SAN DIEGO’S MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL
Welcome to The Arena, San Diego’s leading Martial Arts school and Combat Sports gym. We are the single largest Martial Arts school in the United States, offering Beginners to Pros the best combat sports classes and training in 10 different Combat Sports, Martial Arts and Strength & Conditioning programs.
Our Combat Sports and Martial Arts 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 martial arts school and other training services are known worldwide.
Our weekly San Diego Martial Arts 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 Wrestling. We also offer the best Personal Training and Fight Camps 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. If you are looking for a San Diego martial arts school near you, we’re the clear choice.
Training at The Arena is different than at other Martial Arts schools in San Diego, CA. Due to our background and history, we’ve had strong ties with members of the Armed Forces since we first opened our school 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 pride ourselves on being the top choice for martial arts and combat sport training in California.
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 martial arts training available, we’re the clear choice in San Diego.
Founded in 1949 as the Southern California School of Judo and Jujitsu, we’re the longest running Martial Arts school in North America. In 2006, we moved to our current San Diego, CA location and updated our name to match our mission to build the best Combat Sports gym in the world.
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We offer the largest Combat Sports & Martial Arts program in North America.
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27,000 square feet. San Diego’s biggest Combat Sports Gym & Martial Arts School.
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We are San Diego’s top Martial Arts School as well as a fight gym. So you don’t have to fight competitively 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 at our martial arts school and fighting gym.
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. If you want to compete in combat sports then stop by and check out The Arena, the best martial arts school in California.
Yes, we allow out of town drop-ins. If you are visiting San Diego, CA and looking for a place to train and learn martial arts or combat sports feel free to stop by. Please contact us in advance of your arrival.
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 at our San Diego gym, including numerous Amateur and Professional Champions such as Bellator MMA World Champion Liz Carmouche and WBA Boxing World Champion Raquel Miller. 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.
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