Weekends full of BJJ and Weightlifting Competitions!

A few weeks ago, Sam Jung represented Smash Gyms at the East Bay Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open.  Sam put on a great performance and placed 1st in the gi division and 3rd in the no gi division.  That same weekend, Jonathan Bialoglovski competed in the Calfornia Black Belt League: Victory Challenge and place 1st in his division.

Then this past weekend, Christina Apatow represented Smash Gyms Women’s BJJ and competed in the KO Finisher Series Submission Only Tournament.  With no competitors to go against in her division, Christina moved up 2 weight classes. She did awesome and placed 3rd.  Christina finished two of her matches by armbar and gi choke.  The most memorable moment was when her opponent refused to tap to the gi choke and ended up being put completely unconscious.

While Christina was competing in BJJ, Smash Gyms’ Strength & Conditioning instructor, James Cebedo, competed in the Redwood Empire Weightlifting Competition.  James threw up some big weight and placed 2nd in his division despite only weighing 157lbs in the 170lbs division! This was James’ first weightlifting competition so he decided not to cut any weight and still took home a silver medal!

 

A big congratulations to all the competitors!

Check out the highlights of Christina at the KO Finisher Series!

 

Brothers compete at the Boys & Girls Club Judo Development Tournament

Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts students, Derek and Aaron Jen, competed this past Saturday at the San Mateo Boys and Girls Club Judo Development Tournament.  This was Derek’s first judo competition and he was in a division where he was the only white belt.  He had 7 matches, all against colored belts, and ended up taking 2nd place.  Aaron also had some really tough opponents in his division.  He won all 4 of matches and took 1st place.  Big congratulations to the brothers for taking home gold and silver!

Here are the highlights from the event!  To watch in HD, simply change the quality setting when the player starts.

Gold at the West Clovis Judo Invitational

On Sunday, Jan. 20th, Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts student, Aaron Jen, competed in the 2013 West Clovis Judo Invitational held in Fresno, CA.  Aaron won all 4 of his matches by ippon (pin or throwing an opponent flat on their back) and took 1st place.  Another big congrats on a great performance!

Check out the highlights from Aaron’s matches….

 

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

Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo at Smash!

The Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program includes a systematic blend of 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 our unique Jiu-jitsu classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety.

Smash Gym’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is taught by Michael Jen. A Third Degree Blackbelt under Joe Moreira, Michael Jen brings 20 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. One of the first 50 American Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts, Michael has also earned his brown belt in Judo and Japanese Jujitsu.

Michael’s reputation is that of a top notch instructor. Smash Gym’s BJJ curriculum was designed by Michael based on systems identified and developed through his 20 years of training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While Michael was progressing through the ranks he was fortunate enough to have the unique opportunity to train with over 11 different black belt instructors. This invaluable experience helped him to see many perspectives from every scenario and choose which techniques worked best for him. Through teaching hundreds of students over the years he formulated a system of teaching designed to help students progress quickly and safely. Through the curriculum you will be taught the techniques outlined and identified that are required to progress quickly all the way to the top levels of jiu-jitsu. The core of the techniques being taught can be applied both in gi and no-gi grappling. Our beginner friendly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are also designed to be fun, safe, and great exercise!

Other instructors in the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Wrestling Program include…

Jacob Palomino -3X Wrestling State Champion and 2011 BJJ US Open Champion

Eli Sanchez – D1 Wrestler, San Jose Open Medium Heavy and Absolute Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, US Open Championships 3rd place

Sam Spengler BJJ by the Bay Champion, BJJ by the Sea Champion, San Jose Open Champion

Seo Perales – 2X US Open Champion, 3rd and 5th place in the World Championships, BJJ Blackbelt


 

 

World Class & Beginner Friendly BJJ, Judo, and Wrestling Instruction at Smash Gyms

The Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program incorporates the most effective techniques of BJJ, judo, and wrestling.

Highlights in this video are from the June 2011 Jiu-jitsu by the Sea and July 2011 Jiu-jitsu by the Bay competitions.