Skip to content

In The Arena Blog

Black Belt Under Baret Yoshida Shares his Jiu Jitsu Journey

Get 30 Days Free At The Arena Gym in San Diego

Ed Kang is has been training for 12 years and holds a Black Belt in Judo, as well as a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu under Baret Yoshida. Here’s a little insight into how he ended up training at The Arena and why he loves it.


Ed Kang:
My name is Ed Kang. I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. I’ve been training about 12 years now. I started with a Judo background when I was about 15, and then I found Jiu Jitsu and I realized how effective the groundwork was. So I started at Foster Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, trained at Gracie Barra out there and then I moved over to San Diego. Then eventually found Baret.


I grew up watching a lot of his videos. I never imagined I would have the opportunity to train with him. Growing up, seeing a fighter in their forties still competing at that level, that’s what drew me here. The technical aspect of course is amazing, but the spiritual mental aspect, that’s something nobody else had ever taught me. I think that’s really what kept me.


I think some people are scared to walk into a Jiu Jitsu or an MMA gym. They have this mentality that, Oh, it’s like cage fighting or people are just going to be beating me up. It’s not like that. The mentality is to be the best version of yourself as you can. We’re all here to just help each other and grow together. We’re not putting each other down. That culture is not present at this gym.

By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from The Arena Gym. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. You can opt-out at any time by texting STOP, or HELP for any help. View our Privacy Policy.