Mario Rios – BJJ Black Belt – Smash Gyms Instructor

People who know Mario Rios know two things about him. He is super nice and he knows A LOT about grappling! Mario is a very caring and passionate instructor. He has been involved in wrestling, judo and BJJ for almost 20 years.  This incredible experience in grappling provides a wealth of information anyone interested in advancing his or her grappling knowledge. If you take Mario’s classes you can look forward to highly detailed technical instruction explained in a way that you can easily understand and implement right away. He has helped many people advance in the grappling arts with his organized and systematic approach to grappling.

Mario started his training with grappling in 1995 while he was a student at Fresno State College.   In Fresno, there were no Jiu-Jitsu studios, so he started working out his house with Jason Hannen, now a black belt at Pacific Martial Arts.  Most of the techniques were drills based on Renzo and Craig Kukuk videos, since youtube was nonexistent, and information was hard to come by. 

Mario Rios & Jason Hannen BJJ Black Belts

In those early days Mario sought out other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students who were commuting long distances to train at some of the Gracie Academies and began training regularly with them.  Some of these partners were wrestlers from Fresno Pacific and Fresno State.  During this time, Mario was also training at the Fresno Judo Club before moving from the area.

Mario Teaching Classes at Smash

After completing college, Mario was faced with the decision to relocate.  He had two requirements, finding a job, and finding his passion, Jiu Jitsu.  Mario found both and moved to the Bay Area in 1996.  In the beginning, he took classes with Claudio Franca. Although he enjoyed the classes because of such a long commute to Santa Cruz, he decided to train in Mountain View at Ralphs.  Training at Ralphs was a great experience.  Mario was able to train with some of the premier grapplers at the time and began to really understand the dedication necessary to excel at this art.

In 1999 began training with Michael Jen.  Michael’s unique approach and attention to detail was different from the Jiu-Jitsu he had experienced in his earlier training. Mario was impressed with Michael’s highly detailed instruction and his openness to share techniques.

BJJ Black Belts!

In 2010, when the first Smash Gyms opened Mario immediately became a leader in the gym and helped many people in different programs. The environment and resources that Smash provided motivated Mario to focus and push himself until he received his Black Belt in 2011 from Michael Jen. Mario believes Smash Gyms amazing instructors and members helped push him to reach his long-time goal of becoming a BJJ Black Belt. After seeing the incredible growth of Smash and the value that it has brought to our members, he decided he wanted to help open another Smash in San Jose. Mario is co-owner of San Jose Smash Gyms and will be working full-time and teaching BJJ classes along with fellow BJJ Black Belts Rudy Sanchez and Michael Jen. Mario’s goal is to bring as much value as possible to Smash members in Evergreen and East San Jose.   

Smash Gyms San Jose is Now OPEN!!!!

Smash Gyms San Jose Evergreen & East San Jose will begin classes tomorrow February 4th! After dealing with the permitting process since July we were finally cleared to open. Thanks so much for all the help and support from the local community!

Try our first Jiu-Jitsu class Free on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm! We will add programs and classes in the days and weeks after. Please see the link to the schedule below for updates.

Smash Gyms San Jose Schedule

We are amazed by the generous help and support from the Smash Family, the local Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu community, and our neighbors in Evergreen and East San Jose. We are looking forward to giving back by bringing as much value as possible to individuals and families within the community. 

Please come in and try a free week of training! All classes are beginner friendly!

In the next couple weeks we will begin our other classes including Kickboxing, Yoga, UJAM & Zumba, Strength & Conditioning, MMA Self-Defense and Fitness, Bootcamps, Kids Wrestling & BJJ, Kids tutoring and more! We will have a GRAND OPENING PARTY some time in March!

 

Smash Gyms Evergreen & East San Jose

 

Here is a list of just some of the people that came to help! Thank you for the support!

Curtis and Daniel Summers of BC Electric for their extremely generous donations!

Coach Vince Rodriguez and Michael Rodriguez

Joe Gonzalez

Sam Spengler

Noel Galano

Reza Milani

Michael Villar

Scott Clymer

Hsiaolin Wang

Jerry Brito

Nikki Langendorf

Debbie Sanchez

Eugene Kang

Stephen Novachkov

Refugio Rios

Greg Crane and Ed Crane

Julie Sanchez

Mrs. Rios

Ben Hyatt 

Juan Romo

Carlos Renteria

Jeff Pena

Leo Shen

Halen and Beasten Tanimoto

Sean Carty

Issac and Alex Rios

Tony Boyle

Ivo and Yane Penev

Amethyst May

Luis Lesende

Casara Sanchez

Javier Martinez

Fernando Alarcon

James Basurto

 

Thanks especially to all the awesome instructors and students and at our Sunnyvale location! Thanks to everyone that helped make Smash Gyms San Jose possible!