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Cooking With Sensei – Turkey Kielbasa

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Cooking With Sensei, episode Turkey Kielbasa

Happy Fall – this summer was just magical. Hopefully yours was filled with adventure and happy memories. With cooler days approaching, we figured a warm weather meal would be great to kick off Autumn. Of course with kids being back to school, we wanted to put together a meal might be a little easier now that we all have a less time on our hands. So let’s do something super easy and super simple, and of course – super delicious! 

Trying Turkey Kielbasa 

Today we are going to make a turkey kielbasa with sauerkraut. This dish is delightful as well as flavorful and only has a handful of ingredients. After you put this together, all you need to do is let it heat up on the grill while freeing you up for some other things you need to do (like home work from the kids).

Quick & Easy Turkey Kielbasa Recipe

Grab a tin foil tray with a lid and get ready to see how easy it is. You will need a turkey kielbasa preferably one with a lower sodium content, basil, whole pepper corn, mustard powder, sauerkraut and a bottle of beer but that’s optional.

Combine ingredients in tin foil pan cover and put it right on the grill. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and then that the kielbasa out and throw it right on the grill to get some grill marks on it. At this point you just about done, serve in a bun or a side salad.

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Jobin Georgo Promotion

Sensei Jobin George Receives Promotion

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Congratulations to Sensei Jobin George (TSMA Rockville Center) on his recent promotion to 2nd degree black belt! 

Sensei Jobin George Receives Promotion

Jobin George – The Student

Jobin George entered the doors of Tiger Schulmann’s in October of 2001. At ten years old, he was an extremely shy and had little to no discipline when it came to fitness. At that time, enrolling in classes was all done by private lessons and the last thing a Sensei wanted to do is is check on someone’s push-ups to see how many they can do. On his first day, Jobin attempted to do a push-up and was not able to. Immediately his eyes welted up in tears. Sensei Curran made Jobin look him in the eyes, as he does for all students and said, “That is the last time that you cry for not being able to do something. I believe in you! You are safe here. We’re gonna work together, and together will make you into the champion you are meant to be.”

At that same first lesson there was another promise made, this wasn’t the declaration Sense Curran made to Jobin, but a vow made to Jobin’s father. Sensei assured his Dad that he brought him to the right place. He explained to him that martial arts will not only build Jobin’s strength and discipline but more importantly, it will build character and self-esteem, and that through their work together – on and off the mat Jobin would be empowered to do his best in all that he does. He gave his word that he would come through for him as his coach, and that one day his son would say “I feel amazing, I believe in myself. There is nothing I cannot do!”  After six months, Sensei Curran saw tears in Jobin’s eyes – but these were not the same type of tears. When I approached him, he said to “I’m not crying because I’m giving up – I’m crying because I’m done quitting.” 

From that day Sensei knew Jobin’s foundation was laid and he understood what being a martial artist is all about.

Sensei Jobin George receiving promotion at Tiger Schulmann's

Jobin George – The Sensei

Fast forward a few years through Jobin’s teenage years, Jobin worked hard and pushed himself to morph from student to teacher. He went for mentee to mentor and his roles shifted to becoming the person to pay it forward and help all the new children and kids coming in do push-ups or anything else they needed to do extra on the mat. Eventually Jobin began working part time in the school – teaching private lessons and always giving extra help to the kids that needed it. His on-the-mat techniques were complimented greatly by his off-the-mat attitude.  Jobin developed great relationships in the lobby with students andy parents. By the time this person was 18 years old, he was completely transformed. He was lean, ripped, strong, a straight-A student, and beyond dedicated in helping anyone in the school accomplish their goals. 

Sensei Jobin George recieving 2nd degree black belt

Words From Sensei Joe Curran 

“I remember having a conversation with Sensei Bosyk years back telling him that the way I turn my instructors out is by wanting them to have such good morals, values, ethics, and standards. That if I had a daughter then they would become the type of person I would want her to marry. Jobin is that person to me. He is family! He has been there for me through it all. Whether he was sitting next to me at the hospital, driving me to Manhattan every week throughout my transplant without a complaint, as a buddy on the hike trails or kayaking, as a sparring partner. I love him dearly, and it is my honor to give him his second degree black belt!”

Learn more about classes at Tiger Schulmann’s Rockville Center 

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Cooking With Sensei – Portobello Mushrooms

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Why Portobello Mushrooms?

The amount of things you can throw on the grill is really endless! Today we will be preparing portobello mushrooms on the grill. Did you know the portobello mushroom is one of the most widely consumed mushrooms in the world? They are widely available in most grocery stores and usually pretty cost-efficient. But what impresses me the most are their health benefits.

Portobello mushrooms are known as natural cancer-fighters by providing plant-based protein, plus many essential nutrients. They contain disease-fighting antioxidants and are terrific protectors of the immune system. Remember, choosing to live a healthy lifestyle takes commitment and effort. With the right amount of variety and food selections the nutrients your looking for to support that healthy lifestyle is in your control.

Cooking Portobello Mushrooms

Now back to the grill…. Several hours before cooking, place 3-4 portobello mushrooms in a large sealable plastic bag. Pour in some extra virgin olive oil, enough to coat all of the mushrooms, plus a few tablespoons for some excess. (Use the best extra virgin olive oil you can find. Believe it or not, in moderation olive oil is one fo the healthiest fats you could eat.) Sprinkle a little salt and some cracked pepper into the bag. Add about a tablespoon of fresh minced garlic. Seal the bag and shake. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Preheat your grill to high, remove the mushrooms from the bags and place on grill for 5 to 7 minutes per side or longer; you really can’t overcook them. Flip them every few minutes or so.

There you have a delicious vegan / gluten free plant based protein you can opt to eat in a variety of ways that’s not only delicious but really good for you too!
Sensei Chris Iavarone cooking Portobello Mushrooms
Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Jimmie Rivera

Beyond The Mat – Gramercy Instructor Jimmie Rivera

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Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Jimmie RiveraJimmie Rivera’s initial martial art attraction came as a little kid, after watching the Karate Kid and Ninja Turtles. His steady, ongoing dedication to getting better became a driving force of his life. Jimmie is a martial artist living his dream, and the dream is a real-time reality! A pro since 2008, he has gone an impressive stretch of winning 20 of 21 consecutive matches, and will be returning to the ring to face John Dodson in UFC 228. Jimmie’s uncle gave him the nickname of El Terror and – during a competition – that seems like the perfect name for him.

His story, however, is multi-dimensional. In our first Beyond The Mat profile, Jimmie talks about the mind, body and soul aspects of martial arts, motivation, confidence, his one-to-one connection to his students, and memorable elements he has experienced as a top professional instructor at the Tiger Schulmann’s Gramercy School. It will give you insight into who Jimmie Rivera is – both as a person, and as a key foundational part of the Tiger Schulmann’s family.

 Also make sure to follow him on Twitter @JimmieRivera135.

Tiger Schulmann's Grammercy class

Sensei Jimmie Rivera’s Thoughts On Being An Instructor

How has martial arts become an integral part of your overall health?

The fact you are getting into shape and learning self defense at the same time. Nothing compares to it. It is the ultimate workout for body, mind and soul. It has educated me on nutrition and the importance or being in shape and staying in shape. 

What separates Tiger Schulmann’s training from other types of gyms?

Just to be able to take care of myself and stay in shape as well as to learn to eat healthy. Being in shape isn’t a chore, it is a lifestyle where I can wake up every morning, look in the mirror and be super happy about what I see.  It is a huge confidence motivator.

Share a story of a student that joined Tiger Schulmann’s to make a dramatic change in their health and/or their overall fitness. What results did they achieve under your guidance?

Maria Blanco is a great story. Maria came in with no muscle tone, no definition and zero understanding the importance of martial arts. Fast forward to today, now the whole family trains with us. She’s a two-time 90 Day Challenge winner,  in unbelievable shape, and earned her black belt under me. It has been a great out look for her to stay in shape and let out stress.

How do you make your teaching connect to students’ real-world experiences?

It varies on student depending on the class they are in and what they came in for. One of my main aim is to educate them of the importance of being shape and taking care of their body. Once they grasp that, we can move into the intermediate level, where a focus is to address the importance of defense and countering.This is where we get a bit more detailed and explain “the why” behind each technique.

Sensei Jimmie Rivera instructing his class at Tiger Schulmann's Grammercy

Sensei Jimmie Rivera Talks About Being A Competitor

Have you competed in martial arts competition? If so, how do you think you benefited from your experience(s)?

Yes in everything Challenge of Champions and amateur fights, to professional fights all the way up to the UFC. I believe it makes me a better martial artist and instructor. The bestway you learn is from your own mistakes and then figure out how to use those turn those errors into ways to benefit others.

What are you thoughts about the importance of competition for your students?

I believe the importance of students competing in Challenge Of Champions is to push them out of their comfort zone  – its kind of like public speaking. Competing helps with comradery and getting students better; they learn from their mistakes and that makes them a better martial arts. For the kids it is super important – its a great tool to teach them if they do lose to get back up on the horse and try again. 

How do you motivate and set goals for your students?

I set small goals for that are achievable for the everyone. Whether you’re new or experienced, young or old, there are goals perfect for everyone. In the beginning its baby steps, but still staying focused on long term achievements like working towards a  black belt or losing significant amount of weight.

Sensei Jimmie Rivera View On Being A Leader & Mentorship

How does the competitive nature of martial arts play into your teaching philosophy?

I think it plays a big part. Students see the challenges that I go through, the training and discipline it takes, and how hard I work to get my hand raised in the ring. It motivates them. As well as they see nothing is easy or given to you. You have to work to achieve.

How do you feel when you see your students achieve a goal you have worked with them to achieve?

 It’s one of the best feelings ever. Watching hard work pay off  for students is when I’m most appreciative to be an instructor. Being able to help people when others couldn’t, words can’t describe the feeling. For example, when a kid comes in so shy and scared and I am able to break them out of the shell and they become confident and is able to stand up to a bully! No better feeling!

Sensei Jimmie Rivera teaching a class at Tiger Schulmann's Grammercy

Share an example of how you helped coach or mentor someone. What improvements did you see in the person’s knowledge or skills?

I have so many great students and all of them have a great story, but here’s one that always makes me smile.  I had a student named Matthew (who is now away and in college.) He did not pass his black belt of the first try, or even the second. It took him three times to pass. We worked hard together, we trained non-stop, going over grappling moves daily for him to approve and get better. We discussed the importance of understanding and balancing when to use his strength versus when to use more technique. The work paid off though, because the end goal was accomplished. He got his belt!  When he passed, I received a phone call from his dad, how he told me that not only did Matt pass the test, but he slept with his black belt  on in his bed! 

Why did you become and instructor and what does it mean to you?

I became instructor to give back to the students, like my Senseis gave to me. Their influence on me was so great, that I strive  to pay it forward. Like the saying goes, when you love what you do – you never work a day in your life. I love my  job. I mean, what other person can show up to work and wear pajamas and teach kids how to protect themselves, help get adults in shape and build both kids and adults confidence?! I truly have the life. 

How important is family support to the success of a student?

The support is right here within the school. But the successful students first benefit when the support is all around them. Whether its parents or sibilings, grandparents or significant others. When there is that motivation in school and at home, and those people are encouraging  them to push and reach their goal – that’s when the real magic happens

Find out more about classes at Tiger Schulmann’s Gramercy