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January 2013

Trust the Training and The Results will Follow

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By: Sensei Sean Nolan – TSMMA Midwood

I’d like to share with all of you one of the most reliable tools that I use to motivate my students. I call it my “Blue Sky Law”. In the past I had referred to this mental approach as my “Blue Sky Theory” but I’ve since changed my mind. This approach works for me every single time, without exception.  It’s now as certain to me as gravity.

I call it my “Blue Sky Law,” This approach works for me every single time, without exception.

With most of the people I meet, it’s not a job, schedules, family, school or responsibilities that stop them from achieving their desired fitness levels.  The underlying problem is mindset and motivation, not the litany of excuses or distractions they site. If their fitness were really that important to them, they would find the time.  So, how do we go from being someone that makes excuses to someone who gets results? How do we truly change the rest of our lives by living a lifestyle of fitness?

The underlying problem is mindset and motivation, not the litany of excuses or distractions they site. If their fitness were really that important to them, they would find the time.

First, lets take a step back and consider a silly question: Are you a light bulb?  Can you flip a switch and see results?  Of course not.  It takes some time for us to build momentum, burn thousands of calories and start seeing truly significant and noticeable results.  It’s different for everyone – some people see and feel results in as little as a week, others may take two or three weeks. But once the results are noticeable, we’re hooked. The momentum that builds is undeniable and addicting.  From then on, it’s easy!  Unfortunately, many people lose heart too quickly and give up or get distracted just before they are about to make that breakthrough! We don’t let that happen at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA.

many people lose heart too quickly and give up or get distracted just before they are about to make that breakthrough! We don’t let that happen at Tiger Schulmann’s MMA.

Until you start seeing results, you need to be mentally strong enough to work through the initial stage of training.  For some, it’s getting started. For others, it’s “getting back on the horse”.  Either way, hit that “switch” and realize that you are not a light bulb. Realize that your “light” will take some time to warm up and shine brightly.  That’s where the Blue Sky Law comes in.  Consider this image……..

Imagine that it’s a dreary, cold, dark, windy, rainy day. It’s just miserable out. You feel down, cold, tired.  You hope for better, warmer days, but it seems far off and unrealistic that those days will come any time soon.  This “weather” is your mindset. That’s exactly what it’s like when your motivation is low and/or you’re out of shape. You just feel awful and can’t seem to find the energy for anything. Now, imagine that you head to the airport on this same dreary day. You board a plane for a warmer destination. As you board the plane, you again take notice of the horrible weather here at home. You sit down, fasten your seat-belt and the plane takes off…..

As the plane climbs, it puts out tremendous amounts of energy and force to fight through gravity and the awful weather that surrounds you. For some time, the ride is bumpy and the skies outside the plane are just as dark as they were when you took off. But the plane does not stop and continues to climb and push its way through….

Then, even though you just took off a short time ago, you start to see the sky lighten up. The plane continues its work and finally cracks through the top of the clouds into a beautiful, sunny, clear, crisp blue sky.  This same clear blue sky was above you the entire time! This same blue sky was there to see once the plane did its work and climbed through the clouds. Pretty simply image here: The “weather” is your mindset and the “plane” is you.

No matter how unmotivated, down or troubled you may be, trust the training. The training itself will lift you out of your old, ineffective mindset and take you to a place that was always right there in front of you.

No matter how unmotivated, down or troubled you may be, trust the training. The training itself will lift you out of your old, ineffective mindset and take you to a place that was always right there in front of you.  We just have to be mentally strong enough to follow through for long enough to build up our momentum.  For some its a few classes, other people a week or two, but I guarantee that you will feel like a different person if you simply do not give up and continue your climb to that blue sky.  I will never give up on you.  I will be here every single class to help you do it.

See you on the mat –

Sensei Nolan

From Cheesesteaks to MMA – How I Lost 40 lbs and Changed My Life

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By Joshu Shane Baker – Head Instructor, TSMMA Cherry Hill

I went from being in the 220s and eating like a slob to in the 180s and knocking opponents out. I’m in the best shape of my entire life, and loving every minute of it thanks to Tiger Schulmann’s MMA.


The Start

Who wouldn’t want a schedule where you could wake up at noon everyday, still have 2 hours before you go to work, have a job where you get to coach a sport, then take a three hour class 3 times a week, AND have 3 day weekends every weekend. Sounds too good to be true right? Well for me, my last year of grad school was exactly that. I had worked my butt off for 4+ years, taking courses during winter and summer breaks so that I could have an easy final year. So what does a 22 year old kid do with all that time? I lived it up. Went out all the time, went on vacations, ate anything I wanted, slept in all the time, still got all my work done, but any free time was definitely not put towards eating healthy or exercising. So in turn, when I graduated, this kid who was always in great shape from doing martial arts, tennis, and any other sport he could get his hands on, was way out of shape at over 220lbs.

So in turn, when I graduated, this kid who was always in great shape from doing martial arts, tennis, and any other sport he could get his hands on, was way out of shape at over 220lbs.


The Turning point

Unfortunately, when I graduated in 2009 it was the heart of the recession. Finding a job right out of college was very difficult seeing that most people were losing their jobs. It wasn’t until my mom called me “butterball” that I finally told myself “ENOUGH!” That’s when I went to my old MMA school (TSMMA Feasterville) and asked Sensei Campbell if I could train and get myself back in shape while I looked for a job. He said I got something even better, train and work so that way you get both. Perfect.

It wasn’t until my mom called me “butterball” that I finally told myself “ENOUGH!”

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The Change

This amount of weight loss I wanted to do was not something I was familiar with, and DEFINITELY not the lifestyle that I had grown accustomed to. However, I hated the way I looked in the mirror; the big belly, the fat chins, the loss of muscle tone. The first thing that had to change was my diet, no more late night eating or greasy food. Bring on the chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, egg whites, and vegetables. The first week SUCKED!! But it also sucked trying to train 2 hours a night with cheesesteaks and french fries in your stomach. After a while, not only did I like what I was eating, but I also liked how much more energy I had to train, and best of all, how I started to look.

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The first 30 lbs came off in the first 3 months of this regimen


THE NOW

The first 30 lbs came off in the first 3 months of this regimen. As the pounds fell off and the muscles and cardio came back, I grew addicted to having a good body and being in shape. I grew addicted to it so much, that I wanted to bring this type of change to other people’s lives as well. So I decided not to pursue a career in my major, which was Electrical Engineering, and instead became a Tiger Schulmann’s MMA instructor so I could help guide people to get themselves back in shape and not hate what they saw in the mirror. I went from being in the 220s and eating like a slob to in the 180s and knocking opponents out. I’m in the best shape of my entire life, and loving every minute of it thanks to Tiger Schulmann’s MMA. So do me a favor, take a look in the mirror and tell me if you like what you see!

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What Do You Really Want From Your Work Out?

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BY: Sensei Anthony Viscovich – TSMMA Astoria

WHAT do you really want from a work out?

To lose a few pounds and get toned ?  Would that make you happy?  Relieve some tension from a hard days work?  Would that do it?   What if it could raise your level of capability in all that you do?

That could be it?

What if I told you that you could get all of that in one place?  That’s the case at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts.  A three dimensional workout that leaves you feeling winded yet refreshed and even a little more confident every time you come

 THE WORKOUT

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The workout is ten 3 minute rounds of continuous action with a minute rest in between so you can catch your breath while your instructor explains the next technique, combination or exercise.  Then seven  minutes of stretching to help your body cool down.  This format is the best for weight loss results and to help those to regain the cardiovascular endurance they once had.  Strength training helps add muscle which in turn helps weight loss and toning.  Flexibility training (stretching) will help reduce injuries so that you can train more consistently and helps shape your muscle as well…. and that’s just the physical benefit of it

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 STRESS RELIEF

An obvious reason for most students to enroll is to learn how to protect themselves.  We all would like the ability to know what to do in a self defense situation, so while your body is going through the training described above your mind is focused on one thing and one thing only…perfecting your technique!

This concentrated effort which drives you for the entire hour acts as a dynamic meditation that allows your brain to take a mental vacation from the stresses of everyday life. Not to mention that hitting something as hard as you can, feels awesome.

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 SELF DEFENSE

Learning how to train both body and mind leads to other benefits.  As you discipline yourself to become more consistent,  growth is achieved.  Through slow and steady improvement you start to realize your potential and confidence is gained.   Belief in yourself and an overall well being  is a feeling that people search for their entire lives.  All it takes is a little discipline and the right program.

Tiger Schulmann’s is that program and I am proud to be part of something that helps so many.

Uriah Hall: Q & A with the TUF 17 Standout

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BY: Jim Genia – part1 & part 2

For the past four years, if you wanted to see Uriah Hall, you’d most likely find him teaching a kids’ class at the Tiger Schulmann’s MMA school in Manhattan. Occasionally, you’d even see him in the cage in Atlantic City, more often than not winning via some form of knockout. Nowadays, however, if you want to see the towering 28-year-old middleweight, all you have to do is tune into SpikeTV. Hall, you see, is a competitor on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter – and of the 14 who’ve fought their way into the TUF House in the season’s first episode, he’s the one who earned unabashed glowing accolades from coaches Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen and UFC president Dana White.

The day after the first episode, Fighters.com caught up with the New York native to get a little insight into this promising TUFer. What’s changed for him since his national television debut? What was it like the first time he fought? Who was his toughest opponent ever? Read on.

How does it feel to know you impressed Jones and Sonnen and Dana White the way you did?

“It feels good. Fighting out there, I wasn’t thinking anything about impressing them. My game plan was to win, of course.”

Now that the first episode of TUF 17 has aired, has anything changed for you?

“You know what, the only that’s really changed is my Twitter and my Facebook, ‘cause that thing does not stop blowing up. But I feel the same. I feel pretty good. My friends were all, ‘Oh, people are going to stop you in the street.’ And I’m like, ‘I hope not.’ After last night I’ve had to hide because people are calling me more a little bit, but my friends said this is something I’ll have to get used to.”

Do you regret doing the show, then?

“No, I don’t, actually. I don’t regret it all. It’s just a little bit overwhelming, and I have to get used to it.”

You’ve done some kickboxing bouts, and you’ve done quite a few MMA bouts in New Jersey. Talk about the first time you ever stepped into the ring. How did that come about?

“I ended up competing because of [coach] Will Hamilton, he was the first person who taught me. I think my first match was ‘FDNY vs. NYPD’, and I fought a police officer. I was scared to death – really nervous. I ended up winning the fight by knocking the guy out. That was my first actual competition.”

And then you did kickboxing?

“I did the WCL (Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, which was team-based kickboxing competitions) and I was undefeated in that, and I did Combat at the Capitale kickboxing.”

You had your first MMA bout back in 2005 at Ring of Combat. What was it like doing MMA for the first time? Were you nervous?

“It didn’t hit me at all, actually. I was warming up and felt fine, but it didn’t click that I was there. Then I remember I got into the ring, and as soon as the guy punched me in the eye, I woke up. I was like, ‘There’s a ring, there’s a guy in front of me,’ and it hit me. ‘Oh my God, I’m in a fight!’ And I just kind of acted off that and ended up knocking him out. I think I work a lot better when I’m not thinking.”

Compare that first fight in Ring of Combat to your fight to get into the TUF House.

“The first fight I had in Ring of Combat, I didn’t really know much. I was inexperienced. I felt new to the whole sport. Mentally, I just felt like, whatever, I didn’t care. The fight to get into the [TUF] House was a lot more like, I guess I was aware that I had to get out there and win this and make it far. I was thinking about that, but at the same time, for some reason I just had this confidence to say ‘This is nothing, man. I can do this. I’m going to win this fight.’ But at the same time I tried to remain humble.”

The camera showed you and your opponent Andy Enz exchanging some words post-fight. What were you saying?

“After the fight I went over to his family and said, ‘Hey man, good job.’ There were a couple things I said off-camera, I don’t think they caught it. I pretty much told him he was the toughest dude I ever fought and that he definitely has a career in this, and if he fights like that every time he fights, there’s no doubt in my mind he’d be a champion. I just told him, ‘Don’t quit, don’t let this loss stop you.’ I was actually really impressed. The fact that he broke his arm, in a think the first round, and he kept coming, that reminded me of when I broke my hand in Ring of Combat and kept going. It was a warrior’s spirit, and I just really respected him for that.”

You’ve lost twice in your professional MMA career – once to Chris Weidman and once to Costas Philippou. Who were tougher opponents, them or Andy Enz?

“You know, I’m not going to smack-talk or down-talk anyone, but those fights between Weidman and Philippou, there was nothing tough about it. It was more of a mental state that I was in. The fight with this guy, I put a beating on him and he kept coming. I fought Weidman and Philippou and I didn’t let go of myself. I was more thinking about finishing the fight and getting it over with than actually being in that moment. It was totally different… As far as Weidman and Philippou, I felt if I let myself go, it would’ve gone a different way. But the beauty about that is it turned out a different way. I think I needed those losses. It made me appreciate things a lot more, and it made me look at fighting a lot differently. It made me go back and polish those tools.”

A lot of people say being cooped up in the TUF House is a living hell. How was it for you?

“It was different. It was right where I needed to be. I think I’d recommend it to a lot of people – not the fighting part, but the part where you stay in one place and only have your thoughts. You know, you’re locked in a house and there’s no TV, there’s no outlet but your thoughts. Sometimes you can’t just talk with someone else because that’s the person you might be fighting. So it was good for me to kind of have my thoughts. I had to talk to myself more, and it made me have a little more depth to myself. I understand things a lot better. In the end, I only had myself to rely on, so I had to be positive, I had to be confident, to give one hundred percent. Going to train every day was the best feeling. Going back to the house, I was like, ‘Oh shit.’ When I trained it was a release.”

Did you make any friends?

“I made friends on the show, I think. But in the back of everybody’s mind they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to have to fight this guy.’ I actually made friends with a guy from the other team – Dylan Andrews – who taught me to kind of control my emotions. He said, ‘If stuff is bothering you, anything you’re thinking about, just write it down.’ I started writing stuff down and it made me feel a lot better. It’s almost like having a therapist.”

“Him and Clint Hester, they were cool. And Bubba McDaniel, he was cool, too.”

What was the worst part of the experience?

“I don’t think there was really a ‘worst’ part of the experience. I think everything happened the way it should have, and I got a lot from it. I feel like I grew more as an individual. Same thing about the ‘best’ part of it. It was right where I needed to be, it was perfect. I needed that distraction from the world. I needed it to focus on that one thing… I can’t really say anything bad about it.”

From what we’ve heard from fighters who took part in past seasons, you can eat almost anything you want there. What was the best thing you ate?

“The best thing I ate over there… man, I had a lot of stuff, to tell you the truth. The chicken fingers were awesome. Maybe it was because I was hungry and I had to eat healthy for a while, and junk food tastes so good, but I liked the chicken fingers.”

You got to spend a lot of time with Sonnen, Jones and White. What did you learn about them that you didn’t know before?

“I definitely didn’t know that Chael Sonnen was such a good guy off-camera. I’d seen stuff that he says on-camera, but maybe that’s his way of building up a fight or whatever. But the Chael that I met was the complete opposite. The guy, just the way he spoke, the way he motivated us, it kind of showed he wasn’t there for himself. He was there for us. That really came across in how he taught us and how he motivated us, and tried to bring us to the next level.”

So you were glad to be on his team?

“In the beginning I said I wished I had been on Jon Jones’ team, and a lot of people at home said, ‘Man, you should’ve been on Jone’s team, you have the same fighting style.’ But Jones couldn’t have taught me what Chael did. Jones would’ve probably taught me physical stuff, but Chael got in my head, and I think that was exactly what I needed. I needed someone to get into my head and take me to the next level, and that’s what happened. Jones, he’s a cool guy – the coolest guy I’ve ever met. Just talking to him, I feel like I’ve known him forever. I wasn’t there to just hate anybody, I was there to learn and grow as a fighter.”

And what did you learn about Dana White?

“I definitely know that when you hang out with Dana White, you’ve got a walk around with a clicker for how many times he says the ‘F’ word… But other than that, he seems like a really cool guy. I think Dana could tell you a simple story and make it exciting. Like, ‘Wow, that’s the best story I ever heard.’ But he’s very passionate about what he does.

Tune in to FX Tuesday Night at 9pm for a new episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17.

Student’s Remarkable Transformation, Loses 130lbs!

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By: TSMMA Paramus

Last year, Paramus Mixed Martial Arts student Jen Annunziato wrote a testimonial about her successes in weight loss, physical conditioning, increased energy, and change of life.  At the time she wrote it, Jen had lost a great amount of weight (130lbs in total) and WOWED us with her progress!  Not only had she achieved the goals she set for herself, but she surpassed them.  She hasn’t stopped to rest yet.  She’s still losing weight, still working hard and is just as enthusiastic in her training as ever.  She is an asset to the school and is a first-hand account of what discipline, hard work and perseverance can do.  We’re extremely proud to have her as a student here at Paramus Mixed Martial Arts.

Keep it up, Jen!

To view Jen’s testimonial from last year, click on

http://www.paramusmixedmartialarts.com/?p=526.