Judo Throw Instructional by Patrick Kong

Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.

Patrick is a Judo Black Belt, BJJ Purple Belt and Smash Gyms Ultra Heavy Weight! He has made big noise with his judo for the last couple years in the local BJJ competition scene. As an Ultra heavyweight there is no weight limit and although he is small for an ultra heavyweight he’s sent some unsuspecting big boys (some over 300lbs!) for ride with this throw. Patrick’s throws have even convinced some ultra heavyweights to pull guard! This is rarely seen with guys that big.

Long before training Jiu-Jitsu at Smash Patrick was on the Judo Team at San Jose State University. SJSU has one of the toughest Judo teams in the nation and Patrick was beat on mercilessly by the competition team in the practice room. Thanks to his humble attitude, mental toughness and the guidance of Coach Dave Williams he became a force his senior year. As a judo team walk on, Patrick impressively won 3rd place in the 2002 Collegiate Nationals!

Over time Patrick’s judo has evolved and has become more effective. What most people don’t know is that some of Patrick biggest throws have happened behind closed doors during practices with Smash teammates of high level wrestling and judo backgrounds. He has refined his system of judo and is now ready to share what he has learned with his teammates at Smash.

Due to popular demand Patrick is now teach 8:00am Judo Classes at Smash Sunnyvale on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People LOVE this class! Patrick has always been a great partner and student so it’s great to see him sharing his knowledge at Smash!

Judo Black Belts Dave Williams, Patrick Kong and Michael Jen run our Judo Classes at both Smash locations!  Smash is a Registered Club with USA Judo!

In Sunnyvale, Patrick teaches 8:00am Judo classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Our Sunnyvale BJJ, Judo, & Wrestling kids program is supplemented with weekend Judo Lessons from Michael Jen and Tuesday and Thursday wrestling lessons with D1 Wrestler Eli Sanchez. Michael Jen also regularly teaches judo to our students in our BJJ program at both locations. 

Dave Williams teaches 4:30pm kids Judo Classes on Tuesday and Thursday at Smash San Jose. 5:30pm Adult and Teen Classes Coming soon!

Halen Tanimoto used for demonstration.
Filmed & Edited by Easten Tanimoto.


New Instructor at Smash! by Debbie Sanchez

A few weeks ago I decided to take the CrossFit Trainer Course to become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. I want to thank my Strength & Conditioning coaches James Cebedo and Cainan Munsell for the inspiration! They have helped me reach a fitness level that I never thought possible. Without them I would not know my full physical capabilities & potential and I have grown to love physical fitness.

The course spanned over 2 full days with lectures, breakout sessions, and a WOD  (work out of the day) on both days. The class was full of mostly very fit aspiring trainers ready to take their knowledge and fitness to a new level. I have never seen so much muscle in one place! I was pleasantly surprised of the equal ratio of women and men. Because of the awesome training at Smash I was in the top 20% of the women in completing the prescribed timed WODs despite only training for one year. Many of the women could not complete the workout with the prescribed weight requirements.

I am proud to say I have passed the exam and can now consider myself a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer! Below is my fitness story!

Growing up my diet was horrible. As an adult I ballooned up to 140lbs because I never worked out. When I met my husband I had lost 10 pounds mostly through starving myself and diet pills.

I was Heavy Before Smash!

When I began working out I just would walk straight to the elliptical machine. Like most women I didn’t want to lift weights because I didn’t understand the benefits and thought I would look bulky. I didn’t want muscle because I didn’t know what I know now. I have come a LONG way.

All I knew of exercise was getting in 20 mins of light cardio, whether it was jogging or using an elliptical machine. I never saw any results but that was because it was boring so I was never consistent.

When my husband and I started dating I started to workout with him. He encouraged me to start lifting weights and told me that it would actually help me lose fat! He designed an exercise regiment which consisted of weight lifting and cardio. My weightlifting (Globogym style) consisted of legs one day, tricep, chest, & shoulders the next, and back & bicep the following day. I started to see results but I didn’t have systems, knowledge or the support to measure progress and reach my potential.

Then came Smash Gyms and my life changed! After two long years of the same boring workouts I found an exercise regiment that was fun and making huge strides in my physical fitness. The variety of classes at Smash pushed me to a new level of fitness. I was incorporating group classes such as Kickboxing, Kettlebells, and Bootcamp into my workouts. I was taking 3 classes a day because it was FUN!  I learned so much in every class and didn’t want to stop progressing.

Then I finally tried the Jiu-Jitsu classes. By that time we had a lot of women in the program at Smash so it was a comfortable safe path for me to see what is all about. It took me a few classes but I eventually fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu. Once you get passed the first few classes Jiu-jitsu becomes addictive! This new found addiction motivated me to get in the best shape possible! Getting tapped will motivate you!

Jiu-Jitsu Competition

Soon after I started taking women’s Jiu-jitsu, Smash added Strength & Conditioning classes to the schedule. The class was taught by fitness veterans & personal trainers James Cebedo and Cainan Munsell. They showed me what real strength training was. It meant taking the plunge and adding heavy weights to a barbell. I soon found that I could lift and squat heavy weights. I was amazed at my new abilities! I soon realized that it wasn’t me. It was my new coaches! With high level coaching everyone is capable of taking their fitness to this level! The coaches also tracked results for everyone taking the Strength & Conditioning classes. This showed that everyone is capable of getting physically stronger and making progress on sprints, WODs, jumps, etc. We could see our progress every week!

Clean & Jerk!

Not only was I able to see and track progress on my lifts and conditioning but best of all I could see the results in my jiu-jitsu training. I found that much of my success in Jiu-jitsu was due to the physical and mental strength that our Strength & Conditioning class gives me. With the combination of our amazing coaches for BJJ and S&C at Smash I was so confident that I decided to enter The Bay Area Jiu-Jitsu Championships and ended up taking home a silver medal. The days I don’t feel like lifting the barbell I remind myself that I want to win my next BJJ tournament and I know that supplementing with strength & conditioning classes will be that extra step towards the gold.

Aside from sports performance our Strength & Conditioning classes have given me much more confidence. I am much happier with the way I look and feel. I was always very self conscious and have battled with low self-esteem. Through martial arts and physical fitness I have built confidence. This is why I decided to take the CrossFit Trainer course. I want to share these great things that I have found and help inspire others to do what they never thought possible.

Debbie Sanchez
Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer

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