Functional Fitness and Functional Skills at Smash

Smash has become one of the most popular gyms in the Bay Area because of our fun fitness classes designed to help people of all levels live a healthy and active lifestyle. Our beginner friendly classes have had amazing results helping people reach their fitness goals. We offer a safe and supportive path to reaching your fitness goals. Many of our members have commented that aside from becoming fit, our classes deliver an unique additional benefit. Each one of our specialty fitness classes is taught by expert professionals in each subject. At Smash people are learning functional skills in addition to function fitness.


According to author David Grossman, the human population can be divided into three groups: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Grossman says that most people are sheep. The vast majority of people are peaceful and would never purposely hurt another person. They lack both the ability and the desire. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a sheep. If you are a sheep then you are probably a non-violent and productive citizen. Sheep are those who choose not to accept any responsibility for the protection of themselves or those around them.

Sheepdogs are those with the ability to fight off the wolves. Sheepdogs are made not born. At Smash we are helping to turn sheep in to sheepdogs. As you are developing these skills and your abilities, your confidence will grow. You will know that if needed, you can protect yourself and loved ones from the wolves of the world. Our members are becoming a community of good people with a unique set of skills that most predators do not possess. All of our classes are taught by expert instructors in specific subjects. Our professional instructors are not only great practitioners but also have a plan to transfer their skills to you in a fun and safe environment. Take as many different classes as you can to soak up the knowledge of these amazing instructors.

Get off those one-size-fits-all exercise machines and learn from an instructors that can transfer his or her expert skills to you. Self-defense and martial arts classes are becoming an incredibly popular way to get in shape and feel great. Through innovative, beginner friendly, and live training methods we are making good people skilled martial artist through their fitness journey. Men and women of all ages who never had martial arts or athletic backgrounds are experiencing things they never thought possible at Smash. Anyone will get good as long as they keep showing up.

Our classes have a strong focus on safety during live but structured training. Injuries are very rare but a bruised ego is common. Everyone starts off the nail but if you can put your ego aside and keep coming to class you will become the hammer, we guarantee it. Once you are trained you will realize it doesn’t matter how tough someone is, it only matters whether they are trained or not.

Anyone serious about self-defense or martial arts should at the very least get a blue belt in BJJ. Anyone serious about self-defense should take our self-defense and combatives classes and learn about knife or gun disarming. Learn how to properly punch and kick in a devastating fashion with our kickboxing and MMA classes. If you are missing classes on this schedule you are passing up an opportunity to not only burn calories in fun classes but to also learn potentially lifesaving skills.

In today’s increasingly dangerous world many people are concerned about self-protection and want to learn to defend themselves. It can be a difficult choice on which gym to join so I would encourage you to get off the internet and try the classes out. At Smash we take our responsibility seriously to give our members the tools to protect themselves. Properly researching gyms or styles of fighting can only be done through visiting gyms and testing the the quality of instruction and training methods. Look for instructors and students that are able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their skills in a 100% live situation without hurting you. Good marketing and bold statements does not make realistic self-defense. Pretend fighting with no rules in unlikely scenarios will not help you in when you need it most.

Most importantly, look for instructors and training partners that posses a sheepdog mentality and the drive to protect and help people in all aspects of life. Find a community of people inspiring each other reach their goals and grow together.

Self-Defense Training at Smash!

Get a great workout and learn Self-Defense during our Fun & Beginner Friendly Self-Defense Combatives Class Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Men and women will be separated in this class and different material will be covered for each group. No gi is required in the Class.

In this fun and important class, women will be taught how to properly control positioning on the ground, avoid injury, disengage from an assailant, stand up, and escape.

The simple and effective material that will be covered is designed to give women a solid plan very quickly. Typically when a woman is attacked the attacker isn’t trying to box or kickbox her. Often an attacker will grab a woman and attempt to manhandle and control her until he is in a dominant position. Our program is the ideal solution for that type of situation.

Men will be shown how to control an attacker, and then eliminate the threat. Even the best strikers on Earth (boxers & kickboxers) do not want to clinch but need a referee in the ring to rip them apart every few seconds. Learn from experts what to do on the street when there is not that third man breaking it up.

This class compliments our Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Class that also has a strong emphasis on self-defense from a variety of different martial arts.

Anyone can try it Free! Bring a Friend!

Self-Defense Classes

Self-Defense Classes!

Beginner Friendly Self-Defense and Fitness Classes

Self-Defense classes for Santa Clara and Sunnyvale! The Smash Gyms Self-Defense program is designed to help you have Fun, Get Fit, and Learn Self-Defense! All fitness levels and age groups are welcomed. Our staff of experienced and welcoming instructors will help you build confidence in any self-defense situation.

Any women that join our Self-Defense program also has free access to our Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling class on Sundays! This class will allow you to learn effective ground techniques in a non-threatening and friendly environment. Also women that attend our regular BJJ classes throughout the week will only be partnered and grapple with other women until they are ready to grapple co-ed. There a lot of women of all ages that join our fitness and martial arts programs. Try it free!