Smash Gyms kids medal at the Prof. Jay Aloha Judo Invitational Tournament

Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts students, Derek and Aaron, competed in the 11th Annual Prof. Jay Aloha Judo Invitational Tournament in Alameda, CA this past weekend.  Both boys placed 2nd in the respective divisions and brought home silver.  Once again, great job on some hard fought matches!

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What is Jiu-Jitsu?

What is Jiu-Jitsu? 

Most of today’s Jiu-Jitsu lineages can be traced back to Mitsuyo Maeda. Mitsuyo was an experienced Japanese Prize Fighter. He was a martial arts practitioner of an early form of Judo, also known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu at the time. While training at the Kodokan in Japan he became a star pupil by challenging fighters of other martial arts styles. In 1905 Maeda then traveled the world and refined his art through reportedly over 2,000 challenge matches and professional fights.

Mitsuyo Maeda

In 1917 Maeda began to teach members of the Gracie family his version of Judo. Maeda not only taught the art of judo but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat based on his travels competing and training alongside catch-wrestlersboxerssavate fighters, and various other martial artists. Although the art has evolved tremendously many of these techniques and strategies are still the base of modern Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie Family and other practitioners in Brazil followed Maeda’s lead and tested their skills through challenge matches and prize fights. Through this process one of the most effective martial arts styles of all time evolved. Jiu-Jitsu would revolutionize martial arts as the world knew it. The secret was out once the Gracie family started the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) to prove the effectiveness of Jiu-jitsu in a real, no rules fight. Royce Gracie easily dominated representatives of other styles of martial arts. BJJ then became a base for anyone interested in martial arts, self-defense or fighting. The US Army recognized the effectiveness of and made Jiu-Jitsu the base of Army Combatives.

One of the most well-written and comprehensive descriptions of Jiu-Jitsu is below.

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless. To control and overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. This is done by utilizing superior leverage, grip and position upon your opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. This knowledge can be used to subdue and control an opponent with whatever level of severity the student chooses. The path to this knowledge is physically and mentally demanding. Students benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, self-knowledge of their body and mind and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.

Many students first learn about Jiu-Jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique is very prominent. Indeed, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport, however, is strongly separated from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport.” –  John Danaher, BJJ Black Belt

BJJ students compete at the 6th Annual American Cup

Great effort by our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu students who competed in the 2013 American Cup BJJ Tournament over the weekend.  Our competitors put on a great display of skill and heart.  At the conclusion of the tournament, Ben Hyatt, Tom Lopez, Javier Martinez and, Sam Spenglar placed 1st in their respective divisions.  Leo Shen placed 2nd and Eli Sanchez, Juan Romo, and Patrick Kong placed 3rd in their divisions.  Congratulations to everyone!

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May 2013 Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Two brand new evening classes starting in May! Both classes are a great workout and fun!

Our Self-Defense & Combatives classes will provide members with top quality instruction in a wide variety of subjects. This beginner friendly & new class will feature our Women’s Personal Protection curriculum as well as Jiu-Jitsu Combatives (the base of US Army Combatives).  You will recieve  instruction from experts in a wide variety of subjects. The various classes that make up the Smash Gyms Self Defense System will not only develop a student’s skills, but also help them get into great shape.  Due to the fact that each class addresses a specific and different aspect of self-defense, the workouts are fun, interesting, and challenge the body. These classes will make anyone aware, ferocious, ready and in shape to defend themselves in any situation.

Due to popular demand we have also added evening Mixed Martial Arts Classes! This program is truly a mix of martial arts and does not necessarily refer to the sport of MMA. Each subject at Smash is covered by expert in his field so this class is an amazing compliment to our Self-Defense and Combatives class. The Smash Gyms MMA program includes a systematic blend of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing & Self-Defense techniques into a comprehensive weekly training program that will safely progress beginners at an accelerated pace. Our classes are designed as a path for the average person to progress safely and quickly into a well-rounded and fit martial artist. Our programs have proven to be highly effective in Self-Defense, Kickboxing, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu sport competition. These uniquely structured classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety.

If you really want to learn any subject you need to see an authority on the matter. No single fighting style has true expertise in every situation or subject matter. Anyone that has studied martial arts or fighting knows this is true. If you look at the best professional martial artist and fighters in the world they have sought out experts in each subject. They have separate expert coaches from each discipline.  We used this principle to create our Mixed Martial Arts and Self Defense & Combatives programs. Every class subject will be taught by an expert for the highest possible level of instruction. In both classes gaining actual fighting ability is of primary concern while maintaining a strong focus on fun, fitness and safety!

Self-Defense Training at Smash!

Get a great workout and learn Self-Defense during our Fun & Beginner Friendly Self-Defense Combatives Class Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Men and women will be separated in this class and different material will be covered for each group. No gi is required in the Class.

In this fun and important class, women will be taught how to properly control positioning on the ground, avoid injury, disengage from an assailant, stand up, and escape.

The simple and effective material that will be covered is designed to give women a solid plan very quickly. Typically when a woman is attacked the attacker isn’t trying to box or kickbox her. Often an attacker will grab a woman and attempt to manhandle and control her until he is in a dominant position. Our program is the ideal solution for that type of situation.

Men will be shown how to control an attacker, and then eliminate the threat. Even the best strikers on Earth (boxers & kickboxers) do not want to clinch but need a referee in the ring to rip them apart every few seconds. Learn from experts what to do on the street when there is not that third man breaking it up.

This class compliments our Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Class that also has a strong emphasis on self-defense from a variety of different martial arts.

Anyone can try it Free! Bring a Friend!

Self-Defense Classes

Self-Defense Classes!

Smash Gyms students tear it up in Judo and Jiu-jitsu competition

Cainan takes firstA big congratulations to Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-jitsu student, Cainan Munsell, for winning double gold at the Golden Gate Jiu-jtsu Championships held in Santa Clara, CA.  Cainan did an amazing job in competing in his weight class and then also in the weight class above.  Great job in taking 1st!

The following day, Kids Martial Arts students, Louie Noble Jr., Derek Jen, and Aaron Jen competed in the Spring 2013 CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament held in San Fransisco, CA.  Aaron fought hard in a division with many extremely tough competitors and placed 3rd.   As a 9 year old, Louie competed against 10 and 11 year olds and placed 2nd in his division.  Derek blasted through his division, throwing every opponent flat on their back, and took 1st.

Aaron takes 3rd                Louie takes 2nd                Derek takes 1st

Check out the highlights of the kids at their judo competition!  To watch in HD, simply change the quality setting once the player begins.