The Arena Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Program

Learn about The Arena’s Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Program from Coach Ryan Fortin. Fundamental classes are held Monday – Friday at 430 pm. Come in and get started on your Jiu Jitsu journey!


Coach Ryan Fortin:
The Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals Class at The Arena Gym is to bring someone in, no experience, they learn how to tie their belt, they learn the rules of the mat and the type of etiquette you should have. We get them on the mat and get them to start moving.

The first 15 minutes are warm ups and those warm ups are specific movements. I found that most people, when they first start Jiu Jitsu, their bodies can’t really even move the way they need to. So I spend a lot of time drilling specific movements into them so their body can do the techniques once they start learning more Jiu Jitsu.

Then we spend the next 30 minutes doing techniques and theory, fundamental type stuff, escaping the mount, learning how to frame correctly, getting your guard back from certain positions.

Then the last 15 minutes of the class will be specific training to where we’ll put them in the mount position and have them try to escape or try to do exactly what they just learned. The point is to get them hooked and start progressing them to be able to make it towards the advanced classes.

So spending the time to really slow down makes them feel more comfortable. Then hopefully they’ll want to stay with the art and be promoted one day and start moving on the journey. You know?

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San Diego, CA 92110 USA

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