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.
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!
This past Sunday, Smash Gyms competitors Rogelio Morales and Aaron Jen competed at the CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament in San Fransisco, CA. Rogelio, competing in the adult division, placed 2nd. Aaron, competing in the kids division, placed 1st. Congratulations!
The CCSF tournament marks the end of the 2012 judo competition season. Both have made excellent progress in their judo training this year. We look forward to seeing both continue their progress in the new year.
Here are some highlights of Aaron at the CCSF Judo Invitational.
This past Saturday, Nov. 3, Smash Gyms Brazilian Jiu-jitsu student Sam Jung competed in the Darcio Lira Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Invitational Tournament in Livermore, CA. Sam put on a great performance and placed 1st in his division! Great work on bringing home gold!
Then on Sunday, Nov. 4, Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts student Aaron Jen competed in the Bojuka Invitational Judo Tournament held in Seaside, CA. Aaron had 5 tough matches and worked very hard. Aaron placed 2nd in his division and brought home the silver.
Big congratulations to both competitors!
Here are some highlights from the Bojuka Invitational Judo Tournament.
On Sunday, March 25, one of our Smash Gyms teammates, Rogelio Morales, competed in the Cupertino Judo Invitational Tournament. Rogelio competed in the brown belt division and performed extremely well, taking first place in a very competitive division.
Smash Gyms Head Instructor, Michael Jen and Judo Black belts Patrick Kong and Chad Himeda began to teach and share their judo techniques to Rogelio when he joined the Smash team last year. The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program’s systematic approach to teaching quickly began to help Rogelio transform his judo game. In addition, the talented and supportive students at Smash who were judo black belts, champion wrestlers and top level grapplers not only enhanced Rogelio’s knowledge, but also gave him great training partners to help progress his skill. Most importantly Rogelio’s hard work, focus and humble attitude have allowed him to progress as a student, training partner and martial artist.
Once again big congratulations to Rogelio on bringing home gold. The instructors and teammates at Smash are very proud of Rogelio! We look forward to helping him reach all his goals in judo, bjj and wrestling!
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
-Bronze Medal at High School Nationals
-California Wrestling State Champion
-3X California State Placer
-3X CCS Champion
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