Smash Gyms Blog
15Apr/140

Smash Gyms Grapplers medal in wrestling, judo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu!

This past Saturday, Evan Flores and Sebastian Marin competed in the  Megatron World Wrestling championships in Fresno, CA.  Evan placed 1st in the 115lb. division and Sebastian placed 2nd in the 140 lbs. division.

On the same day in San Fransisco, Nora Cooper and Fernando Alarcon competed in the Mitchell Palacio Open Jiu-jitsu Tournament.  Both competitors placed 2nd in their respective divisions taking home silver.

The next day, Derek Jen, Aaron Jen, Jonah David, and Jovina David competed in the CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament.  Each one of the kids performed extremely well as they all placed 1st in their respective divisions!

Congratulations to all the Smash Gyms competitors on a great performances!

Check out some of the highlights of the competitors at the Mitchell Palacio Open Jiu-jitsu Tournament!

 

Here are the highlights of the kids at the CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament!

13Apr/140

How to Tie Your Belt!

There are many different ways to tie your belt in martial arts. In this video Smash Gyms Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, 4th Degree BJJ Black Belt, and Judo Black Belt Michael Jen shows us how he teaches our BJJ students to tie their belts.

 

28Mar/140

Scott Clymer – Smash Gyms Wrestling Coach

A NCAA East Regional Champion Scott Clymer had been ranked as high as 19th in the nation and was on track to become a D1 All-American his senior year. Unfortunately Liberty University, where Scott was attending lost it's Division 1 status due to Title IX when he was going into his senior year. Like many wrestling teams that lost their status, Liberty's wrestlers were forced to wrestle in NCWA. 

Scott made a statement his senior year. He was a MAC Conference Champion and NCWA National Champion. Amazing achievement! He also made a statement in the final, beating his opponent by technical fall! For those of you not familiar with wrestling a technical fall means you're winning by so many points (15) they just stop the match as a mercy rule for your opponent. To do that in the final of a national college tournament is extremely impressive.  

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Scott is also an exceptional coach and is putting a ton of thought and effort into the wrestling program at Smash. His passion for wrestling led him to become an assistant coach at Liberty University. This is when he discovered his talent for coaching. Under the guidance of world class wrestling coaches Jesse Castro and Joe Pantaleo he began refining his coaching abilities until he knew it was his calling.

Scott moved all the way from his home State of Pennsylvania to help start the Smash Gyms Wrestling Program and train martial arts at the new Smash in San Jose. Scott,  Filip Novachkov, Eli Sanchez, Jacob Palomino and other local coaches make an incredible wrestling staff. They regularly meet and are developing a complete curriculum in which they have picked apart each others game. The coaches are analyzing every position imaginable to borrow from each other's specialities to come up with a comprehensive wrestling curriculum that quickly progress anyone to a high level. Scott truly wants to help make an improvement in the local wrestling community and has already began to make a huge impact.

Scott teaches a full schedule of classes. Smash has wrestling classes for kids, teens and adults. Try a free week! 

Scott Clymer - NCAA Division 1 Wrestling

24Mar/140

Judo Throw Instructional by Patrick Kong

Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.

Patrick is a Judo Black Belt, BJJ Purple Belt and Smash Gyms Ultra Heavy Weight! He has made big noise with his judo for the last couple years in the local BJJ competition scene. As an Ultra heavyweight there is no weight limit and although he is small for an ultra heavyweight he's sent some unsuspecting big boys (some over 300lbs!) for ride with this throw. Patrick's throws have even convinced some ultra heavyweights to pull guard! This is rarely seen with guys that big.

Long before training Jiu-Jitsu at Smash Patrick was on the Judo Team at San Jose State University. SJSU has one of the toughest Judo teams in the nation and Patrick was beat on mercilessly by the competition team in the practice room. Thanks to his humble attitude, mental toughness and the guidance of Coach Dave Williams he became a force his senior year. As a judo team walk on, Patrick impressively won 3rd place in the 2002 Collegiate Nationals!

Over time Patrick's judo has evolved and has become more effective. What most people don't know is that some of Patrick biggest throws have happened behind closed doors during practices with Smash teammates of high level wrestling and judo backgrounds. He has refined his system of judo and is now ready to share what he has learned with his teammates at Smash.

Due to popular demand Patrick is now teach 8:00am Judo Classes at Smash Sunnyvale on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People LOVE this class! Patrick has always been a great partner and student so it's great to see him sharing his knowledge at Smash!

Judo Black Belts Dave Williams, Patrick Kong and Michael Jen run our Judo Classes at both Smash locations!  Smash is a Registered Club with USA Judo!

In Sunnyvale, Patrick teaches 8:00am Judo classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Our Sunnyvale BJJ, Judo, & Wrestling kids program is supplemented with weekend Judo Lessons from Michael Jen and Tuesday and Thursday wrestling lessons with D1 Wrestler Eli Sanchez. Michael Jen also regularly teaches judo to our students in our BJJ program at both locations. 

Dave Williams teaches 4:30pm kids Judo Classes on Tuesday and Thursday at Smash San Jose. 5:30pm Adult and Teen Classes Coming soon!

Halen Tanimoto used for demonstration.
Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.

 

16Mar/140

Kids Spring Camp at Sunnyvale and San Jose locations!

Spring break is just around the corner!

The Smash Gyms Kids Spring Camp is an enriching week designed to stimulate, educate, and simply have fun. Each day, the directors and instructors of the camp will have your child delving into activities themed around art, culture, environment, and history. Even subjects like reading, writing, science, and math will be covered in an enjoyable and entertaining manner. And unlike regular school, our creative activities won't have the kids sitting at a desk the entire day!

In addition to activities that will invigorate their minds and bodies, the Smash Gyms Kids Spring Camp will also have the children engage in physical play that is needed by all children. Through martial arts, games, and sports the kids will burn energy and improve their overall fitness. In addition the children will learn proper socialization, teamwork, and sportsmanship skills.

We know your child will have so much fun that they will be begging not to leave!

Both Smash Gyms locations will be offering spring camp for children 5 - 10 years old.

Sunnyvale Spring Camp: April 14 - 18

San Jose Spring Camp:  April 21 - 25

On top of all the great activities for kids, Smash Gyms Camps are one of the most affordable choices with both half and full day options.

Half Day: $150/week

Full Day: $250/week

REGISTER BEFORE MARCH 31ST AND RECEIVE THE 20% EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT! EMAIL contact@smashgyms.com or call 408-744-6334 NOW!

7Mar/140

Mario Rios – BJJ Black Belt – Smash Gyms Instructor

People who know Mario Rios know two things about him. He is super nice and he knows A LOT about grappling! Mario is a very caring and passionate instructor. He has been involved in wrestling, judo and BJJ for almost 20 years.  This incredible experience in grappling provides a wealth of information anyone interested in advancing his or her grappling knowledge. If you take Mario’s classes you can look forward to highly detailed technical instruction explained in a way that you can easily understand and implement right away. He has helped many people advance in the grappling arts with his organized and systematic approach to grappling.

Mario started his training with grappling in 1995 while he was a student at Fresno State College.   In Fresno, there were no Jiu-Jitsu studios, so he started working out his house with Jason Hannen, now a black belt at Pacific Martial Arts.  Most of the techniques were drills based on Renzo and Craig Kukuk videos, since youtube was nonexistent, and information was hard to come by. 

Mario Rios & Jason Hannen BJJ Black Belts

In those early days Mario sought out other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students who were commuting long distances to train at some of the Gracie Academies and began training regularly with them.  Some of these partners were wrestlers from Fresno Pacific and Fresno State.  During this time, Mario was also training at the Fresno Judo Club before moving from the area.

Mario Teaching Classes at Smash

After completing college, Mario was faced with the decision to relocate.  He had two requirements, finding a job, and finding his passion, Jiu Jitsu.  Mario found both and moved to the Bay Area in 1996.  In the beginning, he took classes with Claudio Franca. Although he enjoyed the classes because of such a long commute to Santa Cruz, he decided to train in Mountain View at Ralphs.  Training at Ralphs was a great experience.  Mario was able to train with some of the premier grapplers at the time and began to really understand the dedication necessary to excel at this art.

In 1999 began training with Michael Jen.  Michael’s unique approach and attention to detail was different from the Jiu-Jitsu he had experienced in his earlier training. Mario was impressed with Michael’s highly detailed instruction and his openness to share techniques.

BJJ Black Belts!

In 2010, when the first Smash Gyms opened Mario immediately became a leader in the gym and helped many people in different programs. The environment and resources that Smash provided motivated Mario to focus and push himself until he received his Black Belt in 2011 from Michael Jen. Mario believes Smash Gyms amazing instructors and members helped push him to reach his long-time goal of becoming a BJJ Black Belt. After seeing the incredible growth of Smash and the value that it has brought to our members, he decided he wanted to help open another Smash in San Jose. Mario is co-owner of San Jose Smash Gyms and will be working full-time and teaching BJJ classes along with fellow BJJ Black Belts Rudy Sanchez and Michael Jen. Mario’s goal is to bring as much value as possible to Smash members in Evergreen and East San Jose.   

3Mar/140

Meet Smash’s Newest Boxing Class Instructor & Personal Trainer!

Smash Gyms is very proud to announce another awesome addition to our staff. Imanuel "Manny" Rocha is martial artist, athlete and personal trainer. Manny's passion for fitness and martial arts make him a fun and popular personal trainer and coach. His willingness to help people of all fitness and experience levels have helped him grow a loyal following of students and training partners. 

Manny Rocha Won his Boxing debut by KO!

Manny once weighed 289lbs and through martial arts and fitness has discovered a path to reaching his potential. After losing 90lbs he is excited to give back what he has learned along his journey to the members at Smash Gyms.

As a personal trainer Manny's work ethic is contagious!

In his goal to become a well-rounded martial artist Manny has trained and competed in boxing, jiu-jitsu, tae kwon do, kickboxing and kenpo karate. He has trained with World Champion Kickboxer and coach Mike Winkeljohn, trained with world champion boxer Danny Romero, with MMA champions Nick & Nate Diaz, and BJJ Blackbelt Phil Torres. He has sought out the best coaching possible and looks forward to passing on his skills and knowledge to his students. 

Manny Rocha with his striking coach Mike Winkeljohn

 

Manny is teaching beginner friendly classes at Smash San Jose 5 days a week! Boxing at 7:30pm on Monday & Wednesday and 6:30pm on Fridays and Kickboxing on Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30pm. Kids Kickboxing and boxing coming soon. All the classes at Smash focus on providing you with a great workout, learning something and most importantly having FUN!

Manny is now just as sought after for his personal training services at Smash as his striking skills. Manny specializes in helping women and men reach their fitness goals through motivating and affordable personal training sessions. His experience as a Personal Trainer with Golds Gym coupled with his versatile martial arts background makes for unique and fun fitness training sessions. He is a very popular trainer so call soon while he still has openings!

Try a Free Personal Training session or a Free Week of Classes! 

26Feb/140

Asher Falatic added to Smash Gyms Staff at Both Locations!

Asher is a certified athletic trainer and kettlebell instructor. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from San Jose State University after moving from Ohio in 2009. While working as the assistant athletic trainer for the university’s football team he was exposed to kettlebells for the first time. Impressed by the challenging workouts kettlebells provided him, he quickly decided he wanted to be part of the cause. As a SFG I Kettlebell Instructor, Asher strives to work his clients hard and efficiently while implementing healthy lifestyle habits. Asher stays in shape by enjoying the outdoors through trail running and hiking. He continues to weight train and practice jujitsu.

Asher will be teaching Strength & Conditioning at Smash San Jose Monday-Wednesday evening at 7:30pm! He will be teaching Kettlebells at Smash Sunnyvale on Thursdays 6:30pm and Fitness Bootcamp at 9:30am on Saturdays!

His classes are for people of all fitness levels. Asher is excited to help people at Smash reach their fitness goals!

 

Kettlebell, Strength & Conditioning Coach & Athletic Trainer

20Feb/140

New Fitness Classes at Smash San Jose!

Fitness Classes have started at the East San Jose Smash! Beginning Monday 2/24/14  we will have a full schedule of new fitness classes in our brand new Evergreen & East San Jose location! Strength & Conditioning classes will be at 5:30pm and 7:30pm throughout the week. We will also have our popular total body fitness bootcamps at 6:30pm Monday-Thursday. Both classes are very popular for all fitness levels and age groups!  

Check the schedule here!

SMASH SCHEDULE

New Fitness Classes at Smash!

Our fitness classes at Smash are like group personal training sessions! You don't need to wander around gym wondering what you should do. You will have instructors pushing your fitness to the next level. All of our instructors are certified professionals personal trainers!

Get Strong at Smash!

Our beginner friendly Strength & Conditioning Classes are taught by highly qualified certified trainers. Our trainers take a systematic and comprehensive approach to fitness. We understand that everyone has different goals and our trainers do everything we can to guarantee your success. In our program you will learn how to workout in way that gets results! In addition to getting in shape this program has a heavy focus on strength training and muscle gains. You will learn proper Olympic lifting technique with a very beginner friendly approach. Additionally participants will get an education on diet, fat loss and conditioning direction. You will get stronger and faster and gain lean muscle mass as you lose fat. The goal of this program is to help you reach your athletic potential. Instructors will closely monitor your progress and help you along your fitness journey. 

Functional Strength!

Our total body fitness Bootcamps are circuit training classes designed to burn calories and fat! Your cardiovascular endurance will see huge improvement in this class as you tone and sculpt your body into a functional fitness machine! There is no boredom here as with traditional exercise programs. The Smash Boot Camp staff ensures each participant does each exercise correctly each and every time. They know how to keep everyone moving with a smile on their face. Everyone is dedicated to getting you to your goal and will help make every aspect lead you there. Burn calories, build strength, and increase your coordination all in one class! The hour passes by quickly because of the timed stations, unique and fun exercises, awesome partners, and encouraging instructors! This class incorporates challenging workout stations designed to push anyone to the next level! You get an intense overall workout while allowing you to progress at your own pace. A winning and fun combination of aerobic, weight training, and body weight exercises like you've never seen! 

Group Personal Training

 

Yoga, Zumba and Morning Classes coming soon!

7Feb/140

Sam Spengler’s New MMA Classes at Smash Gyms

Beginning Monday February 10th 2014 Sam "The Ram" Spengler will begin teaching beginner friendly MMA Fitness & Self-Defense Classes at the new San Jose Smash Gyms. Smash Gym San Jose is located in Evergreen right down the street from Quimby Oak Middle School where Sam has taught for over 12 years.

Sam Spengler - Teacher, Coach, Martial Artist, & MMA Fighter

As a veteran PE teacher, wrestling coach, athlete, and role model Sam Spengler has contributed to the East San Jose and Evergreen community in many ways. As a teacher Sam's positive attitude is contagious and he is extremely popular with his students and fellow staff. Sam has had huge success as the Quimby Oak Head Wrestling Coach. He has led the Quimby Oak Lobo's wrestling team to win their league for 12 years in a row. As a coach Sam has helped students fulfill their potential by guiding them in their athletic careers. He has created countless champions. Many of Sam's students have gone on to receive scholarships, become coaches themselves, and be contributing members of the community.

2013 BJJ US Purple Belt Open Champion Sam Spengler

Sam has been wrestling since he was 5 years old. As a senior in high school he earned a bronze medal in the Montana State Wrestling Championships and also received a scholarship to play college football where he earned a degree in Education. A seasoned martial arts veteran, Sam has been competing in kickboxing and MMA since 2003. He began training kickboxing over 10 years ago at West Valley Community College with Brian Kuhn.  Shortly after Brian introduced Sam to Cung Le's Martial Arts in San Jose where Sam began training MMA. Sam continued his MMA training with Cung Le and supplemented his training by learning BJJ at Smash Gyms. Sam has trained with many world-class competitors and instructors over the last 10 years.

Sam has competed in hundreds of wrestling matches, 22 kickboxing matches, dozens of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and 9 MMA fights. Sam is also the head of his Physical Education Department in San Jose. This competitive experience in kickboxing, wrestling, brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts coupled with his teaching background lends him the unique ability to transfer his knowledge to eager students in a structured and systematic way. Sam's organized and fun classes will help students of all skill and fitness levels learn technique and improve their fitness level due to a format and curriculum designed to create an optimal learning environment. Sam is happy and excited to pass on his experience and unique skill set to the Evergreen and East San Jose community at Smash Gyms.

2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Champion

2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Champion

2011 San Jose Open Champion

2011 San Jose Open Absolute Division Champion

2012 American Cup Champion

2013 US Open BJJ Champion