SUBMISSION GRAPPLING AT THE ARENA®
THE SAN DIEGO NO GI JIU JITSU SCHOOL
Our Submission Grappling program offers high level training for Beginners to Pros in this very practical art, also known as No Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Wrestling. With the increasing popularity of Submission competitions such as the ADCC’s, we meet this demand with 18 weekly Submission Wrestling classes at our San Diego gym and offer a very active and successful Competition Team.
We’re also the San Diego headquarters for Baret Submissions. This is a new US based Jiu Jitsu association headed by the legendary Baret Yoshida. Master Baret is famed for his No Gi Jiu Jitsu competition history, starting with his epic battle with Royler Gracie at the ADCC’s in 1999.
In our No Gi Jiu Jitsu classes, as in our Gi classes, we focus on the fundamentals. It doesn’t make sense to learn the latest competition technique if you don’t even know how to posture or escape guard. This focus on fundamentals give our Novice grapplers a strong foundation to build their skills upon.
Master Baret teaches all of our intermediate / advanced classes. These No Gi classes build on each other, while introducing competition tested techniques that are continuously evaluated for high percentage competition success.
As with our other programs, our No Gi training interest is real world application, whether on the street or on the mat. We constantly put this training to the test, with a major focus on competition training. This has allowed us to develop an outstanding Jiu Jitsu team that successfully competes at the highest level in both Gi and No Gi Jitsu.
One of our key differentiators are our 4 major BJJ training camps we hold every year, as well as mini-camps for local tournaments. We spend half the year preparing for these tournaments and dedicate a large amount of training resources to increase our students’ competition success.
Our Submission Fundamentals classes are taught by UFC vet Chris Leben. Chris has trained with the best in the world for many years, including legends such as Randy Couture and Dan Henderson. Chris brings a straight forward and effective No Gi style to his students.
Our Intermediate and Advanced Submission Grappling classes are taught by Master Baret Yoshida, a 2x IBBJF No Gi Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He’s also a 10x ADCC Submission Wrestling competitor (only man in history to do this) and 3x ADCC medalist. Known as “The Finisher”, Master Baret is widely regarded as one of the best submission artists in the world.
SUBMISSION WRESTLING: PAUL
I’ve been training at The Arena with Baret ever since I started. Baret is an excellent instructor, I like his style. Since I’m a small guy and he’s a small guy, I feel like whatever he’s teaching I should be able to do. And he’s always going up against big guys and beating them, so I feel like training under him is really, really good for guys my size or even smaller. Because Baret will always give you the confidence that you need to go up against the big guys.
NO GI JIU JITSU: DOMINIC B.
Moved to The Arena from another gym a couple years ago. It’s been amazing. The support from the staff, the facilities, the different diversity of people that we get to come in training. One thing about Baret is that he trains all day with all the students. He teaches Gi and No Gi. He’s always looking to keep his students active and structuring the classes in a way that’s good for both competitive aspirations, but also for new students to come in and learn fundamentals and basics.
TEAM ARENA: COMPETITION GRAPPLING
Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in Combat Sports? Then become part of Team Arena. Preparing athletes for competition is the backbone of The Arena and one of the primary reasons why we do what we do here. Whatever your Combat Sport, all you need to do to start on the path to compete for us is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.
Whether you’re just beginning, or you already have Amateur or Professional experience, we have you covered. If you’re a Beginner, we’ll train you to become a skilled Novice. If you’re an experienced Novice, we’ll take you to the top of the Amateur ranks. If you’re a high level Amateur, we can get on the road to a solid Pro career. And if you’re a talented Pro who’s willing to put body, heart, mind and soul into it, we can bring you to a World Class level.
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