Smash Gyms Blog
1Sep/150

Kids Kickboxing Classes in Sunnyvale & San Jose!

TRY A FREE WEEK! Beginner Friendly Martial Arts Classes for Kids, Women and Men! Unique and Fun Martial arts & Fitness Classes!

9Sep/140

Beginner Friendly Mixed Martial Arts! Grappling Classes! BJJ, Judo & Wrestling!

The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program includes a systematic blend of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo into a complete grappling system 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. The system has proven to be highly effective in both self-defense and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu sport competition. You will find that our unique classes are presented in a format highly conducive to learning while maintaining a strong focus on safety. Each class is taught by subject matter experts! Check our schedule at www.SmashGyms.com!

 

20Apr/140

Is competing necessary if you train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitors of Smash Gyms have done extremely well in competition and we often share their great results and highlights on this blog.  Some may wonder if competing is a necessary part of training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Here's Smash Gyms Sunnyvale's head BJJ instructor, 4th degree black belt, Michael Jen, sharing his thoughts on this subject.

16Mar/140

Kids Spring Camp at Sunnyvale and San Jose locations!

Spring break is just around the corner!

The Smash Gyms Kids Spring Camp is an enriching week designed to stimulate, educate, and simply have fun. Each day, the directors and instructors of the camp will have your child delving into activities themed around art, culture, environment, and history. Even subjects like reading, writing, science, and math will be covered in an enjoyable and entertaining manner. And unlike regular school, our creative activities won't have the kids sitting at a desk the entire day!

In addition to activities that will invigorate their minds and bodies, the Smash Gyms Kids Spring Camp will also have the children engage in physical play that is needed by all children. Through martial arts, games, and sports the kids will burn energy and improve their overall fitness. In addition the children will learn proper socialization, teamwork, and sportsmanship skills.

We know your child will have so much fun that they will be begging not to leave!

Both Smash Gyms locations will be offering spring camp for children 5 - 10 years old.

Sunnyvale Spring Camp: April 14 - 18

San Jose Spring Camp:  April 21 - 25

On top of all the great activities for kids, Smash Gyms Camps are one of the most affordable choices with both half and full day options.

Half Day: $150/week

Full Day: $250/week

REGISTER BEFORE MARCH 31ST AND RECEIVE THE 20% EARLY ENROLLMENT DISCOUNT! EMAIL contact@smashgyms.com or call 408-744-6334 NOW!

7Mar/140

Mario Rios – BJJ Black Belt – Smash Gyms Instructor

People who know Mario Rios know two things about him. He is super nice and he knows A LOT about grappling! Mario is a very caring and passionate instructor. He has been involved in wrestling, judo and BJJ for almost 20 years.  This incredible experience in grappling provides a wealth of information anyone interested in advancing his or her grappling knowledge. If you take Mario’s classes you can look forward to highly detailed technical instruction explained in a way that you can easily understand and implement right away. He has helped many people advance in the grappling arts with his organized and systematic approach to grappling.

Mario started his training with grappling in 1995 while he was a student at Fresno State College.   In Fresno, there were no Jiu-Jitsu studios, so he started working out his house with Jason Hannen, now a black belt at Pacific Martial Arts.  Most of the techniques were drills based on Renzo and Craig Kukuk videos, since youtube was nonexistent, and information was hard to come by. 

Mario Rios & Jason Hannen BJJ Black Belts

In those early days Mario sought out other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students who were commuting long distances to train at some of the Gracie Academies and began training regularly with them.  Some of these partners were wrestlers from Fresno Pacific and Fresno State.  During this time, Mario was also training at the Fresno Judo Club before moving from the area.

Mario Teaching Classes at Smash

After completing college, Mario was faced with the decision to relocate.  He had two requirements, finding a job, and finding his passion, Jiu Jitsu.  Mario found both and moved to the Bay Area in 1996.  In the beginning, he took classes with Claudio Franca. Although he enjoyed the classes because of such a long commute to Santa Cruz, he decided to train in Mountain View at Ralphs.  Training at Ralphs was a great experience.  Mario was able to train with some of the premier grapplers at the time and began to really understand the dedication necessary to excel at this art.

In 1999 began training with Michael Jen.  Michael’s unique approach and attention to detail was different from the Jiu-Jitsu he had experienced in his earlier training. Mario was impressed with Michael’s highly detailed instruction and his openness to share techniques.

BJJ Black Belts!

In 2010, when the first Smash Gyms opened Mario immediately became a leader in the gym and helped many people in different programs. The environment and resources that Smash provided motivated Mario to focus and push himself until he received his Black Belt in 2011 from Michael Jen. Mario believes Smash Gyms amazing instructors and members helped push him to reach his long-time goal of becoming a BJJ Black Belt. After seeing the incredible growth of Smash and the value that it has brought to our members, he decided he wanted to help open another Smash in San Jose. Mario is co-owner of San Jose Smash Gyms and will be working full-time and teaching BJJ classes along with fellow BJJ Black Belts Rudy Sanchez and Michael Jen. Mario’s goal is to bring as much value as possible to Smash members in Evergreen and East San Jose.   

4Feb/130

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.

3Dec/120

Smash Gyms competitors medal at CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament

This past Sunday, Smash Gyms competitors Rogelio Morales and Aaron Jen competed at the CCSF Judo Invitational Tournament in San Fransisco, CA.  Rogelio, competing in the adult division, placed 2nd.   Aaron, competing in the kids division, placed 1st.  Congratulations!

The CCSF tournament marks the end of the 2012 judo competition season.  Both have made excellent progress in their judo training this year.  We look forward to seeing both continue their progress in the new year.

 

 

Here are some highlights of Aaron at the CCSF Judo Invitational.

24Oct/120

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!

28Aug/120

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.

10Jun/120

New Fitness Bootcamp in Santa Clara / Sunnyvale!

Sunnyvale- Starting June 18th we will be starting a new Morning Bootcamp Program at Smash! Brian Kuhn will be teaching a morning Fitness Bootcamp at 6:00am on Monday and Wednesday. In July, Matt Ivy will be teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00am.

The first 10 people to sign up for this program will get a huge discount! Only $49/month!

 
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