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 curriculums, Sensei Michael 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 Texas, Oklahoma, and other certified instructors’ centers.
We offer students from anywhere in the world the opportunity to earn rank and certifications through our Black Belt Distance Training at Home courses. 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. Since our humble beginnings in a small community dojo, we have and always will uphold the values of dedication, service, humility, positive action, and excellence. We look forward to training with you soon!
- For the best and highest good of all.
- High levels of excellence.
- Total transparency.
- Open and honest communication.
- Integrity in every action.
The Global Martial Arts Association Leadership Board is a group of individuals who have been selected to represent and guide the association’s path. Board members have been selected for their life-long dedication to the martial arts, among other notable service-oriented character traits. The Leadership Board is not at the top of our association, but rather the bottom. Through being the guiding instructors or advisors for our students and members, the Leadership Board is helping to lead our entire membership to success, through being the foundation of our tenents. We are here to serve our members.
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 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 six 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.
Michael Hodge is the founder of Ultimate Training and also 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. 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, and create boundless prosperity for the world through The Abundance Projects, of which he is the steward.
“I have been involved in martial arts for 9 years now, and teaching for 8 years. I began with Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kickboxing. I earned a black belt under John Gabriele (who trained under Darren Levine, who trained under Imi Lichtenfeld). Two years later I got involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and haven’t stopped training since. I am an MMA and kickboxing title-belt holder. I enjoy competing, but my true passion is teaching and watching people grow into leaders. I have always been active in helping my community and wanted to share those values with my students, as they become leaders in their community. When I am not at my school teaching (or teaching my global students) I enjoy spending time with my wife and finding new adventures.”
Seth Sullivan has been training in the art of Shotokan Karate for many years. He is a native of Magee, Mississippi and has trained in Magee, Madison, Petal, Clinton, Laurel, Hattiesburg, and now in Sumrall, Mississippi. He is a resident of Waynesboro, Mississippi and currently serves as the Minister for the Waynesboro Church of Christ. He is a 2nd Dan Blackbelt. Sensei Sullivan has attended several seminars and workshops in conjunction with other styles including Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Ju-Jitsu, and Seibukan karate. He has judged, supported, and participated in several tournaments both state-wide and nationally including the State Games of Mississippi, Mississippi Karate Association, and the Amateur Athletic Union. It is Sensei Seth’s goal to help with furthering the values and traditions of the martial arts through the United States and world.
Pier Franco Zerbini
Pier has more than 30 years experience in the martial arts, Krav Maga teacher and 2nd degree black belt, holds degrees in Judo and Wushu, and currently runs a Krav Maga training center near Turin (North West Italy) since 2011. He is an experienced teacher in other fields than the martial arts, has a degree in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Sport Nutrition, and is the founder of a reality based system (Urban Fight), that joins the Krav Maga approach to other martial arts and combat systems (Silat, Kempo, Western Boxing, Irish Fighting).