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The Arena

San Diego's Martial Arts Gym

Welcome to The Arena, San Diego’s leader in Combat Sports training. We are the largest Martial Arts school in North America, offering Beginners to Pros the best classes and training in 12 different Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Strength & Conditioning programs.

Our San Diego classes include Boxing, Filipino Martial Arts, Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai, S & C and Wrestling. This is the biggest program of its kind in the U.S. and our training is known worldwide.

Our weekly San Diego classes include Boxing, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Strength & Conditioning, Submission Wrestling (No Gi Jiu Jitsu) and Greco-Roman / Freestyle Wrestling. We also offer some of the best Accelerated Training and Fight Camp programs in San Diego.

Besides being the largest Combat Sports gym in North America, each one of our programs are individually among the biggest in the USA. Our Jiu Jitsu program alone leads the country with 50 adult classes, and our other programs such as Boxing are close behind.

Training at The Arena is different than at other San Diego schools. Due to our background and history, we’ve had strong ties with members of the Armed Forces since we first started in 1949. This focus had led to a constant emphasis on effective training for the field, the street and in competition. Consequently, we do not (and will never) offer “Cardio” classes.

We simply don’t believe in poor training with even worse technique just to get in shape. Instead, our philosophy is to train for real while still increasing fitness. “Real” doesn’t mean getting hurt or being too aggressive, and we don’t tolerate any bad attitudes here. But it does mean doing things the right way. So if you want the best, most realistic training available, we’re the clear choice in San Diego.

Our 12 Coaches comprise one of the most experienced and accomplished teams of Combat Sports and Martial Arts trainers in the world. With an average of over 25 years of experience per coach, we have a tremendous amount of knowledge and mastery to share with our students.

Our San Diego Coaches include the legendary Master Baret Yoshida, a 3x IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Champion and 3x ADCC medalist / 10x ADCC vet. We also have future UFC Hall of Fame fighter Chris Leben and 4x Team USA Olympic Boxing Coach / US Armed Forces Head Coach Basheer Abdullah. Together, our Coaches provide world class instruction for any level of athlete. 

Founded in 1949 as the Southern California School of Judo and Jujitsu, we’re the second oldest Martial Arts school in the United States (after the Seattle Dojo). In 2006, we moved to our current San Diego location and updated our name to match our mission to build the best Combat Sports gym in the world.

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We are a Martial Arts School, not just a fight gym. So you don’t have to fight to train here or have any experience. In fact, we SPECIALIZE in training beginners from the ground up, whether they plan on fighting or just want to learn to defend themselves. But, you do have to train hard and want to learn while you’re here. We are here to teach you skills, not just get you in shape. Also, this isn’t a dating gym, so for anyone looking for that we’re the wrong place. We’re serious and we expect our members to be as well.

Yes, you are welcome to take all the classes we offer for one flat monthly rate. We don’t restrict access to any of our classes, no matter what membership plan you’re on.

We have a variety of membership programs, but our most popular is $99 monthly. This includes full instruction from our world class Coaches, and incredible training with outstanding partners and teammates. All of our memberships includes access to every one of the classes we offer, as well as use of all of our Martial Arts and Combat Sports facilities. This includes our specialized 10,000 square foot Strength & Conditioning facility (part of our overall 27,000 sf facility), featuring top training equipment along with beautiful showers and locker areas. 

This allows you to give up your other gym memberships as we have everything you need all in one place, saving you money and time. We strongly believe we offer the best deal anywhere in the U.S. for the amount of classes, quality of training, and incredible facility we provide. Just one of our programs on its own in another high-quality gym would easily be $150 monthly and up. Check out the prices for a good Jiu Jitsu or Crossfit gym and see for yourself. 

Please Note: We do not go over memberships via phone or email. Instead, please visit the gym in person to make sure we’re a good fit and vice-versa. Also, we do not offer any further discounts. We’re already priced as low as we can possibly be for what we offer and we haven’t raised our prices since 2013, despite inflation. 

The reason we’re priced so low in the first place is because the majority of our members are in the military and we try our best to make it affordable for them. The civilians here get to benefit from that, becuase we don’t believe in treating people differently by charging some more than others. Instead, everyone here becomes part of our brotherhood, where you will make friends for life.  And again, for the amount and quality of classes we offer, all taught in one of the largest and nicest facilities found anywhere in the world, our prices are an incredible deal.

Yes we can. That’s our business. If you haven’t fought before, we will start you in the Amateurs. If you are successful in the Amateurs, we will turn you Pro. And if you are a Pro already, we have everything you need to reach a world class level.

Sorry, but at this time we need to protect our members from any possible infection risk, whether visitors are vaccinated or not. So while you’re most welcome to visit and check us out, we are not allowing any outside participation in our training.

No, we don’t. Our focus is teaching fighting skills and childen are not a good fit within our environment. However, if you have an physically and emotionally mature child age 14 or over, we may make an exception if they are fully committed to learning what we offer and can participate in an Adult class. If you think they would be a good fit, please visit the gym in person with your child so we can make an evaluation.

We do train women, including numerous Amateur and Professional Fighters who have become world champions such as Cris Cyborg, who we trained for 4 years. However, since we don’t offer “Cardio Martial Arts” classes, we are not for everyone. At The Arena, our students are all treated equally. This means, among other things, you will be expected to fully participate in class and you will receive contact in these classes. So if you’re good with that, and you want to train for REAL, come on by.

If you’re looking for adult martial schools and classes “near me”, we have you covered. Members come from all over San Diego to train at The Arena. Our adult martial schools and classes are easily accessible in Point Loma off the 8 freeway on Midway Blvd. Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Bay Park, Downtown San Diego, Golden Hill, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, North Park, South Park, La Mesa, El Cajon, Clairemont, College Area, Miramar, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, City Heights, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach.

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