Baret Yoshida Wins F2W Lightweight Championship

This past weekend, head Jiu Jitsu instructor Baret Yoshida competed at Fight 2 Win 200, in Honolulu, Hawaii against fellow Hawaiian grappler Jeff Huang. Their bout in the lightweight division was the featured bout of the evening. Baret, a natural featherweight, took on the much larger Jeff Huang for the F2W lightweight championship. 


The bout was relatively quick as Baret secured an anaconda grip in the first minute, and then proceeded to chase the finish for the following minute, forcing Huang to tap to an anaconda choke at 2:10. Baret was then crowned as the F2W Lightweight Champion.

What Do I Need To Know To Start Jiu Jitsu?

For Arena members considering starting Jiu Jitsu, it is important that you have the right information before beginning your training. This article will go over the different classes available to you as a beginner, and the gear you should purchase for each one. 


Beginner Classes


Gi Fundamentals:

If you’ve never taken a Jiu Jitsu class before or if you are looking to expand your knowledge of the basics of Jiu Jitsu, then you’re going to want to start with our fundamentals classes. The gi fundamentals class at 4:30pm with coach Bryan Guerrero is an excellent place to start. The class is mostly made up of white and blue belts and the curriculum features a range of introductory to more advanced techniques. Keep in mind you will need a white gi if you would like to participate in this class. 


No Gi Fundamentals: 

The no gi fundamentals class at 5:30pm is another good option for those newer to Jiu Jitsu who are looking to learn no gi. The class is taught by Baret Yoshida, The Arena’s head Jiu Jistu instructor. You should plan on purchasing a rash guard and a pair of grappling shorts if you would like to participate in this class. 


Gear


Baret Submissions Gi: 

For our gi fundamentals class, you will need a white gi. The pro shop at the front desk has Baret Submissions gis available for purchase. If you are unsure what size gi you will need, the front desk will be able to help you out. 


Beret Submissions Rashguard: 

For no gi, you are going to want to purchase a rashguard. In the absence of a gi, rashguards will help you protect your skin from burns and scrapes, as well as soak up excess sweat. 


Grappling Shorts: 

Another no gi essential, grappling shorts are specifically made for no gi jiu jitsu. These shorts are designed for the movements and techniques of jiu jitsu. Furthermore, these shorts will not slide down easily when grabbed or pulled. 


Mouthguard: 

Regardless of if you are training gi or no gi, you should seriously consider purchasing a mouthguard, especially if you plan on rolling on Fridays. Mouthguards will help protect your teeth during high intensity training sessions.

Five Grappling: San Diego Results

This past weekend, Arena athletes representing Baret Submissions competed at Five Grappling’s gi and no gi tournament in Encinitas, CA.  A total of 35 medals were taken home by Arena grapplers after an incredibly strong showing for the gym. Of those medals, 16 were gold, 13 were silver, and 6 were bronze. Congratulations to everyone that competed. For the full list of Arena competitor results, see below: 


Kristyann Manske:

Gold, Female, Gi, 30-39, Brown Belt, Middleweight

Gold,Female, No Gi, 30-39, Brown Belt, Middleweight


Alda Guerrero:

Gold, Female, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Lightweight 


Kameron Chase:

Gold, Male, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Light Heavyweight

Gold, Male, No Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Light Heavyweight


Ryan Kolden:

Gold, Male, Gi, 18-29, White Belt, Welterweight



Matt Wilcox:

Gold, Male, No Gi, 18-29, White Belt, Welterweight


Eric Lum:

Gold, Male, Gi, 30-39, White Belt, Bantamweight

Gold, Male, No Gi, 30-39, White Belt, Flyweight


David Kerr:

Gold, Male, Gi, 30-39, Purple Belt, Light Heavyweight

Gold, Male, No Gi, 30-39, Purple Belt, Middleweight


Barney Travilla:

Gold, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Lightweight

Bronze, Male, Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Lightweight


David Da Silva:

Gold, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Bantamweight


Michael Toler:

Gold, Male, Gi, 30-39, White Belt, Lightweight


Marc Villaflor:

Gold, Male, Gi, 30-39, Purple, Lightweight


Markanthony Perez:

Gold, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Middleweight

Bronze, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Middleweight


Matthew Delmundo:

Silver, Male, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Lightweight

Silver, Male, No Gi, 30-39, Purple Belt, Lightweight


Isaias Barrios:

Silver, Male, Gi, 20-29, Blue Belt, Lightweight

Silver, Male, No Gi, 20-29, Purple Belt, Lightweight


Gaston Reeder:

Silver, Male, Gi, 30-39, White Belt, Lightweight


Gustavo Pena:

Silver, Male, No Gi, 20-29, White Belt, Lightweight


Maivi Luu:

Silver, Female, Gi, 18-29, White Belt, Middleweight


Bryan De Leon Guerrero:

Silver, Male, Gi, 18-29, Brown Belt, Lightweight


Justin Wilson:

Silver, Male, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Light Heavyweight

Silver, Male, No Gi, 30-39, Purple Belt, Light Heavyweight

Silver, Male, No Gi Absolute, 40+, Purple Belt


Jacob Piper:

Silver, Male, Gi, 18-29, White Belt, Welterweight

Silver, Male, No Gi, 18-29, White Belt, Welterweight


Deundhray Steele:

Silver, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Heavyweight

Bronze, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Heavyweight


Andres Huang:

Silver, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Welterweight


Vandric Castro:

Bronze, Male, Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Welterweight

Bronze, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Welterweight


Nicky Khisrivon:

Bronze, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Lightweight

5th, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Purple Belt, Bantamweight


Paul Welsh:

Bronze, Male, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Middleweight

4th, Male, No Gi, 30-39, Purple Belt, Middleweight


Joe O’Connell:

4th, Male, Gi, 30-39, Blue Belt, Light Heavyweight


Devante Sharpe-Shropshire:

4th, Male, Gi,18-29, White Belt, Lightweight


Ryan Huerta: 

9th, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Middleweight

5th, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Middleweight


Daniel Guinn:

7th, Male, Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Middleweight

4th, Male, No Gi, 18-29, Blue Belt, Middleweight

Arena Athletes Compete at ADCC Trials

This past weekend, from April 2nd-3rd, The Arena had a number of competitors attend ADCC’s West Coast Trials in Las Vegas. ADCCs is considered the most prestigious grappling event on the planet and ADCC’s West Coast Trials are notoriously difficult in terms of competition. Marilyn Cruz, Bobby Winther, Hyun Whyte, Mario Esquivies, Ivan Herrera, and Zak Stepniewski all represented The Arena in Las Vegas as they tested themselves against some of the world’s best grapplers.


Marilyn Cruz had a dominant showing in the women’s 60kg division, making it to the round of 16 out of 68 competitors. Marilyn ended up losing to Jazabel Cruz just prior to the quarter finals. 


Bobby Winther put on an impressive display against many higher belts in the 77kg division as he made it to the round of 32 out of 256 competitors. Bobby was knocked out of the tournament by the eventual winner, William Tackett. 


Hyun Whyte won his first round in the 77kg division by score before being knocked out of the tournament in the second round. 


Mario Esquivies made it past the first round of the 66kg division by submitting his opponent Jonathon Arlas. Esquivies then lost in round two on score. 


Ivan Herrera competed in the 77kg division where he was out scored in the second round by Matt Kopra. 


Zak Stepniewski competed in the 77kg division as well where he was submitted after a hard-fought match in round one. 


The full bracket of results can be found at the following link: 

https://arena.flograppling.com/event/a2fe54ab-be1f-9ebd-c24f-be927cc4fe18?page=brackets

The Arena Gym “Since 1949”

Following the launch of our new Arena Boxing shirts last week, many were left curious about the origin of the shirt’s epigraph “Since 1949”. While we are always excited about where our gym is headed in the future, we want to take an opportunity to pay homage to our past. This is the story of how The Arena Gym came to be.

 

Our story begins in Iowa in 1937 with Aloysius “Al” Holtmann. Holtmann enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 21 and later that year, graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Al was stationed in Hawaii from 1938-1940, where he met Legendary Okazaki Seishiro. Under Okazaki Seishiro, Al began to learn Danzan-Ryu Jujutsu, a Japanese martial art containing elements of Jujutsu, Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo. Two years later, Holtmann received his Mokuroku from Seishiro, which enabled him to begin teaching Danzan-Ryu.

 

The outbreak of the Second World War in the early 1940s led to Holtmann’s deployment to the Pacific theater. There, he saw combat in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, including Guam and Okinawa. Upon the war’s end, Holtmann retired from the Marine Corps and attended San Diego State University, all while continuing to teach Judo at the San Diego YMCA. After graduating college in 1949, Al founded his own club under the name “San Diego Judo Club”. Growing intrigue in Japanese culture and martial arts during the 1950s resulted in a surge in membership at Holtmann’s club. San Diego Judo Club was frequently featured in local newspapers and magazines, including the first edition of Black Belt magazine (America’s oldest martial arts magazine) in 1961.

 

Over the course of the next 5 decades, Holtmann taught over 100,000 students at his academy. Following his death in 2001, he was posthumously awarded his 6th degree black belt from Kodokan Judo headquarters in Tokyo. Holtmann’s student, Sensei Gene Mauro, took over the school after Al’s death. A 7th degree blackbelt and former Judo National Heavyweight Champion, Mauro led the school from 2002 until 2005. In 2006, San Diego Judo Club moved from its original location on 30th Street, to its current location at 3350 Sports Arena Blvd, and changed its name to The Arena. Today, The Arena is the second oldest martial arts school in the country and the largest school in North America.

Since 1949

Coach Bryan Guerrero Leads Strong Showing at Jiu Jitsu World League

This past weekend, Coach Bryan Guerrero led a group of grapplers from The Arena to compete at Jiu Jitsu World League’s 2022 The Worlds. The Arena had an incredibly strong showing with 10 medals won throughout the weekend.


In the Gi category, The Arena had a total of 11 competitors, winning five medals, consisting of 1 bronze, 1 silver, and 3 golds, one of which was won by Coach Brian Guerrero. In No Gi, The Arena had a total of 10 competitors who won 5 medals, consisting of 2 silvers, and 3 golds. Pictures from this past weekend’s tournament can be found on the Jiu Jitsu World League Facebook page.


Coach Bryan Jiu Jitsu World League

Baret Submissions Merchandise Available

The Arena Combat Sports Gym is excited to announce that we have stocked our shelves with new Baret Submissions merchandise, including Hawaii hoodies and our black Crucifix shirts. Check out the pro shop to get a look at these exclusive wares and show your support for The Arena’s head Jiu Jitsu instructor and ADCC hall of famer, Baret Yoshida. We have also restocked on some other Arena merchandise favorites. See the front desk for details.
Baret Merch

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