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BJJ ClassThe Smash Gyms Wrestling program includes techniques from Freestyle Wrestling, Collegiate (folkstyle) Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Judo into a complete grappling system that will safely progress beginners at an accelerated pace. Although our classes are very beginner friendly our system has proven to be highly effective in Freestyle Wrestling, Collegiate Wrestling, Judo and Jiu-jitsu sport competition. Our system is designed as a path for the average person to progress safely and quickly into an expert takedown artist.

The techniques taught in our classes fit the following criteria...


The core system of techniques taught in our classes fit the following criteria...

  • The techniques are applicable to both gi and no-gi grappling.
  • The techniques are not be attribute-oriented. Anyone can learn to apply the techniques regardless of body type or athleticism.
  • The techniques are applicable to Wrestling, Judo, BJJ and MMA type situations.


Filip Novachkov

Jacob Palomino

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.

Filip 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 somany people from the local CCS wrestling community training in one place. “

Filip is eager 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

Instructors in the Smash Gyms Wrestling Program include...

  • Filip Novachkov - D1 College Wrestler, Pac-10 Finalist, California High School State Champion, 3x CA State Placer, 3x CCS Champion
  • Scott Clymer- NCWA National Champion, D1 College Wrestler, Pennsylvania High School State Wrestling Champion, NCAA Wrestling Championships Competitor, MAC Conference Champion ("Most Valuable Wrestler").
  • Eli Sanchez - D1 College Wrestler, San Jose Open Medium Heavy and Absolute Champion, 2011 BJJ by the Sea Champion, US Open Championships 3rd place
  • Jacob Palomino -3X Wrestling State Champion and 2011 BJJ US Open Champion

Highlights in this video are from the June 2011 Jiu-jitsu by the Sea and July 2011 Jiu-jitsu by the Bay competitions.





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"This review is for the Kids Martial Arts and Smash and Bash Bootcamp held at Smash Gyms. I was referred to Smash Gyms by a family member who trains in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at Smash Gyms. The atmosphere in the gym is very welcoming to all. My son, who is 9 years old, took a liking to the Kids Martial Arts class on the very first day. His confidence, discipline, and knowledge of self defense has rapidly developed since enrolling in this school. He insists that he wants to continue to train daily. The instructors leading the Kids Martial Arts program do an excellent job working with the children. Parents can work out during the kids' class as well. I have taken the Smash and Bash Bootcamp while my son is training. This also is an awesome, challenging, and very convenient class for any parent wanting a great workout while their child is training. The instruction, workouts and gym have been a positive experience. I would recommend that anyone who is interested begin by enrolling in the free week trials offered at Smash Gyms." - Alex R

"Amazing, organized, and fun kids classes. Focuses on kids fitness and technique. Great kettlebell class. The instructor is very experieced and detailed. They also have kickboxing, Krav Maga, jujitsu, Zumba, and bootcamp classes. I can't wait till I can find time to do them all." - M. Kelly

"#1 The BJJ instructor is fantastic (as evidenced by the amount of dedicated students)! Awards! For both instructor and his students. Even if you aren't participating, this is a fun-to-watch class.
#2 The Krav Maga instructor is fantastic! 28+ years experience? You know he knows his craft. Very clear instruction on technique and goals. Non-intimidating style ensures you'll hone your skills, and enjoy doing it!
#3 Large, air-conditioned, clean and organized space that can easily handle the popular group exercise classes while two other martial arts classes run simultaneously.
This is a new location run by some dedicated people.
What do you desire? Martial Arts training? Self Defense training? Boot camp-style training? Weight training (there are Kettle Bell classes)? Increasing your cardio fitness while strengthening and toning your muscles? Smash has got you covered.
Don't take just my word for it, although you won't be disappointed. Go in and try it out. And bring your kids !"
- Jane R.

"Smash Gyms offers an excellent Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program with excellent and knowledgeable instructors. Furthermore, the atmosphere is very welcoming, and we learn not only from the instructors but also from each other, as everyone here is willing to help each other out. Definitely the best place to go!
- Thaibinh

What attracted me to Smash Gyms is the breadth and depth of the Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu programs and the stellar reputations of the head instructors, IDF veteran and KM expert Opher Har-El and 3rd degree black belt Michael Jen. Having trained with Opher for nearly 6 years, I can tell you that the Krav Maga program at Smash Gyms faithfully continues the original lineage - based on fundamental and natural instincts, anyone can learn how to defend themselves and at the same time get in phenomenal shape.Opher's instruction is a real as it gets - his classes are intense, challenging, and a ton of fun for newbies through advanced students. The KM classes have a good mix of advanced students, new students and folks just dropping in; and everyone gets the same level of attention. There's no ego or meatheads, so the intimidation factor is very low - just a group of folks looking to improve themselves. You find yourself being pushed in ways that you never knew you could handle. Amazing that at the end of every class, it's impossible to wipe the grin off of your face.As far as Michael Jen's BJJ classes, I've had the chance to join a few weeks of classes, and his reputation and the reviews from the BJJ students hold true - his attention to detail, straight forward technique and his highly evolved "systems" make every class feel like a seminar. As important as the instructor cadre is the student body, and it's obvious that Smash Gyms attracts a high level of expertise from a wide variety of disciplines - there are regular black belt drops in from BJJ and Judo, world class wrestlers and grapplers, available to help you with your game - all for the asking (it's pretty common for folks to stick around and roll for an hour after class) and to take advantage of. Recently a team of 8 of Michael's students placed really, really well (4 golds, 3 silvers) in competition at Jiujistu-by-the-Sea, so that's the ultimate proof in the pudding!The gym is relatively new, and a really nice space - extremely clean; more and more equipment and class variety is added every week; there's even a nicely thought out kids play room off to the side, but it's more likely they will want to join the kids classes ;-)So if you are looking to continue your training at a higher level, start learning to defend yourself, or looking just to jump in for fun and fitness, you'd do really well to come down and take advantage of the fact that we are lucky enough to have such world class instruction and talent in our backyard; ask for Rudy and he'll take great care of you with no pressure, and an unlimited and no obligation free week!" - Jeff B

"This place rocks! The atmosphere is very friendly and casual, not intimidating at all. People (staff and clients) are friendly and helpful. Walk in the door and Rudy will help you out on what you need to get you started.I tried out the circuit training at noon, kickboxing, and zumba. Circuit training is great workout, small class and personal attention. Zumba is only as good as the instructor, and Raquel is energetic and fun. Kickboxing is pads and mitts, not the kick in the air stuff, good workout, and the instructors walk around to make sure people's forms are correct. Though your workout quality do depend on a decent partner.The only complain I have of this place is no shower, other than that, it's perfect. Krav maga is next on my list ." - Viola C.

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