Training Jiu-Jitsu can be an important tool for self-improvement. You learn really a lot about yourself if you pay attention during training. I believe training BJJ can expose character flaws and really help you improve as a person.
Are you humble or arrogant? Are you a hard worker or lazy? Are you too competitive? Are you a know it all? Do you never give up? Are you consistent or inconsistent? Are you mentally weak or strong? Are you able to keep long lasting relationships? Do you make excuses or do you make it happen?
Train Jiu-Jitsu long enough and you will discover some things about yourself if you are willing to look inward. If you do not play and work well with others it will become apparent in training.
Many have used BJJ to improve myself as a person. If you practice BJJ we would like to encourage you to use what you learn about yourself on the mat to fix problems off the mat. Personality traits get magnified during tough training. You can find out who you are vs who you want to be…
After only being open since January Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu won the Team Championship at the San Jose Open on July 30th 2011. Smash Gyms competitors won eight Gold medals, two Silvers and Two Bronze medals today at Independence High School in east San Jose. Smash Gyms took home the San Jose Open BJJ Team Trophy in one of our first tournaments as a team. Amazing performance by all the competitors! Many schools combined in an effort to gain more points to win the team trophy but since every one of our competitors medaled in the event we were still able to win the team trophy with less than half of the competitors of some other schools. Bay Area Brazilian Jiu-jitsu schools from San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas sent competitors. There were also competitors from all over California.
Smash Gyms grapplers included Sam Spengler, Eli Sanchez, Javier Martinez, Ruben Paredes, Patrick Kong, Rogelio Morales, David Armstead, Harry Handano, Sam Jung!