Welcome to our San Diego MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) program. Run by 4 outstanding Coaches who provide a wide range of expertise, our MMA classes and training are designed for Beginners to Pros. In fact, our Coaches specialize in building new fighters from the ground up.

Rather than trying to recruit fighters from other MMA gyms, we pride ourselves in starting our athletes off the right way from the beginning. We help them develop their skillsets in Striking, Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling, while teaching them to integrate these various systems into the cohesive Combat Sport that is MMA.

We teach the best MMA classes in San Diego, specifically geared toward beginners who want to learn the sport. So if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated. We can build you from the ground up. Most of our fighters began here with no experience and we guided them every step of the way. We can do the same for you if you have the desire and determination.

Our fundamental classes concentrate on learning the basics of MMA. If you don’t intend on competition, these MMA classes are still great for learning self-defense while getting into shape. If you do plan to compete, please realize you’ll also need to take Grappling and Striking classes.

Once you’re ready to start 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 will receive the benefit of training with some amazing athletes.

Our Amateur MMA team is the largest and most successful in California and we have a young, hungry Pro team. This provides great training partners to work with. 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 22 UFC fight veteran, specializes in cage work and grappling for MMA, while Master Baret Yoshida teaches his aggressive submission style of Jiu Jitsu, as well as Jiu Jitsu defense.

Coaches Vince Salvador and Charles Martinez teach our signature “San Diego Style” of Striking, known for its ability to fight from both sides while using multiple angles of attack. They also help integrate our various systems together and corner our fighters.

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I first started training Wrestling here 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 fighters and guys who just started making their Pro debuts. The coaching here is awesome.


I’m a fighter in Bellator MMA. Been training with one of my friends from Guam here, 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.

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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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About The Arena

The Arena is the leading Gym in North America for Combat Sports and Martial Arts instruction, offering one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. With over 150 weekly classes in 10 disciplines and specialized training for Amateur and Professional fighters, our programs are run by some of the top coaches on the planet in one of the best sports facilities in the USA.

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3350 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

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