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Championship Night For TSMMA

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BY: TSMMA Feasterville

Hamburg – PA    A raucous TSMMA crowd filled the Hamburg Fieldhouse Saturday night to support Team Tiger Schulmann.  The Fight Night card featured three young kickboxers with one title defense and another title shot.

Nolan Wisser came into the ring looking to build on an impressive ko victory his last time out. He was matched up with Niem Bailey of Philly Fight Sports at 160 pounds.

Wisser’s original opponent at 155 pounds backed out of the fight Saturday morning.  Fortunately Bailey was also in need of an opponent and Wisser took the fight despite the weight difference.

It wasn’t a small task as Bailey came in sporting a 3-0 record.

Wisser looked like the undefeated fighter in the first round landing a series of low kicks both inside and outside.  He kept the stockier Bailey at bay with a lethal push kick and complimented his strong kicking game with straight punches.

Round two was a carbon copy of the first as Wisser landed at will while deftly sidestepping any attacks from Bailey.

Bailey started to land a little more in round three, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Wisser continued to demonstrate ring control and attacked with the same techniques successfully throughout the fight.

A tremendous unanimous decision victory for Joshu Nolan Wisser of TSMMA Allentown.

Joshu Brandon Cuttino of Tiger Schulmann’s Abington took on a game challenge from Kanal Soyal from Jack Murphy’s Kickboxing in Delaware.

Soyal called out Cuttino after watching him win his USKA Title at the last Hamburg Fight Night.

The pressure of being the Champ didn’t faze Cuttino, who quickly established control in the very first round.  Cuttino utilized every technique in his arsenal in the fight. He threw a bunch of unique combinations.  The first he landed was a low one followed by a round one to the body.  Both kicks landed with the second clearly knocking the wind from Soyal.

In the second round he connected with a low one, hook, cross, hook.  The first and last techniques landed cleanly and again stunned Soyal.

The Delaware product didnt back down though as both fighters tested the others fortitude throwing shots throughout the four round match.

Eventually all three judges scored in favor of Cuttino who was able to put together better combinations and seemed in control from start to finish.

That left only Shane Baker to compete for the vacant USKA 184 pound belt.

The Cherry Hill Head Instructor brought his own undefeated record to Hamburg, 3-0 with 2 via KO.

Kudos to Philly Fight Sports Kyrim Broson who took the fight Saturday morning after the reigning champ pulled out of the fight with less than 24 hours notice.

More impressively it was the first kickboxing match for Broson, though he does hold a stellar 3-1 record in MMA.

Broson came out in a southpaw stance, the tough aspect of a last minute replacement as Baker had prepared for months to fight a righty.

The best weapon against a lefty is a cross, unfortunately Baker injured his right hand only a few days before the fight.

This didn’t stop him from once again dominating the fight.  Right from the outset the TSMMA Feasterville product combined slick combos with head movement and footwork to outclass Broson.

All credit to the Philly Fight Sport competitor though as he never gave ground to Baker’s relentless attack.

This only led to some highlight moments for Baker who landed a handful of crushing right hands despite the injury as well as a spinning back kick that sent Broson halfway across the ring.

Baker’s conditioning paid off as he was able to physically handle Broson in the later rounds, using a half clinch and wailing away with strong body shots before spinning out of harms way.

All in all it was a performance his cornerman Shihan James Simpson called his favorite fight to watch!  No small praise from the veteran trainer.

Baker capped off an undefeated night for TSMMA by earning another USKA Title Belt for the team.

Great performances by all three young Tiger Schulmann’s fighters as they once again reigned supreme over Hamburg Fight Night!

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Althouse Fight Night Kickboxing Event This Saturday

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Saturday, April 20, 2013
USA vs Canada
Location: Hamburg Field House
500 Pine Street, Hamburg PA 19526
Spectators: $25 for bleachers
$35 for ringside
$45 each for ringside table seats
See Fighters for Tickets
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Fights start at 6:00 PM

A United States Kickboxing Alliance Sanctioned Event!

USKA Light Heavyweight Leg Kick Title 183lbs

Shane Baker (TSMMA Cherry Hill) vs Ryan Grassie (N.E Karate & Kickboxing)

USKA Middleweight Leg Kick Title 155lbs

Brandon Cuttino (TSMMA Abington) vs Konal Sayal (Jacks Gym)

Nolan Wisser (TSMMA Allentown) vs Vince Seabrook (Rajah Academy) 155lbs

Please note that Rachel Kendall (TSMMA Cherry Hill) has been forced off the card with a concussion

“…To date I Have Lost 34 Pounds, Dropped Three Dress Sizes, and Have Increased My Strength and Flexibility!”

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BY: Sarah Donnangelo TSMMA Ramsey 

“…to date I have lost 34 pounds, dropped three dress sizes, and have increased my strength and flexibility.”

I have dealt with the impact of chronic illnesses on my life since I was five years old, namely difficult to control diabetes from the time I started school to severe arthritis resulting in bilateral knee replacements and two elbow surgeries before the age of 43. These issues have also contributed to my longstanding battle in managing a healthy weight. But almost a year ago, I made a decision that has changed my life. After going to a routine doctor’s appointment and stepping on the scale, I finally took that first step. I left my doctor’s office frustrated with myself and drove directly to Ramsey TSMMA. For months, I had been thinking about taking one of the introductory classes that I had seen advertised, but I always seemed to have an excuse not to go in and check it out. Well, that was the day. I spoke honestly with Sensei Rapoport about my physical limitations, as I wanted to know whether it was reasonable for me to consider kickboxing as a way of helping me reach my personal goals of weight reduction and stress management. He reassured me that everyone works on his or her own level and modifications could easily be made to accommodate special needs

So I jumped in with two feet and have not looked back.

“Even on days that are challenging and my last thought is to go kickboxing, I am always happier at the end of our class.”

I may not have the natural skill of others, but I do have determination and perseverance that has helped me throughout my life. I now attend kickboxing classes four times each week and can do things that I never could have imagined, including punches, kicks, crunches, and, most recently, push-ups. Even on days that are challenging and my last thought is to go kickboxing, I always feel better physically and emotionally at the end of the class hour. I have learned that it is very important to make myself a priority, and kickboxing is a significant part of how I am going about accomplishing this. I still have a long way to go in terms of reaching my ultimate weight loss goal, but, to date, I have lost 34 pounds, dropped three dress sizes, and I have increased my strength and flexibility. Even more important is that with each new doctor’s appointment the medical professionals who have known me for years are amazed by the improvements in my blood work as well as my general health. Their words of wisdom:

“Keep up the great work and continue doing whatever you are doing.”

I still face the everyday challenges that life throws my way; however, my determination coupled with the support of my family and constant encouragement of staff and students at Ramsey TSMMA have brought me a long way. Believe me, if I can do this, ANYONE can do this. It has changed my life and my future!


Sarah Donnangelo

Give New Life To Your Old Body At Tiger Schulmann’s

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By: TSMMA Middle Village

Many people want to get in shape and better their health but have a difficult time maintaining a regimen that works for them. Following our exclusive 10 round beginner kickboxing class will help you start a workout program that works for you and will enable you to continue. You read all the fitness magazines and watch all sorts of workout videos but the answers never seem to be clear for you. Every morning you look in the mirror and wish you could reshape your body to the way you imagine it to be. What if the solution was right before your eyes and you didn’t realize it.

 Believe it or not the main reason you find “getting into shape” so complicated is the lack of discipline you have for yourself and finding a great exciting workout that is enjoyable. When you think of discipline you assume its for children. Adults need discipline as well. Discipline is essential for you to get into the body that you desire. For example: When you make a new years resolution, you make it because you want a change for yourself or just something new to be apart of your life.

 Lets say getting into shape is your new years resolution; you’re psyched in the very beginning and slowly you give up half way through or never finish your resolution. Why? Is it because you didn’t want to? Or is it simply because the discipline isn’t there? Well your drive was definitely there because you made the attempt to start. Yet, your discipline was not. Here at Tiger Schulmann’s we teach you the proper discipline through time and practice. When you decide to train here with us , try to really stick to your training routine and don’t get sidetracked by all your current problems. Relieve your mind from all the drama at work and stress at home.

“When you find your mind wandering off snap out of it. Don’t lose focus on your main objective, which is to train hard.”

If you want to get in the best of shape then work out with us at least 3-4 times a week. This will keep your muscles toned and the body fat low. Exercising consistently and eating correctly will help your body’s immune system strengthen along with your muscles and bones. This will help your circulatory system greatly and strengthen your heart.


Don’t forget to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night.This will give your body a chance to rejuvenate itself and get stronger. If you don’t get the proper rest it can be very detrimental to getting into shape which is your ultimate goal.

“…dramatic change in your body’s level of energy and shape… making an actual change in your life…


Following our nutrition plan that we provide here at Tiger Schulmann’s you will see a dramatic change in your body’s level of energy and shape. Discipline is essential when you want to get into shape. It is easy to go and say you are going to work out everyday, but once the pain and aches start to kick in it is very easy to quit and “continue later.” Make sure you are 100% dedicated to making an actual change in your life, which is getting in shape and being more healthy. So when you decide to make the move then you will be sure to make a change in your life. You can do it here with our team at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA

Diabetic and Smoker NO MORE… Mother Wins Life Back Thru Tiger Schulmann’s

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By:TSMMA Ramsey

“I was a morbidly obese, diabetic, single mom who smoked 1 to 2 packs a day”

Mixed Martial Arts? Not me. SO not me. I don’t have that in me. That was my thinking four years ago when my son’s Sensei mentioned that I should consider joining Ramsey Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts along with my son. I thought to myself, I don’t have the time, I can’t do that, and any other excuse I could think of.

 I was a morbidly obese, diabetic, single mom who smoked 1 to 2 packs a day. After numerous attempts, Sensei Shawn Rapoport got me to join one of the 90 day challenges. During the 2nd week, he convinced me to quit smoking for 90 days and give him my pack of cigarettes for safe keeping. “I will give you back your cigarettes at the end of the challenge…if you want me to.” After smoking half the pack that night and a few more the following morning, I gave him the nearly empty pack. I am proud to say I have not had another cigarette since.

“I won my life back”

 That first 90 day challenge I lost 20 lbs and felt great. I was a high white belt in no time, doing 6 Beginner Kickboxing classes a week. After the challenge, unfortunately, I slipped on ice and pulled something in my hip and leg. I could barely walk, let alone attend classes. I was going to physical therapy, miserable again and put the weight back on plus more.

“I lost 16 1/2 lbs, dropped 4 sizes…”

 After the injury Sensei convinced me to sign up for another 90 day challenge and get back into training. I was not convinced I could do it again and frustrated that I was back up in weight, but he was persistent. It reminded me of the “Non Quitting spirit” lesson Sensei has instilled in us during classes. I lost 16 1/2 lbs, dropped 4 sizes and was one of the winners of the challenge. I won 3 months of free training. But actually I won more than that. I won my life back. My Sensei helped me to believe in myself, find my inner strength, develop self discipline and realize even if we take a couple of steps backward, it doesn’t mean we stop moving forward. I am a stronger person both physically and mentally.

“I am no longer a diabetic as of 8 months ago. I am no longer a smoker as of 4 years ago. I no longer view it as the chore of diet and exercise but more of a lifestyle…”

I just earned my Low Blue belt – whoohoo! My Sensei also told me I was ready to start taking Intermediate Kickboxing classes along with Beginner Kickboxing classes. I am no longer a diabetic as of 8 months ago. I am no longer a smoker as of 4 years ago. I no longer view it as the chore of diet and exercise but more of a lifestyle change that requires effort everyday. Luckily I met a group of very strong women who also train at Ramsey Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts. They inspire me and support me. I am far from a size 6 but what once was “NEVER, NOT ME” is now “HECK YEAH, I CAN DO THAT”.

Thank you Sensei Rapoport for not giving up on me and helping me take my life back.

 Eleanor Espiritu

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Uriah Hall Puts On “Primetime” Show at Ultimate Fighter Finale

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By:Thad Campbell

Uriah Hall’s performance on Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter has earned praise from every angle.  His coaches, opponents, media members, and even the President of the UFC found bigger and better superlatives as Hall racked up four wins in six weeks on the show.

Saturday night the Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts product faced off with fellow castmember Kelvin Gastelum to see who would be crowned the Ultimate Fighter Season 17 winner and earn a six figure UFC contract.

The matchup was a classic heavy favorite versus underdog scenario with an added storyline of vicious striker versus grinding wrestler.  Hall’s spectacular knockouts during the season had earned him favorite status going in, but Gastelum, the last pick for Team Sonnen and 13th pick out of 14 fighters on the show, had also plowed his way through the competition.  He racked up two submissions and a tko in his four victories.

There was even a third storyline as the two were consistent training partners during the six week show and developed a friendship as Team Sonnen members that would be tested inside the Octagon.

The fight started off with Uriah and Kelvin testing each other out for the better part of two minutes.  Color analyst and TUF Season 1 alum Kenny Florian brought up similarities to Middleweight Kingpin Anderson Silva in describing the style Hall employed in Round 1.  Ultimately the round didn’t feature a whole lot other than a takedown from Gastelum.  Uriah was able to control from the bottom of half guard and eventually got back to his feet and shot a takedown attempt of his own as the round ended.

Round two saw things begin to heat up.  Hall came out looking like a different fighter.  He dropped the hands down style he used in the first round and instead began to fire straight punches that found Gastelum.  Within the first minute he had also fired off multiple head kicks with both legs, backing Gastelum away.

Gastelum answered back the only way he knew how, with a takedown.  Once again Uriah controlled from half guard and after a minute of trading shots with Uriah landing a vicious right hand from the bottom he was able to sweep Gastelum and gain top position in open guard.

Gastelum scrambled to his feet as the round hit the halfway mark.  Hall was able to land a couple solid strikes as his opponent stood up and then Hall showed that Tiger Schulmann’s is more than a striking school with an inside trip of his own putting him on top of Gastelum.  Kelvin also did a good job of keeping Uriah from landing any significant strikes from the top but then things got explosive.

Gastelum chose to give up his back in order to get back to his feet.  As they came back to a standing position Uriah was able to get behind his former teammate and delivered a highlight reel suplex that saw Gastelum land on the back of his head!

Credit to Gastelum who was able to scramble back to his feet, but not after being on the wrong end of another “Primetime” highlight.

The third round saw an immediate jumping technique by Gastelum met by a Hall knee kick.  It looked like a great shot to the abdomen, but the referee called it a low blow, thus taking the strike away from Hall on the judges scorecards.

Once again the clear advantage in striking was apparent as Hall used his incredible speed and feints to land shots on Gastelum.  Once again the Arizona native went to preservation mode and shot a takedown, but this time Uriah countered beautifully and ended up on top of Gastelum in sidemount.  He landed five seconds of unanswered ground and pound that had the announcers exclaiming Gastelum was in trouble.

The fight came back to the feet again and once again Hall was delivering shots from distance with Kelvin gamely throwing an overhand left and inside low kick back.  As the fight wound down to nearly a minute left, Gastelum went back to his bread and butter and scored another double leg takedown but Hall actually scored better shots from the bottom.

Gastelum was looking for an armlock but it backfired as Hall reversed and gained top position as the fight ended.

It was an amazing performance by both fighters and one that is only going to gain Uriah Hall more respect from the Mixed Martial Arts world.

Ultimately the judges scored the fight a split decision, one judge scoring two rounds to one for Hall, with the other two judges favoring Gastelum in two of the three rounds.

Kelvin Gastelum is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 17, but Uriah Hall was the winner in the eyes of the thousands of Tiger Schulmann’s MMA students who watched the fight.

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Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum Battle to a Split Decision at TUF Finale

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Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall

Round 1

Referee Herb Dean is the referee for the “TUF 17” final. Gastelum bounces forward, changing levels and scooting Hall backward around the perimeter. Hall stands with his hands down and his back on the fence, allowing Gastelum to punch him and get inside to clinch. Gastelum tries to knee the larger Hall, who shoves Gastelum’s face away but can’t get off the fence. Gastelum backs out 90 seconds into the round, then comes forward on Hall with a leg kick that lands and a high kick which does not. Hall slaps Gastelum’s face with a high kick, then moves backward to matador Gastelum. Hall pops his man with a jab, but Gastelum comes forward to stagger Hall with a left hand on the temple. Hall seems fine as he backs Gastelum off with a push kick, but Gastelum is tenacious and takes Hall down with a double-leg on the cage. Gastelum drops elbows from half-guard with two minutes remaining. There’s a brief kimura attempt which Gastelum lets go of, and Hall regains his full guard. Gastelum roughs Hall up with rugged ground-and-pound in the final minute, but Hall scoots to the fence and stands with 35 seconds to go. Hall sticks a jab and plows Gastelum down with a charging double-leg. Gastelum stands and finishes the round with his back to the fence and Hall in a headlock.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gastelum
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Gastelum

Round 2

Gastelum is pulling up short on his punches early in round two, and Hall’s rangy front kicks aren’t helping. Hall slaps Gastelum’s face with another high kick and then dips out of the way of an overhand punch. Gastelum gets Hall on the fence and takes him down with a double-leg, then sits up high in Hall’s half-guard. Hall’s long arms help him wrap up and limit Gastelum’s offense, so Gastelum drops a few punches to Hall’s body. Elbows are landing now for Gastelum, who momentarily presses his forearm across Hall’s throat. Halfway through the round, Hall bumps Gastelum and sweeps, then tags the Arizonan with a hard knee to the jaw as they stand. Gastelum may be hurt — from the knee or the follow-up punches — but it’s hard to tell, because he quickly has Hall pressed against the fence. Hall reverses the momentum by tripping Gastelum and falling down on top, in half-guard on Gastelum’s right side. Gastelum is looking for a stand-up from the ref after 15 seconds of Hall holding him down. He doesn’t get it, but Gastelum gets to his knees while under fire from Hall elbows. Hall keeps a rear waistlock and sends Gastelum head over heels with a suplex. Gastelum gets right back up and puts Hall on the cage to finish the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hall
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hall
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hall

Round 3

Hall lands a knee to the body early in the final round, but ref Dean says it strayed low and Gastelum is given time to recover. He takes only a few seconds, and they’re back to work with Hall landing outside leg kicks as Gastelum bounces forward. Stiff jab goes for Hall as he catches Gastelum stepping in. Gastelum takes a moment, then charges at Hall and suplexes him to the ground. Gastelum tries to secure the back, but Hall gets out the back door and catches Gastelum kneeling with a flurry of punches. Gastelum escapes to his feet and slows the pace by holding Hall on the cage. They split with just over half the round remaining and Hall goes back to sniping with long jabs, then dodging Gastelum’s overhand bombs. Gastelum lands a wide left which Hall shakes off. Inside leg kick connects for Gastelum, who steps out of the way of a Hall punch. Gastelum hits a double-leg in the middle of the cage and grabs hold of Hall’s arm, but gives it up to go to Hall’s guard. Now it’s Hall throwing up his legs for an armbar which doesn’t go. Gastelum is slugging away from the top now, though it appears Hall is deflecting most of the shots; Hall is showing some good offense, rocking Gastelum’s head with punches from his back. Hall finishes on top as Gastelum goes for an armbar, and this one is going to the judges.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gastelum (29-28 Gastelum)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gastelum (29-28 Gastelum)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Hall (29-28 Hall)

Official result: The judges score the bout 29-28 Gastelum, 29-28 Hall and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Kelvin Gastelum.

A great fight for the TUF finale. Congrats to both Uriah and Kelvin on a great season and great fight tonight. Both fought their heart out. #warrior

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Uriah Hall becoming huge hit on ‘Ultimate Fighter’

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To the 17th season of UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” TV reality fighting show, Uriah Hall brought a reason to watch.

A pair of nasty highlight-reel knockouts created the type of buzz that speeds up the Queens-based Hall’s career trajectory and slows down everyone’s Internet.

He was the focal point of a social media and TV marketing cycle that began with “Wait til you see this!” was followed by “Did you see that?” and ended with “What will he do next?”

Next is the Ultimate Finale in Las Vegas on Saturday as Hall fights Kelvin Gastelum for a guaranteed six-figure contract with the UFC.

Win or lose, Hall carved out a reputation on the show that will earn him quite a few dollars and fights in the UFC. It also comes with expectations.

“I don’t want to live up to it,” Hall told Newsday. “If I start living up to it, then I’ll start putting too much pressure on myself.

“People are going to have their own expectations of me and the next thing you know, I have to be a certain way. I don’t want that. I went in there to test myself as an athlete and a fighter.”

He passed.

Hall (7-2) won by decision in his qualifying fight to make the final cut. Then came the pain for three fighters in his way.

Adam Cella’s name gained recognition in the preliminary round when his chin stopped Hall’s spinning heel kick and his body dropped in the final seconds of the first round. “I don’t think it was that spectacular of a knockout,” Hall said.

He’s wrong. Humble, but wrong.

Bubba McDaniel needed less than 15 seconds to accept one knee to the midsection and one straight left to the face before he hit the canvas against Hall in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t think in six weeks I could learn anything physical,” Hall said about the entirety of his time on the show. “Just the mindset I had to let go and realize my full potential.”

Dylan Andrews made it through the first round against Hall in the semifinals, which took place last December and aired Tuesday night, then almost made it to the judges’ scoring cards.

But Hall somehow managed to land significant strikes from his back, roll his opponent over without using his arms and then land a series of punches to stop the fight. “I feel I can hit from any position,” Hall said. “You get me on my back, you get on my back, I’m going to hit you. That’s what I’m good at. I’m good at hitting. And I’m going to hit you from any position you put me in.”