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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
New Smash Gyms Location right across the street from Eastridge Mall in East San Jose and Evergreen! Cross streets will be Quimby Road and Capital Expressway!
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Smash Gyms San Jose
2268 Quimby Road - Suite C (Building A)
San Jose, CA 950122
Smash Gyms San Jose will offer the same great fitness and martial arts classes we offer in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara! Every class is taught by experienced professionals for a unique fitness and social experience that will allow you to reach your physical and mental potential. Smash Gyms instructors take a systematic and beginner friendly approach to teaching, with a focus on the individual needs of each student. Smash instructors are excited to help you reach your personal goals!
Specialty group fitness classes like Strength & Conditioning, UJAM, Yoga, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, MMA (mixed-martial arts), Self-defense, Circuit Training, Bootcamp, Zumba, Wrestling and more!
After School Martial Arts & Tutoring Available for youths in addition to world class martial arts instruction.
To accommodate everyone's needs we offer monthly memberships, annual memberships, drop in, and prepay options. We have special discounted rates for Police, Firefighters, Teachers, Students and Military Service Members.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Tony Robbins
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Marissa Mayer
If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. Donald Trump
Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. Chinese proverb
You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. Judith McNaught
If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. Oprah Winfrey
Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. Denis Waitley
Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.Jimmy Carter
The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations. Deepak Chopra
Do one thing every day that scares you.Eleanor Roosevelt
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Bill Cosby
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Steve Jobs
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Aristotle
You get what you settle for. Thelma and Louise
If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs. Dhirubhai Ambani
I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness. Kanye West
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. Mark Caine
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not. Deepak Chopra
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.Steve Jobs
Leap and the net will appear. Zen Saying
I don’t think you’re human if you don’t get nervous. Sidney Crosby
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. John A. Shedd
Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.Tim Ferriss
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan
Your dreams are ballbusters; they’re not the yellow brick road. Kelly Cutrone
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.Ellen DeGeneres
If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Annie Dillard
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.Andre Malraux
Every man dies, but not every man really lives.Braveheart
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. J.K. Rowling
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. Jack Canfield
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. Mark Twain
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. George Addair
Screw it, Let’s do it! Richard Branson
You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.Marissa Mayer
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.Billy Wilder
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. Albert Einstein
Only those who play win. Only those who risk win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary. Iveta Cherneva
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin
Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting. Karl Wallenda
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand
Self-Improvement at Smash is simple; you just have to show up. You've already decided that you needed to improve when you signed up, so what is there to think about? Don't even think about it. If you consider going to the gym you can talk yourself out of it. There is always an excuse if you're looking for one.
Show up mad; show up tired; show up when there is traffic; show up when you don't feel like it. Just show up and we will take care of the rest. Do it now or you'll wish you did later.
If you show up consistently and do what the Instructors ask of you, you will be surprised what you can accomplish.
Let's be honest, if you don't show up it won't change our life. If you do show up it will make a big positive impact on your life. We've been told this and thanked over and over by the people that showed. At Smash you will relieve stress, get in shape, meet friends, gain knowledge and skill, and be inspired you to do what you never thought you were capable of doing.
Commit to making a change in your life. You deserve it and we're here to help.
Smash has become one of the most popular gyms in the Bay Area because of our fun fitness classes designed to help people of all levels live a healthy and active lifestyle. Our beginner friendly classes have had amazing results helping people reach their fitness goals. We offer a safe and supportive path to reaching your fitness goals. Many of our members have commented that aside from becoming fit, our classes deliver an unique additional benefit. Each one of our specialty fitness classes is taught by expert professionals in each subject. At Smash people are learning functional skills in addition to function fitness.
According to author David Grossman, the human population can be divided into three groups: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Grossman says that most people are sheep. The vast majority of people are peaceful and would never purposely hurt another person. They lack both the ability and the desire. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a sheep. If you are a sheep then you are probably a non-violent and productive citizen. Sheep are those who choose not to accept any responsibility for the protection of themselves or those around them.
Sheepdogs are those with the ability to fight off the wolves. Sheepdogs are made not born. At Smash we are helping to turn sheep in to sheepdogs. As you are developing these skills and your abilities, your confidence will grow. You will know that if needed, you can protect yourself and loved ones from the wolves of the world. Our members are becoming a community of good people with a unique set of skills that most predators do not possess. All of our classes are taught by expert instructors in specific subjects. Our professional instructors are not only great practitioners but also have a plan to transfer their skills to you in a fun and safe environment. Take as many different classes as you can to soak up the knowledge of these amazing instructors.
Get off those one-size-fits-all exercise machines and learn from an instructors that can transfer his or her expert skills to you. Self-defense and martial arts classes are becoming an incredibly popular way to get in shape and feel great. Through innovative, beginner friendly, and live training methods we are making good people skilled martial artist through their fitness journey. Men and women of all ages who never had martial arts or athletic backgrounds are experiencing things they never thought possible at Smash. Anyone will get good as long as they keep showing up.
Our classes have a strong focus on safety during live but structured training. Injuries are very rare but a bruised ego is common. Everyone starts off the nail but if you can put your ego aside and keep coming to class you will become the hammer, we guarantee it. Once you are trained you will realize it doesn't matter how tough someone is, it only matters whether they are trained or not.
Anyone serious about self-defense or martial arts should at the very least get a blue belt in BJJ. Anyone serious about self-defense should take our self-defense and combatives classes and learn about knife or gun disarming. Learn how to properly punch and kick in a devastating fashion with our kickboxing and MMA classes. If you are missing classes on this schedule you are passing up an opportunity to not only burn calories in fun classes but to also learn potentially lifesaving skills.
In today's increasingly dangerous world many people are concerned about self-protection and want to learn to defend themselves. It can be a difficult choice on which gym to join so I would encourage you to get off the internet and try the classes out. At Smash we take our responsibility seriously to give our members the tools to protect themselves. Properly researching gyms or styles of fighting can only be done through visiting gyms and testing the the quality of instruction and training methods. Look for instructors and students that are able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their skills in a 100% live situation without hurting you. Good marketing and bold statements does not make realistic self-defense. Pretend fighting with no rules in unlikely scenarios will not help you in when you need it most.
Most importantly, look for instructors and training partners that posses a sheepdog mentality and the drive to protect and help people in all aspects of life. Find a community of people inspiring each other reach their goals and grow together.
The instructors at Smash Gyms are life-long martial artists with various backgrounds of different self-defense and martial arts disciplines.We were there when the fight world was shocked during the original UFC's which proved that a knowledgable grappling specialist could easily manhandle other high level martial artist who lacked real grappling knowledge. This brought attention to the fact that for decades the Gracie family had open challenges to other martial arts and fighting styles and had defeated countless opponents in no rules fights. We put our ego's aside and went through hard training to develop real skills, and came to the realization that our past training in combat systems with unrealistic training methods had little value in a real fight.
Through the evolution of sport fighting and MMA in the last 20 years it has become apparent that combat sport styles did very well in real combat situations. This was because of training methods. They go 100% live and test techniques. If you go 50%, you are not going live. Theories, techniques, and strategies must be tested. You must try to prove their effectiveness and not just take your instructors word for it. Sport fighters train this way and have evolved sophisticated systems of fighting. Skills in these sports have been passed down from generation to generation and evolved to be as effective as possible through natural selection and a scientific process. Professional fighters, police departments and even the US Army replaced old systems with these disciplines because the effectiveness could be proven in 100% live situations. Many lifelong martial artist came to the realization that although it was a jagged pill to swallow they needed to learn these arts after losing to these sport practitioners.
Specialist in different fighting sports became hot commodities as coaches for any serious martial artist or fighter. People who were paying attention learned that you could not be successful learning from one style. Jack of all trade fighting styles proved to be a beginner systems at best. The best fighters in the world learned they need a coach for each discipline. A specialist trainer is one that has spent the 10+ years it takes to master a real skill. Fighters realized that to reach a high skill level they needed to get out of their comfort zone, put their ego aside and step into the world of the specialist. They learned that they need to lose in 100% live situations until they could win in 100% live situations. This is how to develop real skill that is repeatable in a live situations.
While the UFC and MMA in general grew in popularity, many traditional martial artist took refuge in claiming that their style was too dangerous to prove in a real fight. When they did go live with people that understood how to produce a real skill it became obvious that practitioners of these untested fighting styles typically did not progress beyond beginner level technique in actual combat, even after many years of training. Ironically these styles are the ones that usually claim to be the most "realistic". Many of these styles focused preparing on a mentality for certain situations that never happen to make up for their lack of realistic training methods. When these unfortunate practitioners actually were challenged they were not ready for the intensity due to the lack of 100% sparring, and their curriculum of untested, unproven techniques. They would be dominated by specialist every time.
Many styles or instructors claim to have the best answers to every question. They may claim that they have the answer to beat everyone in every situation. This comes from insecurities or marketing. It may seem like confidence but it's a rouse to control students and instructors to hide their "styles" weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. Those that won't admit it, often have the biggest ones. The truth is that if you only take MMA, Krav Maga or other general self-defense fitness classes it will be difficult take reach a true level of mastery. Individuals with existing skill sets in focused combat sports will easily dominate in those styles. You will need to take lessons focused on individual disciplines from true experts in each subject if you are serious about becoming effective in self-defense and martial arts. There are no short cuts.
If you want to truly learn a subject you need to see an authority on the matter. To combine kicks and punches at the highest level you need to find a kickboxing coach. To learn to stop or execute a takedown you need to study wrestling and judo. You simply will not be able to execute or defend against those willing to do it. If you want to dominate, control or submit an attacker in a one on one fight you should take BJJ classes. If you want to learn to knife fight then find an expert! No fighting style is an expert in every situation.
For a Martial Artist to evolve techniques, strategies and methods must be tested in unchoreographed 100% live training. Practitioners must be scientific about their training. Don't just take your instructors word for it. Make it work live. True testing must occur with live resistance. In real life nothing is perfect. When an instructor shows a technique he is showing an example of an exact situation. When you go live there are an infinite amount of variables that could happen. This forces the practitioner to react and adapt the technique in a way to make it work. This leads to a deeper understanding and then to mastery.
To reach the highest level in anything, you need focused instruction. Many times the fighting styles that will give you cliff-notes of other arts were started by a "guru" that actually went and learned from specialist! They went to experts and put in the time and became skilled. You should do the same! Go to the source. If you go to one person to learn everything you are likely learning watered down 3rd or 4th hand information. In any area, there are experts that truly understand. You must spend the time in their world to really be effective. If you aren't losing, you aren't really learning. It is important to distinguish between scenario training and live training. Training partners pushing you with pads then letting you win during a difficult drill is not real fighting no matter how challenging it seems.
Combat is not a religion. Martial Arts have come so far in the last 20 years and many people still don't get it. Time and time again people have marketed end all be all to fighting styles with no substance. The best instructors have an open mind and continue to learn and evolve on their own and pass that on to their students. Fighting has been around since the beginning of time and it is now evolving at a breakneck pace. Because of the internet our ability to find, share, and test information is easier than ever before. You can find live footage of what works. There are thousands of real fight videos online. You will see virtually no fights end in groin shots, eye gouges and other "dirty " techniques that many claim take the place of real skill. You will only fulfill your potential by getting out of your comfort zone, putting your ego aside and find true experts that are willing to show you their skills in a 100% live situation. If this idea seems sacrilegious to you then you are part of a cult, not a fighting style.
Veteran martial artist have seen trends come and go and then repeat. Even now every few years a new heavily marketed fighting style shows up late to the party claiming to be the end all be all answer to fighting. These new styles are often popular because they protect the fragile ego's of the students and instructors. It is traditional martial arts packaged as realistic scenario training without the real training methods. Those with experience know this is nothing new and has been proven to be ineffective over and over.
"One test is worth 1000 expert opinions" - Wernher von Braun
Realistic Weapons training
You really get hit!
Below is realistic close combat weapons training. They use a paintball gun so you can see who really gets shot! Many theory based "experts" may criticize techniques used to win during this live test without but are unwilling to prove it in a live situation with experienced combat sport athletes. Also they may totally disregard the results of the test due to years of being heavily influenced with untested theory. If you train live you will see that individuals with combat "sport" backgrounds will dominate other styles with very little training.
Limited Time Offer!
Smash Gyms is having a summer sale for first time visitors only! You can try our fun & unique group fitness classes at a huge discounted rate! If you are already have membership at Smash and have been trying to get your friends to try our classes this is a great gift. If you have never tried our classes then this is a great opportunity to see for yourself what all the Smash Gyms hype is about. Smash is one of the fastest growing fitness gyms in the Bay Area. We have created an amazing training environment with top quality instruction and unique exercise alternatives. Smash delivers a social and fitness experience that you have to see to believe . Our members receive top quality instruction in addition to the community support that our wonderful members provide.
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First time visitors can either buy a discounted 10 class punch card at the link above or they can try a FREE WEEK of unlimited classes at Smash Gyms. These two promotions can not be combined! We are no longer offering Groupon promotions so get your discounted rate directly from Smash!
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