Alex Trinidad Ready to Fight Again After Knee Surgery

Alex “Ice Cream Man” Trinidad @icecreammanmma is ready to make his return after knee surgery this week, Friday June 10th for Cage Warriors in San Diego!! Alex has been with our MMA team longer than anyone and has represented The Arena proudly. Watch his return on UFC Fight Pass!


Alex Trinidad:
I’m Alex “The Ice Cream Man” Trinidad. I’m a professional fighter here at The Arena in San Diego. I’ll be fighting for Cage Warriors June 10th, next Friday. So I’m coming off a 9, 10 month layoff with a ACL meniscus surgery. I tore my ACL in the last fight. So it’s been a long road getting back. I’m excited to come back.


The recovery, I think, went perfect. The only thing was mental because I went from training every day to didn’t train for five, six months, only basic physical therapy five times a week. Doing little things at the gym with Coach Chuck and Coach Vince. They’re helping me. This injury’s actually been a blessing. It’s helped me get my striking back. I had to get real technical because I couldn’t use any strains or anything. So my head is in the perfect spot it’s supposed to be right now. I’ve never been more confident, never felt stronger. I’m real excited for this fight. My opponent’s very tough, but tough’s not good enough at this level. So I think the fight’s going to go very well for me.

What is MMA?

MMA, short for Mixed Martial Arts, is the combination and integration of Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and other specific styles, into a person’s knowledge and application of Martial Arts. The main benefit to MMA training is having a more complete understanding and applicable skill set for self defense situations. Altercations can occur with many different variables. Learning MMA can better equip a person to deal with each of these variables due to specific styles of Martial Art having strengths and weaknesses in each. 

Can I train MMA as a beginner?

For those with a desire to train as a mixed martial artist, there are numerous steps that you must take first. Mixed Martial Arts begins with learning individual styles of martial arts such as Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, or Muay Thai. Only once you attain some mastery in these skill sets will you be able to start training in the other disciplines effectively. Then, over time, you may find yourself with the required set of skills necessary to start training Mixed Martial Arts.

The Arena Amateur MMA Team Ready for Epic Fighting 49

Once again the MMA team is prepared to represent at Epic Fighting at the Four Points Sheraton on Aero Dr.! This time we have Anthony, Pierre and Josh going to battle! Show up and support!


Coach Charles Martinez:
This Friday, May 20th, we have Epic Fighting 49. We have three guys fighting representing The Arena. One is Anthony Orozco looking to continue his unbeaten streak to 4-0.

The next is Pierre Battermann. He’s been with us for a little while. He’s looking to make his amateur debut, and Josh Hotta, another debuter, all three guys have been training hard, and they’ve been waiting to get opponents, and now it’s time to do it. So we have a long history of good fights at Epic, and it’s just another opportunity to showcase our ability to build fighters.

New Arena Rashguards Available Now

The Arena Gym is excited to announce that we have just received an order of our brand new Arena rash guards! If you would like to purchase one of these limited edition items from our pro shop, please see the front desk while supplies last!

What is Filipino Martial Arts?

Filipino Martial Arts refers to fighting methods devised in the Philippines. It incorporates elements from both Western and Eastern Martial Arts, the most popular forms of which are known as Arnis, Eskrima, and Kali. Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability to turn ordinary household items into lethal weapons.

FMA teaches weapon use that is practical today. Both using and dealing with weapons that one can actually encounter in the streets and turning ordinary items into improvised weapons are integral aspects of training FMA. Knives, machetes, clubs and clothing, (called Sarongs), are still among commonly encountered weapons on the street and in the field, thus making FMA very practical and geared towards military and street fighting.

FMA is a great martial art for beginners as it teaches outstanding hand to hand combat skills using a variety of different weapons and objects. Our FMA class on Saturdays is a great place to start for those with minimal experience in martial arts.

Behind the Scenes at Liz Carmouche’s Bellator Title Fight in Hawaii

And New Bellator Flyweight Champion Liz Carmouche!!!! Congrats to @iamgirlrilla on securing the Bellator MMA World Title! She is a pioneer in Womens MMA, a great teammate, an insanely hard worker, and an all around good person. Congrats to our coaching staff as well, Coach Chuck, Coach Vince and Coach Baret for their work in adding to Liz’s arsenal and helping her get her gameplan right! The Champ is Here!!

Liz Carmouche Ready for Bellator Championship Fight

Next Friday Arena Pro MMA fighter, and Womens MMA pioneer Liz Carmouche is fighting for the Bellator Flyweight World Title!! Just finishing up her training here with Coach Chuck and ready to get to Hawaii for the main event of Bellator 278. Tune in and watch her reach the belt she deserves!


Coach Charles Martinez:

Next week we have Liz Carmouche fighting Juliana Velasquez for the Bellator Flyweight Title at Bellator 278 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Liz as usual is very prepared, very game, in shape. The game plan is good. Now it’s just a matter of getting out there, executing and becoming the new Bellator Flyweight Champion.

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