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Mat Life Training Center

Mat Life has been training everyday warriors in the Alachua County community for more than 44 years. We’re proud to have a professional team of internationally-certified instructors, a supportive and passionate community, and a safe training environment where kids and adults alike can experience the life-long benefits of martial arts training, together. We encourage our members to become physically, mentally, and spiritually fit through developing self-discipline and proficiency in their training program. We believe that providing the highest quality of instruction, paired with a positive environment and a great community, is what makes Mat Life a platform for self development. We warn all of our new members – if you train here, you just might change your life!

At Mat Life Training Center, our goal is to teach you or your children authentic martial arts. We offer training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Karate, as well as Energetic Arts such as Qigong and Tai Chi, Yoga, Acro-Tumbling, and Flow Arts. We believe that if you can improve physically on the mats, your life will improve emotionally and spiritually off of the mats. We offer a truly integrated family training center, and are home to Ring Ready Fitness and Warrior Wellness Collective as part of the Mat Life culture and facility offerings. While martial arts training is a physical sport, we believe in the mind-body-spirit practices that have made this type of training a staple in every culture around the world for thousands of years, and are honored to bring the heart of this type of training in its entirety and integrity to you in our training centers through our programs and family-focused environment.

Mat Life is not your average gym or dojo. We are a multi-location, time-tested training academy that addresses the need for professional martial arts instruction, authentic self defense, transparent and supportive culture, servant leadership, and fun!

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My entire family is apart of this gym, so I am there 5-6 days a week and it is amazing. I really like the coaches and the atmosphere. I am constantly learning new things while also getting an amazing workout. Plus I have had the best massage of my life here. The masseuse literally fixed a knee issue I was having with a single session. Would highly RECOMMEND!

Miranda Haire

Have been attending martial art classes here for well over a month now. And not once did I feel disappointed, cheated, or left out. Would highly recommend!

Elias Medrano

I strongly encourage people to come here. If you want to be put into the test and get out of your comfort zone, and at the same time have a nice experience getting to your goals, this is the place for you. Super friendly and goal oriented toward students.

Jorge Pino

It is a perfect place to learn martial arts. The instructors are all professional and respectful. It is very difficult to be nice to everybody when the instructors are in the positions. The lessons are very challenging and serious, but still very fun! All the people in the academy are very friendly. I highly recommend this academy to literally everyone! You will overcome your age, health problems, etc! Of course, there are reasons to have 5/5stars in the review! There are also free trials for you!

HyeonJin Bonnie Lee

This is a wonderful healing environment for anyone to get back to optimal health. They offer much more than just MMA. Come check them out!

Jason Hartz

I went in after a friend who attends global recommended them to me as I’ve practiced a few forms of marital arts in the past but haven’t stayed as focused as I used to be.

Jason and Jon are both great guys and welcomed me in. I felt very comfortable at global and took a Thursday night defense course with joe. He was super thorough with everything we did and made sure to be really careful with a past injury I’m still dealing with.

I’d highly recommend global to anyone who wants to train regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet who’s practiced for years. They teach multiple forms so there’s something for everyone.

Joshua Galarneau

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