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Mar 23, 2023

My sons have been Jiu-Jitsu devotees since the age of eight. I initially joined then but, regrettably, didn't keep up the practice, though they've continued to flourish under the tutelage of today's podcast guest coach Adam Smith.

But Coach Adam is much more than a youth and adult Jiu-Jitsu coach.

A lifelong Martial Arts competitor and teacher, Adam has won many traditional Martial Arts tournaments. After moving on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts, Adam “Smash” Smith has earned a strong reputation as a high-level competitor and an expert-level teacher. Adam holds a Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate (Ed Parkers system), and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (under Jiu-Jitsu Master Marcelo Allonso Novais).

Now, Adam has three of his own Martial Arts Academies (SMASH Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and plans to continue to build a strong team dedicated to changing lives. With more than 250 current students and thousands of former students, “Smash” is known for his ability to teach anyone, starting as young as three years old. Adam has taught special needs students for over 15 years and has well-known expertise in working with a variety of people with different disabilities.

At 18 years old, Adam moved into a fire station where he became a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician (a certification he has held for 12+ years) while gaining firsthand experience saving lives and property in the Spokane area. After growing up as a poor and underprivileged athlete himself, Adam started a non-profit (Give Back Tournaments) and hosts Jiu-Jitsu tournaments to raise funds that pay for athletic endeavors for underprivileged student-athletes. This past year, Adam had double hip replacements three months apart but is back training and working to win world titles.

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