Global Martial Arts Academy, located in the Woods Corner Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was founded on the development of mind, body and spirit through training in the best martial arts from around the Globe. As we gain an understanding of different Martial Arts systems we will learn to appreciate their culture respectively. This learning process allows us to embrace techniques that work for each individual differently.
Our Founder and Master Instructor Mateo De Los Reyes has dedicated the last 30 years of his life training and developing our training programs from the following systems: Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt) under 9th Dan Master Chan Hak Park, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai (Full Instructor) under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Martial Arts (Senior Associate) under Magulang na Guro Dan Inosanto, Combat Submission Wrestling CSW (Associate Instructor+Mid-Atlantic Headquarters) under UFC and Pride Coach Sensei Erik Paulson and Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Professor David Adiv from the RGDA (Royler Gracie-David Adiv) Association.
Here at GMA, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of the martial arts through constant evolution and dedication. We also understand that 95% of all physical confrontations end up on the ground, 99% start standing up and 100% don’t ever have to start.