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San Diego's Jiu Jitsu School

Welcome to our San Diego Jiu Jitsu gym. With over 30 weekly adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) classes, we offer one of the largest adult programs of all Jiu Jitsu schools in San Diego, California. Our Jiu Jitsu school offers strong fundamentals for beginners, outstanding intermediate and advanced instruction, and high-level competition Jiu Jitsu training for all who wish to compete. If you are looking for the best BJJ gym near you, then come in and check us out.

We’re also a proud Six Blades Jiu Jitsu affiliate (Six Blades San Diego) under the direct oversight of Xande Ribeiro, one of the top 5 competitors in Jiu Jitsu history. No matter whether you are a beginner or a pro, our Jiu Jitsu coaches provide some of the best instruction in all of California.

Want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but aren’t sure where to start? Our BJJ classes cater to all levels of students from Beginners to Pro. They are included at no extra charge along with all our other classes at The Arena for one inexpensive monthly fee.

We offer numerous fundamental Jiu Jitsu classes, so our novice students build a strong foundation to base their future development on when training Jiu Jitsu at our gym. We also offer a large amount of intermediate / advanced Jiu Jitsu classes, including both Gi and No Gi. Our San Diego BJJ classes are based on a specific curriculum and continually build on each other, ensuring that you receive some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction in San Diego

As one of the best Jiu Jitsu schools in San Diego, we have a strong focus on competition training, We’ve regularly won Adult BJJ Team Title (we don’t offer children’s Jiu Jitsu training) at every local tournament we’ve entered in recent years. Many of our competitors have placed in the top 3 in the IBJJF Pan American and World Championships in both Gi and No Gi Jiu Jitsu, as well as in a variety of other San Diego, national and international tournaments.

Xande Ribeiro is our Jiu Jitsu Program Director. He is a 9x International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Black Belt World Champion, with 7 Heavyweight and Absolute Gi World Championships, and 2 No Gi Heavyweight and Absolute World Championships. He is also a 7x Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Grappling Medalist, with 2 Heavyweight World Championships. He is widely regarded as one of the top 5 male Jiu Jitsu competitors in history.

Adam Bradley is our Head Jiu Jitsu instructor. He is an IBJJF Gi and No Gi medalist and prior to receiving his Black Belt, he was ranked the #1 Brown Belt in the world by Flo Grappling. He was also one of 16 contestants on Flo Grappling’s reality series “Who’s Next”. Adam is know as “The Escape Artist” for his skill in fighting out of bad positions.

Want the best private Jiu Jitsu training in San Diego, CA at the best prices? We have you covered. We don’t markup our private Jiu Jitsu training here at all. Instead, once you become a member of our San Diego 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. So if you want San Diego’s best private Jiu Jitsu at the best prices, we’re your gym.

If you’re looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gyms or BJJ classes near you, then you’ve found the right place. Members come from all over San Diego to train at The Arena. Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym is easily accessible in Point Loma off the 8 freeway on Sports Arena 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 are all within easy driving distance.

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Testimonial | Marc V.

“Come to the Arena. It’s great BJJ instruction. All the San Diego Jiu Jitsu classes you want to take. It gives me a great opportunity for training with a high-class, highly professional, highly athletic group of instructors and also their students. Their structured fundamentals to advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes are great. Everybody is really cool. Down to earth. They’ll give you pointers before, after and during class. It’s easy to go to one another to get a few tips on the lesson of the day. Or even to provide any tips outside the gym.”

Testimonial | Sergio H.

“A lot of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools just don’t have this type of instruction. In a lot of Jiu Jitsu schools, the head instructor is only there sometimes or he’s on his phone the whole time. They don’t mess around with that here, man. They’re always teaching. It’s such a good vibe. I encourage everybody to come out here and train with us.”

Competition Jiu Jitsu

Ready to take it to the next level and compete? Then join Team Arena. Just fill out our form and we’ll be in contact. Whatever your competition level is, we have you covered. If you’re just starting out, we’ll develop you into a skilled novice. If you’re an experienced novice, we’ll bring you to the highest amateur levels. If you’re ready to turn Pro, we’ll guide you through every step. And if you’re a talented pro willing to put everything you have into it, we can bring you to a world-class level.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu FAQ's

Looking for one of the best San Diego Jiu Jitsu schools near you? Our Jiu Jitsu program focuses on the factors most important to your success:

  • Large Class Schedule  – Offers over 30 weekly adult Jiu Jitsu classes at our San Diego BJJ school location.
  • Class Balance – 6 classes daily between Gi and No Gi.
  • High Level Coaching – Classes are taught  by world class BJJ Coaches.
  • Affordable Lessons – Our Jiu Jitsu classes are all included with the rest of our Combat Sports classes for one low fee.
  • Spacious, Clean Training Environment – We provide an ultra hygienic training space in a very traditional Jiu Jitsu environment.
  • Community Support – We have a great Jiu Jitsu community that will support you in your Jiu Jitsu journey.

The primary goal of learning Jiu Jitsu, otherwise known as the “gentle art”, is for self-defense. But BJJ training has many other benefits:

  • Size doesn’t matter
  • Increases strength & flexibility
  • Improves self-confidence 
  • Relieves stress

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art focusing on ground fighting and grappling to gain an advantage on a potential attacker or opponent. Typically this includes chokeholds or joint manipulations to force submission. BJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed in Brazil in the 1920s by the Gracie family, evolving from the Japanese Jujutsu that began centuries ago.

The martial art of Jujutsu originated centuries ago in Japan primarily intended for close combat, using leverage and body position. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a branch of that original Japanese Jujutsu tree (as is Judo, Aikido and Sambo) that was subsequently developed by the Gracie family in Brazil.

Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art for beginners. Our San Diego Jiu Jitsu school offers multiple fundamentals classes daily that focus on providing beginners with a strong foundation of understanding and application of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

With Gi Jiu Jitsu training everyone wears a cotton uniform of long top and bottoms (Gi) when training and competing. It can be grabbed and used as part of training. No-Gi Jiu Jitsu practioners typically wear shorts and a rash guard and are not allowed to use the clothing as a way to get leverage or dominate their opponent. Each Jiu Jitsu training type has its virtues and is up to the individual. We offer both Gi and No-Gi BJJ classes here at The Arena.  

Everyone will have a different answer to this question. Many variables will determine your schedule of training, goals, availability, and current fitness level, etc. As a general guideline, we recommend BJJ training 2-3 times weekly to see gains in knowledge, application of the art, and physical conditioning. The Arena schedule makes this attainable with over 30 weekly Jiu Jitsu classes to accommodate you.

Students who wish to train in Gi Jiu Jitsu simply need to have a traditional martial arts uniform referred to as a Gi. We sell quality Gis at our gear shop if you wish to purchase them here. If you only wish to train in No Gi Jiu Jitsu, then you just need training shorts and a rash guard, which we also sell here.

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