Brothers compete at the Boys & Girls Club Judo Development Tournament

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.

Smash Gyms Kids Martial Arts represents at 2012 Albany Judo Invitational

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!

2012 Rising Sun Nationals Highlight Video

Congratulations to our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team! Smash grapplers brought home 3 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 Bronze Medals from this weekend’s tournament in Daly City. Every one of our competitors did well. Below are some highlights of Smash Jiu-Jitsu competitors!

Competitors included Cainan Munsell, Dave Anderson, Richard Waters, Christine Ho, Ben Hyatt, Aaron Jen, Sam Jung, Art Galano, and Patrick Kong!

 

 

 

Smash is located in Sunnyvale bordering Santa Clara. Smash Gyms offers exceptional instruction in group fitness and martial arts classes. Just ten minutes from San Jose, Milpitas, Mountain View and Fremont.

Smash Gyms Jiu-Jitsu Team Highlights from American Cup

Below are some of the highlights from The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu Team’s dominating performance at the American Cup in San Jose at Independence High School. A vast majority of our Jiu-Jitsu students choose not to compete and grapple recreationally for fun and fitness. Those that choose to compete have done very well. In our beginner friendly BJJ program we do not push our students to compete, but if they choose to we help to provide them all the tools necessary to be successful.

Smash is fortunate to have top level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instruction with very high level wrestling and judo combined into a comprehensive grappling program 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.

 

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar February 25th at Smash Gyms!

Smash Gyms presents – Women’s Self-Defense Seminar!

One of the only self-defense seminars in California that uses fully padded mock assailant instructors. This equipment allows the instructors to teach self-defense to students in an safe but realistic adrenalized state which helps them learn how to fight through the “freeze response” that naturally happens when attacked. This also allows the participants to practice real life application of the techniques with 100% full force for a fun, unique and possibly life-saving experience!

Topics will include..

-Full Force Self Defense in realistic scenarios
-Awareness
-Prevention
-Risk reduction
-Risk avoidance; and
-Self-realization of your own physical power

Smash Gyms Instructors

The Smash Gyms Self-Defense program is ran by  some of the most experienced and professional martial arts instructors in the Bay Area. Expert professionals teach every class.

If you want to truly learn a subject you need to see an authority on the matter. If you want to learn how to throw kicks and punches at the highest level you need to find a kickboxing coach. Nothing makes a person ready, aware, ferocious, in shape like taking our self-defense classes. If you want to protect yourself, control and then submit an attacker in a one on one fight you should take BJJ classes. If you want to learn to knife fight then come to one of our weapons classes! None of these fighting styles is an expert in every situation. Every one of them is an expert in many situations though.

Cost:

$75prepay

NON SMASH GYMS MEMBER link: http://smashgyms.com/seminar/

$100 at the door

Smash MEMBERS PAY at the GYM for discount pricing!

Testimonials

“It was a great seminar, and I feel a lot stronger and more confident now.:) Thanks to Smash for another great experience!” – Sherry

“Great seminar…useful and fun! Looking forward to the next one!” – Viola

“This is a seminar every woman should take! I recommend this to all my friends.” – Denise

“Great experience. I really enjoyed being able to practice the moves 100% on the padded instructors!” – Debbie

“I had so much fun and feel much safer and confident in day to day life.” – Melissa

 

Don’t become a statistic…

Statistics on Female Assaults:
– One rape or sexual assault occurs every two minutes.
– One violent crime occurs every five seconds in the U.S.
– 172 Women are physically and/or sexually assaulted every hour!
– 261,000 rapes and sexual assaults occurred in the U.S. in 2000.
– 90,186 forcible rapes in 2000 as reported to police.
– In the year 2000, 2.8 % of college women experienced rape in a six month period (?)
– 17% of rape or sexual assault victims were attacked by someone they knew!
– One murder occurs every 34 minutes.

 

Beginner Friendly Fitness and Self-Defense for Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View! Have fun and get amazing results!

Big Turnout for the first Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Class at Smash!

Great turnout for the first Women’s BJJ class! This introductory Women’s Martial arts class was a hit. Women from San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Mountain View all joined and had a great time. Support women’s martial arts at Smash!

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for women on Sundays! Schedule below.

http://www.smashgyms.com/schedule.php

Meet friends and learn the best self-defense for women!

Women Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class Now at Smash!

Smash Gyms Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class on Sundays from 10am-12pm. The class is currently FREE to all women who are currently members of any Smash Gyms program! Drop-ins for non-members is $5.

All Women are welcomed! This beginner friendly class and is a introduction to the Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program in a non-threatening and friendly environment. It is also a great way for the Women’s BJJ Community in the Bay Area to meet and train together! Women from San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Mountain View feel free to join and have a great time.

Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu student Crystina Coats is leading the class. Crystina is a BJJ purple belt training at Smash Gyms under Michael Jen.

Crystina first began training jiu-jitsu under Carlson Gracie in 2003. Since then, she has competed and medaled in many women’s grappling and BJJ competitions including major tournaments such as Grapplers Quest West, Pan Ams of Submission Grappling, Best of the West, and On The Mat American International Championships. Crystina qualified and competed in the prestigious 2006 North American ADCC trials in New Jersey. Crystina earned a spot on the USA Team as an alternate and competitor at the Fila World Grappling Games 2007 in Antalya, Turkey.

During her BJJ career Crystina has not only earned over 30 medals in BJJ competitions but has also trained under some of the best instructors in the Jiu-jitsu world. Before training at Smash Gyms Crystina was a student under Carlson Gracie, Rodrigo Medeiros, Dean Lister, Elias Gallegos and others. Crystina helped start a successful Women Only BJJ program at her past school and is eager to pass along her grappling knowledge to women in this new beginner friendly class at Smash Gyms!


Female BJJ Competitor Hillary Williams

Beginner Friendly, Advanced, and All Levels Kickboxing Classes at Smash

A quick update on all these awesome new kickboxing classes. Before the New Year, Smash only had two kickboxing classes throughout the week. In 2012 every kickboxing student will have access to at least 4 classes throughout the week.  We now have kickboxing classes Monday through Saturday! To accommodate everyone’s goals and all fitness and skill levels there are now 3 different kickboxing Levels at Smash. All three levels may not be for everyone but all three are for someone. 🙂

Smashfit Level 1 – This is what we’ve always had and there are no real changes to these classes. You will continue to learn and progress in technique and get a great workout without ever getting punched. The focus will be on getting a great workout and refining offensive technique as you develop.

Level 2 Kickboxing – This will be an advanced kickboxing class. There will be a test in February for students that are interested in the Level 2 classes. If you choose to test for Level 2 you must get headgear, shinguards, your own gloves and a mouth piece. Get these asap! The test will consist of the combinations, technique, and timed body weight exercises to ensure those students are at a minimum required fitness level. We will announce the test dates soon!

All Levels Classes – These will continue to be on Friday and Saturday will focus on both conditioning and technique (without sparring) and be similar to the classes Brian is currently instructing.

If you enrolled in the kickboxing program you are welcomed to attend the Level 1 and All Level Classes with no testing. To prepare for the Level 2 Testing in February all kickboxing students may attend all the classes until the first test. Once testing is done only those advanced students will have access to the Monday and Wednesday classes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays is SmashFit Level 1 Kickboxing (pads and mitts; no contact); Level 2 (advanced) is on Monday and Wednesday (pads and mitts; light sparring); All Levels is on Friday and Saturday.

SmashFit Level 1- Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm

Level 2 – Monday and Wednesday- 6pm

All Levels- Friday at 6:00pm (changing to 6:30pm on February 3rd) and Saturday at 12:00pm

Open Sparring- Saturday at 1:00pm and Friday at 7:30pm

 

2011 Was an Amazing Year for the Smash Gyms BJJ Program! Watch out 2012!

 

2011 was an amazing year for all the programs at Smash. I’d like to take a moment and point out the amazing growth of our BJJ program in particular.

The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program is headed by Michael Jen. Michael had been teaching a small group of loyal students out of his garage for nearly 10 years. Most of his students grappled recreationally for exercise, fun and self-defense. He did have one student that liked to compete in Sport BJJ. Seo Perales was only the second person ever to be promoted to Black Belt by Michael. Seo took 3rd and 5th in the World Championships and won his division in the US Open twice. Michael’s students were all complimented on their solid fundamentals when training at other schools and Seo’s success was impressive but still Michael was largely unknown in the younger Sport Jiu-Jitsu world. Michael was one of the first 50 American BJJ Blackbelts but only the “old school” guys knew who he was since he had been not publicly teaching for ten years.

The Smash Gyms Jiu jitsu program officially started in January 2011. We were excited and happy to share the system of BJJ that we had spent 10 years in Michael’s garage helping to design. The system went through many iterations where techniques were changed, thrown out, and replaced. We were confident that we now had a system of teaching BJJ that would help the average person turn into a very good grappler in a short amount of time. We also knew it would help a talented person turn into a monster even faster.

Many of Michael’s top students came and helped lead the new program at Smash. Seo moved to the Bay Area for a few months to help get the program started. Mario Rios a brown belt, was in almost every class teaching the system of jiu-jitsu to beginners. Louie Noble and Andrew Yao purples and all of our blue belts were happy to help everyone. Before opening Smash we were fortunate to have relationships with talented people and training partners with a variety of skill-sets and backgrounds. They all came to help. My younger brother Eli who was a D1 College wrestler came in and combined his wrestling with our BJJ and made some noise. Pretty soon we had state champions like Jacob Palomino, all-american wrestlers and Judokas like Patrick Kong and pro-fighters like Sam Spengler all join the team to train, learn and pass on their existing skills to the students at Smash.

With such a great group of talented and giving instructors our brand new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program literally shocked the Sport BJJ world in 2011. The very first team tournament the Smash competitors attended they brought home 3 Gold Medals. Sam, Seo, and Patrick dominated their divisions at BJJ by the Bay. After a few months the influx of new and motivated faces found Smash to be a place where they could learn and excel. Guys like David, Sam Jung, Rogelio, Joe, Harry and Ruben joined and helped rally the team. A couple months later was BJJ by the Sea and we brought home 7 medals. 4 gold and 3 silver. Exceptional growth but it did not stop there. In July Smash brought a team to the San Jose Open and won it. The Smash Gyms competitors brought home 8 Gold medals, 2 silver, 2 bronze and the Team Trophy. It was phenomenal feeling to have such remarkable success as a new gym in the Bay Area, which is known worldwide to be a BJJ Mecca of top schools. How would we do at a national level tournament though? We found out at the US Open 2011. Smash Gyms had 6 people place in the top 3 at this nationally recognized tournament. This is unheard of for a brand new school.

We are incredibly proud of each and every person on our team. Even more fulfilling than tournament wins is watching someone go from “the nail” to “the hammer” during a practice. 2011 was amazing because of everyone that stepped on the mat and tried to help each other get better. There are too many people to thank in this post but I can honestly say I’ve learned from every single one of the students at Smash. Thanks to everyone that has helped us with the struggle to improve ourselves both on and off the mat. With everyone’s help 2012 will be even more amazing.

Smash Gyms claims 6 medals at the Brazilian Jujitsu US Open at San Jose State!

Congratulations to our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  Competitors that medaled in one of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu competitions in the United States this past weekend.

Jacob Palomino (Smash Gyms Head Wrestling Coach)- 1st place

Brian Kuhn- 1st place

Patrick Kong – 2nd Place

Eli Sanchez- 3rd place

Jacobi Johnson- 3rd

Joe Gonzalez- 3rd places

All of these guys stood out in their weight class and made Smash proud! Eli had an impressive 3 submission victories this weekend! Jacob won in an exciting final displaying heart and beautiful wrestling technique. Great job guys!

 

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