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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!
On Sunday, March 25, one of our Smash Gyms teammates, Rogelio Morales, competed in the Cupertino Judo Invitational Tournament. Rogelio competed in the brown belt division and performed extremely well, taking first place in a very competitive division.
Smash Gyms Head Instructor, Michael Jen and Judo Black belts Patrick Kong and Chad Himeda began to teach and share their judo techniques to Rogelio when he joined the Smash team last year. The Smash Gyms Jiu-jitsu program’s systematic approach to teaching quickly began to help Rogelio transform his judo game. In addition, the talented and supportive students at Smash who were judo black belts, champion wrestlers and top level grapplers not only enhanced Rogelio’s knowledge, but also gave him great training partners to help progress his skill. Most importantly Rogelio’s hard work, focus and humble attitude have allowed him to progress as a student, training partner and martial artist.
Once again big congratulations to Rogelio on bringing home gold. The instructors and teammates at Smash are very proud of Rogelio! We look forward to helping him reach all his goals in judo, bjj and wrestling!