Scott Clymer – Smash Gyms Wrestling Coach

A NCAA East Regional Champion Scott Clymer had been ranked as high as 19th in the nation and was on track to become a D1 All-American his senior year. Unfortunately Liberty University, where Scott was attending lost it’s Division 1 status due to Title IX when he was going into his senior year. Like many wrestling teams that lost their status, Liberty’s wrestlers were forced to wrestle in NCWA. 

Scott made a statement his senior year. He was a MAC Conference Champion and NCWA National Champion. Amazing achievement! He also made a statement in the final, beating his opponent by technical fall! For those of you not familiar with wrestling a technical fall means you’re winning by so many points (15) they just stop the match as a mercy rule for your opponent. To do that in the final of a national college tournament is extremely impressive.  

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Scott is also an exceptional coach and is putting a ton of thought and effort into the wrestling program at Smash. His passion for wrestling led him to become an assistant coach at Liberty University. This is when he discovered his talent for coaching. Under the guidance of world class wrestling coaches Jesse Castro and Joe Pantaleo he began refining his coaching abilities until he knew it was his calling.

Scott moved all the way from his home State of Pennsylvania to help start the Smash Gyms Wrestling Program and train martial arts at the new Smash in San Jose. Scott,  Filip Novachkov, Eli Sanchez, Jacob Palomino and other local coaches make an incredible wrestling staff. They regularly meet and are developing a complete curriculum in which they have picked apart each others game. The coaches are analyzing every position imaginable to borrow from each other’s specialities to come up with a comprehensive wrestling curriculum that quickly progress anyone to a high level. Scott truly wants to help make an improvement in the local wrestling community and has already began to make a huge impact.

Scott teaches a full schedule of classes. Smash has wrestling classes for kids, teens and adults. Try a free week! 

Scott Clymer - NCAA Division 1 Wrestling

Sam Spengler’s New MMA Classes at Smash Gyms

Beginning Monday February 10th 2014 Sam “The Ram” Spengler will begin teaching beginner friendly MMA Fitness & Self-Defense Classes at the new San Jose Smash Gyms. Smash Gym San Jose is located in Evergreen right down the street from Quimby Oak Middle School where Sam has taught for over 12 years.

Sam Spengler - Teacher, Coach, Martial Artist, & MMA Fighter

As a veteran PE teacher, wrestling coach, athlete, and role model Sam Spengler has contributed to the East San Jose and Evergreen community in many ways. As a teacher Sam’s positive attitude is contagious and he is extremely popular with his students and fellow staff. Sam has had huge success as the Quimby Oak Head Wrestling Coach. He has led the Quimby Oak Lobo’s wrestling team to win their league for 12 years in a row. As a coach Sam has helped students fulfill their potential by guiding them in their athletic careers. He has created countless champions. Many of Sam’s students have gone on to receive scholarships, become coaches themselves, and be contributing members of the community.

2013 BJJ US Purple Belt Open Champion Sam Spengler

Sam has been wrestling since he was 5 years old. As a senior in high school he earned a bronze medal in the Montana State Wrestling Championships and also received a scholarship to play college football where he earned a degree in Education. A seasoned martial arts veteran, Sam has been competing in kickboxing and MMA since 2003. He began training kickboxing over 10 years ago at West Valley Community College with Brian Kuhn.  Shortly after Brian introduced Sam to Cung Le’s Martial Arts in San Jose where Sam began training MMA. Sam continued his MMA training with Cung Le and supplemented his training by learning BJJ at Smash Gyms. Sam has trained with many world-class competitors and instructors over the last 10 years.

Sam has competed in hundreds of wrestling matches, 22 kickboxing matches, dozens of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments and 9 MMA fights. Sam is also the head of his Physical Education Department in San Jose. This competitive experience in kickboxing, wrestling, brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts coupled with his teaching background lends him the unique ability to transfer his knowledge to eager students in a structured and systematic way. Sam’s organized and fun classes will help students of all skill and fitness levels learn technique and improve their fitness level due to a format and curriculum designed to create an optimal learning environment. Sam is happy and excited to pass on his experience and unique skill set to the Evergreen and East San Jose community at Smash Gyms.

2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Champion

2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Champion

2011 San Jose Open Champion

2011 San Jose Open Absolute Division Champion

2012 American Cup Champion

2013 US Open BJJ Champion