Welcome to our San Diego MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gym. We’re the leading MMA gym in San Diego, with MMA classes and training designed for Beginners to Pros. If you don’t have experience, don’t worry. We’ll teach you rock solid fundamentals before moving you up the ladder. If you do already have experience, we provide world class training to develop you as far as you want to go.

We work with fighters at all stages of development, but we pride ourselves on building our athletes from the ground up. We’ve had many fighters that started with us as regular students and worked their way up to Amateur MMA Championships and successful Pro careers. And if you don’t want to fight, that’s fine. We’ll still teach you how to defend yourself while getting in great shape.

We teach the most comprehensive MMA classes in San Diego. We’re geared towards beginners who want to learn MMA, as well as experienced fighters looking for advanced training. So if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated. Many fighters started here with no experience and we coached them every step of the way. We’ll do the same for you if you have the desire and determination.

Our San Diego MMA classes teach the building blocks of Mixed Martial Arts. Even if you don’t plan to compete, these MMA classes are great for learning to fight while getting into shape. And for those who do plan to compete, we’ll create a specific training plan for you to maximize your progression. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you’ll be invited to Team training. That’s where the fun really begins.

Once you’re ready to start your San Diego MMA training with our team, your development and progress will really take off. Besides continuing to improve your skills in all the other programs we offer, you’ll receive advanced MMA skillsets including specialized Striking and Grappling instruction, while getting to train alongside some amazing athletes.

Our Amateur MMA team is the largest and most successful in San Diego, as well as the rest of California, and we have a young, hungry Pro team. We also host fighters from all over the world who do their training camps with us. So if you’re already a fighter and want to train here, just contact us or come on in.

We provide 4 MMA Coaches for our program, allowing our athletes to benefit from our Coaches’ vast experience and expertise. Chris Leben, a veteran of 22 UFC fights against opponents such as Anderson Silva, specializes in teaching cage work and grappling for MMA. Baret Yoshida, a 2x Jiu Jitsu World Champ, teaches his famous submission style of Jiu Jitsu, as well as Jiu Jitsu defense.

Coaches Vince Salvador and Charles Martinez teach our ambidexterous style of Striking, known for its ability to fight from both sides while using multiple angles of attack. This Striking system is one of the most advanced in the sport and has led many of our fighters to numerous victories.




“I first started training Wrestling here in San Diego and worked my way into striking. Muay Thai and Boxing. Then we had the amateur MMA team tryouts and I went to that. They said “You’re on the team. Keep coming to the team practice.” Then they told me “Hey, you’re ready to fight”. I had my first fight when I was still in high school and just kept moving forward. We have a lot of up and coming Amateur MMA fighters and guys who just started making their Pro MMA debuts. The coaching here is awesome.”



“I’m a fighter in Bellator MMA. Been training MMA here in San Diego with one of my friends from Guam, Vince Salvador. He has a great work ethic, so the chemistry is really good. The kids here, man, they’re turning into men and making a big future for themselves into the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. There’s so many great coaches that are teaching the Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling here. Good coaching staff is what you need and good training partners are another thing too. When you’ve got both like here at The Arena, it all comes together.”


Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in MMA? 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. All you need to do to start on the path to compete for us in MMA is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.

Whether you’re just beginning in MMA, or you already have Amateur or Professional experience, we have you covered. If you’re a Beginner, we’ll make you 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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The Arena MMA Team Trains For Epic Fighting

Once again out amateur MMA team is ready to represent at Epic Fighting on Friday July 23rd at the 4 Points Sheraton on Aero Dr. After over a year of not having any shows to compete, our team is ready to put on a show

Varying Angles of Attack for MMA and Kickboxing

Here Coach Chuck shows some simple angles from footwork. These options vary from sport to sport and our coaches are well versed in the differences of Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. Knowing the options for each sport are critical. Angles of attack are important

How and Why to Break Your Rhythm in Kickboxing

What you throw may not be as important as how you throw. Everyone is throwing the same strikes, but changing your rhythm, feinting and faking make it difficult for your opponent to react. Here Coach Vince Salvador shows how to vary combinations to increase your

While mixed martial arts has only been organized and televised for the last 20 years or so, the sport’s roots go back many hundreds of years. Fighters use skills from the world’s most ancient of martial arts as well as new styles of fighting. This versatility is what makes MMA so excited to watch and to learn. For those with little knowledge about MMA, here are a few important facts.

Nothing will get you tossed out of a gym faster than the words, “Isn’t MMA just like the WWE?” WWE is fake. The guys might look tough, but they aren’t actually fighting. In a sanctioned MMA fight, you get to see two tough fighters use every move in their fight arsenal in order to overcome their opponent. In the fighting world, MMA is as real as it gets.

You probably already guessed that it’s called mixed martial arts because it mixes several types of martial arts together. Each fighter is able to use whatever martial arts skills they have during the bout, which allows them to adapt to an opponent more easily. There are many styles showcased in MMA, including boxing and wrestling, as well as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Vale Todo and many others. While some fighters might be experts in one style, they also learn skills from several other martial arts. Some fighters are more versatile than others. For example, Fedor Emelinenko is a Grand Master in Sambo, as well as holding a black belt in Judo.

Some people confuse the terms MMA and UFC, believing that they are the same thing. The UFC is an MMA organization but there are plenty of other groups out there hosting great mixed martial arts fights. Bellator MMA, for example, hosts a series of prominent tournaments, as does King of the Cage and other smaller enteritis. Just about every large city in the country has MMA events during the year, so there is rarely a weekend that goes by when you can’t find an MMA event to attend.

At one time in its history, Senator John McCain referred to MMA as “human cockfighting.” In the early days, MMA was certainly more dangerous, but sanctioned fights are now under the guise of the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which has plenty of rules in place to protect fighters. Since the rules were created, there have been three deaths occurring from injuries during a sanctioned MMA fight. Fatalities, however, are a sad reality of many sports, such as bicycle racing, skiing, NASCAR events, and even soccer has a deadlier record than MMA.

There are plenty of other facts you’ll need to learn, but you can start by simply watching some fights and reading some blogs and forums about the sport. If you want to take a look at some of the top names in the sport today and in the past, look up names such as Carlos Gracie, Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Fedor Emelinenko, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre just to name a few of the important figures in MMA.

About The Arena

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

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3350 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110 USA

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