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San Diego's Grappling Gym

Our Submission Grappling gym offers high level training for Beginners to Pros in this very practical art, also known as No Gi Jiu Jitsu or Submission Wrestling. With the increasing popularity of Grappling competitions such as the ADCC’s, we meet this demand with 18 weekly Submission Wrestling classes at our San Diego gym and offer a very active and successful Competition Team.

We’re also the San Diego headquarters for Baret Submissions. This is a US based Jiu Jitsu association headed by the legendary Baret Yoshida. Master Baret is famed for his No Gi Jiu Jitsu competition history, starting with his epic battle with Royler Gracie at the ADCC’s in 1999.

In our San Diego No Gi Jiu Jitsu classes, as in our Gi classes, we focus on the fundamentals. It doesn’t make sense to learn the latest competition technique if you don’t even know how to posture or escape guard. This focus on fundamentals give our Novice grapplers a strong foundation to build their skills upon.

Master Baret teaches all of our intermediate / advanced classes in our San Diego school. These No Gi classes build on each other, while introducing competition tested techniques that are continuously evaluated for high percentage competition success.

As with our other programs, our Submission Wrestling training in our San Diego school is focused on real world application, whether on the street or on the mat. We constantly put this training to the test, with a major focus on competition training. This has allowed us to develop an outstanding Jiu Jitsu team that successfully competes at the highest level in both Gi and No Gi Jitsu.

One of our key differentiators are the training camps we hold every year in San Diego. We dedicate a large amount of resources on creating the best training camps possible to increase our students’ grappling success.

Our Submission Wrestling Fundamentals classes are taught by UFC vet Chris Leben. Chris has trained with the best in the world for many years, including legends such as Randy Couture and Dan Henderson. Chris brings a straight forward and effective No Gi style to his students.

Our Intermediate and Advanced Submission Grappling classes are taught by Master Baret Yoshida, a 2x IBBJF No Gi Jiu Jitsu World Champion. He’s also a 10x ADCC Submission Wrestling competitor (only man in history to do this) and 3x ADCC medalist. Known as “The Finisher”, Master Baret is widely regarded as one of the best submission artists in the world.

Looking for the best private grappling lessons in San Diego? We have you covered. Instead of paying the outrageous fees other gyms charge for private grappling training, we do things differently. Most gyms markup their private grappling lessons up to 500%. This means they can pay their trainers $25 per hour and charge $125 per hour. This is unfair to the trainer and the client. In contrast, we don’t markup our private grappling training here at all. Instead, once you become a member of our gym, you pay our trainers directly and we stay out of the transaction. We get your membership dues, the trainers keep what they earn, and you get huge savings. It’s a win-win-win for everyone (except the other gyms with their inflated private grappling training prices). So if you want San Diego’s best private grappling lessons at the best prices, we’re your gym.

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Grappling Classes | Paul W.

“I’ve been training at The Arena in San Diego with Baret ever since I started. Baret is an excellent instructor, I like his style. Since I’m a small guy and he’s a small guy, I feel like whatever he’s teaching I should be able to do. And he’s always going up against big guys and beating them, so I feel like training under him is really, really good for guys my size or even smaller. Because Baret will always give you the confidence that you need to go up against the big guys.”

Grappling Training | Dominic D.

“Moved to The Arena from another San Diego gym a couple years ago. It’s been amazing. The support from the staff, the facilities, the different diversity of people that we get to come in training. One thing about Baret is that he trains all day with all the students. He teaches Gi and No Gi. He’s always looking to keep his students active and structuring the classes in a way that’s good for both competitive aspirations, but also for new students to come in and learn fundamentals and basics.”

Competition Grappling

Ready to take it to the next level? Want to compete for one of the best teams in Grappling? Then become part of Team Arena. Preparing athletes for competition is the backbone of The Arena and one of the primary reasons why we do what we do here. All you need to do to start on the path to compete for us in Submission Wrestling is to complete our “Ready to Compete for The Arena” form.

Whether you’re just beginning in Grappling, or you already have Amateur or Professional experience, we have you covered. If you’re a Beginner, we’ll train you to become a skilled Novice. If you’re an experienced Novice, we’ll take you to the top of the Amateur ranks. If you’re a high level Amateur, we can get on the road to a solid Pro career. And if you’re a talented Pro who’s willing to put body, heart, mind and soul into it, we can bring you to a World Class level.

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Submission Grappling FAQ's

The Arena offers the most complete schedule of any submission grappling school in San Diego, having 7 classes daily between Gi and No Gi. Classes are taught by multiple time World Champion Baret Yoshida, an icon in the Submission grappling community. Master Baret takes from his years of experience competing at the highest level to provide the highest level of instruction available. The price point for membership is far lower than any other gym in San Diego and The Arena provides more training times and mat space compared to anywhere else. (27,000 sq. ft. total with over 8,000 sq. ft. of Jiu Jitsu mat space) We have a great grappling community here at The Arena, and we work hard to support you in your journey. The training will be challenging but with the solid support from your peers and the people that have come before you, the path will seem possible. Here, training partners often become lifelong friends as they overcome adversity together.

Submission fighting, Submission grappling or Sport grappling, is a form of competition and a general term for martial arts and combat sports that focus on clinch and ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission through the use of submission holds.

Submission grappling teaches how to utilize leverage and techniques in order to put yourself into an advantageous position against opponents, regardless of their size. Submission grappling places heavy emphasis on the technical details, allowing for smaller opponents to negate the benefits of larger, stronger opponents.

For submission grappling, all you will need is a rashguard and some grappling shorts. The Arena sells Baret Submissions rash guards at the pro shop. Stop by to get yours today.

Submission grappling is an outstanding martial art of beginners. It will teach you how to be efficient, fluid, and technical with your movements on the ground. This will result in an increase in body awareness, allowing you to utilize your own strengths in order to gain an advantage.

We offer various membership options to fit your specific needs. Our most popular unlimited training membership is under $100 monthly.

As with most martial arts, this will depend on a number of circumstances; however, we recommend training 2-3 days per week in order to see improvement. The Arena offers two submission grappling fundamentals classes every day, Monday through Friday.

If you’re looking for grappling “near me”, we have you covered. Members come from all over San Diego to train at The Arena. Our grappling gym is 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.