About The Training Center

The Training Center is the premier MMA gym in San Diego, California. We offer a wide variety of classes, from kickboxing to jiu jitsu, taught by world-class experts and former UFC professionals. It is also the international headquarters for Baret Submissions, a rare and powerful style of jiu jitsu found almost nowhere else.

Our Philosophy

The goal of The Training Center is to enrich the community’s participation in martial arts by providing an environment for anyone to improve their fitness, mentality, or skills.

Training in any sport can be challenging, especially in the martial arts world. However, there’s a difference between a challenge and a negative environment. The Training Center is intended to be a challenging but fair environment, where people of all ages and abilities can explore their capabilities. No matter how old you are or what experience you have, there is a class or trainer for you at The Training Center.

Meet Our Experts

As a San Diego marital arts school, we set ourselves apart not just with our state-of-the-art facility, but also with our expert team. Read more about the founders of The Training Center and Baret Submissions, or meet the rest of the instructors responsible for our MMA gym, kickboxing classes, and other courses.

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Chris Leben

Lead Coach

Chris is the founder and owner of The Training Center, and it’s his spirit that has driven the Center’s development. His goal is for the Center to become students’ second home and a safe place for people from all walks of life.

That’s why Chris leads by example. He is dedicated to making the Center a welcoming environment where anyone can challenge themselves to learn martial arts or get better alongside a dedicated and open community.

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Baret yoshida

Lead Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Master Baret Yoshida has been at the top of the jiu jitsu world for decades. His powerful “never say die” attitude allowed him to develop his signature submissions, today known as Baret Submissions.

Baret Submissions are headquartered here at The Training Center, making it one of the few places you can learn these powerful techniques and the only place where you can learn them from the master. No other jiu jitsu school in San Diego offers the same one-on-one learning with such a skilled teacher.

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Start Your Martial Arts Journey With Us Today

Don’t wait any longer to start exploring what your body can achieve. Learn more about the classes we offer, learn about our instructors, or sign up for your membership to start your martial arts journey.


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