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.
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.
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!
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!
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Smash Gyms BJJ competitor, Doug Ancey, took 1st place and brought home gold at the Jiu-jitsu by the Bay tournament. Held in Alameda, CA, this tournament has consistently grown and become a staple for local BJJ competitors. Doug did a great job in representing Smash Gyms. Winning his matches in a dominating fashion, he finished most of his opponents by submission. Big congratulations!
Last weekend Smash Kids Martial Arts student, Louie Noble Jr., competed in the Santa Clara PAL Judo Invitational. Louie faced some really big and tough opponents in this local event and fought very well. Louie placed 2nd and look home the silver medal!
Then on May 24, Aaron Jen competed in the 2013 Ganesa Cup Judo Open Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. This international competition hosted competitors from Indonesia, Australia, France, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia. Aaron represented the USA. The skill level of all the kids the teens was extremely impressive. It was very interesting to see the various styles of judo and how they differed from what Aaron had experienced competing in the USA. The kids in this single elimination competition were grouped only by weight (no age or belt color separation). Aaron came out strong and won all his matches, placing 1st in his division.
Congratulations to both boys on their stellar performances!
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Louie Noble Jr., Derek Jen, and Aaron Jen competed in the May 2013 San Mateo Boys and Girls Club Judo Developmental Tournament. This is a small informal tournament put on 4 times a year for kids to give beginners competition experience.
Aaron was in a division in which he rolled though all 4 of his matches with ease and used the opportunity to try techniques he had not pulled off in competition before. Derek was in a really tough division. Not only was his division filled with kids his belt level and higher, but many of the kids were also significantly heavier. Derek ended up winning 4 out of his 6 matches. Louie Noble Jr. dominated and won all 6 of his matches by either pinning or throwing his opponents for ippon.
In the end, Louie and Aaron placed 1st and Derek placed 3rd in their respective divisions.
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This past Sunday, Louie Noble Jr., Derek Jen, and Aaron Jen competed in the 2013 Cupertino Judo Invitational Tournament. This annual event is one of the larger competitions of the northern California Bay Area and draws many of the top local competitors. Louie and Aaron placed 2nd in their respective divisions and Derek placed 1st! Congrats to all these hard working boys!
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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!
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This past Sunday, Oct. 21st, Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts program student, Aaron Jen, competed for the first time in judo at the 2012 Albany Judo Invitational. Different from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu where the emphasis is on the ground, one of the main goals in order to win in judo competition is to throw your opponents flat on their back. He had several tough matches and ended up placing 1st in his division. Big congratulations to Aaron!
Here are some quick highlights of Aaron in action!