Cung Le highlighting some of the awesome programs at Smash Gym!
Cung Le is a local legend in martial arts and combat sports. Growing up in the Bay Area and training martial arts like Tae Kwon Do, San Shou, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Jiujitsu and MMA has helped him reach all his goals off and on the mat. Always a huge supporter of the local fitness, martial arts and wrestling community he is proud to partner with Smash Gyms!
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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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-744-6334 NOW!
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.
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.
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
Smash Gyms San Jose Evergreen & East San Jose will begin classes tomorrow February 4th! After dealing with the permitting process since July we were finally cleared to open. Thanks so much for all the help and support from the local community!
Try our first Jiu-Jitsu class Free on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm! We will add programs and classes in the days and weeks after. Please see the link to the schedule below for updates.
We are amazed by the generous help and support from the Smash Family, the local Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu community, and our neighbors in Evergreen and East San Jose. We are looking forward to giving back by bringing as much value as possible to individuals and families within the community.
Please come in and try a free week of training! All classes are beginner friendly!
In the next couple weeks we will begin our other classes including Kickboxing, Yoga, UJAM & Zumba, Strength & Conditioning, MMA Self-Defense and Fitness, Bootcamps, Kids Wrestling & BJJ, Kids tutoring and more! We will have a GRAND OPENING PARTY some time in March!
Here is a list of just some of the people that came to help! Thank you for the support!
Curtis and Daniel Summers of BC Electric for their extremely generous donations!
Coach Vince Rodriguez and Michael Rodriguez
Greg Crane and Ed Crane
Halen and Beasten Tanimoto
Issac and Alex Rios
Ivo and Yane Penev
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.