2012 Rising Sun Nationals Highlight Video

Congratulations to our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team! Smash grapplers brought home 3 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 Bronze Medals from this weekend’s tournament in Daly City. Every one of our competitors did well. Below are some highlights of Smash Jiu-Jitsu competitors!

Competitors included Cainan Munsell, Dave Anderson, Richard Waters, Christine Ho, Ben Hyatt, Aaron Jen, Sam Jung, Art Galano, and Patrick Kong!

 

 

 

Smash is located in Sunnyvale bordering Santa Clara. Smash Gyms offers exceptional instruction in group fitness and martial arts classes. Just ten minutes from San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View and Fremont.

New July Schedule

Sunnyvale, Santa Clara –  Try any class free for a week!

Starting in July we will have a new and improved class schedule. More Bootcamp, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, & Crossfit style Strength & Conditioning options for all gym members. Our members have seen amazing results in their overall fitness and skill level this past year and they can’t get enough! If you want to lose weight, learn a skill, or be a competitive athlete Smash can help you reach your goals. Due to popular demand we have added additional time slots. This new schedule allows for…

Bootcamp Classes

– Four Morning Bootcamp Fitness Classes

– Co-ed fitness bootcamp classes

– Indoor and Outdoor workouts

– Two 6:00am Classes (more on the way!)

– Two 7:00am Classes

Strength and Conditioning

– Taught by Certified Crossfit Competitors and Instructors

– Convenient new 5:30pm time slot four times a week

– New 7:00am Morning Strength & Conditioning Classes

– Monday evening introduction class

Jiu-Jitsu

– Two 6:30pm BJJ classes

– Four 7:30pm classes

– Saturday Competition Training Class!

– Noon Jiu-Jitsu Five days a week!

Krav Maga

– Four 5:30pm Krav Maga Classes

– Three 6:30pm classes

– Advanced Krav Maga on Fridays

– Saturday Morning Krav Maga

Mixed Martial Arts Class

– MMA classes Five Days a week

– MMA Advanced Sparring twice a week

– Includes Kickboxing and BJJ Classes

Kickboxing

– Seven Kickboxing Classes a week!

– Convenient 6:30 and 7:30 time slots

– Weekend Classes available

– All levels welcomed

Kids Fitness and Martial Arts

– Summer Camps now Available

– Tutoring now Available

– After School Program five days a week

– Kids Classes also from 4:30pm-5:30pm

 

The Best Armbar Video?

In this old video Smash Gyms Head Instructor Michael Jen speaks about creating postural deviations while applying an armbar in Jiu-jitsu, grappling or MMA. Michael, who received his black belt from Joe Moreira 10 years ago, has long been known as one of the most technical BJJ Instructors in the world.

Michael teaches BJJ at Smash Gyms located on the border of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.

 

Smash is located just 5 minutes from Rivermark Plaza and Mercado Shopping Center in Santa Clara!

Smash Gyms Jiu-Jitsu Team Highlights from American Cup

Below are some of the highlights from The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu Team’s dominating performance at the American Cup in San Jose at Independence High School. A vast majority of our Jiu-Jitsu students choose not to compete and grapple recreationally for fun and fitness. Those that choose to compete have done very well. In our beginner friendly BJJ program we do not push our students to compete, but if they choose to we help to provide them all the tools necessary to be successful.

Smash is fortunate to have top level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instruction with very high level wrestling and judo combined into a comprehensive grappling program 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.

 

Smash has another amazing performance at the American Cup!

The 5th Annual American Cup is over and the Smash Jiu-Jitsu team made some noise again! The Smash Gyms Jiu-Jitsu Team brings home 6 Gold, 3 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals!

Amazing performance by all the competitors in a very tough event. Many of our competitors were just promoted to a new belt level in December and still brought home the hardware!

Congrats to the entire team of competitors, training partners and coaches. You made the whole gym proud!


Gold Medalist

Brian Kuhn

Patrick Kong

Filip Novachkov

Isaiah Fernandez

Sam Spengler

Cainan Munsell

 

Silver Medalist

Eli Sanchez

Christian Reyes

John Valdivia

 

Bronze Medalist

Jess Ramos

Harry Handono

Christine Ho

Stephan Thalin

 

Great job everyone!

 

Top 7 Reasons Why Women Should Take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Self-Defense!

Smash Gyms Women Self-Defense Program combines Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, and Jiu-Jitsu instruction for best and most comprehensive women’s program in the Bay Area. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is often overlooked but completely necessary for self-defense training.

Below are 7 key Reasons why Brazilian Jiu-jitsu should be a part of a woman’s self defense training:

1) In the situation in which a woman is forced to defend herself against a man, it is unlikely that the goal of the man will be to trade strikes like boxing or kickboxing style match. In the event of a sexual assault, an assailant will most likely attempt to coerce or force a woman from a standing position to being onto her back or prone.

2) The assailant will most likely want to control the situation using his size and strength, especially if the male assailant does not have a weapon. This generally leads to a grappling situation.

3) In BJJ, the “guard” is the position in which an individual is on their back with an opponent between their legs. The average untrained person would consider that to be one of the worst positions to be in, however, it is considered a superior position of control in BJJ where countless techniques can be applied.

4) BJJ techniques are based upon manipulating the structure of the human body. This means that the effectiveness of techniques is not dependent on an opponent’s pain tolerance which can be unpredictable.

5) Grappling in BJJ allows students to feel full uncooperative resistance from training partners on a regular basis. Every single person who has never felt such energy and resistance exerted upon them tends to immediately become extremely tense, panic, and forget everything they have been taught. In addition, the adrenaline rush and crash tends to cause most untrained people to become completely exhausted in a very short period of time regardless of their fitness level. BJJ training teaches students to relax more and be able to think clearer in such a situation.

6) If you train BJJ you will build confidence. Predators are looking for victims not confident martial artist. The effectiveness of BJJ helps it’s practitioners build realistic confidence like no other art. Every woman that trains Jiu-Jitsu long enough will learn to control and force bigger, stronger men to submit. This helps a person carry the confidence to deter any assailant.

7) BJJ is great for fitness and weight loss. Individuals that begin training Jiu-jitsu a few times a week can lose 30lbs in two months. Several of our students have transformed their bodies by consistently training 3-4 times a week.

A well rounded self-defense program should include training for situations standing up as well as the ground. For women, it is often best to be able to remain standing and create an opportunity that will allow them to flee. For an untrained individual, being on the ground is usually one of the most uncomfortable situations to deal with, but the addition of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training can allow women to overcome the difficultly of being on the ground in an effective manner.

Smash Gyms’ World-Class BJJ instruction combined with our exceptional Krav Maga program will prepare you for every self-defense situation.

We offer day and evening classes 7 days a week. Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is on Sundays at 10am. Please see the link below to sign up for a free week.

FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE

Sam “The Ram” Spengler beats undefeated opponent in MMA!

Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and professional MMA fighter Sam “The Ram” Spengler dominated a previously undefeated opponent to win a Unanimous Decision Saturday night at the Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Sam’s experience, hard-work, and focus on improving his grappling game was showcased in this Mixed Martial Arts bout as he positionally dominated his opponent throughout the fight. Sam took down and controlled his opponent in every round, which allowed him to dish out an onslaught of knees and elbows. Sam is a fierce competitor known for his awesome conditioning and heart which he displayed to everyone on Saturday night!

Sam Spengler, a purple belt, is a competition team co-captain for the Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team. He also teaches kickboxing at Smash on Wednesday nights. See below for a full bio!

SAM “THE RAM” SPENGLER INSTRUCTOR BIO

Sam Spengler is a physical education teacher, wrestling coach and professional fighter. 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 bachelor’s degree in Education. A veteran of Strikeforce, Sam has competed in kickboxing and MMA since 2003. Sam is a dedicated and talented wrestling instructor who has produced many champions while teaching and coaching wrestling at Quimby Oak Junior High School in San Jose over the past 10 years. Virtually every year his wrestling team consists of state and county champions.

After trying a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class at Smash Gyms, Sam began attending classes regularly. “I was super impressed by the detailed instruction and high level of skill from instructors and students at Smash Gyms. In my opinion for Jiu-jitsu, they are the best around. When I attend a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class at Smash I can often immediately implement their techniques in my MMA training. My ground game improved extremely quickly since I started training there. I’ve found that the Smash Gyms system of BJJ is very applicable to MMA.”

Sam has competed in hundreds of wrestling matches, 22 kickboxing matches, dozens of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and 6 professional 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 kickboxing classes have helped students learn technique and improve their fitness level extremely fast 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 students 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

Smash Gyms wrestlers make some noise at the San Francisco State California Collegiate Open!

At the last minute, a few of our Smash Gyms teammates decided to enter the California Collegiate Wrestling Open. This was the last college tournament before the prestigious College Pac-10 tournament. Although our guys are no longer training and competing at the college level they did an amazing job without any preparation. Some of the best college wrestling teams in the country were at this tournament. Filip Novachkov talked Eli Sanchez and Cainan Munsell into entering the tournament two days before the event. They decided to just go have some fun.

Filip won his weight class! He registered under “Team Smash”. He dominated all his opponents with amazing technique. He was exhausted in the 3rd period of all his matches but controlled the pass with pressure and really outclasses all his opponents in an amazing performance. Thanks to Filip for winning Smash Gyms’ first Gold Medal at a major collegiate level wrestling tournament.

Eli decided not to cut weight when he got home the night before and saw a steak sitting on the counter. 🙂 Eli weighed in at 180lbs but the weight class was 184lbs. His opponents were cutting 10-15lbs. It was hilarious how much bigger his opponents were! A fresh Eli came out strong his first match and won with a technical fall (16-0) over his first opponent. Technical fall is a mercy rule when you’re winning by so many points they just stop the match. In the quarter finals Eli ended out losting to the number 2 seeded wrestler in his weight class. Eli got the first takedown on the opponent and was winning the match until his opponents size and Eli’s lack of conditioning took over in the 3rd period. Eli eventually lost the dec. after becoming exhausted from returning his opponent to the mat over and over. Great performance!

Cainan also dominated his first opponent pinning him in about one minute. In the quarter finals had to face the number one seeded wrestler in his weight. Cainan took it to this guy. He beat the guy up the whole first period. Taking him down and putting him on his back. Cainan was winning 10-1 going into the 2nd period. That’s a huge lead in a college wrestling match. lol.. unfortunately Cainan’s conditioning caught up to him and the other guy ended out winning the match.

Congrats to all the competitors! We have amazing wrestlers on our BJJ Team at Smash. Coach Jacob Palomino, David Anderson along with these other guys are great resources for the team. Take advantage of these knowledgeable instructors at Smash! Jacob Palomino teaches wrestling Monday nights at Smash. Filip and Eli lead the Saturday Competition practice along with Smash Gyms Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Michael Jen.

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Filip Novachkov added to Smash Gyms Staff

Highly decorated Division 1 Wrestler Filip Novachkov has been added to the Smash Gyms coaching staff.

Novachkov is originally from Bulgaria where he wrestled until he moved to Sunnyvale. While he was in High School his family won a lottery to bring them to the United States. He became one of Fremont High School’s most technical and decorated wrestlers of all time. He then had a very successful college career at Cal Poly University, defeating 10 of the top 20 wrestlers in the nation in Division 1 rankings.

Filip began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Smash in January. Filip has been interested in adding Jiu-Jitsu techniques to his grappling knowledge for quite some time. After completing his Senior year at Cal Poly he is now living and working in Mountain View. He began looking for a Jiu-Jitsu gym and heard that Smash was the best place for CCS wrestlers to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Bay Area.

He was immediately impressed by the technical knowledge of the instructors and the detailed instruction at Smash Gyms. “I really like all the details they show while teaching technique,” Filip said. “They are very very good at what they do. I knew right away this was the right place for me. It was nice to see so many people from the local CCS wrestling community training in one place. ”

Filip is eager to continue to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and to pass on his amazing wrestling knowledge to the students at Smash.

Filip’s impressive wrestling resume includes…

-D1 College Wrestler
-Pac-10 Finalist
-Bronze Medal at High School Nationals
-California Wrestling State Champion
-3X California State Placer
-3X CCS Champion

 

Big Turnout for the first Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Class at Smash!

Great turnout for the first Women’s BJJ class! This introductory Women’s Martial arts class was a hit. Women from San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Mountain View all joined and had a great time. Support women’s martial arts at Smash!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for women on Sundays! Schedule below.

http://www.smashgyms.com/schedule.php

Meet friends and learn the best self-defense for women!