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Smash Boxing Coach Joe Amato

Smash Gyms Boxing Coach Joe Amato

San Jose Boxing Legend Joe Amato

Smash Gyms is pleased to announce Joe Amato's beginner friendly boxing classes at our San Jose location! Joe is an East San Jose Boxing legend with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Coach Joe's passion is helping anyone that wants to learn the art of boxing.

Joe Amato began his boxing career in 1975 at the age of 5 years old trained by his father, Joey Amato Sr. a highly respected and decorated Amateur and Professional Boxing coach/trainer/manager for over 35 years. Joe’s family has been involved in Boxing for over the past four decades. His father owned the famed “Golden State Boxing Club” which produced several amateur champions and many prominent professional boxers winning 3 Titles.

Joe competed in over 75 amateur AAU & USA Boxing bouts and tournaments winning several amateur state and regional titles including, Jr. Olympics, Silver Gloves, Diamond belt championships fighting throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Joe was born in San Francisco, raised in San Jose where he attended a James Lick High School. A 3 sport athlete Joe excelled in Football, Baseball and Boxing. In 1988 Joe began his professional Boxing career as a Middleweight (160 lbs.) training out of Garden City Boxing Gym promoted by J&J Promotions, Joe also trained out of Star Boxing Gym in East San Jose. A tough prelim fighter with an action packed style, Joe retired in 1992 after having 9 professional bouts compiling a record of 6-2-0-1 (2 ko’s, 1 no contest). A memorable moment of Joe’s career was fighting on the undercard NBC televised World Championship fight In Nevada featuring Jorge “El Maromero” Paez defending his IBF Featherweight title against Lupe “Lil Guns” Gutierrez.

Joe’s enthusiasm about the sport of boxing is contagious! He is a caring instructor and open to sharing his wisdom and experience with all skill levels, age groups and fitness levels. Always upbeat and full of energy, Joe will keep you on your toes with his mix of world-class boxing technique and humor. Joe firmly believes that learning how to Box has been instrumental in his personal development with regards to self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, humility and sportsmanship. Joe is excited to join Smash Gym's talented staff of instructors!


The Smash San Jose Boxing Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening at Smash Gyms San Jose. Coach Joe is also available for private lessons.

The Smash San Jose Gym is located in East San Jose right across the street from Eastridge Mall. Our other location is Smash Sunnyvale located near Great America & Levi's Stadium on the border of Santa Clara & Sunnyvale.



Jacob Palomino Wrestling Coach

California has a long and proud wrestling tradition. California's High School State Championship tournament is widely accepted as the toughest State tournament in the country. There is only one champion crowned for the entire state at each weight class. Jacob Palomino was the first freshman ever to win a California High School State Wrestling title. The prodigal son of the family of wrestlers that has earned more state championships than any other family, Jacob was a wrestling legend that made history.

Today, he credits the support of his family and team mates for that success. "I was working out in a wrestling room with older champion high school wrestlers when I was only in the 6th grade. In a room that tough no one was a star because they were all amazing wrestlers. These guys were some of the best wrestlers in the state. I saw the struggle, hard work and technique that made them what they were." Through the guidance of his coaches, his entire family, and older teammates he assembled a virtually unstoppable arsenal of technique that helped him secure his place in wrestling history.

Jacob's mental toughness, technical abilities, and kindness have become legend in Bay Area Wrestling. He also happens to be one of the nicest and most caring coaches an athlete can ask for. Jacob's dedication and world class coaching have helped build the Smash Gyms wrestling program into one of the most popular wrestling programs in San Jose.

In the last few years Jacob has become one of the most sought after wrestling coaches in California. Jacob teaches classes at Smash Gyms San Jose on Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. He also has a full schedule of private lessons. Young wrestlers drive from all over California for a chance to train with one of the best wrestlers and coaches ever. Jacob also host Bay Area Wrestling Open Mats on Sunday at Smash Gyms San Jose.

Smash Gyms members are privileged to have such a humble champion as our Wrestling Coach!

-4X California Stae Finalist

-3x California State Champion

- 2011 US Open BJJ Champion

Smash Wrestling Coach Jacob Palomino with one of his Champion Wrestlers




Kids Kickboxing Classes in Sunnyvale & San Jose!

TRY A FREE WEEK! Beginner Friendly Martial Arts Classes for Kids, Women and Men! Unique and Fun Martial arts & Fitness Classes!


Bellator MMA in San Jose at SAP

James Terry is fighting at BELLATOR MMA's DYNAMITE show coming up Sept. 19th at the SAP Center! Get your tickets on! Please use the coupon code "INTENSITY" at checkout! 

Bellator MMA in San Jose



Summer BBQ & Potluck!

It's time for another BBQ! We would like to invite our amazing members, family and friends from BOTH Smash Gyms - San Jose and Smash Gyms Sunnyvale to our 5th Annual BBQ and Potluck. 

We'll have food and drinks for the bbq. This is also a pot luck, so feel free to bring any dishes, snacks, or drinks to share!

All are welcomed! Bring your family or friends. It's always a great time!





Cung Le Online Training Coupon Code

First look at the  New Cung Le Online Training Site! 
Use the Coupon Code: CUNGLETVPREVIEW 




Cung Le Seminar Photos

What a Great Seminar! Cung Le's seminar at Smash San Jose was a huge success! The participants loved the unique and effective combinations and attention to detail that Cung Le presented. Can't wait to do it again! Look for us on Cung Le's New online training at !



In addition to our amazing classes, Smash Gyms offers top notch Personal Training! We are now offering packages at discounted rates for the New Year! Six Private Sessions for only $35 each! Whether it's Personal Training for Fitness or Private Lessons for Kickboxing, Grappling, Wrestling, MMA or Judo. Many people that want to accelerate their progression chose personal training to help them get fit faster. Nothing beats getting personal attention from our trainers. We offer personal training for all levels and disciplines. Men and women trainers available! 

Try your first 6 sessions for only $35 each!!! Email us at or ask at the front desk for more details! Sessions available at both our San Jose and Sunnyvale locations!


Coach Filip Novachkov Tournament Highlight Video

Filip Novachkov, one of our amazing wrestling coaches dominating the 2014 Super Grappling Tournament in Indonesia! Filip teaches wrestling at Sunnyvale Smash on Monday Nights at 7:30pm and Wrestling Classes in San Jose Smash every day. Check the schedules at