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San Diego's Muay Thai Gym

Welcome to our San Diego Muay Thai gym. We offer both traditional Muay Thai boxing classes, as well as top-tier competitive Muay Thai training for those who want to learn to fight or compete on a high level.

Muay Thai is an extremely effective and powerful Martial Art. Utilizing hands, elbows, knees and feet, it is respectively known as “The Art of 8 Limbs”. The practice of Muay Thai is equally applicable for fitness, fighting, and self-defense.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our Muay Thai classes, offering the best instruction available for Beginers through Professionals. 

We start off new students with solid fundamentals, including correct stance and footwork, so they can quickly learn how to properly punch, elbow, kick and knee. From there, we teach appropriate defensive skills before moving on to intermediate and advanced training.

Once students have mastered the fundamentals, we continue to our intermediate and advanced Muay Thai training at our San Diego gym. Students go on to learn clinch work, advanced striking combinations, additional defensive skills including counter attacks and even takedowns and throws.

We also provide frequent sparring for those who wish to further accelerate their training. We make these sparring sessions open to Muay Thai fighters, as well kickboxers and MMA fighters working on their striking game. This allows our San Diego Muay Thai students to receive increased exposure to different fighters and systems.

Our Head Muay Thai Coach is James Ewton. James joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and served in the infantry, where he deployed to Iraq. After leaving the Corps in 2010, he joined The Arena and fell in love with Muay Thai. Training day and night, he worked his way up the Muay Thai and Kickboxing ladder, ultimately becoming the IFS Middleweight Champion. 

Along the way, he has trained with many other high level strikers and competitors from promotions such as the UFC and Glory. James is now well known as one of the top Muay Thai Coaches in San Diego. 

Looking for the best private Muay Thai training in San Diego? We have you covered. 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. So if you want San Diego’s best private Muay Thai lessons at the best prices, we’re your gym.

If you’re looking for Muay Thai gyms and training “near me”, you found us. Members come from all over San Diego to train at The Arena. Our Muay Thai 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 | Gabriel P.

“One of my coworkers recommended this place, so I’ve been here ever since. I live in Chula Vista and it’s worth driving over here to San Diego. The place is huge. Plus the price, can’t beat it. The Muay Thai coaches are excellent. They work with you, they care about you. They got love for you and want to see you progress. My experience here on a scale from 1 to 10? It’s 11 or 12. Everybody here puts 110% into everything they do. There’s no half-assing it. They just encourage us to do better.”

Testimonial | Adrian M.

“I’ve fought professionally in Muay Thai. I fought here in the United States, internationally, over in the Philippines and Mexico. I fought in Thailand. That was a good experience. First came to The Arena in San Diego about three years ago. I was getting ready for a fight, and Joe opened the doors and Mike opened the doors, and everybody here made me feel really welcome as soon as I stepped through their doors. Ever since then, I haven’t looked back. If there’s anybody I trust to get me ready for anything, I trust these guys.”

Amateur & Pro Muay Thai

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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Muay Thai FAQ's

Out of all of the San Diego Muay Thai gyms, the Arena has the most training space and daily Muay Thai classes. Our Muay Thai Coaches have decades of experience and have fought at elite levels.

Muay Thai will teach you a functional martial art that can be used for self-defense or sport, while increasing your physical fitness.

Muay Thai is all about positioning yourself for optimal striking impact, you should find a coach and training program that emphasizes body mechanics and weight distribution as it relates to sparring with an opponent.

Muay Thai, is a martial art originating in Thailand translating to “Thai Boxing.” With its roots in Thai military dating back to the 13th century, it’s considered to be the national sport of Thailand.

Muay Thai is also referred to as the “Art of 8 limbs” because you use 8 different parts of the body to strike at your opponent. Those parts are two fists, elbows, feet and knees, eight in total.

Muay Thai has a particular focus on striking and therefore emphasizes body positioning and weight distribution for maximizing the power behind each strike at an opponent’s vulnerable areas.

For any type of Muay Thai sparring or intense sparring drills, you won’t need a lot of equipment but we’d suggest the following:

  • 16 oz gloves
  • Shin guards
  • hand wraps
  • Mouthguard

The Arena Pro Gear Shop can outfit all your Muay Thai sparring equipment needs.

Yes, Muay Thai teaches a strong foundation for striking arts. It focuses on building a strong base in fighting stance, excellent striking mechanics, defense, balance, and cardiovascular endurance.

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