Smash Gyms Blog
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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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! 

26Feb/160

Kids After-School Programs at Both Smash Locations!

Kids Love Smash!

Do you know any kids that need homework help?

The Smash Gyms After-School Program has made an incredible impact on the lives of many of young members. Thanks to our caring tutors the kids have seen phenomenal progress academically, physically and emotionally. Programs in both Sunnyvale and San Jose! Kids classes include Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Parkour, Kids Fitness, and Judo. Activities include studying, and learning about other cultures and our world class martial arts and fitness classes. 

Here are some testimonials from the parents of our students! Thank you for the opportunity to let our staff help in developing your child both mentally and physically! 

 

Another happy parent!

 

Click here to check out our YELP reviews! Please email us at contact@smashgyms.com or call 408-744-6334 for more information on our kids programs.

 

22Feb/160

Attention Personal Trainers!

Attention Personal Trainers!

Smash Gyms - San Jose and Smash Gyms Sunnyvale are now accepting a limited number of independent trainers in our facilities. Accepted personal trainers will get a professional facility to train their clients and grow their business. We offer two fully equipped Bay Area Locations with a large variety of functional fitness and martial arts equipment. These locations are convenient for trainers in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, East San Jose or Evergreen!

Our full time rate is ONLY $350 a month! This gives trainers 24-hour access to both Smash facilities. This is an amazing opportunity for independent personal trainers looking to grow their business.

Email contact@SmashGyms.com or visit either Smash Gyms for more information!

 

Train Your Clients at Smash!

 

 

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!

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!

 

17Nov/150

Smash Kids Martial Arts – Another Great Tournament!

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

 

 

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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.