Arena Student Joey Kong Jiu Jitsu Testimonial

Here’s a cool testimonial video of Arena member Joey Kong who began training Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling a couple years ago with Coaches Ryan Fortin and Baret Yoshida.


Joey Kong:
My name is Joey Kong. I’ve been training here at the arena for about two years. Always wanted to train, so just made my appointment. Came in. They were very welcoming. The team’s really supportive. We’ve got lots of high level people that make sure that the lower belts succeed and learn technique. I started as a white belt. I had no idea about Jiu Jitsu.

Coach Ryan Fortin, he has a wealth of knowledge. He’s very personable, down to earth, very easy to speak to. After class, if you ask him to go over something with you, he’ll do that. No questions asked. Yeah, everybody’s really friendly here and they just focus on your success. If you want a good workout with something to learn, it’s a great place to do it. I don’t even know what to say. I’m hella nervous, man.

Baret Yoshida BJJ Guard Passing Drill Using a Baseball Bat

Jiu Jitsu and Grappling Coach Baret Yoshida is back with another solo drill you can do at home using a baseball bat or some type of stick or pole.


Coach Baret Yoshida:
I’m going to do some movement drills with this bat here. So I’m going to put the fat end and I’m putting it on the mat here. I put both hands on the top of the handle here. And what I’m doing here is I’m going to step outwards with one foot and the other leg’s going to lift up and I’m going to step over the bat. So when I step over the bat here, the other hand will replace it. I go back, both hands back on the bat. And from there, I’m going to step out the other way. And you’re just going to keep stepping over just like so.

So now, I’m going to add a hook in here. All right. So what I do here now… The hook itself, I bring the leg around and it’s just like when you’re throwing hooks you’re not supposed to bat. I’m going to lace around the bat like so. A hook itself will just be wrapping around and lacing, facing your toes and put some tension on it. So you put it all together here now. You step over, you hook, step over, hook.

The first part of the drill… This here, a lot of times is your step over pass when you step over someone’s legs and you’re trying to come from the side. As far as this lacing drill here, I use this a lot when I’m setting up a crucifix. I’ll hook inside their leg here or even the back one. It’s just a good… It feels very smooth. Feels very similar to hooking on their leg like the grape vine or single leg ride, something like so. So I just put the combination together with the step over and the leg hook there, step over, the leg hook. 

Australian Visitor Prepares for ADCC Trials at The Arena

Whenever James travels to San Diego from Australia, he comes to get some good training with Baret Yoshida at The Arena. This time he was getting ready for the ADCC trials.


James Walters:
I’m James Walters from Melbourne, Australia. I’m out here on a bit of a holiday, but preparing for ADCC trials in Japan, the Asia Oceania. The second trial’s there, so that’s the in 12 days from now. So I’ve been out here for two weeks now training at the arena. This is my fourth time I’ve been here. Yeah, always keep coming back.


Just the instruction’s really good. Learning from Baret has been really good. You can tell why it’s Baret Submissions because every chain of attacks and sequences always finishes with a really tough submission or kind of really crafty. But you never know where you’re going, especially when you roll with him. It’s like you’re in a trap from everywhere. Yeah. But the guys here are really tough. They’re always ready to throw down, dude’s work hard. And so it’s really good for preparation for ADCC trials because I know I’m going to be fit and ready for that. No one here is taking it easy, which is really cool. It’s really fun.

MMA Legend Enson Inoue Shows How He Takes Mount

Here’s a video of MMA Legend Enson Inoue showing how he likes to take the mount, during one of his seminars here at The Arena.


Enson Inoue:
So I’m here and I sit for the mount. One big point I like to emphasize is you always want something connected to the hips.

If it’s your hand. If your hand’s going to leave, I like my knee here.

Okay, from here, when I, when I like to mount is I don’t like to commit my whole body weight.

While you guys might know this but when you spar, you’re still probably doing this type of mount here. So what I mean by that is when my knee will hit the mat first before my feet, you see how my whole body is committed to it?

So what I like to emphasize is here, when I’m going to mount, it’s just my feet.

I’m real tight with what I want to imagine is a cockroach here. And if you don’t like killing cockroaches then imagine your ex girlfriend or your ex wife pissed you off. Okay. And so you just want to get a little smash, okay? So you want to do it as close as possible to the hip, that you want to throw the hips. So what I like to do is I like to come here, even if I don’t slap, I hold here, yeah? So right here, my only movement is my leg. And if he were bridged, he will back, try to turn it backwards, I can easily base.

If I’m here and my whole body weight is on him and he bridges, he got the momentum with my whole body weight going back. So it’s hard for me to maintain position. So what I want you guys to do is this, basic here you come here, you’ve got to know your plane, yeah?

For me, if Baret lifts and he’s defending, he’s defending, he lifts up here, I know I’m not flexible enough to hit that. But I know if I can get it about here, I can probably clear. So you’ve got to know your own plan and all you need was a split second because the foot is so fast. Okay? So get a partner and let’s just try doing this, okay? Ready? One, two, three.

Training BJJ with Hawaiian Legend Baret Yoshida

Check out this clip of The Arena’s Nathan Blondin as he talks about his transition from Hawaii and starting up his Jiu Jitsu training again here in San Diego under Master Baret Yoshida.


Nathan Blondin:
My name’s Nathan Blondin from Honolulu, Hawaii. I started training back in ’99 to about 2005 in Hawaii with Romulo. And I took a long time off.

And then I moved down here in San Diego a few years ago and I wanted to start training jiu-jitsu again. I wanted to get back in shape, and then I was looking up places, and I was like, “Oh man, Baret Yoshida is like down here in San Diego.” And I was like, “Oh shit. This is definitely wanted to come down here and train with him.”

Everybody knows who he is. In Hawaii, he’s a legend. One of my first tournaments, I saw him do the tournament in Hawaii and it just wrecked everybody. I think he was still a purple belt at the time.

He’s probably one of the best instructors I’ve ever got to learn under. Because he’s so technical, it’s on another level, I think. And he still competes at a high level. We’re about the same age and it’s like, it’s amazing, man.

Chris Leben MMA Floor Drills To Practice At Home

UFC Veteran and MMA Coach at The Arena shows some nice floor movement drills you can do at home to help your wrestling and grappling. Chris’ son Liam even gets on the action.


Coach Chris Leben:
What up, guys? Here’s some simple ground drills you could do on your own. Look at my bridges, do hip escapes. Look at my back door escapes. Moving up, look at my sit outs. Look at my Granbys. Look at my stand ups.


So there are some easy steps you can do at home, even when your kid is right next to you.


Liam, say hi to the camera. Say hi.



Baret Yoshida Triangle Drill Using a Baseball Bat

Jiu Jitsu Coach Baret Yoshida is back with another cool drill you can at home by yourself to practice your triangle choke. All you’ll need is a bat or stick of some kind.


Coach Baret Yoshida:
So this is the Triangle. I’m going to start off holding the bat here, I’m leaning on my back here. I’m going to bring one foot underneath the bat and put the other foot up on it here. From here I’m going to throw the bat, and as it comes around, i remove my right foot here and I bring it behind the left foot. I’m going to hook onto the pose here. So here, I’m going to twirl, grab the bat here, bringing that right foot underneath here, okay?

And then once I come through here, just like a jump rope I’m going to bring one foot over. I’m going to pull it, go back into the triangle here, and I’m going to come around the handle here, and cup around my knee, something like this. And I’m going to use the other hand here for some leverage so I can put some resistance up against my legs.

And then we can restart.


Baret Yoshida Rear Naked Choke Drill on Baseball Bat

Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling Coach Baret Yoshida has another cool drill you can do to practice your rear naked chokes at home with a baseball bat. Give it a try.


Coach Baret Yoshida:
So I’m going to do the rear naked choke, okay? So what I’m doing, I’m going to get the fat end, I’m going to put it on the mat, and I’m going to put my foot underneath the bat here and trap my leg over here. So this’ll keep the bat nice sturdy, right? And then what I’ll do is I’ll get my hand on the back of the handle here, and I’m going to come around and just simulate the rear naked choke here, right? So from here, you lock your hands in and you’re going to actually pull your elbows into your body, keeping the bat straight with your legs as well, so it doesn’t slide away. And you can bring your head here. Squeeze it in, something like that. And you can practice on both your arms.

So once again, I get one of my feet here, put it underneath the fat end of the bat. Your leg will cross around to keep this bat sturdy. And then I’m going to get one hand on the handle and the other half comes around. And when I get my hand around here I want my elbow to go as close to the bat as possible here. You don’t want big gaps here. Something like this, just to really simulate a rear naked choke. And I bring my head on the other side of my hand here, putting pressure something like so, and pull my elbows in. You can do it on both sides. And you can do this while you watch TV or you don’t need much space. You can just …

Baret Yoshida Guillotine Drill with a Baseball Bat

Baret Yoshida is a Jiu Jitsu and Grappling master and one creative guy as well. Check out how he uses a baseball bat to practice his guillotines when he’s at home by himself.


Coach Baret Yoshida:


So, I’m going to show some techniques that you can do training alone with just a bat, or a stick, or even a pipe, whatever you can find. This one here is the guillotine. So, I’m going to have the fat end facing towards me. I’m going to put my foot underneath the end of the handle, on the inside like this, and then the other foot goes upon it here like this. Okay?

From there, I’m going to wrap my arm around like I’m doing the guillotine. Set. When you get your arm around here, today, I’m going to pull it all the way to the joint here. But, as far as the gripping here, I could grab my pinky here, I could go with a Gable Grip here, or even an S-grip. So, those are probably the three main grips that I’m going to practice with. Okay?

So, I’m going to get my foot, bring my leg over, and grab one of my grips here. Okay? And then, from there, we’re going to just lean back here. And, you can really, really press into it here. You’re going to feel a lot of pressure in your arm. It’s going to feel very, very similar to doing an actual guillotine.

All right, so using the fat part facing you, I bring the foot under, the other leg goes over, almost like an X here, and the hand comes around. And, like I said, pinky, S-grip or Gable, and break, fall back here, and just really, really twist it through here.

Chris Leben Teaches MMA Technical Stand-Up Drill

Here’s a great drill you can do at home to practice standing up while protecting yourself from any attack of your opponent. MMA Coach Chris Leben walks you through some simple steps.


Coach Chris Leben:
What up, guys? Chris Leben here, and we just want to show you guys some drills that you can do at home to keep your MMA game up to speed. Here’s a real simple drill I like to work at home while I’m watching The Simpsons just to save standup as it pertains to MMA.

I’m going to imagine my opponent’s in front of me, and I’m following them. If he goes to my right, my right leg comes out to kick in post here. Goes to my left, my left leg comes out. If he starts to move towards me, I can scoot back. I’m just getting used to tracking him, and then when I feel like I want to get up, I’m going to switch. Hips come up off the mat. My foot’s nice and close to my butt. I’m going to kick. The bottom leg comes all the way out, and I back way with my hands up.

I can practice that on both sides. You can practice tracking, tracking, kick, back up, tracking, tracking, kick, back up. Make sure when you’re here, this foot’s close, and the shoulder’s nice, and I’m hiding my chin behind my shoulder just in case he tries to punch or kick me in the head. So as I come up and I’m backing away, I’m taking away that space. Nice big extension when you come up. So you come up, you’re on your feet, and you’re safe.

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