Smash Gyms Blog
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! 

3Oct/140

Cung Le’s Martial Arts Joins the Smash Gyms Family!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Two of the Bay Area's Largest and Most Successful Martial Arts Teams are joining to create one Martial Arts & Fitness PowerHouse!  Cung Le's  USH Martial Arts of San Jose is moving! Their Coaches, Team and Students will now be training inside Smash Gyms!

Smash Gyms has two Bay Area locations! One in San Jose on Quimby and Capital Expressway across from Eastridge Mall and a Sunnyvale location on Tasman & Lawrence. Please see our website for more details! www.smashgyms.com

We are very excited about the joining of Cung Le's Martial Arts and Smash Gyms. Two world class teams coming together to give the very best to our members and fighters. We're looking forward to doing big things together! Thanks for all your support!

Cung Le now at Smash Gyms

Smash Gyms offers Unique Fitness Alternatives such as BJJ, MMA, Bootcamp, Strength & Conditioning, Personal Training, Yoga, Judo, Kids Classes and More! Try a FREE WEEK!

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

 

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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.

14May/140

Smash Gyms Wrestling Camp- All Star Staff

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!

http://smashgyms.com/wrestlingcamps/

Learn From an All Star Staff!

 

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!

6May/140

Filip Novachkov – Smash Gyms San Jose

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!

Filip & Boris Novachkov

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."

Filip is part of our Amazing Staff of Wrestling Coaches!

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.

Cal Poly Stand Out Filip Novachkov

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.

Two D1 Wrestlers and a BJJ Black Belt!

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!

Smash Gyms Wrestling Coach

24Mar/140

Judo Throw Instructional by Patrick Kong

Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.

Patrick is a Judo Black Belt, BJJ Purple Belt and Smash Gyms Ultra Heavy Weight! He has made big noise with his judo for the last couple years in the local BJJ competition scene. As an Ultra heavyweight there is no weight limit and although he is small for an ultra heavyweight he's sent some unsuspecting big boys (some over 300lbs!) for ride with this throw. Patrick's throws have even convinced some ultra heavyweights to pull guard! This is rarely seen with guys that big.

Long before training Jiu-Jitsu at Smash Patrick was on the Judo Team at San Jose State University. SJSU has one of the toughest Judo teams in the nation and Patrick was beat on mercilessly by the competition team in the practice room. Thanks to his humble attitude, mental toughness and the guidance of Coach Dave Williams he became a force his senior year. As a judo team walk on, Patrick impressively won 3rd place in the 2002 Collegiate Nationals!

Over time Patrick's judo has evolved and has become more effective. What most people don't know is that some of Patrick biggest throws have happened behind closed doors during practices with Smash teammates of high level wrestling and judo backgrounds. He has refined his system of judo and is now ready to share what he has learned with his teammates at Smash.

Due to popular demand Patrick is now teach 8:00am Judo Classes at Smash Sunnyvale on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People LOVE this class! Patrick has always been a great partner and student so it's great to see him sharing his knowledge at Smash!

Judo Black Belts Dave Williams, Patrick Kong and Michael Jen run our Judo Classes at both Smash locations!  Smash is a Registered Club with USA Judo!

In Sunnyvale, Patrick teaches 8:00am Judo classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Our Sunnyvale BJJ, Judo, & Wrestling kids program is supplemented with weekend Judo Lessons from Michael Jen and Tuesday and Thursday wrestling lessons with D1 Wrestler Eli Sanchez. Michael Jen also regularly teaches judo to our students in our BJJ program at both locations. 

Dave Williams teaches 4:30pm kids Judo Classes on Tuesday and Thursday at Smash San Jose. 5:30pm Adult and Teen Classes Coming soon!

Halen Tanimoto used for demonstration.
Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.

 

7Mar/140

Mario Rios – BJJ Black Belt – Smash Gyms Instructor

People who know Mario Rios know two things about him. He is super nice and he knows A LOT about grappling! Mario is a very caring and passionate instructor. He has been involved in wrestling, judo and BJJ for almost 20 years.  This incredible experience in grappling provides a wealth of information anyone interested in advancing his or her grappling knowledge. If you take Mario’s classes you can look forward to highly detailed technical instruction explained in a way that you can easily understand and implement right away. He has helped many people advance in the grappling arts with his organized and systematic approach to grappling.

Mario started his training with grappling in 1995 while he was a student at Fresno State College.   In Fresno, there were no Jiu-Jitsu studios, so he started working out his house with Jason Hannen, now a black belt at Pacific Martial Arts.  Most of the techniques were drills based on Renzo and Craig Kukuk videos, since youtube was nonexistent, and information was hard to come by. 

Mario Rios & Jason Hannen BJJ Black Belts

In those early days Mario sought out other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students who were commuting long distances to train at some of the Gracie Academies and began training regularly with them.  Some of these partners were wrestlers from Fresno Pacific and Fresno State.  During this time, Mario was also training at the Fresno Judo Club before moving from the area.

Mario Teaching Classes at Smash

After completing college, Mario was faced with the decision to relocate.  He had two requirements, finding a job, and finding his passion, Jiu Jitsu.  Mario found both and moved to the Bay Area in 1996.  In the beginning, he took classes with Claudio Franca. Although he enjoyed the classes because of such a long commute to Santa Cruz, he decided to train in Mountain View at Ralphs.  Training at Ralphs was a great experience.  Mario was able to train with some of the premier grapplers at the time and began to really understand the dedication necessary to excel at this art.

In 1999 began training with Michael Jen.  Michael’s unique approach and attention to detail was different from the Jiu-Jitsu he had experienced in his earlier training. Mario was impressed with Michael’s highly detailed instruction and his openness to share techniques.

BJJ Black Belts!

In 2010, when the first Smash Gyms opened Mario immediately became a leader in the gym and helped many people in different programs. The environment and resources that Smash provided motivated Mario to focus and push himself until he received his Black Belt in 2011 from Michael Jen. Mario believes Smash Gyms amazing instructors and members helped push him to reach his long-time goal of becoming a BJJ Black Belt. After seeing the incredible growth of Smash and the value that it has brought to our members, he decided he wanted to help open another Smash in San Jose. Mario is co-owner of San Jose Smash Gyms and will be working full-time and teaching BJJ classes along with fellow BJJ Black Belts Rudy Sanchez and Michael Jen. Mario’s goal is to bring as much value as possible to Smash members in Evergreen and East San Jose.   

7Feb/140

Sam Spengler’s New MMA Classes at Smash Gyms

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.

Sam Spengler - Teacher, Coach, Martial Artist, & MMA Fighter

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.

2013 BJJ US Purple Belt Open Champion Sam Spengler

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

 

3Feb/140

Smash Gyms San Jose is Now OPEN!!!!

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.

Smash Gyms San Jose Schedule

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!

 

Smash Gyms Evergreen & East San Jose

 

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

Joe Gonzalez

Sam Spengler

Noel Galano

Reza Milani

Michael Villar

Scott Clymer

Hsiaolin Wang

Jerry Brito

Nikki Langendorf

Debbie Sanchez

Eugene Kang

Stephen Novachkov

Refugio Rios

Greg Crane and Ed Crane

Julie Sanchez

Mrs. Rios

Ben Hyatt 

Juan Romo

Carlos Renteria

Jeff Pena

Leo Shen

Halen and Beasten Tanimoto

Sean Carty

Issac and Alex Rios

Tony Boyle

Ivo and Yane Penev

Amethyst May

Luis Lesende

Casara Sanchez

Javier Martinez

Fernando Alarcon

James Basurto

 

Thanks especially to all the awesome instructors and students and at our Sunnyvale location! Thanks to everyone that helped make Smash Gyms San Jose possible!