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October 2012

TSMMA Marlboro Students Loses 92 Lbs Kickboxing

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TSMMA Marlboro Students Loses 92 Lbs Kickboxing

BY: TSMMA Marlboro

Ever since I could remember I have always been Big. Even when I was a child I was always heavier than the other kids and I was tormented for it growing up. I lacked the self confidence that one must possess in order to live a happy life. This lack of Confidence is what led me to continue to gain weight over the years until I reached my heaviest weight of 380 pounds. I would go from doctor to doctor and they all would say I needed to lose weight or I was going to be dead by the time I was 30. I tried on numerous occasions to get healthy but they all ended up failing after about a month. Finally, last February 2011, I said to myself that I was going to do it this time, no matter what. I went out the very next day and got a gym membership and started working out every day.

I dropped from 380 to 270 pounds and I was so proud of myself for all the work I put in. I was actually starting to like what I saw in the mirror but as quick as I lost it I started gaining even quicker. I became lazy and started to get bored of the same old gym routine. I  stopped going to the gym and began eating even worse than I already was. I became extremely depressed and got back up to 300 pounds. I started to lose the little bit of confidence I gained and I felt that it was inevitable that I was going to be big forever.

Then, one day I met Joshu Rutherford and told him my story. He told me about how he teaches Kickboxing for Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts in Marlboro. He told me to come in for a class. I was skeptical about it at first because I was afraid of what people would think of me at the school. He reassured me of my doubts and told me to give him one class and if I did not think it was for me I did not have to commit to anything. I ended up agreeing and went to one of his classes. Not only was it the most intense workout I ever did in my life it was also a great deal of fun. Joshu Rutherford kept pushing me during that class and never let me give up. I signed up to train at the Marlboro school from that point forward. I started with Beginner classes and ended up doing Grappling as well as the Intermediate/Advanced Kickboxing Classes. No matter how frustrated I started to get and no matter how bad I wanted to give up over the course of my time there, Joshu Rutherford kept me motivated. He told me he believed in me even when I did not believe in myself. He guided me through my ups, downs, and plateaus with my weight and my training. He was always there if I needed to talk or needed a little extra help with my training techniques. He even helped me by writing out a daily meal guideline to help me get the full health experience.


I was 300 lbs. and had given up hope when I arrived at Tiger Schulmann’s Marlboro and with the guidance of Joshu Rutherford and all of the people who train at Tiger Schulmann’s Marlboro.Those people are like a family to me now. Now I am 208 pounds and I am happier than I ever have been before in my entire life. I am not only in the best shape of my life but I also have the Self Confidence, Determination, and Structure to live a happy and healthy life. I owe so much to Joshu Rutherford and Tiger Schulmann’s Marlboro because I can honestly say without them I would not be where I am today and for that I am truly grateful!

~Thomas Arminio

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TSMMA Chalfont Student Builds Self-Confidence Through MMA

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TSMMA Chalfont Student Builds Self-Confidence Through MMA

BY: TSMMA Chalfont

When I saw Sensei for the first time, I was thunderstruck. I was 8 years old, and we were at the birthday party of an old friend of mine named Matt. I remember being on the couch with my family when Sensei walked up the steps, and his confident swagger, cool determination, and his ripped form made my eyes pop. I turned to my mom and asked who this stranger was, and she said his name was Sensei Michael Marchand – the head instructor of the local Tiger Schulmann’s MMA. I thought about what the classes would be like with him as my instructor, and, I in my young naivety, thought that this TSK had to be some sort of superhero factory. Surely someone so sure in himself had to be Superman, right? And the more I thought about it the more I was sold. Immediately, I asked if I could try one of the classes.

Of course, it wasn’t just a simple child’s curiosity that made me interested. That year in school, I was being bullied by some kids for no reason. As a child, I always heard two philosophies on how to solve problems like bullying: the gentle reasoning of my caring mother, and the unwavering aggressiveness of my headstrong father. I tried to deal with bullying by using my mother’s advice at first, which was telling them to stop and talking to the teachers. However, going to the teachers would just make the same kids all the angrier, so I tried my dad’s advice next: I fought back. One of them tried to push me and I wildly punched him in the mouth, while another came up from behind and bit me. After yelling like mad I elbowed him off of me and was sent promptly to the principal’s office, where I was berated for fighting on school property. Once I was through the horror of being suspended, I was never bullied by the same kids again. I knew, however, that if I was going to avoid situations like this in the future something would have to change, and at that time it meant (to me at least) that I had to learn to fight. Once I heard that this Sensei was a teacher whose subject taught was fighting, at least as I understood it, I was hooked.

I loved it from the first time I stepped on the mat. I was slow, young and weak when I started, and I lacked the experience and confidence to really stand out in my classes, but that same flaw was what made me aspire to be better. It felt great to be able to watch my progress with my belt collection, which I still have proudly hanging in my room to remind me of the sacrifices I’ve made so far. After a few years (with some baseball seasons intermixed), I was a top student at the school at the rank of a Hi Brown belt and a skilled fighter. I loved the competition within each class and especially the COC tournaments. Basically, I started to feel at home when I was out on the mat in all my kickboxing gear, or with my ear guards.

At school, everyone knew that I kickboxed and I got some respect from everyone for it. I wasn’t having any problems with any bullies by the time I was 10 years old. But as I became older, I started to realize that it wasn’t learning how to fight that was keeping me safe from the bullies, but it was my confidence brought on by learning to defend myself. It was this same confidence that enabled me to befriend the same bullies that had bothered me but a year before, and realize that they lacked confidence as well. I started to see the same swagger in each step that I took that I saw in my Sensei the first time I laid eyes on him. I become more disciplined and competitive, which allowed me to excel at baseball. However, the best lesson I learned from Tiger Schulmann’s is the non-quitting spirit, because it was something I could apply to everything – and I mean everything – I do. I’ve never felt happier then after a tough kickboxing match and being able to hold my head high because I put everything I had into it, win lose or draw.

Looking back now at the age of 16, I see only a fraction of the young boy I once was. I used to be extremely shy, and today I dare say I’m one of the most outgoing people I know. The experiences I have from all my classes are something I wish to be able to hold onto forever, much like all the lessons my parents taught me. I hope to eventually one day, be able to show my grandchildren the pictures of me in various tournament fight teams and explain each person, each trophy, each drop of sweat and each ounce of hard work put in by us all. I honestly feel like if I hadn’t gone to Matt’s party that day I would be a completely different person today, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way with both my physical and mental training. Without the help of everyone, I don’t know if I could’ve taken it as far as I have. Tiger Schulmann’s has been a life changing encounter for me, and I would recommend its programs and classes to anyone who is willing to take the first step down its lengthy path to success, because in the words of my wise Sensei, it isn’t about reaching the end, but how the end was reached.

-Written by Scott V, 16, who has been training under Sensei Marchand since Aug 31, 2004.

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Hamburg Fight Night Kickboxing Results – TSMMA Goes 3 – 0

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Hamburg Fight Night Kickboxing Results – TSMMA Goes 3 – 0

10/06/12 – Hamburg, PA

Title Fight
Brandon Cuttino (TSMMA Abington) vs David Bonilla (Team MVJ)
Cuttino Wins Via Unanimous Decision

Shane Baker (TSMMA Cherry Hill) vs Leonard brink (PA Grappling)
Baker Wins via 2nd Round TKO

Zach Maslany (TSMMA Bethlehem) vs Rodolfo Santiago (Elite Wolf Pack)
Maslany Wins via 1st Round TKO

JM Holland (TSMMA Bethlehem), Juan Ortiz (TSMMA Allentown), & Toney Mcrae (TSMMA Allentown) were all scheduled to compete on this card, but their opponents either no-showed the event or pulled out of the fight last second. Hope to see them all back in the ring soon.

Shane Baker (TSMMA Cherry Hill) vs Leonard brink – Video

Team Tiger Schulmann Returns to Hamburg Kickboxing Event this Saturday

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Team Tiger Schulmann Returns to Hamburg Kickboxing Event this Saturday

KICKBOXING & MUAY THAI

Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Location: Hamburg Field House
500 Pine Street, Hamburg PA 19526

Doors open at 5:00 PM
Fights start at 6:00 PM

Representing Team TSMMA in action will be:

Brandon Cuttino (TSMMA Abington) – Title Fight
Toney Mcrae (TSMMA Allentown)
Shane Baker (TSMMA Cherry Hill)
JM Holland (TSMMA Bethlehem)
Zach Maslany (TSMMA Bethlehem)
Juan Ortiz (TSMMA Allentown)

Stay tuned for results

2012 NAGA Pennsylvania Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

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2012 NAGA Pennsylvania Grappling Championship TSMMA Results

9/28-9/29 – Bromall, PA

Congratulations to all who competed and placed at 2012 NAGA Pennsylvania Grappling Championship

Adults – Day 1
Event Place Name
Men’s NO-GI Beginner Feather Weight 1st Place David Rivera
Men’s NO-GI Intermediate Feather Weight 1st Place Daniel Ramirez
Men’s NO-GI Beginner Welter Weight 2nd Place Ronald Barone
Men’s NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight 1st Place Eric Foglia
Men’s NO-GI Expert Welter Weight 3rd Place James Garzillo
Men’s NO-GI Novice Heavy Weight 1st Place Joshua Ford
Men’s NO-GI Novice Super Heavy Weight 2nd Place Joshua Ford
Masters’ NO-GI Novice Middle Weight 2nd Place Michael Maldonado
Masters’ NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight 1st Place Gregg Henry
Masters’ NO-GI Expert Middle Weight 2nd Place James Garzillo
Masters’ NO-GI Intermediate Light Heavy Weight 2nd Place Gregg Henry
Masters’ NO-GI Intermediate Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Simon Ouellette
Directors’ NO-GI Beginner Light Weight 1st Place Eric Moss
Directors’ NO-GI Novice Light Heavy Weight 1st Place John Demaroribus
Directors’ NO-GI Beginner Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Frank Zacconi
Women’s NO-GI Beginner Fly Weight 2nd Place Karen Torres-Henderson
Women’s NO-GI Beginner Light Weight 1st Place Liz Mooring
Kids – Day 2
Event Place Name
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs. & Under, 6 years old 2nd Place Viktor Banda
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs. & Under, 5-6 years old 1st Place Colton Crismond
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs. & Under, 4 years old 1st Place Imran Parra
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 49.9 lbs. & Under, 5 years old 1st Place Colton Crismond
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 50 – 59.9 lbs., 8 years old 1st Place Jacob Levin
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 60 – 69.9 lbs., 6-7 years old 3rd Place Joshua Berberich
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 60 – 69.9 lbs., 10 years old+A198 1st Place Carly Smith
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 60 – 69.9 lbs., 10 years old+A198 2nd Place Jayden Barker
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 60 – 69.9 lbs., 7-8 years old 1st Place Ilyas Parra
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 60 – 69.9 lbs., 9-10 years old 1st Place Aidan Diresta
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 60 – 69.9 lbs., 9-10 years old 3rd Place Desi White
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 60 – 69.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 1st Place Dove Bonjean-Alpart
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 70 – 79.9 lbs. 2nd Place Kevin Klatcher
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 70 – 79.9 lbs. 2nd Place Kevin Klatcher
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 80 – 89.9 lbs., 9 years old 2nd Place Jared Levin
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 80 – 89.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 1st Place Nathan Depietro
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 80 – 89.9 lbs., 11-13 years old 2nd Place Nathan Depietro
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 80 – 89.9 lbs., 13 years old 1st Place Christian Smith
Kids’ NO-GI Novice 90 – 99.9 lbs. 3rd Place Joshua Levi
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 9-11 years old 1st Place Furio Bastholetti
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 9-11 years old 2nd Place Erick Rodriguez
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 1st Place Hunter Williams
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 3rd Place Benjamin Aon
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 2nd Place Michael Lazzaro
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 90 – 99.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 3rd Place Anthony Cannon
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 90 – 99.9 lbs., 12 years old 1st Place Ben Bagbek
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 100 – 114.9 lbs., 11 years old 2nd Place Benjamin Aon
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 100 – 114.9 lbs., 13 years old 1st Place Angela Yeager
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 100 – 114.9 lbs., 13 years old 2nd Place Baltazor Belman
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 100 – 114.9 lbs., 10 years old 2nd Place Jahwon Martelly
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 100 – 114.9 lbs., 10 years old 3rd Place Eric Gorski
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 130 – 149.9 lbs. 1st Place Sean Owens
Kids’ NO-GI Beginner 130 – 149.9 lbs. 3rd Place Jillian Henke
Kids’ NO-GI Intermediate 150 – 179.9 lbs. 1st Place Keegan Hannigan
Girls NO-GI Novice 3rd Place Emily Nehme
Girls NO-GI Beginner 1st Place Jameson Hannigan
Girls NO-GI Beginner 2nd Place Ava Cannon
Girls NO-GI Intermediate 1st Place Jolie Seland
Girls NO-GI Expert 2nd Place Kimberly McNiff
Teens’ NO-GI Novice Middle Weight, 15-16 years old 2nd Place Christian Maldando
Teens’ NO-GI Novice Middle Weight, 15-16 years old 3rd Place Jonathan Maldonado
Teens’ NO-GI Beginner Middle Weight 2nd Place Joey Quadara
Teens’ NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight 1st Place Robert Varrichio
Teens’ NO-GI Expert Light Heavy Weight 3rd Place Robert Pallein
Kids’ GI Beginner 60 – 69.9 lbs., 7-8 years old 1st Place Ilyas Parra
Kids’ GI Beginner 60 – 69.9 lbs., 9 years old 1st Place Aidan Diresta
Kids’ GI Intermediate 60 – 69.9 lbs., 11-12 years old 1st Place Dove Bonjean-Alpart
Kids’ GI Expert 80 – 89.9 lbs., 11-13 years old 1st Place Christian Smith
Kids’ GI Expert 90 – 99.9 lbs. 1st Place Ben Bagbek
Girls GI Beginner 1st Place Jameson Hannigan
Girls GI Beginner 1st Place Ava Cannon