Tiger Schulmann’s

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A Martial Arts Journey

From its inception, Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts has stood out for blending traditional disciplines with the most effective techniques from various fighting disciplines to create an unparalleled self defense system. 

Daniel “Tiger” Schulmann’s personal martial arts journey began with a foundation in several disciplines. He initially trained in the Mas Oyama Kyokushin system. Kyokushin is a full-contact style of karate based on stand-up fighting and is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline, and hard training. Daniel also competed on his school’s wrestling team and learned the fundamentals of boxing. Through his training in multiple disciplines, he realized that each art form had its own advantages and disadvantages. By mixing them together he could build a more complete fighting style. 

The original curriculum included Kata (literal meaning of which is “form” and is a choreographed pattern of martial arts movements) to teach students standing defense and various close range attacks, as well as Kumite,or Free Sparring. But unlike Mas Oyama’s system, Tiger boldly integrated wrestling takedowns, takedown defense, and kickboxing, creating a more comprehensive and practical training approach.

The evolution continued with a pivotal moment in 1994 when Tiger Schulmann, inspired by the first UFC event, recognized the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for ground fighting. He embarked on extensive No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu training under renowned coach John Lewis. This training eventually led to a revised curriculum that replaced inefficient aspects of the traditional karate system.

In 1999, the Tiger Schulmann’s Fight Team was established. A competitive fight team provided an opportunity to rigorously test the effectiveness of the martial arts system at the highest levels. The team achieved extraordinary success, producing champions across various combat sports disciplines. Notable accomplishments include Bellator’s inaugural MMA welterweight champion, numerous UFC fighters, several boxing, and kickboxing champions and multiple NAGA ( North American Grappling Association) School of the Year Awards. The TIger Schulmann’s Martial Art continues to evolve today. Always looking to deliver the most effective martial arts techniques and training methodologies.

A Martial Arts Training Revolution

Front view of a TSK karate school. They have a drawing of the ninja turtles to the right.

While now synonymous with Marital Training, Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts Schools came from humble beginnings. In 1978 Daniel “Tiger” Schulmann and his brother Ron Schulmann, both Kyokushin Karate Black Belts under Master Shigeru Oyama, started a Club teaching martial arts classes to friends and acquaintances in their fathers Motel. After a storied fighting career, Tiger Schulmann opened his first store front location, called the Quakertown Karate Club. In 1984, the second location opened in Spring Valley, NY under the name United American Karate. 

In the early 80’s most martial arts schools were not professionally operated. Typically, instructors had “day jobs” and would only briefly train students in the early evenings. Daniel and Ron Schulmann saw the opportunity to create a business centered around martial arts instructions. Offering opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels.   Their focus wasn’t JUST teaching martial arts techniques, their business focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, fostering personal growth, discipline, and fitness. 

In the 80’s and 90’s the number of locations grew exponentially.  This growth presented new organizational opportunities. An organization-wide curriculum was implemented to establish consistency in “what” and “how” techniques were taught and the way classes were led. Also, a formal instructorship program was developed and offered to the best students. Select graduates of that program were then given opportunities as head instructors and eventually school owners, ensuring only the best and most qualified individuals represented the Tiger Schulmann’s name.

The growing number of schools also allowed for the development of an organization-wide tournament, called the Challenge of Champions.  With the first one taking place in 1996, it is now considered the largest mixed martial arts tournament in the United States.  With so many students competing at such a high level, eventually led to the development of the Tiger Schulmann’s Fight Team in 1999.  The team has a long list of notable athletes who have competed and won at the highest levels of combat sports (see the list here). 

Today, Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts is continuing to grow and evolve. In addition to serving both adult and child students, specialty programs have emerged to serve specific segments, such as: Guardian Law Enforcement Training, Bully Shield Kids program, Women’s Safe, The 60-Day challenge and more. The newest addition is Swing for the Stars, a charity Fight Night event giving Tiger Schulmann’s students with special needs an opportunity to become a “Pro Fighter” for the night and face off against their favorite professional fighter. Last year’s event raised over $10,000 for special needs charities.  

With 50+ schools and over 300,000 students trained, Tiger Schulmann’s continues to evolve in all aspects.  

As Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts reaches the 40-year milestone, it stands not only as a testament to past achievements but as a promise to fearlessly continue evolving in the pursuit of excellence. 

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts Through the years

The timeline

Two girls, dressed in black, practicing grappling moves.
1974

Daniel "Tiger" Schulmann  Receives his Black Belt from Master Shigeru Oyama

Tiger Schulmann 
Black Belt
1974
1976

Ron Schulmann receives his Black Belt from Master Shigeru Oyama

Ron Schulmann
Black Belt
1976
1978

Brothers Tiger & Ron Schulmann start teaching martial arts classes to friends and acquaintances in their father's motel

First Classes
1978
1979

Tiger Schulmann represents the US in the "World Open Knockdown Championships" in Tokyo, Japan. He is the youngest & lightest competitor in an open weight and age competiton

Tokyo
World Open
1979
1979-1984

Tiger Schulmann reigns as the North American Open Mas Oyama Knockdown Karate Champion for six consecutive years

Champion
1979-1984
1982

Brothers Tiger & Ron Schulmann open thier 1st school in a store front location called the Quakertown Karate Club

First School
1982

The timeline

  • January 1, 1974
  • January 1, 1976
  • January 1, 1978
  • January 1, 1979
  • 1979 - 1984
  • January 1, 1982
  • Tiger Schulmann Black Belt

    Daniel "Tiger" Schulmann  Receives his Black Belt from Master Shigeru Oyama
  • Ron Schulmann Black Belt

    Ron Schulmann receives his Black Belt from Master Shigeru Oyama
  • First Classes

    Brothers Tiger & Ron Schulmann start teaching martial arts classes to friends and acquaintances in their father’s motel
  • Tokyo World Open

    Tiger Schulmann represents the US in the “World Open Knockdown Championships” in Tokyo, Japan. He is the youngest & lightest competitor in an open weight and age competition.
  • Champion

    Tiger Schulmann reigns as the North American Open Mas Oyama Knockdown Karate Champion for six consecutive years.
  • First School

    Brothers Tiger & Ron Schulmann open thier 1st school in a store front location called the Quakertown Karate Club