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October 2012

TSMMA Glendale Student Loses 100lbs Kickboxing

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TSMMA Glendale Student Loses 100lbs Kickboxing

by: TSMMA Glendale

My name is Heiry Marmol and this is the story of my new beginning. Three years ago I started training at Tiger Schulmann’s of Glendale with Sensei Iavarone. I walked into the school weighing 295 lbs. I was only 18 years old. Initially I lost 15 lbs., but was not committed or dedicated at all. After 7 months my enthusiasm waned and I stopped training. All along I knew it was a bad idea leaving the school. I quickly gained back the weight I lost, and added more. Depressed and upset with myself, I thought it was the end of the world for me.

 As weeks and months moved on I was gaining more and more weight. I felt guilty for letting Sensei, Joshu, and everyone who believed in me down. What hurt the most though was letting myself down. I was ashamed, embarrassed and afraid to go back to the school. I didn’t want anyone to see how much weight I gained back.

A little over two years had passed and I finally found the courage to face my fears. So when I had the opportunity to go back I knew I was doing the right thing. Nervously I called the school and Sensei picked up the phone. Although he sounded surprised to hear my voice, I knew he was going to be tough on me because I gained more weight. Yet if I wanted to change my life I had no other choice but to face it. So in the moment I asked him if I could start training again.

Sensei welcomed me back without any judgment or criticism. I can still hear him saying “I’m going to push you and expect me to be really tough on you.”  I decided before I started my first class back I wanted Joshu to weigh me. Even though I was afraid of the scale and the possible look on their faces, I needed to see the consequence of what I had done, to take accountability. The scale read exactly 325 lbs. Desperately I wanted to break down and cry, but realized I was there for all the right reasons.

I knew I needed to make changes big changes in my daily routine to stay on track so I can reach my goals.  When I came back to the school I was attending class three times a week.  Three months later I wanted to intensify my training so I added more classes to my schedule to get to my goals faster which increased my routine to seven or eight times per week.  Whenever I needed to miss class I would make sure to call Sensei and let him know I was not going to make it in. More importantly I made sure to actually make up the class to keep with my discipline. My eating habits have changed a lot as well. I refuse to go back to “the old me” by eating anything just because it was there.  I watch my portion sizes and try to keep my meals high in protein.  I drink multiple bottles of water throughout the day to stay hydrated while always keeping in mind Sensei’s words, “that discipline is the key to success”.

The journey hasn’t been easy, but with the support of Sensei and the community at the school I have the confidence to say I feel beautiful. My first month back in training I lost 14 lbs. and dropped two dress sizes. I couldn’t wait to tell Sensei the good news on my weight loss. I knew he was genuinely proud of me, (so proud that he continues to share my story with other students today looking to change their lives the same way I did. He even went as far as telling two visiting UFC fighters Louis Gaudinot and Nick Pace of my weight loss success. It makes me so happy to know I can inspire others.)

Ten months training strong now. I continue to check-in weekly with Sensei to share my progress. This is only the beginning of my new lifestyle and non-quitting journey to my ultimate weight goal of 150 lbs.. I’m delighted to say I’ve lost 100 lbs. since that first day back and I’m no longer ashamed of myself. I’m truly comfortable with who I see in the mirror.  Most of all I feel proud that I’m fulfilling my goal to continue losing weight.  I don’t rely on food any more as a solution to my guilt and problems because I realized that food does not taste as good as shopping for smaller clothes. I watch what I eat. I’m active in kickboxing and grappling, bike riding and jogging. It’s been such an emotionally fulfilling experience. I even recently ran the JFK 5K race, (which I successfully finished in forty minutes).  Thank you Sensei and all my friends at Tiger Schulmann’s for believing in me and teaching me to enjoy the journey.

We at Tiger Schulmann’s are so very proud of all Heiry’s accomplished thus far and stand confident she will reach her goal in the near future. She’a a testament that anything is possible if you apply and believe. Congratulations Heiry, way to go!

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Bellator 78 lineup set with Good-Tsarev, Zaromskis-Koreshkov, Rogers, Straus

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Bellator 78 lineup set with Good-Tsarev, Zaromskis-Koreshkov, Rogers, Straus

by Matt Erickson – mmajunkie.com

The lineup is set for next week’s Bellator 78 event, including a pair of promotional standouts on the main card.

Lyman Good vs. Michail Tsarev and Andrey Koreshkov vs. Marius Zaromskis make up a pair of Season 7 welterweight tournament semifinals. Plus, two-time middleweight tourney semifinalist Brian Rogers will meet Dominique Steele, and Season 6 featherweight tournament winner Daniel Straus takes on UFC vet Alvin Robinson.

The event takes place Oct. 26 at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. The four-fight main card airs live on MTV2, and a six-fight preliminary card streams on Spike.com.

Good (13-2 MMA, 6-2 BFC), Bellator’s first welterweight champion, looks for his third straight victory. In the opening round of the Season 7 tournament, he beat Jim Wallhead by unanimous decision. That advanced him to his meeting with Tsarev (24-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC), one of the promotion’s recent signees from Russia. Tsarev submitted Tim Welch just 1:57 into their Bellator 74 quarterfinal fight.

Zaromskis (19-6-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), a former DREAM welterweight champ looks to move to 4-0 in the promotion after a unanimous decision win over Nordine Taleb in the tourney’s opening round. He meets Koreshkov (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who for the first time in his pro career had to go the distance to win a fight. He beat Jordan Smith this past month to advance to the semifinals.

New match ups to the main card are Rogers (9-4 MMA, 2-2 BFC), who looks to get back on track after falling in the welterweight tournament semifinals for the second straight time. He was knocked out by Andreas Spang in April after dominating the fight up until he was stopped. He meets Ohioan Dominique Steele (6-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who had a six-fight win streak snapped in January by UFC veteran Dave Branch.

And Straus (20-4 MMA, 6-1 BFC) takes a stay-busy fight while he awaits the winner of the featherweight title fight between champion Pat Curran and fellow tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, a fight expected to take place in early 2013. Straus, whose only Bellator loss came to Freire in the Season 4 welterweight tournament, meets Robinson (12-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who makes his Bellator debut more than two years after first signing with the promotion. The four-fight UFC vet has won three of four after dropping four of five, including three in the UFC.

On the preliminary card, women’s 115-pound champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC) meets the John Hackleman-trained Casey Noland (4-2 MMA, 0-1 BFC) in a non-title fight. Noland returns to Bellator just over a year after losing her promotional debut by split decision to Jessica Eye.

Other prelims include bantamweights Justin McNally (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Miguel Torres product Jake Nauracy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC); Ohio-based lightweights Rocky Edwards (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Rob Hanna (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC); middleweights Jared Combs (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Mikkel Parlo (8-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC); middleweights Billy Horne (10-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Trey Houston (8-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC); and middleweights Shaun Asher (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Jason Butcher (4-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC).

The full Bellator 78 card includes:

MAIN CARD (MTV2, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Lyman Good vs. Michail Tsarev – welterweight-tourney semifinals
  • Andrey Koreshkov vs. Marius Zaromskis – welterweight-tourney semifinals
  • Brian Rogers vs. Dominique Steele
  • Alvin Robinson vs. Daniel Straus

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Justin McNally vs. Jake Nauracy
  • Rocky Edwards vs. Rob Hanna
  • Jared Combs vs. Mikkel Parlo
  • Billy Horne vs. Trey Houston
  • Zoila Gurgel vs. Casey Noland
  • Shaun Asher vs. Jason Butcher

Strikezone Muay Thai & Kickboxing Results – TSMMA goes 3 for 3!

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Strikezone Muay Thai & Kickboxing Results – TSMMA goes 3 for 3!

10/19/12 –  Voorhees, NJ

Julianno Varricchio (TSMMA Staten Island) vs Anthony Yuan (Nak Muay Gym) – 147lbs
Varricchio wins via Unanimous Decision
Rashaad Mason (TSMMA Bay Ridge) vs Robert de la Rionda  (NJMA) – 154lbs
Mason wins via TKO in Round 3
Bekim Qoku (TSMMA Bay Ridge) vs Devin Huller (NJMA) – 161lbs
Qoku wins via TKO in Round 3

Ring of Combat 42 Airing on Comcast Sports Net This Weekend

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Ring of Combat 42 Airing on Comcast Sports Net This Weekend

Watch Jimmie Rivera’s title Defense vs. Joel Roberts from September’s Ring Of Combat 42. The show is set to air on Comcast Sports Net in the Philly, D.C., and Baltimore markets on Saturday, 10/20 @ 8pm with Replays on Sunday at 8pm and on Wednesday and next Saturday night at 10 pm. Check your local listings for channel availability.

Having the Right Mindset to Achieve Your Goals – By Sensei Sean Nolan

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Having the Right Mindset to Achieve Your Goals

BY: Sensei Sean NolanTSMMA Midwood

As an instructor, I’ve been lucky enough to work with nearly two thousand students of all ages, from 5 to 70.  That’s a huge disparity in age, but I break all students down into two categories regardless. There are TALKERS and there are DOERS.  It’s all about mindset. We should all examine the ways in which we are talkers and become doers.

In one instance, one of my students who lived as a talker for most of his life, became a doer and lost 180lbs with just our Beginner Kickboxing class. That’s not a typo. One Hundred and Eighty Pounds. When people come in looking to lose 20, 40, 60, 80lbs, I think back to him and smile. I’m not even concerned about our students getting into great shape. I know for a fact that our program will work if you simply stop talking about it and just start doing it.

So how do we go from being a talker to a doer? Remember to bring your heart to training.

When I say heart, I mean that you should never give up when things get tough.  I have a lot of respect for those people that choose the more difficult path and stay on it.  Every punch you throw in your last round of class, when you’re getting tired, is worth 2 punches. Every kick is worth two kicks. Everything is worth more and yields more of a result when it’s hard.  When you want to slow down, when you want to take it easy, remember that in those very moments you are benefiting the most.

For some people, push-ups are hard. For others, getting off the couch and fighting laziness is harder. Choose to do what is hard for you and you will be a happier person.

Bring your heart to your training. And if you don’t have it yet, I’ll help you find it on the mat, one step at a time.

See you on the mat – Sensei Nolan

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2012 NAGA Florida and NAGA Rhode Island Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

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2012 NAGA Florida and NAGA Rhode Island Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

10/6/12 – NAGA Florida

Event Place Name
Kids NO-GI Intermediate 50 to 59.9 lbs 7 yrs old 3rd Place Ceara Kelley
Girls NO-GI Expert 64 to 70 lbs 9 & 10 year olds 2nd Place Caitlin Kelley
Girls GI Expert 64 to 70 lbs 9 & 10 year olds 2nd Place Caitlin Kelley

10/13/12 – NAGA Rhode Island

Event Place Name
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 60 – 69.9 lbs., 7-8 years old 1st Place Ilyas Parra
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 80 – 89.9 lbs. 1st Place Joseph Pepitone
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 100 – 114.9 lbs. 1st Place Ben Bagbek
Teens’ NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight 1st Place Eddie Gutierrez
Kids’ GI Intermediate 60 – 69.9 lbs., 7-9 years old 1st Place Ilyas Parra
Kids’ GI Expert 90 – 99.9 lbs. 1st Place Ben Bagbek

Congratulations to all who competed and placed at the 2012 NAGA Grappling Championships

10 Things You Can Do to Stay Healthy this Winter

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 10 Things You Can Do to Stay Healthy this Winter

By Dax Alexander – TSMMA Manhattan

Well, it’s that time of year folks, when the fall foliage beautifies this great city, and the area’s inhabitants turn into walking, talking weaponized germ factories. Now, I’m not a germaphobe, but as I sit in the Petri dish that my office has become I am inspired to write a post about what we can all do to stay a little healthier this winter. Catching a cold sucks, and the only thing worse is getting the flu. Both interrupt your training (and not in the good free-day-off kind of way) and the latter can make you pray for someone to rear naked-choke you out of your misery. So here are some tips that can help you avoid the flu and common cold this winter.

1) Stop believing in myths
While it’s true that winter is cold and flu season here in the Northeast, it’s not the low temperatures that make you ill. Folks tend to stay indoors in colder months, which puts you in close proximity to others. It’s these close quarters that increase your exposure to viruses and germs from others, which in turn, makes you ill. In warmer climates, the flu season is actually the rainy season for similar reasons.

2) Stay hydrated by drinking water
Fluids support your immune system, helping it work properly to fight viruses in the environment. Hard training will cause you to loose 1 liter of water per hour through sweat. You have to replace this water and maintain your fluid levels throughout the day. Two to three liters a day is enough on average, though you may need more depending on your training program.

3) Stop touching your face
Next time you’re in a public place, like the New York City Subway, take note of how many times you see someone touch their face. Maybe it’s to rub their eyes, scratch their nose or pick in their ear (which is gross). It’s little actions like those that get germs closer to the openings in your head, major entry points into your body. So for the love of all things sacred, avoid touching your face when out in public. Your hair is fine and that itch won’t kill you. And if you’re one of those guys that sticks his finger in his nose while out in public, then you deserve what you get.

4) Wash your hands
I can’t tell you how important this is. Now, I’m not a fan of OCD-like washing, but washing your hands before touching your food is pretty critical, as well as when you visit the bathroom (like that’s even in question…right?) Instant hand sanitizers are great for those moments when washing your hands isn’t an option.

5) Disinfect your gloves
Remember that cross you landed on that guy’s face during sparring? Nice one! Well, he’s left a present for you on the front of your gloves. He’ll get the last laugh in the end unless after training, you disinfect your gloves and shin guards with antibacterial wipes or Lysol.

6) Take a multivitamin
There is some degree of evidence that vitamins such as Vitamin C can help limit the impact of a cold. It’s too late to start taking it after you’ve become ill because it doesn’t appear to have any benefit after your system has been compromised.

7) Consider getting a yearly flu shot
While some argue over its safety or effectiveness, hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been administered over the years, and “almost all people who receive influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.” (CDC) Though very rare serious allergic reactions have occurred, it’s something the CDC and most physicians strongly recommend. Read more about it here.

8 ) Dress appropriately
I know I said that cold weather doesn’t directly cause a cold or the flu, but prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures will overload the immune system, making you more susceptible to the cold and flu viruses. Yes, dressing for the weather sounds a bit old fashioned, but old people are smart! So listen to your grandma and put on a hat.

9) Shower after training
I have to say that TSMMA does an awesome job of keeping their mats clean, but viruses can be tricky little things, and you never know what you may have picked up from your partner when you did that awesome flying armbar. Showering after class gets all that gunk off you (and it’s a great way to relax your muscles). You should shower before training as well for similar reasons. Bringing germs onto the mat will get everyone sick.

10) If you’re sick, change your training
The contagious period for the flu and cold can be substantial. From the day before you first show symptoms to several days after. In fact, a cold’s contagious period could be up to two weeks. I’d be lying if I told you I stopped training when I had a cold. There are many things you can still do, and moderate exercise naturally boosts the immune system. When you have a cold, hitting the bag or even light sparring can be a great way to do this. Grappling, however, can be a cause for concern because you will likely make your partner ill and upset enough to mention it on an MMA blog *cough*.

Put on a hat! Go train!

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