Smash Gyms in Sunnyvale would like to thank everyone that attended the Smash Gyms Holiday Party and Potluck! We had a full house, tons of great food and lots of fun.
Head Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructor Michael Jen awarded some much deserved belts!
New Yellow Belts
New Blue Belts
Patrick Kong- 2011 San Jose Open Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Bay Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, 2011 US Open Silver Medalist
Brian Kuhn- 2011 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu US Open Champion
Joe Gonzalez- 2011 BJJ by the Sea Silver Medalist, 2011 US Open Bronze Medalist
David Armstead- 2011 BJJ by the Bay Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Bay Absolute Champion, 2011 San Jose Open Champion
Sam Jung – Sam Jung is one of our most dedicated and fastest rising students! He earned his blue belt in less than a year!
Harry Hardono- 2011 San Jose Open Champion
Bruce Geoff Nardone- 2011 Modcom Submission Grappling Champion , Most Technical Award
New Purple Belts
Sam “The Ram” Spengler – 2011 BJJ by the Bay Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, 2011 San Jose Open Champion, 2011 San Jose Open Absolute Division Champion
Eli Sanchez – 2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Sea Champion, 2011 Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Finalist, 2011 San Jose Open Champion, 2011 San Jose Open Absolute Division Champion, 2011 US Open Championships Bronze Medalist
New Black Belts
Mario Rios – Smash Gyms Assistant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Rudy Sanchez – Smash Gyms Assistant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Smash Gyms also presented Jacob Palomino with an award for his contributions to our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling program. Jacob represented Smash Gyms while winning a Championship at the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu US Open in San Jose, California. He also tirelessly helps people in our grappling program learn his sophisticated and technical system of wrestling that he perfected on his way to becoming a Four-time California Wrestling High School State Championships Finalist.
Head Smash Gyms Krav Maga Instructor, Opher Har-El awarded Level 1 Certificates to members of the Krav Maga program. This realistic system of fighting with a focus on self-defense is taught by the 28-year practitioner . Opher teaches the true Krav Maga system he learned in the Israeli Military and his students feel privileged to be of such an authentic lineage.
New Krav Maga Practitioner Level 1
Also three awards were given to some of the most dedicated and consistent members of the Smash Gyms fitness program SmashFit! These three young ladies consistently participate in up to 3 classes a day! That’s 3-4 hours of training 4-5 days a week! Amazing effort and dedication!
SmashFit Award of Excellence
All our students from Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View and all around the bay area had a great time!