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At the heart of everything that we do is our passion for teaching correct  Rocian Gracie methods and our commitment to our students. We believe in not just teaching self defense or fighting we believe in culturing all student  and teaching martial arts and family values. We also want our younger student to strive for academic excellence.  Our academy is operated by three generation of family members who are current or retired competitors and full contact fighters who are also world certified high level masters  and instructor. All our staff members must pass a full background checks to qualify to coach or teach and we are "Safe Sport Certified" to teach children. Our unique programs and training classes are second to none and we strive to give the best to all our members.  Professor Spillmann has decades of experience teaching Brazilian JiuJitsu methods and many other martial art styles as taught to him by his Grandmasters. We offer classes in Brazilian JiuJitsu, Self Defense and mixed martial arts. Most our members are focused on learning martial arts as a hobby or to help over come life's obstacles and build confidence, fitness while learning practical self defense. 

"Developing the Champions of Today and The Leaders of Tomorrow"  

TEAM MEMBERS:  Even though our main focus is inner growth, self improvement  and self defense methods, we do have a handful of students that want to be competitors and are on our team roster. Those competitors must meet the team requirements otherwise they can not compete. No student is permitted in the cage without attending classes and learning the needed skills to avoid serious injuries. If you want to be on our team, "you must" meet our team requirements. As in the past, if you can't  meet the team training requirements, then the coach will remove you from our team. We are here to win and expect a team member to give 100% to training. We have a history of developing leaders and champions. We are a family and fight to win and we never give up, so leave your ego at the door.

Team Requirements:

Be Able to Train 4 - 5 Days per week.
Be Coachable
Be Humble
Be Dedicated 

Be Loyal 
Be Realistic
Be Patient 

Be Drug Free

* Team Members must maintain membership and sign a fighter's agreement: You represent our school, so a positive attitude
   and appropriate behavior in and outside of the school, is required. 
Only Team gear allowed on the mats or in the cage.
   (Talk to Professor Spillmann about joining this program)


(Read His Bio) 

Our school has been ranked as one of the top Martial Arts School time and time again. Our State of the art training center was built for our students and has over 15,000-sqft of floor space, training mats, specialized equipment, MMA cage, boxing areas, weight room, free weights, TRX, Bungees, changing rooms and a kids play TV area. We also believe in a clean and comfortable training areas and clean waiting areas. GMA teaches several martial arts styles like Brazilian JiuJitsu, Adult, Child & Family TaeKwondo, Adult Hapkido, Adult Wing Chun and Self Defense.
 We also offer seminar's, summer programs, after school pick-up and kids weekly summer camps.


We are located in the GMA Elite Training Center building located in the heart of Gallatin, and reflects the vibrant energy of the area. Our skilled team members are here to assist students achieve, learn self defense skills and hone fighting skills. If you ready to reach your potential then  call us today 615-675-4795 Ext 5 to learn more about us.

We offer Adult MMA Classes, Kids MMA Classes, Adult Brazilian JiuJitsu, Kids Brazilian JiuJitsu, Adults TaeKwonDo, Kids TaeKwonDo, Sport TaeKwonDo, Kickboxing / Muay Thai Concepts, Wing Chun and other martial arts classes.  We are located in Gallatin Tennessee and closes to Hendersonville, Castalian Springs, Hartsville, Lafayette, Nashville, Madison, Lebanon and Bethpage. We are located in the GMA Elite Training Center  Building: 130 N Locust Ave Gallatin TN 37066



Welcome to GMA with over 50 Years Experience

The GMA Team keeps winning top events. Professor Spillmann and his sons know how to create champions. The GMA academy is known for developing top students and leaders with great skills and strong defensive and fighting abilities. Our students have multitudes of wins in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and many MMA wins. GMA’s master-level instructors are internationally certified in multiple martial arts. Professor Spillmann is an 9th-Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, who holds black belt rankings in several martial arts and received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Rocian Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2000.  

Professor Spillmann started martial arts training at the age of 4 and at 60 years of age he has taught martial arts in the United States and abroad for almost 45 years. He has worked with UFC fighters and many pro fighters over the years and his son Kurt has competed in many MMA fights and was undefeated. The academy is registered with the International Brazilian JiuJitsu Federation / USA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, International TaeKwonDo Federation, USA Boxing. USA TaeKwondo and the American Athletic Union. Our main focus is training students of all ages to learn to defend themselves. Our methods are proven but it requires dedication, trust and perseverance from students to become the best. If you want to be an MMA fighter you must be dedicate otherwise we will not take you into the team program, if you miss training days or you are not coachable you will be dropped from the roster and moved to regular training classes. We welcome you to our family.

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June 12th, 2018

GMA Martial Arts Center / Rocian Gracie Jiu-Jitsu TN


Grandmaster Spillmann’s youngest son Kurt has competed for years in traditional martial arts tournaments. He is fourth-degree black belt and a gold medalist in both Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and on June 10th, Spillmann won at Cage Wars MMA in California.

Spillmann, a native of Gallatin, dominated the fight with head kicks body strikes. Spillmann was not struck once, ending the match in under a minute by forcing his opponent to tap out with a rear-naked choke.

The GMA academy is known for developing top students with academic excellence and strong defensive and fighting abilities. GMA students have multitudes of wins in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA.

GMA’s master-level instructors are internationally certified in multiple martial arts. Grandmaster Professor Spillmann is an eighth-degree black belt, who holds rankings in several martial arts and has been teaching in the United States and abroad for almost 40 years.

Master Kurt Spillmann trains at GMA Martial Arts in Gallatin, TN with his family and when fighting in California, and trains at  Fight Syndicate a friendship school.


Huntter Anderson Wins 

Aires MMA Nashville TN 

September  17th 2022 - Huntter won his MMA fight  via dq.

Current Record  2-1


Coached by Master M. Unamann

Dycin Denzick Wins Silver

September 10th 2022 - Dycin Denzick with 2nd Place


Dycin, Braydon and Ian all win Gold - Grappling Games.

Ian Kimble and Dycin Denzik both did a great job and had a big win at tappet cancer. All three competed and all won.

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June 9th, 2019

GMA Martial Arts Center Master Instructor Kurt Spillmann who is a 4th Dan black Belt in ITF,  Kukkiwon TaeKwondo and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, (under his father GM Spillmann) competed again this weekend in California Cage Wars and devastated his opponent with a TKO in under 20 seconds.

The fight started as Kurt Spillmann side-kicked his opponent and a boxing bout began. Kurt landed several punches causing his opponent to try to clinch. That is when Kurt Spillmann reversed it, landing his opponent on his back. Master Kurt Spillmann  then landed 9 more punches ending the fight by TKO in under 20 seconds.  His current record is undefeated and all fights have ended in under 40 seconds. This demonstrates the power of BJJ / MMA taught at GMA and the other martial arts taught at GMA Martial Arts in Gallatin TN.

Master Kurt Spillmann trains at GMA Martial Arts in Gallatin, TN with his family and when fighting in California he works out at  Fight Syndicate a friendship school.  Master Instructor Kurt Spillmann started practicing martial arts at the age of three with his father Grandmaster Spillmann, an 8th Dan Black Belt.and Black Belt under Rocian Gracie Jr.


Master Kurt Spillmann  has been training and competing for over 24 years. He also trains with his brothers at the Gallatin Academy.


Master Instructor Kurt Spillmann is a complete fighter and has won dozens of competitions in TaeKwonDo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; he also graduated MTSU with a degree in business and is a complete martial artist. Great martial arts brings a person peace of mind, changes lives, and teaches dedication, goal setting, confidence and perseverance which is evident in the success of this martial arts master. 



Dycin Denzick Wins Gold
Grappling Games 2023

Dycin continues to dominate at the last 2 events. Great job training hard and getting top academics.


Three students attended the the Fuji Event at the Corvette Museum 2024.


Fuji Results - 02/24

Dycin D - Gold

Braydon S - Silver

Ian K - Silver

GMA Team News 


Rocian Gracie Jr  Brazilian JiuJitsu USA TN Branch 

GMA Building 
130 N. Locust Ave - Suite C
Gallatin TN 37066

1-615-675-4795  Ext 1

Register for these styles:
Wing Chun - Trial Lesson
Tai Chi - Trial Lesson
TaeKwonDo Karate - Adults  Trial Lesson
TaeKwonDo Karate - Juniors Trial Lesson
TaeKwonDo Karate - Little Lions Trail Lesson
TaeKwonDo Families 5yr - Up
HapKiDo -Adults Trial Lesson
Self Defense Programs - Trial Lesson


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