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Cooking With Sensei – Chicken & Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta

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We’re off to the races with this year’s 90 Day Challenge! Last week we talked about grocery shopping and this week we can talk a little bit about some meal prep tips to keep your healthy eating
on track and of course, make your life easier.  For our first meal of the 90 Day Challenge, we’re going to making chicken with gluten-free brown rice pasta.

Sensei’s Tips

Tip: Get yourself some good containers that will withstand the daily grind on the go! 
Prepping for the week, I like to use chicken breast in my meals a lot during the challenge and today we are going to a simple chicken breast recipe and make it more exciting with some spinach, tomatoes,  garlic,  and some brown rice pasta.  Brown rice pasta is gluten-free and is perfect for those of you that can’t have gluten in your diet. 

Chicken & Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta

First I take some organic chicken breast and rinse it off before marinating it in Italian dressing. For more flavor marinate your chicken at least one hour prior to cooking. (The longer you can wait, the better the taste!) Next focus on the  work on the parts of the meal. Start your water for the pasta and then cut up the tomatoes and garlic to throw in the spinach. Sauté the garlic and tomatoes and the spinach together. Next grill your chicken either on a outdoor BBQ or a stove top grill.  Once everything is ready combine and plate. 
When you eat clean and simple it makes everything better.  Remember you got this!  Remember to stick to portions – smaller meals packed with the right ingredients help to fight the hunger.

Follow me every week to stay motivated. 

Check me out on on IG at @tsmmaglendale  | @chris_iavarone and make sure to tag your healthy meal photos with #My90Day

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Chris + Maddy’s 90 Day Challenge

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Tiger Schulmann's My 90 Day Challenge with Chris & Maddy introduction and interview

New Year’s resolutions are weak, and diets suck. These 8 words started it all.

For the past 4 years, Chris and Maddy have been working side by side for a marketing agency in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. Though there’s nearly 20-years between them, they instantly bonded over music, photography, and pop culture on a company hike in the Catskills. From that point on, they’ve worked closely on various creative projects, and are always looking for new and innovative ways to tell a story. They once came up with an entire marketing campaign around missing socks—that’s right—missing socks. It wasn’t practical, but it laid the groundwork for their unconventional, yet creative process.

Their latest creative endeavor started off with a few beers, a plate of hot wings, and a conversation about a recent experience at Tiger Schulmann’s Challenge of Champions.  As spectators, they had the chance to witness an event like no other. The teamwork, camaraderie, and competitive fire that they saw convinced them that Tiger Schulmann’s is more than just a martial arts organization: it’s a family.  They thought: what better way to fully understand this culture than to embed themselves as fellow students?

From wings and beers to sweat and tears, please give a warm welcome to Chris & Maddy’s 90 Day Challenge.

Before they dive too deeply into the challenge, we asked them a few questions:

  • Why are you doing the 90 day challenge?
  • What are your biggest fears?
  • What do you expect?
  • What are you looking to gain from this experience?


Tiger Schulmann's My 90 Day Challenge notebook with two photos, one woman wearing glasses and one man with two children


So, let’s start off with Chris. 

Chris, why are you doing the 90 Day Challenge?

“I have been looking to find a way to get back in shape. Both of my kids are very active in sports. They have been my inspiration to eat better, get back in shape, and make positive changes that support my overall health. Far too often, we as adults get tied up in the day-to-day grind of life and forget to take care of ourselves. This program will give me the support and accountability I have been looking for.”

What is your biggest fear?

“My biggest fear is regret and the ‘what if.’ As a busy single parent, time is tight. When you push goals out to far, they never seem to happen. I would hate to look up one day and see that my health has been compromised by inaction. By becoming vulnerable and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, I hope to become a better role model for my kids as well as others like myself.”

What do you expect?

“I hope to learn more about who I am as a person. It has been a while since I have tested my limits. I see the 90 Day Challenge as a way to do just that. I am targeting short term goals like planning my next meal or next class objective. It also gives me a target to hit 90 days out. I expect that along the way I will become a more focused and driven person that can commit to a plan and follow through successfully. I hope I will learn something about myself that I have never considered along the way.”

What do you want to gain from this experience?

“I hope to gain better eating habits, overall strength, focus and endurance that I can carry with me for life.”


Let’s ask Maddy the same questions:

Maddy, why are you doing the 90 Day Challenge?

I’ve had the same gym routine for the majority of my ‘adult’ life, and I’m tired of giving up on it every year (in the 2nd week of January.) I would like this “new year new me” mentality to stick, but I need help finding a fitness regimen that is as addictive as eating wings and watching Black Mirror. I’m doing the 90 Day Challenge in hopes to better myself mentally and physically.”

What is your biggest fear?

“My biggest fear would be giving up after the 90 days. Like many millennials, I live for instant gratification, and if I don’t see results, I get discouraged. I doubt that I’ll give up, though. As an outsider looking in, I’ve witnessed the dedication and passion that Tiger Schulmann’s students put into their workouts, and it will be hard not to adopt that infectious drive.”

What do you expect?

“I expect to be pushed to my limit, and it’s something I’m looking forward to. I’m also expecting to hurt after the first few weeks, in places I didn’t know existed.”

What do you want to gain from this experience?

“I would like to become stronger and develop new eating habits. I’m one to fall back into the same routine after a while, so I’m hoping “Cooking with Sensei” will help me find a good balance. I expect to become a lot more focused. And last but not least,  I’m expecting to become part of something bigger than myself. ”


As they begin this 90 Day Challenge, you will have the chance to follow along with Chris and Maddy on their life-changing journey. They’ll talk about their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and aspirations all while sharing what they learn along the way. Keep up with them by watching Tiger Shulmann’s Instagram Stories, tuning into Instagram TV  for a weekly recap, and following them on YouTube.

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Cooking With Sensei – Grocery Shopping For The 90 Day Challenge

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Grocery Shopping For The 90 Day Challenge with Cooking With Sensei
Welcome to our first video for this year’s 90 Day Challenge!  Our goal is to get better results this year by shopping smarter and prepping better quality meals! When you start out it could be overwhelming in the beginning but know it gets easier with some practice.  

90 Day Challenge: Trusting The Process

Kicking off this year’s 90 Day Challenge, its important to talk about “the process”.  The process describes things changes that you will start to see and feel over the next three months.  People spend billions of dollars every year in products by companies that promise them a quick and easy way to transform your body without hard work or sacrifice.  But like they say, if it’s too good to be true, it might be. 

The Goal Of Cooking With Sensei 

One of the goals of Cooking With Sensei is to encourage and educate that to get healthy, you don’t need  to depend on outside food sources, or meals that are either frozen or packed by a stranger.   Put very simply,  we’re helping you take control of what you eat.  By focusing on prepping, planning and cooking clean – we don’t have to spend a ton of money on purchasing pre-packed meals  or concentrate on counting points. By following a plan and sticking to it, we are here to help you because you’re going to know what to eat, when to eat, and learn the importance of why were eating it.  

If you know me, you know that I love to eat. But the thing I love more than eating is teaching people how to prep, cook and eat fresh healthy colorful meals on a daily basis that will earn the same (if not better) results. 

There is no starving yourself or skipping meals in this program. Instead, we focus on eating 4-5 small meals that YOU made (and enjoy) without ever having to deprive yourself of a meal or consider going into starvation mode.   Remember this, if you burn more calories than you consume and you’re gonna lose weight..  

The Importance Of Food Shopping

Here’s a quick and easy secret about grocer shopping. When you get to the super market, focus on shopping on the perimeter of the supermarket. The outside of any grocery store is where you will find the fresh food. 

When I go shopping, I always start by picking out my fruits and vegetables – this is where the vitmains and nutrients (and color) for any meal come from.  As I’m move around I concentrate on my proteins – a I stop at the seafood department and then make my way to the meat department to pick up my chicken, ground turkey and lean beef.   Lastly, I swing around to the eggs and dairy aisle.    I usually don’t have to go in the middle of the store except for my brown rice, rice cakes, quinoa and spices.   Once I have everything I go home and start preparing so that way I’m ready for my next meal.    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so prepare those meals and let’s make it the most successful 90 day challenge.

Follow me every week to stay motivated. 

Check me out on on IG at @tsmmaglendale  | @chris_iavarone and make sure to tag your healthy meal photos with #My90Day

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | Julio Arce Promotion

Sensei Julio Arce Receives Promotion

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Congratulations to Sensei Julio Arce (TSMA Bayside) on his recent promotion to 3rd degree black belt! 

Opening Words From Shihan Bryan Gotthoffer

Sensei Julio Arce is more than an instructor. He’s a professional athlete in the ring, a student on the mat, a training partner, but more importantly he’s a good person. Scratch that. He’s one of the greatest people that you will ever meet if you ask anyone who gets to know him.

“Sensei Julio Arce is probably one of the greatest people that you will ever meet in your entire life.” – Shihan Gotthoffer

Sensei Julio Arce receives promotion

Julio’s personable attitude towards his students, his dedication to his craft as a student and an athlete and his altruistic attitude as a training partner put him in a league of his own. 

Sensei Julio Arce celebrating his promotion to 3rd Degree Black Belt

Congratulations Sensei! Osu! 

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