Smash Gyms Blog
12Aug/130

Weekends full of BJJ and Weightlifting Competitions!

A few weeks ago, Sam Jung represented Smash Gyms at the East Bay Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open.  Sam put on a great performance and placed 1st in the gi division and 3rd in the no gi division.  That same weekend, Jonathan Bialoglovski competed in the Calfornia Black Belt League: Victory Challenge and place 1st in his division.

Then this past weekend, Christina Apatow represented Smash Gyms Women's BJJ and competed in the KO Finisher Series Submission Only Tournament.  With no competitors to go against in her division, Christina moved up 2 weight classes. She did awesome and placed 3rd.  Christina finished two of her matches by armbar and gi choke.  The most memorable moment was when her opponent refused to tap to the gi choke and ended up being put completely unconscious.

While Christina was competing in BJJ, Smash Gyms' Strength & Conditioning instructor, James Cebedo, competed in the Redwood Empire Weightlifting Competition.  James threw up some big weight and placed 2nd in his division despite only weighing 157lbs in the 170lbs division! This was James' first weightlifting competition so he decided not to cut any weight and still took home a silver medal!

 

A big congratulations to all the competitors!

Check out the highlights of Christina at the KO Finisher Series!

 

8Mar/130

Beginner Self-Defense & Combatives at Smash!

Our new Smashfit-Beginner Self-Defense & Combatives Class was a hit!

This class is designed for people with absolutely no martial arts experience and those interested in learning how to use Jiu-Jitsu technique for self-defense rather than sport. This is a no gi class. Jiu-Jitsu Combatives is the base for the US ARMY Combatives.

The techniques taught in this class have been tested over and over again in real life encoutners. The reason why the US Army adopted this curriculum as their base is because you are able to safely test them at full force to show the effectiveness. Our instructors have a deep technical knowledge of body mechanics and leverage so these techniques can work on anyone regardless of size or strength difference. Jiu-Jitsu combatives were designed for smaller and weaker people to safely control bigger and stronger people. The US Army and various Law Enforcement Agencies have recognized this and now seek our Jiu-Jitsu instruction for unarmed combat.

In this beginner friendly class, there is NO live sparring in which people will be really trying to punch or submit beginners. Students will be able to learn jiu-jitsu combatives and self-defense techniques in a non-competitive introductory class that has been designed for all fitness and skill levels.  All technique taught can be applied easily regardless of body type or athleticism.

While knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can be invaluable for everyone, when it comes to self-defense, it is especially important for women! When a woman is attacked, the typical attacker isn't trying to box or kickbox her.   While a few strikes may be involved, an larger and stronger attacker will often grab a woman and attempt to manhandle and control her until he is in a dominant position.  Our Jiu-jitsu program is the ideal solution for that type of situation.

The Smash Gyms Instructors have strong focus on safety at all times. Students will train with like-minded partners they are comfortable working with in a structured, cooperative, and fun learning environment.  Feel free to jump in and try it out!

On a historical side note for those who may not know, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was originally designed for streetfighting and the sport evolved from that. The point system in sport BJJ is based on what was considered the most dominant positions from which to control and submit or strike an opponent in a streetfight.

Back in the early 90's, before the UFC, the early pioneers of Jiu-jitsu in the United States made a name for themselves from challenging other styles. These challenge matches were true no holds barred fights with no gloves or any protective gear in which everything was allowed and nothing was off limits- punches, kicks, knees headbutts, elbow, groins strikes, etc....

Now, with the growth of modern MMA, BJJ works along side other martial arts. It wasn't like this back in the early 90's.  It was BJJ vs. everyone else.  The Gracie family had their "Gracie Challenge", but this challenge was adopted by literally every Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner regardless of belt color who came to the US. There was no concept of advertising and promotion in BJJ as we know today. They got their name out simply from put out challenges and showcasing their style in actual combat.

6Feb/130

Krav Maga Testing and Promotions!

Congratulations to the Smash Gyms Krav Maga students who tested this past weekend!  Their grueling exam tested every student's mental and physical limits.

Practitioner Level 1 Test Graduates: Eddie Garcia, Sean Carty, Travis Grusecki, Hannah Lipsky, Naomi Harel, Andrzej Matłosz, and Viola Chung.

Practitioner Level 2 Test Graduates: Cris Neckar and Brad Stenning.

13Aug/120

Beginner Friendly Self-Defense and Fitness Classes

Self-Defense classes for Santa Clara and Sunnyvale! The Smash Gyms Self-Defense program is designed to help you have Fun, Get Fit, and Learn Self-Defense! All fitness levels and age groups are welcomed. Our staff of experienced and welcoming instructors will help you build confidence in any self-defense situation.

Any women that join our Self-Defense program also has free access to our Women's Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling class on Sundays! This class will allow you to learn effective ground techniques in a non-threatening and friendly environment. Also women that attend our regular BJJ classes throughout the week will only be partnered and grapple with other women until they are ready to grapple co-ed. There a lot of women of all ages that join our fitness and martial arts programs. Try it free!

14Jun/120

Krav Maga and Women’s Self Defense Seminars at Smash Gyms

Smash Gym's staff runs one of the most experienced and innovative self-defense programs in the Bay Area. One of the only self-defense programs 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 often include..

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

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 find an expert! None of these fighting styles is an expert in every situation. Every one of them is an expert in many situations though.

 

All women that join our Women's Self-Defense Program also get FREE access to our Women's Only Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes!

31Jan/120

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!

31Jan/120

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!