Muay Thai Class Defense and Counter Drills

James Ewton Muay Thai Class Reel

Muay Thai class with Coach James working some defense to counter drills. Our classes always focus on technical instruction. We build fighters!

Coach James’ 7 AM Muay Thai Class

Arena Muay Thai Class Coach James

7am Muay Thai Coach James Ewton explains the structure of the infamous 7am class. Organized learning for the whole week reinforces the topics being taught every day in various ways. Listen to Coach James explain then come in and train!


Coach James Ewton:
What’s going on? It’s Coach James. I teach the 7:00 Muay Thai class. Usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, we drill. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’ll do pads. Then Fridays, we spar.

On the drilling days, we’ll go over a fundamental, generally a theme of some sort, and then we’ll build upon it and do layers, so that if you’re new, you’re going over that same basic repetitive motion over and over and over. If you’re more advanced, we can start adding on to that and adding more onto your arsenal.

On pad days, it’s kind of the same thing. If it’s a more advanced person, I’ll let them do their own thing or working on what we did on Monday and Wednesday. If you’re new, you need training wheels, I give them usually a combination to do, again, building off of something simple, making it more complex as we go along.

Then Friday, it’s a sparring day, so we’re trying to work the fundamentals that we have been working on all week. So it would be more like a performance review.

In-House Kickboxing Event This Saturday

Kickboxing Event In House Arena

Kickboxing in house competition this Saturday as part of the Arena Olympics and member appreciation BBQ! Come in and watch the gym members go after each other for some kickboxing sparring!


Coach James Ewton:

How’s it going, guys? I’m Coach James, one of the Muay Thai coaches here at the gym. This Saturday the 27th, we’re having a member appreciation event. There’s going to be a couple different things going on, mainly for us it’s going to be the kickboxing fights.



It’s going to be like just sparring. Getting members to test their skills out and see if they want to make a step up to actually competing rather than just being a member. It’s how I got started at events like this. I started off with just smokers and eventually decided I wanted to compete as an amateur, from there I went pro and now I’ve been lucky enough to become a coach here.


So I invite you guys out this weekend. There’s going to be a BBQ after, so I hope to see you guys here.

Former Arena Staff Zach Visits

Zach Arena Staff Kickboxing Mma

Zach is back! Always good to see Zach Tenorio in the gym. Whether working the front desk, fighting MMA, or competing in Jiu Jitsu, Zach is always a great representative of The Arena! Great to have him in to visit headquarters!


Zach Tenorio:
What’s up, everyone. My name is Zach Tenorio. I used to work here at The Arena from 2017 to 2020. I moved back to Guam around the time COVID had happened, spent time with my family. And my brother just recently graduated from the Naval Academy, so my family and I flew out there to attend his graduation. On the way back, stopped in San Diego. It’s been cool training with Vince, training with Baret, and the rest of the team. It’s been fun. It’s a different experience. I’m a different person from before, so I’m seeing things in a different light. Being here has definitely been great if. I’m anywhere in the US, I still want to stop by here just to get the training in, see everybody again. Yeah, I’ll definitely be back.

New Arena Rashguards Available Now

Arena Rashguard Merch Available
The Arena Gym is excited to announce that we have just received an order of our brand new Arena rash guards! If you would like to purchase one of these limited edition items from our pro shop, please see the front desk while supplies last!

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