THE SAN DIEGO COMBAT SPORTS GYM
Welcome to The Arena, San Diego’s Combat Sports gym. We are the largest Martial Arts school in North America, offering Beginners to Pros more than 150 weekly classes in 12 different Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Strength & Conditioning programs.
Our San Diego gym classes include Boxing, Filipino Martial Arts, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai, S & C and Wrestling. This is the biggest program of its kind in the U.S. and our training is known worldwide.
Our weekly San Diego classes include Boxing, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Strength & Conditioning, Submission Wrestling (No Gi Jiu Jitsu) and Greco-Roman / Freestyle Wrestling. We also offer some of the best Accelerated Training and Fight Camp programs in San Diego.
Besides being the largest Combat Sports gym in North America, each one of our programs are individually among the biggest in the USA. Our Jiu Jitsu program alone leads the country with 50 adult classes, and our other programs such as Boxing are close behind.
Training at The Arena is different than at other San Diego gyms. Due to our background and history, we’ve had strong ties with members of the Armed Forces since we first started in 1949. This focus had led to a constant emphasis on effective training for the field, the street and in competition. Consequently, we do not (and will never) offer “Cardio” classes.
We simply don’t believe in poor training with even worse technique just to get in shape. Instead, our philosophy is to train for real while still increasing fitness. “Real” doesn’t mean getting hurt or being too aggressive, and we don’t tolerate any bad attitudes here. But it does mean doing things the right way. So if you want the best, most realistic training available, we’re the clear choice in San Diego.
Our 12 Coaches comprise one of the most experienced and accomplished teams of Combat Sports and Martial Arts trainers in the world. With an average of over 25 years of experience per coach, we have a tremendous amount of knowledge and mastery to share with our students.
Our San Diego Coaches include the legendary Master Baret Yoshida, a 3x IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Champion and 3x ADCC medalist / 10x ADCC vet. We also have future UFC Hall of Fame fighter Chris Leben and 4x Team USA Olympic Boxing Coach / US Armed Forces Head Coach Basheer Abdullah. Together, our Coaches provide world class instruction for any level of athlete.
Founded in 1949 as the Southern California School of Judo and Jujitsu, we’re the oldest continually operating Martial Arts school in North America. In 2006, we moved to our current San Diego location and updated our name to match our mission to build the best Combat Sports gym in the world.
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2 Ways to Switch Your Stance in Boxing or Kickboxing In this video Coach Martinez shows you two different techniques to use when changing or shifting your stances in kickboxing or boxing. Coach Charles breaks it down showing how to adjust your stance first defensively
Elbows are one of the major differences between Kickboxing and Muay Thai and make the sport of Muay Thai and how fighters use it unique. In this video coach Charles Martinez shows you 4 different elbow strike techniques to use in Muay Thai fights and explains
The Bow and Arrow Choke is one of the cornerstones we teach in our Jiu Jitsu classes. Sometimes though it can be difficult to finish, especially if your opponent falls on your leg as you go to complete it. In this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tip