Smash Gyms Blog
19Jul/170

What do JiuJitsu, CrossFit & Yoga have in common?

Our innovative social fitness classes at Smash Gyms have taught us that the various arts and disciplines we teach are not so different. People may have a preference in form, but in substance, everyone enjoys these classes for the same reasons.

In each class, students learn skills from an expert instructor, while seeing measurable progress, creating relationships, and improving their health and mind.

When in any of these social fitness classes, you are totally present. This mindfulness is especially therapeutic and addictive.  When weightlifters are performing, their mental state is remarkably similar to the kickboxer, jiu-jitsu practitioner, or the parkour student. Being extremely focused in this messy and cluttered world of relentless input is an amazing feeling.

Progress is always incredible to see and experience. In every class, regular participants can been seen transforming from clumsy beginners to knowledgeable practitioners. Bodies and minds are improved through regular training as students learn, not only from the instructors, but from each other and themselves.  Members often comment how they are surprised by what they have been able to accomplish. They become fit and confident as a result of humbling themselves and entrusting the guidance of the instructors. These arts and disciplines easily turn into lifelong pursuits as the journey to improve is infinite. What one knows will always be less than what one doesn’t know.

Through this process of learning and personal development, incredible social bonds are made. Lifelong friendships, and even marriages, develop within the communities. Training partners and instructors become lifelong mentors, protégés, and family.

Jiu-jitsu, Crossfit, Yoga, Kickboxing, Parkour, Judo, MMA, etc...like it or not, we aren't so different.

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23Oct/160

The Social Fitness Network

Smash is proud to be a part of The Social Fitness Network! The Social Fitness Network (SFN) is an amazing Community of Fitness Studios and Gyms in the Bay Area. Members of SFN Partner Gyms instantly have access to hundreds of classes at some of the Bay Area's top gyms.

Click here for more information! If you sign up online, choose a home gym and get all the other gyms Free!

www.socialfitnessnetwork.com

 

Here are some of the SFN Partner Gyms!

Alameda Jiu Jitsu (Alameda, CA)

AKA Sunnyvale (Sunnyvale, CA)

Antdawgs MMA Training Center(Gilroy,CA)

CoreFitness by Jeanelle (Union City, CA)

DarkHorse/Parabellum (San Jose, CA)

KB Fitness Exercise Studio (San Jose, CA)

Team Silva BJJ (Hayward, CA)

Mindset Martial Arts (Hayward, CA)

Round 5 Fitness (San Leandro, CA)

True Fight Club (Hayward, CA)

Smash Gyms (Sunnyvale, CA)

Smash Gyms (San Jose, CA)

Smash Gyms (Milpitas, CA)

World Team USA Gym (San Francisco, CA)

If you are already a member at a SFN partner gym, email info@socialfitnessnetwork.com for more information.

Social Fitness Network

31Mar/160

BIG SMASH NEWS!!! Smash Milpitas!

Hey Everyone,

BIG SMASH announcement! As many of you know, there are many Smashers that have expressed an interest in helping Smash grow. We have been looking at locations all over the Bay Area and have finally secured a location in Milpitas. Details to be announced shortly!

Our very own Lou Noble will be helping to lead this location. We are extremely proud of Lou. Those of you that know Lou, know he is an amazing person off and on the mat. He is family man and a good student and teacher. Since the beginning, Lou has been a great leader in the Smash Family and we know he will continue to make us proud.

We have seen Smash grow from 5 jiu-jitsu guys in a garage to over 600 members, 50 instructors, two locations and 12 programs in 5 years. The amazing support that all the members of the community provide to each other inside and out of the gym has created life-long friendships and incredible success stories. We feel so lucky to be able to dedicate our lives to something that has brought real value to many people.

The launch of Smash #3 is something truly special! Three of the best gyms in the Bay Area are joining forces to create Smash Milpitas. Smash Milpitas will be the combined forces of Smash Gyms, Unlimited MMA, and Milpitas Boxing.

Unlimited MMA was one of the first high quality Martial Arts gyms ever in the Bay Area. Head Coach and Owner Rudi Ott is a highly respected and talented kickboxing coach. Rudi will be spending most of his time at Smash Milpitas but will also be teaching classes at Smash San Jose and Sunnyvale. He is a passionate coach and awesome instructor. Rudi, his students, and staff will bring incredible value to the kickboxing program and fight team at Smash. Their community is full of talented and motivated members and staff. Rudi will be the Smash Gyms Fight Team Coach.

Milpitas Boxing is owned and operated by Tony Gabucan. Tony has quickly built an amazing community at Milpitas Boxing. His fun classes and friendly staff quickly grew to one of the largest gyms in the Bay Area in only four years. Tony, his team of instructors, and his gym have quickly become known as a place for beginner friendly classes with top quality instruction. They have a solid reputation for not only high energy and fun classes but also a very family friendly environment.

As most of you know, in 2014 Cung Le's Martial Arts joined the Smash Gyms Family. Now with Milpitas Boxing and Unlimited MMA joining Smash Gyms, our social fitness network has become the largest of it's kind in California. These communities have banded together with plans to create incredible value to our members as well as opportunities to instructors and owners. Smash Gyms' goal is to create a remarkable social fitness experience for our members, high quality jobs for world-class instructors, and successful small businesses owners.

Smash Gyms will now have well over 1000 people active in the community. All of our members will not only have three Bay Area locations, but also hundreds of excited and friendly new training partners, and dozens of motivated professional instructors.

I'd like to thank all those that have contributed to the growth of Smash. Our members and instructors have worked hard to make our community one that has attracted talented and motivated people from all over. Smash is community of great people working hard to help each other inside and out of the gyms. Thank you all for investing so much effort into the growth of the community and each other. Thank you for believing in us.

 

Smash Gyms Milpitas

26Feb/160

Cung Le at Smash Gyms! (Video)

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! 

3Jan/160

Sam “The Ram” Spengler Highlight Video

Thanks to Smasher Romanjeet S Nahal for making this highlight video of Sam Spengler's MMA fights! Sam has a title fight scheduled in February!

Sam Spengler is one of the most liked and respected members of the wrestling and martial arts community. Sam has successfully competed in Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Kickboxing. Because of his experience and the example that he sets for everyone around him, he is co-captain of the Smash Fight Team.

Aside from being a great athlete Sam is also one of the most popular teachers at Quimby Oak Junior High School. As Quimby's Head Wrestling Coach he has lead many young athletes to championships and had earned a school record with countless team titles.

Coach Spengler is also a Kickboxing and MMA Coach at Smash San Jose. He is known as one of our most popular class instructors. His classes are always fun and packed!

Sam "The Ram" Spengler is a hero to many people in the East San Jose and Evergreen community! Thanks for all you do Sam!

 

6Oct/150

Smash Boxing Coach Joe Amato

Smash Gyms Boxing Coach Joe Amato

San Jose Boxing Legend Joe Amato

Smash Gyms is pleased to announce Joe Amato's beginner friendly boxing classes at our San Jose location! Joe is an East San Jose Boxing legend with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Coach Joe's passion is helping anyone that wants to learn the art of boxing.

Joe Amato began his boxing career in 1975 at the age of 5 years old trained by his father, Joey Amato Sr. a highly respected and decorated Amateur and Professional Boxing coach/trainer/manager for over 35 years. Joe’s family has been involved in Boxing for over the past four decades. His father owned the famed “Golden State Boxing Club” which produced several amateur champions and many prominent professional boxers winning 3 Titles.

Joe competed in over 75 amateur AAU & USA Boxing bouts and tournaments winning several amateur state and regional titles including, Jr. Olympics, Silver Gloves, Diamond belt championships fighting throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Joe was born in San Francisco, raised in San Jose where he attended a James Lick High School. A 3 sport athlete Joe excelled in Football, Baseball and Boxing. In 1988 Joe began his professional Boxing career as a Middleweight (160 lbs.) training out of Garden City Boxing Gym promoted by J&J Promotions, Joe also trained out of Star Boxing Gym in East San Jose. A tough prelim fighter with an action packed style, Joe retired in 1992 after having 9 professional bouts compiling a record of 6-2-0-1 (2 ko’s, 1 no contest). A memorable moment of Joe’s career was fighting on the undercard NBC televised World Championship fight In Nevada featuring Jorge “El Maromero” Paez defending his IBF Featherweight title against Lupe “Lil Guns” Gutierrez.

Joe’s enthusiasm about the sport of boxing is contagious! He is a caring instructor and open to sharing his wisdom and experience with all skill levels, age groups and fitness levels. Always upbeat and full of energy, Joe will keep you on your toes with his mix of world-class boxing technique and humor. Joe firmly believes that learning how to Box has been instrumental in his personal development with regards to self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, humility and sportsmanship. Joe is excited to join Smash Gym's talented staff of instructors!

The Smash San Jose Boxing Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening at Smash Gyms San Jose. Coach Joe is also available for private lessons.

The Smash San Jose Gym is located in East San Jose right across the street from Eastridge Mall. Our other location is Smash Sunnyvale located near Great America & Levi's Stadium on the border of Santa Clara & Sunnyvale.

 

11Jan/150

NEW YEAR PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIALS!!!

In addition to our amazing classes, Smash Gyms offers top notch Personal Training! We are now offering packages at discounted rates for the New Year! Six Private Sessions for only $35 each! Whether it's Personal Training for Fitness or Private Lessons for Kickboxing, Grappling, Wrestling, MMA or Judo. Many people that want to accelerate their progression chose personal training to help them get fit faster. Nothing beats getting personal attention from our trainers. We offer personal training for all levels and disciplines. Men and women trainers available! 

Try your first 6 sessions for only $35 each!!! Email us at contact@smashgyms.com or ask at the front desk for more details! Sessions available at both our San Jose and Sunnyvale locations!

6Oct/140

Fitness Classes at Smash Gyms

Free Trial! Smash Gyms Offers a NEW & Unique Fitness Experience. Over 80 classes a week! Beginner Friendly and Advanced Fitness Training! Certified Professional Instructors, Personal Trainers and CrossFit Instructors teach a unique variety of classes to help you reach your fitness goals. Smash Gyms features Weight Training Classes, Kettlebell Classes, Kickboxing, Bootcamp Classes, Circuit Training, Yoga, Zumba, & UJAM in our unique and fun Strength & Conditioning Program!

GET STRONG AT SMASH!

Smash has two Bay Area Locations. One Gym is Near Levi Stadium in Sunnyvale on Lawrence and Tasman and our other Gym is on Quimby and Capital Expressway across the street from Eastridge Mall in San Jose. 

16May/140

Summer Specials! Two Bay Area Locations! FREE WEEK!

Try a Free Week of Beginner Friendly Classes!

Smash Gyms Sunnyvale is located on Tasman & Lawrence near Great America and Levi Stadium. Smash Gyms San Jose is located across the street from Eastridge Mall in East San Jose and Evergreen. 

Classes Include Kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Self-Defense, Yoga, UJAM, Zumba, Strength & Conditioning, Fitness Bootcamps, Judo and more!

We have classes for the entire family! Our classes are all taught by expert instructors to make sure you have fun and get a great workout!

 Visit www.smashgyms.com to register for a FREE WEEK!

Beginner Friendly Classes Taught By World Class Instructors

 

READ OUR YELP REVIEWS!

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16May/140

MMA Instructor Beats Up Robber (VIDEO)

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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Alternate video link: http://youtu.be/QlcNGA3uPjY

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.

source: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/martial-arts-teacher-confronts-burglar-san-jose-ho/nfxsR/

NEWS LINK:  http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/san-jose-martial-arts-teacher-confronts-burglar/vCbKnP/

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.