Congratulations to all the Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu Competitors! Competitors from both our San Jose and Sunnyvale locations competed in two different tournaments! Everyone that competed brought home a medal! Incredible performance!
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Smash Gyms wrestling instructor and BJJ student, Filip Novachkov, competed in an 8 man no gi submission grappling tournament held during the Born to Fight MMA event held in Fremont, CA. Filip won every match with a dominating performance that earned him the title of tournament champion.
Earlier that day, Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts students competed in the 2014 Santa Clara PAL Judo Invitational Tournament and after many hard fought matches, they came home with 2 gold and 1 silver. Click on the link below to check out some of the highlights from the event!
In addition, Smash Gyms Personal Trainer Tina Linhsamout's clients, Kathryn Magno and Sarah Berg, took 1st in their speed skating competition weekend! Congrats to both ladies and Tina!
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Smash Gyms MMA Instructor came home to find a burglar in his home. It did not end well for the bad guy!
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By Ken Pritchett and KTVU.com
If Brian Khun had not forgotten his martial arts uniform at home, his day would have been far different.
Thursday morning Khun was traveling between the two martial arts studios where he teaches kickboxing and MMA fighting when he decided to go home and pick up his uniform.
With his 5-year-old daughter right behind him, Brian entered his San Jose home to find a burglar in his dining room.
Brian says the man stood up and said, “Hey, this guy let me in.”
Worried for his daughter’s safety and seeing a pry bar in the man’s hand, Brian says he grabbed the burglar.
“I grabbed him to take him outside, he didn’t want to go, so then we started fighting.”
Brian says he delivered several punches, kneed him, put his head through a window, then dragged him outside in a headlock.
Neighbors, hearing a commotion, came outside and called 9-1-1.
“He was holding him down, waiting for police,” said neighbor Patricia McHarris, “it was pretty scary.”
McHarris has high praise for her neighbor calling his actions amazing. San Jose Police arrested the man whose face was bloodied and swollen.
Khun says he wouldn’t recommend others try to confront a burglar if it can be avoided.
“Just sort of relieved that it ended the way that it did. That it didn’t end badly for me or my family,” said Khun.
Smash Gyms specializes in Beginner Friendly Fitness & Martial Arts Classes taught by expert instructors. Two Bay Area Locations near Sunnyvale and Santa Clara & East San Jose and Evergreen.
This camp will be amazing! An all star staff of instructors at the brand new Smash San Jose location! Sign up now! Limited Space Available. The first 15 applicants get a FREE 30-day ALL ACCESS membership that can be used at both Smash Gyms Bay Area locations. Save your spot here! Ages 12 and up! Beginners and advanced wrestlers welcomed!
Smash Gym San Jose is located on Quimby Road and Capital Expressway across the street from Eastridge Mall. Smash Gym Sunnyvale is located on Tasman Drive and Lawrence expressway near Great America and Levi Stadium. One of the fastest growing gyms in the Bay Area Smash specializes in beginner friendly classes for everyone. Whether your goal is to just have fun or to fight in the UFC we can help you reach your goals!
Eastern Europe is known for producing some of the best wrestlers in the world, but growing in the Bulgarian city of Radnevo, Filip Novachkov was into another national pastime; Bulgarian Folk Dancing!
His younger brother, Boris began sneaking away to go to wrestling practice, telling his parents that he was playing with friends. At home he would practice his moves on Filip, which is what convinced the older brother to trade his dancing uniform for a singlet. "I knew he was sneaking away to go to wrestling classes. The only reason Boris began training is because he heard they gave you a free pair of sneakers if you signed up for the wrestling team." Filip said, "I didn't think anything of it until my little brother started kicking my butt. That didn't sit right with me so I signed up as well."
The brothers excelled in wrestling ever since, winning multiple cadet national titles in Bulgaria. In 2003 Filip's mom, Zhivka, received a green card package for the family of four and they made the move to California. "I was excited for the whole journey. I've always wanted to see what the other side of the world looked like" Filip mentioned. They moved to Sunnyvale and the brothers went to school at Fremont High School.
Filip won three CCS titles, was a three time state placer and California State Champion. He also took 3rd place at Nationals Championships. Filip was also an outstanding student having a 3.9 GPA. He was named the student-athlete of the year awarded from San Jose Mercury News in 2005. His accomplishments drew interests from university wrestling programs across the nation but ultimately he chose Cal Poly, where he received a full scholarship. As a Mustang, Filip was ranked as high as 3rd in the Nation and defeated a couple of National Champions. Filip placed 3rd in the PAC 10 conference as a Junior and earned a Silver Medal as a Senior. John Azevedo, Cal Poly's Head Coach described the brothers as typical American brothers, but different in a way that they wrestled. "The European mentality definitely showed up when they wrestled", Azevedo added.
After graduating from college with a degree in Industrial Technology, he began working for Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto. Filip feels that wrestling helped him earn the engineering position. He explained that the company was especially interested in the fact that he was successful student athlete who had excelled both in sports and academically. Being a part of a large space technology company is definitely an incredible experience, but something was missing.
Novachkov's passion for wrestling brought him to Smash Gyms. Filip began training wrestling and BJJ at Smash and was immediately impressed by the friendly environment and high level of skill by the students and instructors. He began teaching wrestling classes and competing in BJJ competitions. Filip noticed the amazing growth of Smash and eventually he decided he wanted to open his own Smash Gyms location.
Novachkov jumped at the opportunity to help open a second Smash location in Evergreen and East San Jose. He now is part co-owner of Smash San Jose. Smash Gyms is ran by an all-star team of martial artist including D1 Wrestlers, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts, Pro-boxers and MMA Fighters. Filip hopes to use the resources at Smash to reach his goal of making the World and Olympic Wrestling Team and earning a black belt in BJJ. Filip's brother Boris is seeing tremendous success on Bulgaria's National Wrestlng Team. Boris' success in international wrestling motivates Filip to keep on training; the long time brotherly rivalry that has helped them both see amazing success.
Filip runs wrestling classes at both Smash Gyms locations. Smash has two Bay Area locations. One on the border of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale near Levi Stadium and Great America and one in East San Jose and Evergreen across the street from Eastridge Mall. Filip is excited to share his amazing wrestling technique with the students and instructors at Smash. He is part of an amazing staff of wrestling instructors including Jacob Palomino, Eli Sanchez, Scott Clymer, Tina Linhsamout, Sam Spengler and more!
One thing that stands out about the Smash Gyms instructors is the professionalism in which they conduct themselves. Anyone who have been involved in martial arts for a long time and traveled around to different schools can attest that this is a quality that is often lacking by many instructors. Check out this short video where Smash Gyms Sunnyvale Head BJJ instructor Michael Jen talks about this subject.
The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitors of Smash Gyms have done extremely well in competition and we often share their great results and highlights on this blog. Some may wonder if competing is a necessary part of training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Here's Smash Gyms Sunnyvale's head BJJ instructor, 4th degree black belt, Michael Jen, sharing his thoughts on this subject.
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!