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THE SAN DIEGO COMBAT SPORTS GYM
ABOUT THE ARENA
The Arena is the leading Combat Sports gym in San Diego and the largest Martial Arts school in the U.S. We offer Beginners to Pros more than 150 weekly classes in 12 different Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Strength & Conditioning programs. 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 United States and our high caliber training is known worldwide.
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.
Our weekly 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 Personal 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 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 coaches include the legendary Master Baret Yoshida, a 2x 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 12 Coaches provide world class instruction for any level of athlete.
THE ARENA PROGRAMS
Our Accelerated Training Program offers the ultimate in Private Lessons. It’s been designed by some of the best Combat Sports Coaches in the game to rapidly increase learning and new skill acquisition.
Boxing at a World Class level is a reality here. Run by Olympic and Pro Coaches, our Boxing classes are perfect for students wanting to learn, as well as professional Boxers looking for top of the food chain training.
We run some of the top Fight Camps in the world for Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Kickboxing / Muay Thai. Our Coaches are also available for Summer and Dream Camps for incredible Combat Sports vacations.
Filipino Martial Arts
Our Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) classes provides outstanding instruction in Kali and Escrima. One of the world’s most lethal Martial Arts, our FMA training provides the perfect way to learn realistic self-defense.
With over 50 weekly Jiu Jitsu classes, we offer the largest Adult Jiu Jitsu program in the U.S. Headed by the legendary Master Baret Yoshida, our school provides outstanding training for white belts to world champs.
Run by one of the top Judo Coaches in the U.S., our Judo School offers the best instruction for both new students and experienced Judoka who want to train in one of the premier Martial Arts for stand up grappling.
We teach Dutch Style Kickboxing; the main striking system used in MMA and K-1. This is NOT Cardio Kickboxing (we don’t teach those classes here). Instead, our Coaches focus on training for maximum skill development.
Our MMA program is one of the best in the U.S. Run by 4 outstanding Coaches, including famed UFC fighter Chris Leben, our classes and training programs are designed to build MMA fighters from the ground up.
Offering Muay Thai classes with the legendary Master “Kru Mark”, who has been training and coaching for over 55 years, our school teaches “The Art of 8 Limbs” in one of the most traditional Muay Thai systems in the U.S.
Strength & Conditioning
We designed our S & C program for the specific needs of Combat Sports athletes and those who want to train like them. Our exhilarating classes make our students and fighters agile, fast, flexible and conditioned.
Our school offers top level training in Submission Grappling, also called No Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Wrestling. We provide 18 weekly classes, the majority taught by 2x IBBJF World Champ and 10x ADCC vet Baret Yoshida.
With Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Cage Wrestling offered in a fully matted training room, our Wrestling classes are perfect for former High School and College wrestlers, as well as MMA fighters.
THE ARENA SCHEDULE
We offer the greatest number of adult Combat Sports classes in North America.
THE ARENA COACHES
THE ARENA FACILITY
27,000 square feet and state of the art, we’re the largest Combat Sports gym in San Diego.
THE ARENA SUCCESS STORIES
Training at The Arena has been nothing but amazing. It brought my game to the next level. The advantages from working on a one-on-one basis here is that when you're learning, and you have questions, you can ask. They're answered immediately and in detail. This attention really gets to the root of any issues you may have that might hold you back in your progression in the sport.
This is our home. I love it here. Everyone trains hard and is dedicated to perfecting their craft and I like to be surrounded by that. The boxing team is really strong. We have a solid stable of Pros. A solid stable of Amateur fighters. It's good because you all push each other and you all bring the best out of each other. I think we've got something really special here.
They push here, that's what counts. Everybody works together, everybody compliments each other very well at The Arena. They’re all great fighters and they all come here every day and work hard. That's the beauty about training here. They promote us well too. A lot of gyms don't promote their fighters, but The Arena wants us to be known. It's just a great environment for us to be in.
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)
I've been at The Arena since day one. It’s the best gym for martial arts, hands down. The instructors are top notch and world renowned. You're not going to find guys like this anywhere else that are this far ahead of the game, this cutting edge. The vibe is really laid back. The instructors are really approachable. Ask your questions and they're addressed. You're going to learn here.
I've been training with Baret since the very beginning. So when he came to The Arena, I was here right away. It's been great. We all came together and formed a really strong team. Everyone's pushing each other to be better and compete and just be more dedicated to the Art of Jiu Jitsu. It's such a good vibe. I encourage everybody to come out here and train with us.
We learn a lot here. Traditional Kodokan Judo to Self Defense training. The Arena is definitely one of the best Judo Dojos in town. The mat here is really, really high end, so when you get slammed, you can take impact without getting injured. We train hard to represent The Arena. We're doing a really good job. It's one of the greatest gyms around.
I've been training here for seven years. I really like the way they put classes together. I feel their method of teaching is the best way to do it. You learn how to be offensive and defensive at the same time in a real world environment. There's absolutely everything you need to train here, whether you want to learn, you just want to stay in shape or you’re looking to fight.
Baby Joe Taimanglo
The atmosphere here is really good. You can feel the positive energy that everybody brings together. We've all got different backgrounds, different cultures. But we’re all trying to succeed and become the best. Everybody just comes in and works and there are so many great coaches at The Arena. It all comes together where everybody can come in and get great training.
I first came to The Arena when I was getting ready for a fight. Everybody here made me feel really welcome. Ever since then, I haven't looked back. I trust these guys to get me ready. I'm huge on professionalism. They're structured at this place. All the instructors are always here, they're always on time, they're squared away, they know what they're doing. I love training here.
Strength & Conditioning
What's great about The Arena is the Strength & Conditioning classes, the heavy lifting, as well as the advice I can get on dietary needs or just anything I have questions with for overall training. People have all different strength and skill levels from beginners to intermediate to very advanced. It's a big family and we try and help each other reach whatever goals we are interested in achieving.
At The Arena, everybody's super friendly. Any time you need help they’re always willing. You have great training partners here and everybody's trying to get better. A lot of high-level guys here, so you can't go wrong. The facility is great and they have a lot of different classes. Whatever you want to learn, The Arena has it. Take advantage of it because the pricing is very affordable.
What brought me here is that it's not a cardio gym. It's learn to fight. The instructors are the best. They're Pros in everything they do and have an unlimited amount of knowledge in everything they teach. It's also a giant family. Everybody's here to push each other. That's why we're one of the best gyms. It's great to be on the team, beat each other up and laugh at the end about it.
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