Smash Gyms Blog
30May/170

Should we allow our kids to quit whenever they want?

Occasionally, some parents will mention to me that their child no longer wants to train martial arts and ask my opinion on whether or not they should allow their child to do so. This is what I tell them....

The first thing I point out is that we know that a good education is important. Imagine if we allowed our children to quit school as soon they did not want to go anymore. If we allowed this, I think we would have barely any children in school. As adults and parents, we understand the future benefits of a good education that a child cannot comprehend. Similarly, we have our kids do martial arts because we also know there are so many benefits to their lives that our children may not fully be able to foresee or comprehend at the moment. As a result, just as how I would not allow my child to quit school, I would not allow them to quit martial arts. In my opinion, as a parent, one of my goals is to prepare my children for life and I believe that martial arts is an essential part of that.

The second thing I mention is that, in general, children do what is pleasant for them and avoid what is unpleasant for them. If we, as parents, allow our children to quit doing something as soon as it becomes unpleasant, unentertaining, or difficult, our children would never accomplish anything significant in their lives. Many have heard the saying that you learn many valuable life lessons from playing sports. I disagree with this statement. I prefer to say, "You learn many valuable life lessons in the process of trying to get a good at a sport." Anyone can be mediocre. Mediocrity can be achieved without trying very hard. Valuable life lessons are not learned from putting half effort and not striving to be the best you can be. Valuable life lessons are not learned from quitting when things get unpleasant, unentertaining, or difficult. In life, any accomplishment that is meaningful or significant is always accompanied by difficulty and hardship.

The last thing I point out is that we have many adults in our BJJ program who are starting their training in their 30's and 40's. Whenever they see our children training or competing, I always hear them say, "I wish I started when I was their age." Heck, I started BJJ when I was 17 and I wish I started at an even younger age. When I ask these adult BJJ students, "If you could go back in time and start training BJJ when you were in elementary school, would you do it? And if you did it, would you tell your parents to never let you quit no matter what?" The answer is always the same. They all say, "Absolutely."

Michael Jen
Smash Gyms
Head BJJ Instructor

26Feb/160

Kids After-School Programs at Both Smash Locations!

Kids Love Smash!

Do you know any kids that need homework help?

The Smash Gyms After-School Program has made an incredible impact on the lives of many of young members. Thanks to our caring tutors the kids have seen phenomenal progress academically, physically and emotionally. Programs in both Sunnyvale and San Jose! Kids classes include Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Parkour, Kids Fitness, and Judo. Activities include studying, and learning about other cultures and our world class martial arts and fitness classes. 

Here are some testimonials from the parents of our students! Thank you for the opportunity to let our staff help in developing your child both mentally and physically! 

 

Another happy parent!

 

Click here to check out our YELP reviews! Please email us at contact@smashgyms.com or call 408-744-6334 for more information on our kids programs.

 

1Sep/150

Kids Kickboxing Classes in Sunnyvale & San Jose!

TRY A FREE WEEK! Beginner Friendly Martial Arts Classes for Kids, Women and Men! Unique and Fun Martial arts & Fitness Classes!

5Dec/140

Kids Holiday Camp! Keep Your Kids Busy on School Days Off!

Smash Kids Holiday Camp! Arts & Crafts, Games, Activities, Sports and Tutoring! San Jose and Sunnyvale Locations! Please email Debbie@smashgyms.com or call 408-744-6334 for more information! 

Kids Holiday Camp!

31Jan/140

Smash Gyms | San Jose | After School Tutoring Program

With the opening of second Smash Gyms in San Jose, we are proud to announce inclusion of the After School Tutoring Program at this new location.  This academic achievement program is headed by Rosalinda Jen.  Rosalinda was a credentialed school teacher for 6 years at Dorsa Elementary School and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Smash Gyms family.

Check out this great video highlighting the background of our lead teacher and her teaching philosophies.

28Jan/140

Kids medal at Hokka Judo Developmental Tournament

This past Sunday, a small group of Smash Kids Martial Arts students competed in the 2014 Hokka Judo Developmental Tournament.  This annual tournament was hosted by the Santa Clara PAL Judo club and designed for novice competitors and training upcoming referees.  The Smash Kids did extremely well as they took home 2 gold and 1 bronze.

Check out the highlights!

19Dec/130

New ranks promotions!!!

At our annual end of the year holiday party, a handful of Smash students were recognized for their hard work and increasing skill in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Declan Boyd, Ian Masloff, Tom Lopez, Yane Pènev, and Debbie Sanchez were promoted to blue belt.  In addition, Sam Jung and Mike Herrera were promoted to purple belt.

In a big surprise, head BJJ instructor, Michael Jen, was promoted to black belt in judo by his former judo instructor, David Williams.  Michael began his training in judo 14 years ago and recently began to train handful of Smash Kids Martial Arts students  to compete in the sport.   These kids have competed in practically every judo competition in northern California and have been incredibly successful.

Smash Kids Martial Arts students Louie Noble Jr., Jonah Davi,d and Jovina David were both promoted to yellow belt in judo.  All the kids have shown great skill as they have medaled in every judo competition they have entered.

Big congratulations to all who were promoted!

 

14Sep/130

Smash students medal in competitions week after week!!

On Aug. 24th, Javier Martinez competed in the Rising Sun Nationals BJJ Tournament in Daly City.  Putting on a very dominating performance, Javier placed 1st in his division.

Last weekend, a handful of Smash BJJ students competed in the Jiu-jitsu by the Bay BJJ Tournament.  Christine Apatow, Lou Noble, and Yane Penev placed 1st in their respective divisions.  Yane also placed 2nd in the open weight class division.  Jonathan Bialoglovski and Arturo Galano placed 3rd in their divisions.

Check out the highlights of the Smash students at Jiu-jitsu by the Bay 12!

Then this Sat., Louie Noble Jr., Derek Jen, Jovina David, and Jonah David represented the Smash Kids Martial Arts Program and competed in the San Mateo Boys & Girls Club Judo Developmental Tournament.  Derek and Jovina placed 1st , Louie placed 2nd, and Jonah placed 3rd in their respective divisions.

Check out the highlights of the Smash kids!

Congratulations to everyone on that great performances and representing Smash so well!

18Aug/130

Smash Kids medal at the North Bay Judo Developmental Tournament

Derek and Aaron Jen represented the Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts Program and competed in the 5th Annual North Bay Judo Developmental Tournament.  This was a smaller competition with fewer competitors, so the brothers were put against opponents of higher rank.  Aaron placed 1st in his division and Derek placed 2nd in his division.  Congratulations to both boys!

Check out the highlights!

 

23Jun/130

2013 Kids International Grappling Championship

The United Grappling Federation (UGF) has gained its well deserved reputation in setting the standard when it comes to hosting professional and punctual in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments.  The Smash Gyms adult BJJ team competed in their first UGF tournament back in 2011 at the San Jose Open and emerged as the 1st place Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Team Champions.  Smash Gyms coaches and competitors looked forward to the UGF returning to the Bay Area for another event.  As a result, we were extremely pleased when the UGF decided to hold its 2013 Kids International Grappling Championship in San Jose, CA.

On June 22,  a handful of students from the Smash Kids Martial Arts program competed in the UGF Kids International Grappling Championship.  This competition drew an impressive number of extremely skilled children and teens from all around the country.  The Smash kids showed a lot of heart, skill, and determination, earning themselves 3 silver medals.

Check out the highlights!