Kwame Ritter Ready for 7th Professional Boxing Match

Kwame Ritter Boxer Arena Training Joe Vargas

Kwame “Rambo Time” Ritter is preparing for his 7th professional boxing match. He has spent the last month training with Coach Joe @joe_hits and is more prepared than he has ever been. He looks to extend his pro record to 7-0 and hopefully get his 6th knockout. Cheer him on and wish him luck when you see him in the gym!


Kwame Ritter:
My name is Kwame I’m from Maryland. Back home, I have a gym. Shout out to my Elite family. Love y’all. I’m training out in San Diego at The Arena for the last month. This last camp, my manager linked me up with Coach Joe, and ever since we’ve trained, we clicked. He’s been showing me so many little tricks and techniques that just kind of take my IQ of boxing to the next level.


Right now, I’m 6 and 0 with five knockouts. Getting ready for this next fight, I feel more prepared than I have for any of my past fights, just to a different level of it. I think being at The Arena and training with everybody here has been magnificent. I fight this Saturday and it’s going to be an amazing, electric fight that I’m excited for. I look forward to fighting this Saturday and definitely putting on a show for everybody I think people back home and people here have been waiting to see.

Guro Willie Laureano Knife Defense Tactic

Willie Laureano Knife Tactic Defense Fma

Guro Willie Laureano, a Filipino Martial Arts instructor shows some basic knife defense tactics during one of his many seminars here at The Arena.


Willie Laureano:
From here, if I’m attacking Charles, all he’s doing, he’s going to base, he’s going to home base, right? That’s home basing, and that’s going to the opposite side, okay? That’s all he’s going to do, okay? Right?


So if I go here, he’s going to home base. He goes to that side. But notice that gift right there. That’s a boom. Okay, one more time. He’s on this side now. If he’s on this side, if I deliver this, he goes there, look at the left hook. He just goes back and forth. But notice I’m serving a drill right now so he can have the experience of doing the stepping properly first. I’m not wrecking him yet. Yet.


So from here I’m going. That’s it. That’s all I’m doing. See. All we’re doing right now. That’s it. Good. Now it doesn’t really matter. See, that’d be his left hand. Okay? Doesn’t matter. That’s it. Good. See what’s happening here. Does that look like boxing? Because that is Filipino boxing. That’s how it happened. All right, let’s do this. Go. Let’s do this. Enough talking.

Filipino Martial Arts Coach Charles Martinez

Filipino Martial Arts Fma Martinez Arena
Realistic self-defense training requires more than learning situational techniques. In this video, Arena Filipino Martial Arts Coach Charles Martinez teaches fundamental concepts when defending a knife attack.


Coach Charles Martinez:
So anywhere it hits along this line, it’s going to hurt. If I start trying to grab and wrap my hand, I’m either going to cut my hand or I’m going to drag the knife into my body, right? So I use my forearm. See how it’s pinning to your body as I’m rotating, right? That’s way different then trapping and grabbing with my hand. It’s like the fastest person in the world could do that.

Right now we make it look slick, right? He’s going high and low, but even an untrained person who’s made a firm commitment to stab, right? When I redirect the strike, it’s going to continue forward, right? So if I don’t move that, so it’s not tricky. It’s just if I put enough intention behind the strike, now I fall into the strike. It’s like when I throw a right hand, the person slips and your foot falls in the bucket, right? It’s the same idea.

Take this angle, feed it. Override, move your foot, reset your foot, boom. And then go right back to this angle again. Right? Because there’s no reason to rush. Yes. Right? So you’re dropping the knife. Yep. Move your right leg out of the way. You’re stepping outside on the left foot. Exactly, right? Then once you have that, fine. Start here, switch your feet. Backhand. same thing. Move your foot on the other side, right? Rather than trying to get both, just isolate one side, do it perfect. Then you can pick up speed.

The thumb is always going to be the weakest point. Re-grab right? So basically salute up towards the thumb. All right? And then re-grab. So if I go the other direction, I make his grip tighter. That’s why I move my body and I use my hips. Exactly. Yeah. Because if you’re strong, you’re not just going to muscle it this way. But if I move my entire body I’ve circled away from the grip. All right? So if you’re going towards the thumb, easy, just salute up and grab. You’re going the other way move your entire body. Yep.

Willie Laureano Filipino Martial Arts Seminar

Willie Laureano Filipino Martial Arts Arena

Filipino Martial Arts Guro Willie B. Laureano has been training, Drilling and Teaching Filipino Martial Arts for over 20 Years, His attention to detail and you can see in this video why he is one of the best in the world.


Willie Laureano:
You can’t take this away because this is the real part. This is part of the real part. Okay. Because if I simply stop here and he puts his hands over there, that’s bullshit. If I go here, he puts his hands over there, that’s bullshit. But if I go like this, notice he got me, but I still got him. But that’s a great experience for him, why? I didn’t get him completely.

All I want you to do is squat. Okay?

Ah, not bad. Notice the difference?


Willie Laureano:
Why? Because you put your weight on top of me.

Yeah, Okay. Rather than-

Willie Laureano:
That’s the difference. Rather than allowing me to get in, because you don’t know how fast I’m coming in.


Willie Laureano:
Because if you back away, you might’ve just simply allowed me in.


Willie Laureano:
You see what I mean? See? Okay. All right. Okay. See what I mean?

Boom, she sliced again. Notice I’m bobbing and weaving. You see that? Go ahead, Alex. Okay. See, I’m going. See that? So literally bobbing and weaving.

You’re going pop, like that. So deliver it. See, I’m right here, there’s a hand there, that’s why you’re hitting here, before that hand happens. But if he did throw it, basically that hook became this. It kind of has a dual purpose to it. Make sense?

Again, he doesn’t have to be fast, so you go boom, cut, you go here, a cut, you see? So you notice, before he even comes back I’m already there.

I’ve already got one clock.

Willie Laureano:
Right. Or go super slow for me. If I go here, boom, and then he comes back with that, you see, you see what’s happening? See this? See what’s happening, whoom, boom, boom.

Back side?

Willie Laureano:
Yeah, pretty much the same thing. See I’m going here, right. So what’s happening? Go ahead. See. You see?

You’re already getting him.

Willie Laureano:
This, just basically by it coming there, you can make a transition to something else. That’s the adaptive perspective of what we do.

Yes, sir.

Willie Laureano:

See what’s happening? You feel that Glenn? You feel that energy?

Oh, yeah.

Willie Laureano:
Right? And where is it taking you? It’s like, Oh shit. It’s making you go where I want you to go. Right? Okay. And I like, because you did continue the energy. Oh, he knows how to stab people.

Boxing Coach Joe Vargas Enjoys His Favorite Local Taco Shop

Boxing Coach Joe Vargas Taco Shop Arena

Our Boxing Coach Joe Vargas loves his Mexican food, so he brought us along to his favorite taco shop just around the corner from The Arena.


Coach Joe Vargas:
What do you want to drink, dawg?

Mike, our manager, one time brought me here, when I first started. And I’ve been coming here maybe twice a week I get out here. And I get all their specials and they have some really good food here. I didn’t think they would have that good of Mexican food in Point Loma, but they got it. That guy in the back, he always knows what I want. He already started ordering my food as soon as he saw me.

This is it right here, baby.

What is that?

Coach Joe Vargas:
This is shrimp cooked in lime with hot sauce. Us Mexicans like to put lime and salt on everything. Don’t ask me why.

Guro Willie Laureano Filipino Martial Arts Seminar Saturday August 10th

Willie Laureano Fma Seminar Arena Kali

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed kills. This Saturday, August 10th from 11am – 2pm The Arena will be hosting Guru Willie B. Laureano for his Filipino Martial Arts seminar. Please arrive early and check-in with our front desk staff. We’ll see you this weekend!


Willie Laureano:
Simple violence works in many possible altercations, but it may also perhaps put you in a position where it might be dangerous for you, so do it slowly in the same timeline. Instead of ego getting in the way, let’s go fast, go high speeds, not everybody should be high speed. Sometimes the slowest mother fucker is the one that’s going to get you because you don’t even respect it. All of a sudden, he’s the one that gets you. The guy that don’t look it is the one that gets you. That sucks. You die like that. That’s bullshit. Don’t die like that. Respect everybody. Let’s go back into that drill, so don’t make it fast. Make it real, but slow it down. Go, let’s do it. Go.

MMA Legend Enson Inoue Seminar

Enson Inoue Giving A Seminar
Enson Inoue Giving A Seminar

Former Pride, UFC, and Shooto fighter Enson Inoue will be giving a seminar at his home away from home, The Arena, on Saturday August 3rd.

Enson along with his brother Egan, are the Jiu Jitsu and MMA teachers of Master Baret Yoshida.

Bring your NoGi attire for the seminar and your Gi for a presentation after.

The event will start at 10am in the main gym area. Cost is $40 for Arena members and $50 to the public. Call the gym 619.222.5554, to register for the event.

Performing MMA Without Ruining A New Tattoo

Mma Fighter With Tattoos

If there’s one sport that punishes your body and pushes it to its limits, it’s Mixed Martial Arts. If you practice MMA and you just got a tattoo, you’re probably wondering if it’s okay for you to still train or step into the cage to grapple with an opponent.

As anyone with ink knows, the longest part of getting a tattoo isn’t the time you spend in the tattoo artist’s chair – it’s the time you spend waiting for the tattoo to heal. That process is important because a tattoo that doesn’t heal properly could come out with mucked up line work, faded or patchy colors, or other imperfections that you wouldn’t want to have permanently etched onto your skin.

There’s a standard aftercare routine that your tattoo artist will walk you through. Chances are it will mostly cover how to keep your tattoo clean and when you should or shouldn’t cover it. What those aftercare instructions probably won’t include is any detailed information about healing a tattoo while undergoing strenuous physical activity.

If you’ve got a new tattoo and you want to keep performing Mixed Martial Arts, here are some tips to help you heal properly without benching yourself for weeks.

Tattoos & MMA – Do’s & Don’ts

DON’T train or perform MMA for at least 24 hours. You might not want to hear this kind of absolute statement, especially if you’re the type of fighter who doesn’t care too much for rest days, but this is a really important step. Healing is a prolonged process, but the first day is absolutely critical. That’s when your body will be healing the worst of the skin damage, and you need to do what you can to make sure that the whole process gets a good start. The best way to do that is to take it easy for the first 24 hours. That way, your body will be able to use all of its energy reserves to work on healing your damaged skin instead of using it to recover from the physical strain of training or sparring.

DO consider staying off the mat for 5 to 12 days. If you didn’t like the advice to take it easy for the first day, then you won’t like this one, but most tattoo artists agree this is the best course of action. If you wait a week or two before sparring during training sessions or getting into the cage for a match, your tattoo will have done the bulk of its healing and it will be a lot more resilient. It’s optional, but it’s the only way to be sure that your tattoo won’t take a beating even if you do.

DON’T work out the day before your tattoo or the morning of your tattoo appointment. This one comes as a surprise to a lot of people who do MMA because their instinct is to get as much training done before they have to take a break to let their tattoo heal, but it’s a bad idea for one simple reason: working out makes your muscles sore. You’re no stranger to sore muscles, but you’re also not regularly spending time under a tattoo needle. The tattoo gun can pierce your skin a few thousand times a minute, and if your muscles are sore, that’s going to be a lot more painful than it should be.

DO give your body a real rest in between training sessions and matches. If you do decide to train or spar while your tattoo is still healing, then you should do your best to give your tattooed skin a rest in between each session. Avoid bending or stretching the tattooed skin as much as possible to prevent any complications and to make sure the colors come out as vibrant as they should.

DON’T train or spar out in the sun. Most aftercare routines involve keeping the tattoo away from direct sunlight whenever possible. If you tend to train or spar outdoors, consider moving the sessions to an indoor location until your tattoo has finished healing.

DO apply lotion and any other products your tattoo artist recommends. Tattoo lotions are designed to hydrate and nourish your skin. That speeds up the healing process, but it also provides some extra protection to your tattoo. Since you’re going to be putting it through a lot even if you’re just doing a bit of practice, you’ll want it to be as tough as it can be. So, apply it generously and regularly.

DON’T skip the shower. Clean your tattoo right after any MMA practice, spars, or matches (following your tattoo artist’s aftercare instructions, as always). You need to keep your tattoo clean, but it probably won’t be after all that sweating and grappling. So, hit the showers as soon as you’re done.

DO ask your tattoo artist for advice. Your tattoo artist has seen it all. They know what can ruin an aftercare regimen and mess up a tattoo. Let them know you’re planning to keep doing MMA while your tattoo is healing and follow whatever advice they give you.


Dan Hunter, a self-confessed ink addict and studier of all forms of tattooing for over 10 years, is the chief editor at – a website that prides itself on being one of the most well-respected and trusted resources for tattoos and piercings on the internet.

While no longer as active in the tattooing community, Dan still strives to relentlessly improve his knowledge on the various methods of tattooing throughout the world, and is here to help educate, teach, and advise readers on all things tattoo-related.

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