The Arena – MMA Training Gym in San Diego Gives USMC Seminar

May 03, 2009 – The Arena, the Premier MMA School and Fight Training Gym in San Diego recently gave a free seminar to members of the United States Marine Corps at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, former site of the U.S. Navy Top Gun School.

With over 50 Marines in attendance, including instructors of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), The Arena’s instructors Rick Slaton and Chris Blanke demonstrated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) techniques, as well as Self-Defense and Personal Combatives demonstrations.

 

Rick Slaton is a professional MMA fighter based out of The Arena gym in San Diego and Chris Blanke is a professional Jiu Jitsu instructor based out of Toledo, Ohio, but frequent guest instructor to both The Arena and The University of Jiu Jitsu, also located in San Diego.

 

About The Arena – The MMA School / Fight Training Gym in San Diego

The Arena is a MMA school and fight training gym located in San Diego California that focuses on fighters and those who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers high-level training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. For more information on The Arena, call 619-222-5554.

San Diego Jiu Jitsu Champ Xande Ribeiro Fights MMA in Japan

San Diego Jiu Jitsu World Champion Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro will be fighting in Japan again on May 2nd in his 2nd professional MMA fight in the Japanese MMA organization known as Sengoku. Alongside brother Saulo Ribeiro, Xande is the co-owner of the world famous University of Jiu Jitsu. However, he has been training for his MMA fights at The Arena, a MMA school and fight training gym in San Diego. Ribeiro, the 2008 Absolute and Heavyweight World Jiu Jitsu Champion, has an unprecedented 7 World Championships, the greatest record of any Jiu Jitsu competitor in history. Although he will compete in the 2009 World Jiu Jitsu championships, as well as the 2009 ADCC World Submission Grappling Championships, Ribeiro has also set his sights on achieving success in the MMA arena. With only one MMA fight under his belt to date, he will be facing Kei Yamamiya, former Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase. Yamamiya is an extremely seasoned competitor, with 66 fights including 34 wins. Facing such an experienced fighter, Ribeiro has had to train MMA in San Diego daily at The Arena gym. He has had the benefit of working with experienced teammates, including UFC star Diego Sanchez, WEC contender Rani Yahya, Strikeforce fighters Fabricio “Morango” Camoes and Waylon Kennel, Bellator fighter Diego Garijo, Affliction fighter Pat Speight, and Joe Duarte, former contestant of The Ultimate Fighter. The Sengoku VIII fight can be seen in the U.S. on HDNet, airing on Saturday May 2nd from 12am to 5am.

About The Arena – San Diego MMA School / Fight Training Gym

The Arena is a MMA school and fight training gym in San Diego California that focuses on fighters and those who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers high-level training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. For more information on The Arena, call 619-222-5554.

The Arena Team Featured in Revolt in Style Magazine

The Arena Team, Southern California’s Premier Fight Team, was featured in the latest edition (Volume 24, Isssue 3) of Revolt in Style magazine. Highlighting how The Arena has become THE gym for pro fighters training MMA in San Diego, the article profiles some of The Arena’s fighters and their upcoming bouts. The full text of the article follows:

Welcome to The Arena – Putting San Diego MMA On The Map

by Taff Davies When I first visited San Diego’s newest MMA gym, The Arena, 3 months ago, I wrote an article afterwards about how San Diego was rapidly becoming a hotspot for Mixed Martial Arts training. The article detailed some of the famous trainers in the city such as Saulo Ribeiro (6x World Jiu Jitsu Champion). It also described how the San Diego climate and lifestyle was drawing some of the best fighters from all over the world. What I didn’t realize when I wrote that article was how quickly The Arena would help prove my point about the explosion of interest in the San Diego MMA world. In 3 short months, The Arena has become a magnet for the professional San Diego MMA scene, with support from its corporate sponsors including Sinister Brand and Built To Fight. Although not a large commercial facility like some of its competitors, The Arena has everything a MMA gym should, while offering a much more personal environment. That seems to work in its favor, at least as far as the professional fighters go. Also, unlike other gyms that concentrate more on fitness classes, The Arena caters to everyday people who want to train like fighters. These people want to get the benefits of exercise while actually learning real fighting skills. In this area, The Arena more than delivers, with classes including Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling. The instructors are all top-notch; all of them either active or former professional fighters. The Arena’s focused approach is obviously working because their professional MMA team is loaded with talent and their daily practices are packed. An argument could be made that The Arena Team is now the best in Southern California and one of the top 10 MMA teams in the country. It includes Diego Sanchez, Rani Yahya, Xande Ribeiro, Fabricio “Morango” Camoes, Joe Duarte, Pat Speight, Rick Slaton, Waylon Kennell, Diego Garijo, Ryan Burwick, Casey Ryan, and many others. It’s also a very active team, with members fighting in the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, and others. In fact, Arena team member Rani Yahya (13-4) just fought in WEC 40 on 4/5, winning in 1:07 of the 1st round and Waylon Kennel debuted in Strikeforce on 4/12. Many other fights are coming up shortly for The Arena’s fighters, including Xande Ribeiro in Sengoku on 5/2, Diego Garijo in Bellator on 5/8, Ryan Burwick in The Badlands Beatdown on 5/9, Fabricio “Morango” Camoes in Strikeforce on 5/15, Joe Duarte in Wargods at Viejas Casino on 5/30, and of course, Diego Sanchez in UFC on 6/20. With such an active team, The Arena will be drawing attention in the months to come. Along with other San Diego MMA gyms like Alliance MMA in Chula Vista, which features fighters like Brandon Vera and Dominic Cruz and trainer Eric Delfierro, The Arena should continue to draw some of the best fighting talent into San Diego, putting the city firmly on the MMA map. For more info on The Arena, call them at 619-222-5554 or go online to their website at TheArenaGym.com.

About The Arena and San Diego MMA

Located directly next to the San Diego Sports Arena, The Arena is a mixed martial arts school and fight training gym located in San Diego California that focuses on fighters and those who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers high-level training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, No Gi Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. For more information, please visit The Arena – San Diego MMA.

ESPN films San Diego MMA fighters at The Arena!

ESPN, along with the owner of Bellator Fighting Championships, visited the The Arena on Monday Feb. 16th, to film The Arena’s fighter Diego Garijo. One of The Arena’s other fighters, Charles Diaz, was also featured, as was Xande Ribeiro (owner of The Arena’s brother school, the University of Jiu Jitsu). Diego will be one of the featured fighters in Bellator’s upcoming season, so watch for him on Bellator’s premier on April 4th!

About Bellator

Bellator Fighting Championships will be broadcast starting April 2009 through ESPN Deportes. Bellator’s premiere season consists of twelve events which will be broadcast every Saturday night in primetime, with the first show airing April 4, 2009. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three month period. Eight fighters will be represented in each division. To win the Bellator Championship, a fighter must win a total of three fights over a three month period. At the end of the initial season, Bellator will have crowned four Bellator Champions and will have awarded each Champion $175,000!

About the University of Jiu Jitsu

The University of Jiu Jitsu is the leading school in the world for Jiu Jitsu instruction. Headed by 6x world champion Saulo Ribeiro and 7x world champion Xande Ribeiro, with family leader Royler Gracie frequently in attendance, the University offers world-class Jiu Jitsu instruction for all levels. For more information, please visit the www.unijj.com.

About The Arena Gym and San Diego MMA

Located directly next to the San Diego Sports Arena, The Arena is the brother school of Saulo and Xande’s Ribeiro’s University of Jiu Jitsu, located next door. The Arena is a mixed martial arts training facility that focuses on fighters and those who want to train like fighters. The Arena offers high-level training in Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai, and Submission Wrestling (No Gi Jiu Jitsu). For more information, Contact us.

About The Arena

The Arena is the largest gym in North America for Combat Sports and Martial Arts instruction.

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