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Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Louis Gaudinot vs Tim Elliott

Louis Gaudinot Returns to UFC Cage

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By: Sensei Thad Campbell

Louis Gaudinot did what Louis Gaudinot does Saturday night at UFC 164, put in a show of heart and toughness.

Gaudinot endured a 16 month layoff because of injury after his fight of the night debut in the UFC’s flyweight division.  That guillotine victory over Jon Lineker had “Goodnight” in the upper echelon of the UFC’s lightest weight class.

He faced a stern test in Tim Elliot. Elliot has been active in the last year and a half, himself climbing up the ranks.

The two young fighters did nothing to disappoint as they began the fight trading shots.  Unfortunately for Gaudinot , Elliot’s most significant early strike was a double eyepoke.  That happened only fifteen seconds into the fight.

Elliot landed an early takedown but Gaudinot threatened an armbar and Elliot chose to standup out of the high guard.

Gaudinot landed some very strong low kicks as well as a solid cross but Elliot once again got a takedown and was able to hold Gaudinot down.

The second round featured a near miss on a spinning fist by Gaudinot as well as more low kicks.  Once again Elliot was able to answer with takedowns.  Gaudinot threatened a guillotine in defending the takedown but Elliot was able to escape the choke.  Something he would do a few times during the fight.

The third round featured another heart racing moment as Gaudinot landed a high kick that looked to land flush on Elliot’s face.

All credit to Elliot who matched Gaudinot’s incredible pace and heart throughout the fight.  Elliot was able to secure multiple takedowns in every round and that earned him the decision.

Gaudinot represented himself and Team TSMMA the way we would have expected with heart and determination.  All of Gaudinot’s fans can be proud of his performance and will look forward to his next fight in the UFC!

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Louis Gaudinot vs Tim Elliott

UFC 164 Results

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Louis Gaudinot (125lbs) vs Tim Elliot (125.5lbs)

Elliot wins via Unanimous Decision

Gaudinot battled his heart out for 3 rounds against tough opponent Elliot. Gaudinot had his moments in the bout,displaying his non-quitting spirit throughout the fight. He represented TSMMA with honor and we look forward to seeing back in the Octagon soon.

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Louis Gaudinot vs. Tim Elliott

Louis Gaudinot: Mean, Green, And Back On the Scene

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By Thomas Gerbasi –

“I’m feeling healthy and ready to go again, and I’m excited to get back in there because it’s been so long.” – Louis Gaudinot

There will be some changes the next time you see Louis Gaudinot at UFC 164 on August 31. Don’t worry, the hair will still be green, but at least when he meets Tim Elliott in their flyweight bout, the Hoboken resident won’t be battling his opponent and his hair on fight night like he did in his win over John Lineker in May of 2012.

“I finally cut it in June,” he said, “and it won’t be in my face. Watching the fight back, I’m like ‘how the hell did I fight like that?’ (Laughs) It was like a mop over my face. So there will be no hair technical difficulties in this fight.”

That’s a good thing for fans of the former Ultimate Fighter 14 cast member, who not only beat Lineker with his hair covering his face, but submitted the Brazilian and picked up Fight of the Night honors. In the fairly new 125-pound weight class, it was a statement-making performance, and you got the feeling that with one more win, there would be title contention talk for “Goodnight” Gaudinot.

But we haven’t seen him in the Octagon since.

“They had me booked for a couple fights, and it was funny, they let me know I had the fight and two weeks later I get the contract and before I could even sign it, I ended up getting hurt,” said Gaudinot. “One time back in September, and then this year again around February. So I had two injury setbacks, but now I’m feeling healthy and ready to go again, and I’m excited to get back in there because it’s been so long.”

It’s the curse of the prizefighter. To get ready for a fight, you have to fight, and when you fight, you have to go hard enough to get in the proper work and get a feel for what things will be like when it’s on for real. Unfortunately, when you do that, your odds of getting injured rise.

“It’s not easy, as you can tell,” he said. “But this training camp’s going good. I didn’t reinjure myself or anything, and I’m still able to train hard and go hard. You don’t want to go too light because you want to put yourself in the scenario that you’re in a fight, so when you go out there and you’re on stage, you’re not pushing yourself for the first time; you want it to be like you’ve been there 20-30 times before so you know exactly what to expect and what your body can do. So it’s definitely not an easy task getting ready for a fight, and I think that’s why so many people do get hurt getting ready.”

If there has been a silver lining for the 29-year-old, it’s that he hasn’t disappeared in the minds of the fans, or the media that currently ranks him seventh in the division, one slot below the man he defeated, Lineker.

“I think I’m picking up where I left off,” he said. “I read all the websites and all the news articles, and a lot of times when they mention the flyweights, a lot of people in the comment section will write ‘Louis Gaudinot had that crazy fight with Lineker; where the hell has he been?’ And Lineker has won three in a row, so the more he wins the better I look, but I don’t think too many of the fans have forgotten about me, and at the end of the month I’ll remind them if they did.”

In Elliott, Gaudinot will face a similarly aggressive-minded foe who also picked up a Fight of the Night bonus in his most recent bout, a December 2012 win over Jared Papazian.

“He’s good all around,” said Gaudinot. “He fought (John) Dodson the same night I fought, came in on short notice and pushed Dodson pretty good. It was a really close fight and probably could have got Fight of the Night if me and Lineker hadn’t got it. I also thought he looked great against Papazian – he looked good standing up, good on the ground, and he’s got good takedowns – so it’s definitely not an easy fight. It’s a tough fight, but I’m gonna use it showcase the reasons why I should be one of the top five flyweights.”

A win should move him up, and with number one ranked Joseph Benavidez fighting number five Jussier Formiga in September and champion Demetrious Johnson having already beaten Benadvidez, number two Dodson, and number four John Moraga, the stage could be set for Gaudinot to jump even higher. And that’s just fine with him.

“When John (Moraga) got the title shot, he only had two wins in the division, and at the time I was probably going to fight before he fought back in December. And me coming off two wins and being a household name because I was on The Ultimate Fighter, maybe I could have had that title shot that just happened had I not been injured. But everything happens for a reason. He (Johnson) looked good in his fight, and now he’s looking for new challenges, so hopefully everything goes my way at the end of the month, and we’ll see what the UFC wants. But I’m just ready to fight anybody, and I’m not looking past Tim Elliott.”

Tune to Fox Sports 1 8pm on 8/31/13 to see Gaudinot vs Elliot

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Woman Fighter Collage

Invicta FC signs Bellator vet Munah Holland

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by Staff

With Bellator officially out of the women’s MMA game, another fighter has found a new home.

Munah Holland competed twice under the Bellator banner before the organization’s recent announcement that it wasn’t keeping its female fighters busy enough and was closing its women’s divisions. So she has signed with Invicta FC.

Officials today announced the 38-year-old as the newest addition to the organization’s 125-pound flyweight division.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and a debut date hasn’t been set.

Holland, who was born in Malaysia but spent her childhood throughout the U.S., got her start with the Northeast’s popular Ring of Combat promotion, where she defeated Kim Couture in her pro debut. She owns a 5-2 record with three career knockouts. Recently, she was on a 4-0 run, which included knockouts of notables Marianna Kheyfets and Carina Damm, before a September 2012 decision loss to Michelle Ould at Bellator 74.

The versatile Holland, an instructor and manager at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA in North Plainfield New Jersey, has also competed in boxing, kickboxing and muay Thai.

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Childhood to Adulthood

Kids Can LEARN To Succeed

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Kids Can LEARN To Succeed

It’s important to think about what the future has in store for our children. Today, we might be thinking about their grades. But what about tomorrow? What about the rest of their lives as they grow and reach adulthood? What will the job market be like? Will they find the right partner and start a family? What challenges are in store for them? If an unpredictable obstacle arises, will they be able to face it head on and do their best? Or will they get easily frustrated and give up?

This is life. Life has obstacles. Children can learn to face them skillfully with confidence. Achieving success can be learned. Do not underestimate how important it is for children to develop this ability.

Kids who train at Tiger Schulmann’s, are encouraged to learn new skills… Improve coordination, gain strength, enhance their reflexes… focus. When children see themselves improving, they gain confidence. They know they can set and achieve goals. They know they can overcome their own doubts.


Schools Do Not Teach The Process of Success

Schools measure success based on grades… not on improvement, not on personal accomplishment. Everyone gets anywhere from an A, down to a failing grade. Most students remain at the same level throughout their studies. “A” students often remain “A” students throughout their school life. “B” students usually maintain a “B” average, etc. Some kids improve a bit, some kids get worse. There is no dedicated system to encourage growth. Mostly schools measure the aptitude of one child’s intellectual abilities against the others. They do not measure personal advancement.

When kids know they can improve, they gain confidence.

What’s more important in terms of achieving success in life? Good grades or confidence?

You may assume that good grades are more important. Imagine a job interview. One job candidate had excellent grades, but lacks confidence. The other job candidate had average grades but is highly confident. The boss wants results. Who’s likely to get the job?


Kids do not learn confidence in school. There is no system teaching them to face obstacles and improve with every lesson. It’s rare to find a school teacher who can offer them a, “You can do it!” attitude.

The Process of Learning Achievement, Focus, and Self Confidence

Let’s analyze proper kicking technique as an example. There is a method to kicking safely and effectively. Kids come in and know practically nothing about kicking. Where do they plant their foot? How does the planted foot move during the kick? How do they hold their kicking foot? Which part of the leg makes contact? How do you turn your hips into the kick? Where do you hold your hands when kicking? What’s the proper posture for your head and back? How far away do you stand?

Each child learns to fine tune every aspect of a kick. Every lesson, kids get better until they can kick properly, instinctively and with confidence.  Once a child knows their kick is perfected, it’s another achievement worthy of praise and self confidence. Your child begins trusting their own ability to improve, perfect themselves, and succeed.

One Sign That A Child Will Be Successful Is If They Are Happy

When you see your child light up with pride and their instructor shouts, “Great job! You did it! I told you you would!!!” … When you see them taking joy in improving and learning that they can overcome self-doubt and obstacles… You can put your concerns about the future aside, and know your child learned how to succeed.

They will go into that job interview with a, “I will do it!” attitude. They will exude the type of confidence which attracts good people into their lives. They will meet the challenge of raising a family of their own and know they will succeed.


Do not underestimate the importance of self confidence when it comes to achieving success. Confidence is a fundamental mindset which will improve the quality of life for your children in so many ways.

Learning self confidence, learning to succeed is a process. Tiger Schulmann’s MMA teaches that process. You can see that process in action by signing your child up for a free class.

Written by – Alon Feder

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Reynaldo Nieves vs Joseph Suarez

Friday Night Fights Results

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Friday August 16th, 2013

The Broad Street Ballroom – NYC

Raynaldo Nieves (TSMMA) vs Joseph Suarez – 135lb

Suarez wins via Decision

Nieves and Suarez competed in a spirited 3 round battle and although Suarez was awarded the decision, Nieves showcased his skills and non quitting spirit while gaining valuable ring time experience for future bouts. We hope to see Ray back in the ring soon!