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Vails Gate Instructor Shane Burgos Excels In MMA

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The Ultimate Fighter Spawns Passion For MMA

Most people credit the humongous popularity growth in MMA to Season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. The finale between Stephan Bonner and Forrest Griffin is still one of the top two or three fights ever and helped launch the UFC to world wide fame.

Shane Burgos missed that season. It was six months later when Season 2 started the then Freshman from Highland Mills developed his passion for MMA. Spurred on by the show, he walked in to Tiger Schulmann’s MMA in Harriman to take advantage of their one month offer.

Burgos (right) has trained with Sensei Montes nearly every day since 2006.

“I was instantly hooked from the first episode. After taking my first class with Sensei Montes at Tiger Schulmann’s, I felt the same I did after watching the show, I was hooked.”

Burgos was so passionate about training he took rare advantage of a special Tiger Schulmann’s was running at the time.

“The deal back then was a free month of unlimited classes for 100 bucks and I took full advantage of that. I didn’t miss one day for the whole month, 6 days a week I was there!”

Highland Mills Teenager Excels In Grappling

Not much has slowed down since those early days of training. Burgos almost immediately began to show rare talent for grappling and traveled around the country competing in NAGA tournaments. He began winning the teen divisions consistently and at one point was the number one ranked grappler in the country in his age group.

Burgos shared the NAGA podium with teammate and UFC Flyweight Louis “Goodnight” Gaudinot.

 He became well known throughout Tiger Schulmann’s for his insane ability to pull submission attempts out of strange places, often catching much more experienced grappler’s because of the uniqueness of his style.

Burgos Evolves Into Complete Mixed Martial Artist

Burgos credits Sensei Montes for helping him develop into the disciplined Martial Artist he is today. He still helps Montes teach classes at TSMMA, now down the street a few blocks in Vails Gate. He will forever be attached to the school and now his two brothers are both Black Belts as well.

Burgos has long been known for crazy submissions, here pulling off a D’Arce Choke while climbing the fence.

Burgos’ own discipline was challenged in his own journey to Black Belt. It’s a challenge he passed with flying colors. Burgos began training with the TSMMA fight team and became a direct student of Shihan Tiger Schulmann. Perhaps recognizing Burgos’ immense potential, Shihan would not let him pass his Black Belt test without bringing his Kickboxing to same incredible level of his Grappling.

Burgos earned a first round KO in this Kickboxing match.

 That’s exactly what Burgos did. He applied the lessons of discipline his instructor taught him, working on his weaknesses just as hard as on his strengths. That success was played out in his amateur kickboxing career. He won both of his fights, the first one after knocking is opponent down three times in the very first round.

His hard work paid dividends as he was ultimately promoted to Black Belt in March of 2013 by Tiger Schulmann himself, the first person to receive that honor and one of only two to this day.

Top Training Key to Success

Burgos now travels almost daily to Elmwood Park, New Jersey to train with the other members of the Tiger Schulmann’s fight team. Any given day he will train with professional fighters like Louis Gaudinot and Nick Pace. The extreme level of competition has only helped him hone his skills.

Burgos with Tiger Schulmann (4th from right) and his teammates at Bellmore Kickboxing to get some new training partners.

 “I love my team! We’ve got excellent fighters from amateur to pro! Anytime I train at hq I know I’m gonna get top level work in. Without my team mates there to help me get better day in and day out I would be nothing. They’re a huge part of my success.”

Burgos’ family also plays a big role in his MMA career. They’ve always supported his dreams of fighting. Not only do his brothers attend all his fights but his parents are always there for him as well.

“They all support me so much and have no idea how much it means to me!”

Burgos also credits his girlfriend for helping him stay grounded. At 22 years old he lives a pretty solitary lifestyle and feels she helps him stay that way. While many of his young friends are out partying late into the night, he his home getting his rest ready for the next great training session. He knows the lifestyle it’s going to take to help him achieve his ultimate dreams.

Martial Artist Has Big Goals

Scan through Burgos’ Facebook photos and you’ll see him with many of the top fighters in the UFC. Burgos is not a star struck fan, instead he is an MMA student motivated to reach those lofty levels himself!

Along with his two wins in Kickboxing he has also amassed seven victories in MMA as an amateur. His record has no losses with the only blemish a no contest in the first of his four championship fights. He would win the next three, all by stoppage. One via strikes and two by submission.

Burgos was victorious in three amateur MMA title fights!

That led to the first of many goals Burgos set for himself in MMA. He made his professional debut in Philadelphia in July of 2013 at Xtreme Caged Combat against Ratioender Melo. The fight lasted 2:14 before Burgos applied a Rear Naked Choke. Two months later and Burgos was at it again. This time fighting for two more seconds before finishing Ashure Elbanna via strikes at 2:16 of the first round.

Burgos almost seemed to be embracing the new found balance of Kickboxing and Grappling acumen. His last four fights have been split evenly between finishes via striking and submission.

Burgos is the epitome of a new generation of MMA Fighters, sporting equal talent in Kickboxing, Grappling and Wrestling.

Now he is set to fight in Atlantic City. Burgos will take on Myron Baker on Saturday night at CFFC 31. CFFC is most famous for it’s hosting of Kimbo Slice’s professional MMA debut. Slice went on to gain fame on the same Ultimate Fighter reality show that birthed Burgos’ love of the sport. The Miami backyard brawler never made a dent in the pro ranks. That’s far from the goal Burgos’ has in mind.

“I will not be satisfied unless I make it to the UFC and make sure everyone knows my name!”

When asked what he would do after his MMA career was over Burgos had a very quick response, “After fighting isn’t even a thought honestly, I feel like I’m really young and have so much fight left in me.”

If his future goes anything like what he’s done so far Burgos will have plenty of time to make plans for after his fighting career is done.

By: Sensei Thad Campbell

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Goal Setting Never Stops For Hamilton

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Champion Leads Full Life

There is no such thing as a slow day for Will Hamilton.  Most people would be content having been promoted to executive officer for physical training and tactics at the NYPD Academy. For Hamilton that’s just his day job.

He was promoted to Sensei by Tiger Schulmann in 2009. A rank only bestowed on two other instructor since he was raised to it.

To further understand the esteem in which he is held by Shihan Tiger Schulmann, he is one of only two people to ever be promoted to that rank without working full time in a school..

Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Sensei on September 14th, 2009.

Hamilton was promoted to the rank of Sensei on September 14th, 2009.

 Instead, Hamilton is a fixture at headquarters. Now he teaches every Monday and Thursday evening, training alongside a new generation of Team Tiger Schulmann fighters. His first taste of leading classes came more than a decade ago on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in Rego Park. But things changed after he won the title.

“Shihan wanted me to do the same thing at headquarters. He said whatever you want to teach, whatever you think is good. Show them what you got!”

I first met and became friends with him shortly after. My own training brought me to Elmwood Park every Thursday morning where Hamilton’s teaching and sparring where invaluable to my own success competitively.

I feel thankful to have have been able to train with him while his job still allowed him to teach morning classes. Things got tougher after he left his position overseeing beat cops in the NYPD’s 73rd district, Brownsville, Brooklyn. Now his job is Monday to Friday 9-5. So he gives two nights every week to serve as a mentor to other young students, many with the same background and same goals as he had nearly 20 years ago.

“He’s positive all the time,” says Craig Alexander. Alexander, whose next MMA fight will be as a professional, trains with Hamilton every Thursday any time he is preparing to fight. He makes the journey from Feasterville, Pennsylvania, at least an hour and a half, for the expert training. “He’s the champ. It makes it very easy to listen. Not only is he great technically at teaching, but he’s been there and done it so it’s extremely motivating.”

The two nights a week are complimented by countless Friday and Saturday nights where he can be found at amateur boxing, kickboxing and MMA events cornering his young fighters.

Hamilton takes as much pride in his new role as coach!

Hamilton takes as much pride in his new role as coach!

 He takes tremendous pride in the display his young charges have put on over the last few years. While he is not competing at the same level as he was a decade ago, it hasn’t stopped his drive. Now he simply displays it from outside the ropes.

Hamilton still somehow finds time for a life at home. He married the love of his life, Michelle, in 2003 and he has three kids, his eight year old son having been born with autism.  He is heavily involved with every aspect of his kids lives in the same way he is with his students and the officers he oversees at the Police Academy.

He is putting the same championship drive into helping his 7 year old son live with Autism, actively trying to use the same principles he learned in Martial Arts to help the 7 year old be as successful as possible.

Hamilton is the president of LEAF, Law Enforcement Autism Families. The organization is brand new, but it’s first goal is to establish an exercise program for people on the Autism Spectrum who are non-verbal or have a limited attention span.

Hamilton started LEAF in honor of his own son.

Hamilton started LEAF in honor of his own son.

 He is applying the same attention to detail that allowed him to become a Kickboxing Champion. It’s also the same discipline he has taken to an executive position with the NYPD.

Hamilton became an officer in 2000 in the 30th Precinct. He says it was a tough beat, Washington Heights. That hardly stopped him from having the same success he has had in every other part of his life. It’s something with which Tiger Schulmann’s has had a prominent role.

“I felt like I had an unbelievable amount of confidence. I wasn’t worried about being in a confrontation or a difficult situation. I think I felt different because of my training.”

That training would be integral in his role at the police academy. It was his fourth year on the job when the academy began looking for officers with Martial Arts training to help in the Physical Training and Tactics department. Hamilton was a natural and stayed at the academy until his promotion to Sergeant and transfer to the 73th precinct.

He might not fight anymore, but that doesn't stop Hamilton from findings ways to compete.

He might not fight anymore, but that doesn’t stop Hamilton from findings ways to compete.

 He spent the next three years as a Sergeant in Brownsville. It was his job to keep all the officers under him safe. He would overlook those on foot patrol while also checking up on any officers that had specific calls to respond too.

It was in 2009 when a position opened at the Academy again. Hamilton was suggested by the man who was his supervisor his first time at the academy.  He was back at the Academy after a successful application and interview.

Now he doesn’t oversee daily training like his first posting, instead he is responsible for designing curriculum.

“Everything we’re teaching at Tiger Schulmanns’ is functional for police on the street. In the police academy we only have six months so we can’t spend as much time as a student at a Tiger Schulmann’s,” says Hamilton.

While police officers have many more aspects to their learning than just self-defense, Hamilton sees some similarities and feels every officer can benefit from Tiger Schulmann’s training.

Members of Hamilton's night class celebrate his promotion to 3rd Degree.

Members of Hamilton’s night class celebrate his promotion to 3rd Degree.

 “Standing base drill. Forward roll. Jab, all the strikes all the kicks. Ground tactics we work on mount escape to the guard work on a scissor sweep, all those things work for an officer on the street.”

It’s the same basics Hamilton spends the vast amount of his time teaching to his young students at headquarters. There was nothing fancy about Hamilton’s fighting style. Just as there is nothing fancy about his teaching style or the way he goes about being a NYPD Sergeant, husband or father.

He personifies hard work and the rewards that go along with it. A simple lesson he learned at Tiger Schulmann’s

 By: Sensei Thad Campbell

If you would like the opportunity to train with Hamilton simply ask your instructor!

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Joshu Michael Trizano Promoted to Black Belt

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02/4/14 – Elmwood Park, NJ

Congratulations to Joshu Michael Trizano (TSMMA Ramsey) on receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt promotion.

The belt promotion was awarded following Instructor training, by Master Tiger Schulmann and brother Shihan Ron Schulmann.

Also, in attendance was Sensei Rapoport, students and colleagues of TSMMA Ramsey, as well Michael’s Parents.

As a member of TSMMA Competition Team, Michael has already achieved great heights compiling an 11-1 record and earning a amateur kickboxing championship.

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1538891_10151931306849582_309863865_nBy: Jersey Strong MMA

ATLANTIC CITY — “Hurricane” Shane Burgos will look to take the next step in his professional MMA career Saturday at the Borgata when he faces Myron Baker at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 31.

Burgos has won both of his professional fights by first-round stoppages after going 7-0 as an amateur. Now he will step up in competition to face Baker (2-2), who has lost two in a row after opening his career with victories by TKO and arm bar.

“I see this fight going 100 percent my way,” Burgos said. “Wherever this fight plays out, I see myself being in control. No disrespect to my opponent — I think Myron is a tough opponent and a good test — but I’m out to make another statement.”

The 22-year-old Tiger Schulmann’s fighter claimed a pair of amateur featherweight titles before blitzing his way to a rear-naked choke submission of Ratioender Melo in just 2:16 of his pro debut. He followed that performance with a TKO of Ashure Elbanna in just 2:12.

“It’s hard to not be pleased with how my pro career is going,” the New York native said. “Two wins, two finishes, and both in just over two minutes. I have no complaints, and I hope to keep the ball rolling on Saturday night with another finish.”

Baker, who fights out of Maryland, lost his last fight via a rear-naked choke in the second round. Prior to that, he dropped a three-round decision. All of his pro fights have been under the CFFC banner.

Burgos, who will be making his CFFC debut, said his goals for 2014 are simple.

“I want to remain undefeated and keep finishing my fights, and hopefully get that big call (to the UFC) by 2015,” he said.