The “New” Gilbert Melendez’s EL Nino Training Center in SF


2920 3rd St
(between 25th St & 26th St)
San Francisco, CA 94107

7,000 square foot facility features:

MMA Octagon
Boxing Ring
Grappling Mats
Strength & Conditioning (under construction)
Sports Med Treatment & Massage Rooms
Cardiovascular Training Equipment
Shower Rooms


Owner and one of the head coaches, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez


Men’s and Women’s bathrooms


Nice clean bathroom!


One of the head coaches, Jake Shields


One of the head coaches, Jongsanan – 5x World Muay Thai Champ and 2x Lumpini Champ


Can’t forget Gilbert’s pitbull and El Nino Training Center Mascot, Baby

Dedicated to excellence in combat sports and athletic performance. Located San Francisco, California, El Niño Training Center is home to one of the most successful teams of fighters and coaches in MMA:

Head Coaches

Gilbert ‘El Niño’ Melendez (MMA Grappling) • Cesar Gracie Fighter, Strikeforce Lightweight MMA Champ, Former WEC/Shooto Champ
Jake Shields (MMA American Jiu Jitsu) • UFC & Cesar Gracie Fighter, Former Strikeforce & EliteXC Champion
Jongsanan (Wooden Man Muay Thai / Striking) • 5x World Muay Thai Champ and 2x Lumpini Champ
Mark Mian, CSCS (AlterCenter Athletic Performance) • Former Athletic Coach for Fairtex & US Muay Thai World Cup Team
Albert Salopek, ATC, LAc, CMT, (Accelerate Sports Medicine) • Athletic Trainer for Oakland Raiders, Acupuncturist, Bodyworker

Other & Guest Coaches

Daniel Roberts (MMA/Grappling) :: UFC & Cesar Gracie Fighter
Katrine Alendal (Women’s MMA) :: Professional Skrap Pack MMA Fighter
Cesar Gracie (Guest, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) :: BJJ Master
Nick Diaz (Guest, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) :: Strikeforce Middleweight Champion& Cesar Gracie Fighter
Nate Diaz (Guest, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) :: UFC & Cesar Gracie Fighter

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