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.


Smash Gyms – The Home of CCS Wrestlers!

Smash Gyms Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Michael Jen promoted some very tough competitors to Blue Belt this week!

Jacob Palomino – US Open Champion

Filip Novachkov – American Cup Champion

Cainan Munsell – American Cup Champion

Stephan Thalin – American Cup Medalist

Isaiah Fernandez- American Cup Champion


Smash Gyms is the best place for CCS wrestlers to make a successful and fun transition to BJJ. Many former Bay Area wrestling stand outs have made Smash their home to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and see old friends from the wrestling community. It is a great opportunity for all Smash members to have elite level athletes help them with their wrestling while the Smash BJJ team and instructors help the wrestlers expand their grappling knowledge.

7pm Monday nights at Smash, 4x California State Finalist Jacob Palomino leads our wrestling class! Following Jacob’s class, open mat is often full of wrestlers drilling their takedowns.



Filip Novachkov added to Smash Gyms Staff

Highly decorated Division 1 Wrestler Filip Novachkov has been added to the Smash Gyms coaching staff.

Novachkov is originally from Bulgaria where he wrestled until he moved to Sunnyvale. While he was in High School his family won a lottery to bring them to the United States. He became one of Fremont High School’s most technical and decorated wrestlers of all time. He then had a very successful college career at Cal Poly University, defeating 10 of the top 20 wrestlers in the nation in Division 1 rankings.

Filip began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Smash in January. Filip has been interested in adding Jiu-Jitsu techniques to his grappling knowledge for quite some time. After completing his Senior year at Cal Poly he is now living and working in Mountain View. He began looking for a Jiu-Jitsu gym and heard that Smash was the best place for CCS wrestlers to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Bay Area.

He was immediately impressed by the technical knowledge of the instructors and the detailed instruction at Smash Gyms. “I really like all the details they show while teaching technique,” Filip said. “They are very very good at what they do. I knew right away this was the right place for me. It was nice to see so many people from the local CCS wrestling community training in one place. ”

Filip is eager to continue to learn Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and to pass on his amazing wrestling knowledge to the students at Smash.

Filip’s impressive wrestling resume includes…

-D1 College Wrestler
-Pac-10 Finalist
-Bronze Medal at High School Nationals
-California Wrestling State Champion
-3X California State Placer
-3X CCS Champion