance by Doing Martial Arts

We believe in serving and spreading abundance for the best and highest good of all.

The Abundance Projects

Each month, a significant portion of our proceeds go to our positive-action initiative, The Abundance Projects.

The primary goal is to motivate martial artists to become leaders in their community and create “abundance projects” that are based in the mindset of prosperity rather than lack or disparity.

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Our Courses

All GMAU martial-arts courses include in-depth training videos that take you from White to Black Belt. They feature anywhere access, instructor support, and an easy-to-follow training path for home-study success. And new classes are added to each course every month!

How it Works

The first online martial-arts university of its kind, since 2008.

Our Instructors

The GLOBAL MARTIAL ARTS UNIVERSITY instructors have taught thousands of classes in their own academies. They also have many years of experience working with distance-training students through our unique and highly effective blend of online instruction, communication, feedback, guidance, and motivation.

Adam Gerrald

Taekwondo & Nunchaku

About Adam

Adam Gerrald is a senior practitioner and instructor in a variety of martial arts. He began in 2006 when he first trained in Taekwondo (Chung do kwan) under Grand Master Kwan Kyun Kim. In 2008, he switched to practicing Kukkiwon Taekwondo under Grand Masters Ezzedeen Alsharif and Fouad Atoun. He began teaching Taekwondo in 2009 and training with the nunchaku. His martial-arts credentials include: Kukkiwon Taekwondo - 4th Dan Black Belt; American Style Nunchaku - 4th Degree Black; Marine Corps Martial Arts Program - 1st Degree Black Belt; Filipino Martial Arts - Apprentice Instructor (under Sifu Pat Tray); Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Purple Belt; Capoeira - 3 Yellow / 1 Green Cord (intermediate level); GMAU Ultimate Bo - Brown Chevron. Adam also has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science), which enhances his knowledge and abilities as an instructor. He’s been instructing for the GMAU since 2018.

Sarah Hill

Shotokan Karate

About Sarah

Sarah has studied many martial-art styles. She has a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, a Black Chevron in Ultimate Bo, a 1st Degree Brown Belt in American Karate, a Purple Belt in Tang Soo Do, and a Certified Martial Arts Teacher (CMAT) designation. Her martial-arts career started in 1998 when she began practicing Tang Soo Do and American Karate. She became a GMAU student in 2018 when she enrolled in the Ultimate Bo program. And she first trained in Shotokan Karate under Sensei Kevin Funakoshi in 2016 before she moved to GMAU Shotokan in 2019. Sarah is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Youth Exercise Specialist. She's a mother of five who loves spending time with her family, training in the martial arts, running, weight lifting, traveling, and pursuing all kinds of adventures.

Nathan Douglas

Nathan Douglas

Ultimate Bo

About Nathan

Nathan Douglas holds a 3rd Black Chevron in Ultimate Bo. He started his Ultimate Bo training with the GMAU in 2016 under Sensei Michael Hodge, and became the program’s head instructor in 2019. Also, Nathan has been training in Taekwondo since 1997 under Master Sung Ju Kim, and currently holds a 4th Dan Kukkiwon Black Belt. He has been a martial-arts teacher since 2012 – teaching Taekwondo and Bojutsu at a local academy. When Nathan isn’t swinging a giant stick or kicking things he enjoys watching football and all things nerdy, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and his kids, Tailynn and Jacob, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dustin Koppel

Krav Maga & CMAT (Krav Maga)

About Dustin

Dustin Koppel has been involved in martial arts since 2007, when he started training in Krav Maga and Kickboxing under John Gabriele and Thierry Williams. In 2008, he began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and earned certification to teach Krav Maga and Kickboxing. Dustin holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, black belts in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a senior rank in Muay Thai. As a competitor, he has won Kickboxing championships in the light and super heavyweight categories. He’s been instructing for the GMAU since 2016.

Nick Vasallo

Muay Thai

About Nick

Since 2003, Coach Nick Vasallo has trained in various martial arts including Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga. He began Kickboxing in 2005 at CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA. In 2016, he transitioned into Muay Thai training with Stephanie Moon and Muay Thai world champion, George TsuTsui, in Danville, CA. He has won tournament medals and has competed in amateur bouts. Coach Nick also practices Jiu Jitsu and is the head instructor of Muay Thai at Danville Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Kickboxing. He’s a Certified Martial Arts Teacher (CMAT) and the creator of the GMAU's Muay Thai program. Coach Nick is sponsored by an affiliate of Zebra Athletics, Iron Neck, RXT-1, DoubleUP Roller, and Punch King. He's also a college professor of music, married with two kids, composes/sings/plays guitar in two bands (Antagony and Oblivion), and owns WeNeedMerch.com - a custom apparel company.

Michael Hodge

CMAT & Ultimate Bo

About Michael

Michael Hodge is the founder of the Ultimate Bo weapon style. He's been studying martial arts since age seven, and holds 3rd Degree Black Belts 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 over the years, and now currently works with home-study students around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential.

Jon Hodge

Shotokan Karate

About Jon

Jon Hodge holds 6th Degree Black Belts in Shotokan Karate and Song Moo Kwan. He has taught martial arts for over 20 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.

Weston Titus

Combat Strong

About Weston

Weston has a lifelong passion for health and movement. He has earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in kinesiology (the study of human movement) and is currently working on his PhD. When not filming Combat Strong, Weston is a professor at a local collage and coaches group fitness classes. He spends his free time finding new events or races to challenge his body and mind. He enjoys helping people learn and reach their goals.

Jonas Bieri

Shotokan Karate

About Jonas

Jonas holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He’s a Certified Martial Arts Teacher (CMAT) and has been teaching Shotokan for the GMAU since 2019. His martial-arts career began in 2015 when he joined the Goshindokan Dojo Liestal and started training in Goshindo Jiu-Jitsu and Kobudo under Sensei Elidio Moraglia (7th Dan). He currently holds a Purple Belt in Goshindo. Jonas started formal training in Shotokan Karate in 2016 under the GMAU’s Sensei Jon Hodge. Jonas loves to find new aspects of the martial arts to dive into, explore, optimize, and teach to his students. He's a senior web and database developer, and lives with his wife and two kids in Basel, Switzerland.

Seth Sullivan

Seth Sullivan

Shotokan Karate

About Seth

Seth is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He's been training in Shotokan since 2006 and is the owner and chief instructor of Sullivan’s Shotokan Karate in Sumrall, Mississippi. He has trained under several instructors including Sensei Steve Parham (3rd Dan) and Don Byington (7th Dan, and a student of Sensei Kanazawa for a time). Seth received his 1st Dan black belt under Craig Beeding (who received his black belt through Don Byington). And after joining the GMAU as a Shotokan black belt in 2014, he earned 2nd Dan that same year and 3rd Dan in 2017 from Sensei Jon Hodge. Seth has attended many seminars in various martial art styles including Shotokan, Seibukan, and Jiu-Jitsu. In 2011, he earned U.S. Champion in bo and 2nd place in kata at the U.S. National AAU Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, and Double State Champion in bo and kata and 3rd place in kata at the Mississippi Karate Association Tournament. Seth enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and riding his Harley motorcycle. He loves teaching and supporting martial-arts students.

Ismael Rico


About Rico

Rico currently holds a 4th Dan certified Kukkiwon Black Belt in Taekwondo (WTF). He started his Taekwondo (ITF) training in 1998 at Troy Dorsey’s Karate school in Dallas, Texas, where he earned his 1st Dan Black Belt. In 2009, he joined the United States Taekwondo Academy (run by Masters Alsharif and Atoun) as an instructor and student. There he earned his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Dans in the WTF style. During that time, he also trained in Capoeira with Prof. Molejo at the Capoeira Resistencia club in Allen, Texas. In 2019, Rico left the United States Taekwondo Academy to join the GMAU as a Taekwondo instructor. And he is currently training in Wing Chun with Joram Greber at the Authentic Kung Fu school in Dallas. To Rico, martial arts is life.

Aaaron Iacino

Aaron Iacino

Krav Maga

About Aaron

Aaron has a 1st Degree Black Belt in GMAU Krav Maga and is a Certified Martial Arts Teacher (CMAT) and Certified Krav Maga Instructor. In addition to teaching GMAU Krav, he teaches self-defense, defensive tactics, and Active Killer Survival Tactics to law-enforcement personnel and civilians. He runs an MMA gym where he teaches Krav Maga, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Boxing. He's also an appointed NRA training counselor, where he certifies pistol, rifle, shotgun, and concealed-weapon permit instructors. Aaron has studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing since the late 1990s. He was a Muay Thai Kickboxing champion and has competed in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA.

Christopher Connelly

Christopher Connelly

Krav Maga

About Christopher

Christopher has a Brown Belt in GMAU Krav Maga and became an instructor with us in 2021. He first started martial-arts training when he was 12 years old. He practiced Taekwondo for a year but, unfortunately, had to stop as his family couldn't afford to continue paying for his classes. He returned to martial arts in 2010 and studied several different styles before going back to Taekwondo. During that time, he realized that he loves teaching and encouraging people. In 2015, Christopher moved on from Taekwondo to a Christian Shotokan Karate club/dojo. And then in 2017, when he recognized that Krav Maga is one of the most efficient self-defense systems in the world, he enrolled in the GMAU Krav Maga program. He currently runs a Krav Maga school in High River, Alberta, and his long-term goal is to start a Krav Maga Christian ministry.

Michael South

Michael South

Krav Maga

About Michael

Michael is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga. He started his Krav training in 2008 under Steve Swinford in Northern Oklahoma. Over the years he's trained with John Gabriele, Ernie Kirk of Krav Maga Universal, James Hiramasa of Krav Maga Worldwide, and Dustin Koppel of the GMAU. Michael earned his black belt in Krav in 2013 and his second degree black belt in early 2022. He also holds black belts in Taekwondo and Hapkido, and is an avid student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Michael is an active martial-arts competitor and is the founder of National Martial Arts, an Oklahoma-based martial arts organization where he specializes in teaching Krav Maga.

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What Our Students

are Saying...

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.

Laurens van der Sande
Shotokan Karate Student

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.

John Balouziyeh
Ultimate Bo Student

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

David Wright
Krav Maga Student

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Ready for a Stronger

 and Safer You?

Any martial-arts style you choose will help you feel more physically grounded and stable. Learning martial arts is an extremely rewarding journey that we want to support you through. Take advantage of our special offer -- try a martial art through a free beginner’s course! It will start you on your journey to becoming a master.

Normally a $127 value

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