With the opening of second Smash Gyms in San Jose, we are proud to announce inclusion of the After School Tutoring Program at this new location. This academic achievement program is headed by Rosalinda Jen. Rosalinda was a credentialed school teacher for 6 years at Dorsa Elementary School and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Smash Gyms family.
Check out this great video highlighting the background of our lead teacher and her teaching philosophies.
This past Sunday, a small group of Smash Kids Martial Arts students competed in the 2014 Hokka Judo Developmental Tournament. This annual tournament was hosted by the Santa Clara PAL Judo club and designed for novice competitors and training upcoming referees. The Smash Kids did extremely well as they took home 2 gold and 1 bronze.
In our quest to develop the best jiu-jitsu program for our students, the Thursday 5:30pm class is now going to a BJJ core fundamentals technique class. In this gi class, Head BJJ instructor Michael Jen and his purple belts, Crystina Coats and Lou Noble, will be covering the fundamental techniques of the Smash BJJ curriculum that every white belt needs to know to get to blue belt. This class is also highly recommended for colored belts. Though colored belts will recognize all these basic techniques, this class is an opportunity to really get down the fine details. If you look at what separates higher belts from lower belts, it’s the understanding of those fine details. Those who attend the class will be given a copy of the basic curriculum so students can see exactly what it is they know and don’t know.
At our annual end of the year holiday party, a handful of Smash students were recognized for their hard work and increasing skill in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Declan Boyd, Ian Masloff, Tom Lopez, Yane Pènev, and Debbie Sanchez were promoted to blue belt. In addition, Sam Jung and Mike Herrera were promoted to purple belt.
In a big surprise, head BJJ instructor, Michael Jen, was promoted to black belt in judo by his former judo instructor, David Williams. Michael began his training in judo 14 years ago and recently began to train handful of Smash Kids Martial Arts students to compete in the sport. These kids have competed in practically every judo competition in northern California and have been incredibly successful.
Smash Kids Martial Arts students Louie Noble Jr., Jonah Davi,d and Jovina David were both promoted to yellow belt in judo. All the kids have shown great skill as they have medaled in every judo competition they have entered.
On Aug. 24th, Javier Martinez competed in the Rising Sun Nationals BJJ Tournament in Daly City. Putting on a very dominating performance, Javier placed 1st in his division.
Last weekend, a handful of Smash BJJ students competed in the Jiu-jitsu by the Bay BJJ Tournament. Christine Apatow, Lou Noble, and Yane Penev placed 1st in their respective divisions. Yane also placed 2nd in the open weight class division. Jonathan Bialoglovski and Arturo Galano placed 3rd in their divisions.
Check out the highlights of the Smash students at Jiu-jitsu by the Bay 12!
Then this Sat., Louie Noble Jr., Derek Jen, Jovina David, and Jonah David represented the Smash Kids Martial Arts Program and competed in the San Mateo Boys & Girls Club Judo Developmental Tournament. Derek and Jovina placed 1st , Louie placed 2nd, and Jonah placed 3rd in their respective divisions.
Check out the highlights of the Smash kids!
Congratulations to everyone on that great performances and representing Smash so well!
Derek and Aaron Jen represented the Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts Program and competed in the 5th Annual North Bay Judo Developmental Tournament. This was a smaller competition with fewer competitors, so the brothers were put against opponents of higher rank. Aaron placed 1st in his division and Derek placed 2nd in his division. Congratulations to both boys!
A few weeks ago, Sam Jung represented Smash Gyms at the East Bay Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open. Sam put on a great performance and placed 1st in the gi division and 3rd in the no gi division. That same weekend, Jonathan Bialoglovski competed in the Calfornia Black Belt League: Victory Challenge and place 1st in his division.
Then this past weekend, Christina Apatow represented Smash Gyms Women’s BJJ and competed in the KO Finisher Series Submission Only Tournament. With no competitors to go against in her division, Christina moved up 2 weight classes. She did awesome and placed 3rd. Christina finished two of her matches by armbar and gi choke. The most memorable moment was when her opponent refused to tap to the gi choke and ended up being put completely unconscious.
While Christina was competing in BJJ, Smash Gyms’ Strength & Conditioning instructor, James Cebedo, competed in the Redwood Empire Weightlifting Competition. James threw up some big weight and placed 2nd in his division despite only weighing 157lbs in the 170lbs division! This was James’ first weightlifting competition so he decided not to cut any weight and still took home a silver medal!
A big congratulations to all the competitors!
Check out the highlights of Christina at the KO Finisher Series!
A handful of Smash Gyms adult BJJ students competed in the Quake City Open BJJ tournament held in Vallejo, CA. Sam Jung placed 2nd, Ibranhim Elsakka placed 2nd, Jonathan Bialoglovski placed 2nd, Christina Marie placed 3rd, and Anthony Boyle placed 1st in their respective divisions. Great effort!
In attendance at the competition was 9th degree red belt Carley Gracie. Below are our competitors striking a pose with Carley!
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.