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! 

22Feb/160

Smash Gyms Video w/ Filip & Alyssa

Check out our amazing instructors Filip and Alyssa talking about Smash! Filip runs amazing wrestling classes and Alyssa run our fitness bootcamps and teaches awesome kickboxing classes!

 

 

19Feb/160

Review of “The Science of Submission”

Check out this review a of "The Science of Submission:  A Principle-based Approach to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu"!

To order to copy of this groundbreaking e-book, go to www.scienceofsubmission.com.

 

"Warning: long post, but realized there was a lot to say here after sitting down to review this book. If it gets too long, read the last paragraph. I hope that sums it up.

The Science of Submission is a must read for any serious BJJ or judo practitioner who wants to progress in their knowledge of how ground techniques actually work in principle. If you are anything like me, with most BJJ books and magazines, I skip the words, look at the pictures and then try them live and ask questions to my instructor. The descriptions are pretty useless because I cannot translate them into how I need to position my body. This was clearly not the case with the Science of Submission. As a highly published scientist myself, I found it extremely refreshing to see all of this knowledge laid out in a straightforward and scientific language that is conspicuously absent in most of the common martial arts books out there that simply try to tell the story with pictures but really do not describe the subtleties proficiently in the all-important prose that goes with the photos. The words in most of these books are an afterthought.

In contrast, this book will allow the beginner player as well as the higher level player to apply and improve in groundwork techniques in a scientific way that can even help a player (who also trains regularly and systematically with a qualified instructor) essentially skip much of the usual “trial and error” that is the norm. The book utilizes the vocabulary of the geometry and biophysics of ground techniques (newaza for judoka) to explain core principles that are intuitive and muscle memory to high level athletes and martial artists -- but are often very difficult to explain to students or to even understand for oneself why these techniques work the way they do -- or why certain subtle mistakes make all the world of difference, for example, between a strong pin and simply getting swept. This book is definitely a must read for all competitive judoka who are interested in improving their newaza ground game or cross training in BJJ. As a student who is still undergoing this transition myself, I have learned that the slower pace and increased time to make decisions in the BJJ ground game compared with judo increases the margin for error for these slight adjustments described in the Science of Submission. These subtleties make all the difference between for example holding one’s guard and being passed; between getting pinned and sweeping one’s opponent; between being submitted and submitting. When applied in judo newaza this can be the difference in a match where all one needs is a 10 second pin for a yuko and where escaping a pin or holding guard for a few seconds can avoid a score.

The subtle principles that are described in this book can be applied to a judo tachiwaza (standup) game as well. In a recent conversation with the author Professor Jen, we were discussing the proper application of Osotogari , the major outer reap throw of judo. I had always been taught and taught others to throw the throw at the 90 degree angle, and not 180 degrees towards the back of the opponent because it simply worked better that way and I knew this intuitively from many years of motor memory and trial and error. Then it dawned on me that the same biophysics principles in the Science of Submission applied here as well. This book gave me the vocabulary to be able to articulate that “why” of this technique. It also allowed me to explain a set of combinations off of Osotogari for more advanced players that I had known to work, but I did not have the verbiage before reading Professor Jen’s book to explain why these particular combinations worked in tandem with each other due to a skilled opponent’s inevitable responses.

In summary, this is a must purchase for advanced BJJ and judo players alike who really want to know why they do what they do; and for beginners and intermediate players who would like to accelerate their progress in a knowledgeable and scientific manner. It is also a great reference guide for instructors that will lend them additional vocabulary to explain to students why things work or don’t work based on solid biophysical and force vector principles."

- Christopher Savoie, Judo black belt and BJJ blue belt

3Jan/160

New E-book by Smash Gyms Head BJJ Instructor Michael Jen

We are proud to announce the release of the e-book "The Science of Submission: A Principle Based Approach to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu" by Smash Gyms Head BJJ instructor Michael Jen! This unique, one-of-a-kind book discusses the application of biomechanics, physics, and postural alignment principles to turbo charging your understanding of grappling. Enhance your training, progress faster, and decrease your chances of injury by arming yourself with the knowledge revealed in this amazing e-book!

For more information and to order, go to www.scienceofsubmission.com now!

1Oct/150

Jacob Palomino Wrestling Coach

California has a long and proud wrestling tradition. California's High School State Championship tournament is widely accepted as the toughest State tournament in the country. There is only one champion crowned for the entire state at each weight class. Jacob Palomino was the first freshman ever to win a California High School State Wrestling title. The prodigal son of the family of wrestlers that has earned more state championships than any other family, Jacob was a wrestling legend that made history.

Today, he credits the support of his family and team mates for that success. "I was working out in a wrestling room with older champion high school wrestlers when I was only in the 6th grade. In a room that tough no one was a star because they were all amazing wrestlers. These guys were some of the best wrestlers in the state. I saw the struggle, hard work and technique that made them what they were." Through the guidance of his coaches, his entire family, and older teammates he assembled a virtually unstoppable arsenal of technique that helped him secure his place in wrestling history.

Jacob's mental toughness, technical abilities, and kindness have become legend in Bay Area Wrestling. He also happens to be one of the nicest and most caring coaches an athlete can ask for. Jacob's dedication and world class coaching have helped build the Smash Gyms wrestling program into one of the most popular wrestling programs in San Jose.

In the last few years Jacob has become one of the most sought after wrestling coaches in California. Jacob teaches classes at Smash Gyms San Jose on Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. He also has a full schedule of private lessons. Young wrestlers drive from all over California for a chance to train with one of the best wrestlers and coaches ever. Jacob also host Bay Area Wrestling Open Mats on Sunday at Smash Gyms San Jose.

Smash Gyms members are privileged to have such a humble champion as our Wrestling Coach!

-4X California Stae Finalist

-3x California State Champion

- 2011 US Open BJJ Champion

Smash Wrestling Coach Jacob Palomino with one of his Champion Wrestlers

 

 

5Dec/140

Coach Filip Novachkov Tournament Highlight Video

Filip Novachkov, one of our amazing wrestling coaches dominating the 2014 Super Grappling Tournament in Indonesia! Filip teaches wrestling at Sunnyvale Smash on Monday Nights at 7:30pm and Wrestling Classes in San Jose Smash every day. Check the schedules at www.smashgyms.com.

6Oct/140

Smash Gyms NAGA Highlight Video

Congratulations to everyone that competed in NAGA! Smash had a great showing and the competitors brought home lots of medals. It's amazing to see everyone's progression. Thanks to Mario RiosManny RochaCrystina Zastrow, and Eli Sanchez for all the help coaching. Awesome day for the competitors and we know a lot of Smashers are looking forward to the US open.

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!

9Sep/140

Beginner Friendly Mixed Martial Arts! Grappling Classes! BJJ, Judo & Wrestling!

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 that our unique classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety. Each class is taught by subject matter experts! Check our schedule at www.SmashGyms.com!

 

23Jun/140

We Came to Smash!

Congratulations to all the Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu Competitors! Competitors from both our San Jose and Sunnyvale locations competed in two different tournaments! Everyone that competed brought home a medal! Incredible performance!

Incredible Performance!

Jiu-jitsu by the Bay

Douglas Ancey - 1st
Tony Benavides - 3rd
Nathan Benavides- 3rd
Sergii Khaperskov- 1st
Jonathan Montinola Bialoglovski - 2nd

We Came to Smash!

Los Angeles International Championship

Scott Clymer - 1st gi, 2nd no gi
Manny Rocha - 2nd gi, 2nd no gi absolute
Gabriela Americo - 2nd gi
Tina Linhsamount - 1st no gi, 1st absolute

Scott Clymer

Smash Gyms teaches Jiu-jitsu, Wresting and Judo in beginner friendly classes with world class instruction! Try a Free Week! Gym Location in Sunnyvale near Levi Stadium and Great America and in San Jose near Eastridge Mall and Raging Waters.