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30Jul/160

Newest interview with Smash Gyms Head BJJ Instructor Michael Jen

Check out Smash Gym's Head BJJ instructor, Michael Jen, in the latest episode of the United BJJ podcast. He talks about many interesting topics that he hasn't discussed before in other interviews! Enjoy!

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14Jun/160

Smash Gyms Founder – Rudy Sanchez

Smash Gyms started in late 2010 and, six years later, we've become the largest gyms of it's kind in Northern California. With three gyms, and more on the way, as well as a community of over 1000 people, we've become a huge success. This is how and why we did it.

I started Smash Gyms Sunnyvale along with some friends and my BJJ instructor, Michael Jen. It all began with my friends and I being involved in online marketing and having great success providing lead generation for martial arts gyms. At the same time, my instructor was teaching a small group of students out of his garage. Michael had closed his BJJ school 10 years earlier because of increasing rent and a dislike for running a small business. It was a short jump to figure out that, with our marketing and his world-class instruction, we might make a good team. I also happened to be a jiu-jitsu fanatic and wanted any excuse to be around the mat more.

My initial goal was to see if we could build up a business and create high quality jobs for expert instructors. I soon realized that I was walking down a path from which I could not turn around. We worked hard to create something great. I was at the gym every day from morning to evening. It became a family gym. My wife, Debbie, would come straight from her 9 to 5 job at Morgan Stanley to come help clean, sign people up, and take classes. Even my mom was there every night. Instructors’ wives and their kids also attended classes and helped a the gym wherever they could. A year later, my brother, Eli, came home from college and began working full time for Smash. This was soon followed by Debbie leaving her successful job to work full time at the gym.

At some point, I realized that there was nothing else I would rather be doing. Members thanked me for changing their lives by creating a community for great people. I’ve had Instructors hug me, in appreciation, for providing a career opportunity that finally allowed them to buy a new car or get a place of their own to live. I was in front of people who were bettering themselves and genuinely happy to be at my business. It gave me a sense of fulfillment and gratitude that I knew I could never find selling things online or in any other profession.

I also couldn't help but feel a deep sense of obligation to everyone who helped Smash grow. So many people helped and contributed. I felt I couldn't let them down. I felt that my hard work was a display of gratitude to all those that helped me. I worked harder than I ever worked in my life and became consumed with making Smash the best I could.

It was a community effort and we quickly became one of the largest gyms in the Bay Area. My friends, Filip Novachkov and Mario Rios, opened the doors to Smash Gyms San Jose in 2014 and it quickly became a huge success. They doubled the size of the community with their location.

Countless other instructors and supporters helped us grow.  Every time we added a new member or instructor, things became easier. With every individual who joined, we also got their personal and professional network, their ideas, their skill sets, their opportunities. Those that lacked integrity or our "stronger together" philosophy didn't last long. We began to build a community of inspiring and exceptional people.

As I looked around, I started to notice that no one had done it. What small brick and mortar business had grown, without venture capital funding, to become a large chain? I asked around and virtually no businesses could be named within the last 10-20 years. Where had the family-owned corner store gone? What about the local department or book store?

The freedom and autonomy of being self-employed was not without its challenges. I slowly began learning that things were not easy for small businesses. We were nickel and dimed by everyone. City, county, state, and federal government agencies were clearly not on our side. Permitting and zoning were an arduous hurdle to overcome. We were audited by regulators and paid unreasonable amounts of taxes and fees.

As I noticed these things, the paradigm of small gyms competing against each other began to be a blur. I knew most of them didn't have the number of members and revenue that Smash generated. Even though members rarely switched gyms, most of these other gyms were barely making it.  I started to realize that the gym down the street was not my competitor.

The epiphany was that all our battles were internal. I began to tell people that other small business weren’t obstacles to our success. The real obstacles are growing revenue, profitability, marketing, branding, vision, culture, procedure development and implementation, risk management, government regulation, permitting, legal issues, accounting, recruiting, hiring, training, etc....

As a result, I began talking to other gym owners. I began to tell them that win/lose is great for sports, but the wrong philosophy for business. Business is about creating win/win situations. Business is about creating opportunity for those around you.

This led to my friends, Jane Estioko and Cung Le, and I, sitting down and discussing the idea of working together. Soon they decided to have their community join our community. We realized we were stronger together. We realized that unity and cooperation between community leaders in this business would almost guarantee success and more opportunity for our instructors and more value to our members. We realized that we were obligated as leaders to do everything we could to provide for our people. So we did the unthinkable and joined teams.

We soon began searching for a location for the third Smash Gyms. During that process, we crossed path with Rudi Ott and Tony Gabucan. Even though they both individually ran successful gyms in Milpitas, we all agreed that the best thing for us to do would be to join forces. They closed their locations and we combined communities at a brand new 12,000 square foot facility to form Smash Gyms Milpitas.

We choose to band together to help each other succeed through sharing networks, branding, experiences, knowledge, procedures, best practices, marketing, revenue streams and people. We help each other avoid the mistakes most commonly made by small businesses. We are a community of successful entrepreneurs working together to solve the same problems and find success together. We realize that combining our networks and experience gives us more opportunity than we could ever have on our own.

Martial arts communities must reach a unified realization that we are not competitors. It is continuously getting harder for small businesses to succeed. We are on track to follow the footsteps of virtually every other industry. The little independent gym will become extinct because of a failure of our own creativity and foresight.

We’ve figured out a model in which each location can be independently owned and operated yet be part of a large collaboration with unmatched support. We want to preserve the freedom of small business owners while ensuring their success through connecting these community leaders.

At Smash, I've mentored many instructors that have come and gone. I’ve always openly shared my thoughts, ideas, and philosophies with everyone that has been a part of the team. Some have started their own gyms and found quick success with our ideas of collaboration. Gyms that isolate themselves don't get it. Ego and fear will be the lid of their success. Those that are willing to share success will continue to grow. We are in it to help people, allow them to do what they love, and find success together.

We will be using new platform designed to connect gyms and their members within the next few weeks. Stay Tuned!

If you are a gym owner and would like to find out more about how Smash works feel free to reach out.

Rudy Sanchez
Phone: 408-313-7431
Email: gyms@smashgyms.com
15May/160

New Interview with BJJ Head Instructor Michael Jen

Take a listen to Smash Gyms head BJJ instructor Michael Jen's new interview with the BJJBrick Podcast where he talks about "The Science of Submission" e-book, what training was like when he was a blue belt, tips for someone who wants to compete for the first time, and much more! The interview starts about 18 min. into the podcast. Check it out!

Epi 135 The Science of Submission With Michael Jen

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31Mar/160

Podcast interview with Smash Gyms Head BJJ Instructor Michael Jen

Big Jiu-jitsu Podcast interviews 4th degree BJJ black belt and head instructor at Smash Gyms, Michael Jen.  Great discussions on his new e-book "The Science of Submission", decreasing your chances of injury, and the importance of the fundamentals.  Check it out!

http://humungousbjj.podomatic.com/entry/2016-03-30T15_43_47-07_00

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17Nov/150

Smash Kids Martial Arts – Another Great Tournament!

Proud of our kids! Congrats to the coaches, parents and athletes!

 

 

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1Sep/150

Kids Kickboxing Classes in Sunnyvale & San Jose!

TRY A FREE WEEK! Beginner Friendly Martial Arts Classes for Kids, Women and Men! Unique and Fun Martial arts & Fitness Classes!

10Apr/150

Cung Le Online Training Coupon Code

First look at the  New Cung Le Online Training Site! 
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for a DISCOUNT. FIRST 100 SIGN UPS ONLY!

CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW HERE!!!

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1Apr/150

Cung Le Seminar Photos

What a Great Seminar! Cung Le's seminar at Smash San Jose was a huge success! The participants loved the unique and effective combinations and attention to detail that Cung Le presented. Can't wait to do it again! Look for us on Cung Le's New online training at Cungle.tv !

22Jul/130

Smash Gyms BJJ competitors medal at Quake City Open

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!

                 

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10Jan/120

Smash Gyms Program Descriptions

Below are short descriptions of our programs at Smash. Every class is taught by expert, professional instructors and trainers. Members receive top quality instruction while getting in the best shape of your life.

 

Jiu-Jitsu

The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program includes a systematic blend of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo into a complete grappling system that will safely progress beginners at an accelerated pace. Our system is designed as a path for the average person to progress safely and quickly into an expert grappler. The system has proven to be highly effective in both self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu sport competition. You will find our unique Jiu-jitsu classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety. All the evening classes are taught by Michael Jen who is 3rd degree BJJ Blackbelt and widely recognized as one of the most technical and most experienced BJJ instructors in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classes typically include a full hour of technique, drilling and instruction followed by a half hour of structured sparring under the supervision of the instructors. Open mat follows nightly.

Instructors include...

  • Michael Jen- Smash Gyms Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, 3rd Degree Blackbelt
  • Jacob Palomino -3X Wrestling State Champion and 2011 BJJ US Open Champion
  • Eli Sanchez - D1 College Wrestler, San Jose Open Medium Heavy and Absolute Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, US Open Championships 3rd place
  • Seo Perales - 2X US Open Champion, 3rd and 5th place in the World Championships, BJJ Blackbelt
  • Mario Rios - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt
  • Rudy Sanchez - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt

 

 

SmashFit

No boring machines or wandering around a gym trying to get motivated! Learn a real skill in every class while you workout! This will keep you mentally stimulated and motivated! Our SmashFit program is dedicated to making your workouts diverse, fun, unique and effective. Our World-Class Instructors and Trainers help people of all fitness levels and age groups reach their fitness goals. You will get top quality instruction while getting in the best shape of your life. SmashFit allows you to choose from a unique variety of classes and workouts throughout the week so you will never get bored. Your new training schedule will include Kettlebell training, Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Zumba, Krav Maga and more! You will learn from expert instructors in every class. Every class is a group personal training session!

SmashFit instantly gives you all the tools you need to be successful in reaching your fitness goals and improve functional strength. With SmashFit comes an instant support system of workout partners and instructors ready to help you improve. Every class is like a private lesson!

 

Self-Defense & Krav Maga

The Smash Gyms Self-Defense System is a unique program designed to quickly teach every student the skills and knowledge to effectively protect oneself.  This beginner friendly system will quickly allow students become proficient the intricacies of all aspects of personal protection regardless of gender, experience, size, strength, or fitness level.

Single attacker or multiple?  Weapons or empty hands?  Standing or on the ground?  Striking or grappling?  True self-defense situations are unpredictable cannot be defined by a single scenario.

With this in mind, the Smash Gyms Self-Defense System incorporates and combines different martial arts that have consistently proven to be the most successful in realistic conditions.

By  tapping into the deep knowledge of multiple experts who have spent their lives specializing in specific forms and ranges of combat, students can be assured they are learning the most effect techniques and training methods that can be adapted for any situation.  In addition, students will learn to handle the stress and pressure of a sudden, violent encounter in a safe and progressive manner.

No previous training is necessary and anyone can learn this deadly system! Simple and highly effective system that focuses on simple and practical techniques designed to keep you safe in any self-defense situation. Classes are designed to improve you physical fitness, awareness and technique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Israeli Anti-terrorist Units, and various branches of the Israeli Security Forces. Krav Maga was developed in Israel, under realistic battlefield and street conditions. This comprehensive system of martial arts has recently been adopted by and taught to many law enforcement and military organizations, including the US Air Marshals, F.B.I., C.I.A, D.E.A., U.S. Secret Service, and numerous Police Departments.

 

Kickboxing

Our kickboxing program will help you get fit, have fun, and learn kickboxing! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, our experienced instructors will make sure you get a great workout in addition to improving your technique. You will be challenged by structured yet fun kickboxing and strength and conditioning routines in a safe and encouraging environment. We welcome all fitness and skill levels.

All of our Kickboxing classes use pads and mitts giving you a more satisfying and fun workout.  Hitting the pads improves your muscle tone and your cardio endurance, not to mention in 1 hour it burns up to 1200 calories – nothing else comes close.

Our kickboxing staff are very experienced and have acquired the best techniques from Muy Thai, San Shou, Shotokan Karate, and MMA. Our years of experience through training, competing and teaching in kickboxing and other combat sports can now be handed to you in a safe and supportive environment. Try it free!

 

 

Kids Martial Arts and Fitness

The Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts Program can and WILL help your child increase their confidence, self-esteem, discipline, while teaching them life skills that will last them a lifetime! In our program your child will be able to progress at their very own pace. We understand that everyone learns differently. Whether your child can only train once a week or everyday we have the program that will fit your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a strong focus on coordination and overall fitness our kids curriculum includes a systematic blend of Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo into a complete grappling system. Our kids class curriculum was designed by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts, Judo black belts, College Wrestlers, and self-defense experts. Our system is designed as a path for the average child to progress safely and quickly. The system has proven to be highly effective in both self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu sport competition. You will find our unique classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety.

 

Kettlebell Training

Kettlebells have been popular in Russia for a long time, but have become very popular in the U.S. recently due to the intense and productive workouts you can get while using kettlebells.

One of the unique benefits of kettlebells is the improvements to both cardiovascular and anabolic systems. Kettlebell users also have tremendous gains in overall functional strength. Simply put you can increase your overall fitness and tone up your muscles with kettlebells if used correctly.

Our program will teach you all the details on advanced and basic lifts and techniques. Our kettlebell classes have a strong focus on proper body mechanics and real Russian kettlebell techniques.

 

SMASH STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING:

Anyone can join this beginner friendly class! All classes are taught by by CrossFit certified instructors and personal training veterans. Every class is like a personal training session. The Smash Gyms Strength and Conditioning Program is for those individuals with goals to reach their personal maximum fitness potential. While maintaining a strong focus on safety, this beginner friendly program will teach you how to train like a professional athlete in a fun and supportive environment. The program was designed to teach members proper strength and conditioning techniques and principles while pushing them physically and mentally. Our certified, professional instructors will teach you proper body mechanics to help you safely reach a new physical fitness level. You will build amazing conditioning and increase your functional strength to a level you never thought possible. The Smash Strength and Conditioning Program is serious about fitness, safety and fun.


 

Beginner Friendly Fitness and Self-Defense for Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View! Have fun and get amazing results!