A big congratulations to Chad Himeda, Juan Romo, Ben Hyatt, BJ Barrow, John Valdivia, Jack Lai, and Calvin Hawkes on earning their blue belts in BJJ. These students have been dedicated to their training and have shown good improvement over the past years.
Patrick Kong and Brian Kuhn also earned their well deserved purple belts. Brian and Patrick have consistently shown their skills by competing and medaling in virtually every major competition in the Bay Area since white belt.
Once again, congratulations to all who were promoted and the Smash BJJ instructors look forward to your continued progress.
The United Grappling Federation (UGF) has gained its well deserved reputation in setting the standard when it comes to hosting professional and punctual in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments. The Smash Gyms adult BJJ team competed in their first UGF tournament back in 2011 at the San Jose Open and emerged as the 1st place Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Team Champions. Smash Gyms coaches and competitors looked forward to the UGF returning to the Bay Area for another event. As a result, we were extremely pleased when the UGF decided to hold its 2013 Kids International Grappling Championship in San Jose, CA.
On June 22, a handful of students from the Smash Kids Martial Arts program competed in the UGF Kids International Grappling Championship. This competition drew an impressive number of extremely skilled children and teens from all around the country. The Smash kids showed a lot of heart, skill, and determination, earning themselves 3 silver medals.
Smash Gym Kids Martial Arts student, Aaron Jen, is featured in the local sports section of the Milpitas Post in regards to his big win representing the USA at the Ganesa Cup Open Judo Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia!
Smash Gyms BJJ competitor, Doug Ancey, took 1st place and brought home gold at the Jiu-jitsu by the Bay tournament. Held in Alameda, CA, this tournament has consistently grown and become a staple for local BJJ competitors. Doug did a great job in representing Smash Gyms. Winning his matches in a dominating fashion, he finished most of his opponents by submission. Big congratulations!