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August 2013

Louis Gaudinot Might Become No. 1 Contender with Win at UFC 164

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By: Damon Martin – Bleacher Report

The UFC flyweight division is looking for a new challenger to face champion Demetrious Johnson, and UFC 164 fighter Louis Gaudinot might be the man for the job.

Gaudinot currently only has one win in the UFC at 125 pounds, but it’s an impressive victory over John Lineker, who has since won his last three fights in a row.

His next matchup comes at UFC 164 against Tim Elliott in a pivotal fight that could propel Gaudinot directly into title contention.

“Hopefully after this one it can get me a No. 1 contender’s match, or something like that,” Gaudinot told Bleacher Report recently. “Like I said, it’s wide open, I’m looking to break into the top three or four.”

Gaudinot might just do better than the top three or four with a win because, during a recent exchange with Johnson on Twitter, it appeared the champion was ready to welcome him to a title fight should he get past Elliott.

“I’ll be waiting,” Johnson said when responding to Gaudinot’s challenge.

In the interview, Gaudinot also explained how his feud with fellow flyweight Ian McCall started and how it escalated to the point where they are both chomping at the bit for a fight.

The green-haired flyweight also gave his theories on what it takes for the 125-pound division to truly take off.

Check out this exclusive one-on-one interview with Louis Gaudinot ahead of his upcoming fight at UFC 164 in Milwaukee.

Click Here for Video Interview – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1737283-louis-gaudinot-might-become-no-1-contender-with-win-at-ufc-164

Shihan Tiger Schulmann to be Inducted in New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame With Lifetime Achievement Award

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SECAUCUS -The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud to announce the second class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites Meadowlands Hotel located at 350 Lighting Way in Secaucus, NJ 07094 on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at http://njsmartialartshof.com/

Discount hotel room rates at La Quinta can be also obtained by calling 201-863-8700 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey has always been on the forefront of combat sports, and some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai history have taken place at various venues around the state.

New Jersey has had a boxing hall of fame since the 1960?s and, in a similar sense, we hope to recognize and honor those involved in combat martial arts such as MMA and Muay Thai. New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities.

Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts.

This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on Friday, December 6, 2013. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit http://njsmartialartshof.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with friends, fun, and music.

2013 Second Class Inductee Awards

MMA Fighter – Jim Miller

Lifetime Achievement – Danny “Tiger” Schulmann

MMA Judge – Cardo Urso

Grappling Promoter – Brian Cimins

Female MMA Fighter – Tara LaRosa

Ringside Physician – Dr. Michael Kelly

MMA Trainer – Ray Longo

Pioneer Fighter – Dante Rivera

Kick boxer – James Smith

Wrestling – Jordan Burroughs

Traditional Martial Arts – Michael DePasquale Jr.

Muay Thai Fighter – Liam Tarrant

Photographer – Tom DeFazio

Lifetime Contributions – Donnie Carolei

Pioneer Media – Stephanie Stokes

Visionary – Donald J. Trump

Muay Thai Judge Kaensak

Grappling – Rolles Gracie

Announcer – Peter Neglia

Posthumous – Jeff Blatnick

Aggressive Combat Night of Champions Results

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8/10/13 – Deer Park, NY

Combat Jiujitsu

Jerome Bourne vs Frank Di Giamo Jerome – Championship Match

Bourne wins via Decision

Daygoreth Gavino vs Kenny Rayside

Gavino wins via Decision

Joshua Nielson vs Edwin Santiago

Nielson wins via Decision

All fighters were coached and cornered by Sensei Hamilton and Sensei Rich Jean

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MMA Helps Graduate Student Relieve Stress and Gain Confidence

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MMA Helps Graduate Student Relieve Stress and Get In Shape at TSMMA Princeton

“It was a pretty simple decision for me to join because I realized that Tiger Schulmann’s provided me the opportunity to achieve my goals in physical fitness, self-confidence and stress relief.”

Marcus J. was looking to relieve the stress of everyday life and the stress of being a graduate student. He also wanted to do something that would keep him in shape. Taking class with us, he has been able to achieve both of these goals and begin his journey to achieve martial arts knowledge. Not only has he gained knowledge in MMA but he has also found our classes as a helpful tool in gaining knowledge academically. The discipline, confidence, and stress relief are the tools that helped. This Princeton University graduate student has a bright and successful future.

“I survived my second year of graduate school, I have increased my cardio vascular and muscular endurance, and I even have increased my self-confidence.”

 

Marcus J.’s Testimonial:

“I joined Tiger Schulmann’s Princeton last fall at the start of my second semester of graduate school primarily to keep in shape and relieve stress. I had always had an interest in learning martial arts as a method of self defense and building my self-confidence. Last fall I walked past Tiger Schulmann’s while doing some shopping in Mercer Mall and I realized that I had access to an MMA school right in my backyard. In my first year of graduate school it was often difficult for me to set aside consistent time to exercise and decompress. It was a pretty simple decision for me to join because I realized that Tiger Schulmann’s MMA provided me the opportunity to achieve my goals in physical fitness, self-confidence and stress relief. After my first beginner class, I realized that the intensity of the training was like nothing I had ever done before. It was a much greater challenge than any workout that I had done before.

Since joining TSMMA I have maintained a consistent weekly schedule and the results have been tremendous. I survived my second year of graduate school, I have increased my cardio vascular and muscular endurance, and I even have increased my self-confidence. Joshu and Adrian saw my potential and work ethic and have continually pushed me to train harder.

As a result, in the 9 months that I have been at Tiger Schulmann’s I have moved into the intermediate/advanced kick-boxing and Muay Thai classes and competed in an organized kick-boxing tournament. There is really no greater reward than to push yourself towards a goal and really see the results! Thanks Joshu and Adrian!”

Not Your Parent’s Karate, Why MMA is the Best Back to School Supply!

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By: Sensei Thad Campbell – TSMMA Feasterville

The Karate Kid And The Birth of Tiger Schulmann’s

There is no doubt that in any great success story there is an element of serendipity. In the story of Tiger Schulmann’s Growth from a single Karate school in a small shopping center to the largest Martial Arts Organization in the world, the movie The Karate Kid didn’t hurt!

Master Tiger Schulmann’s manager at the time, Sensei Steven Bosyk recalls coming to the school one Monday morning at 10 am and seeing a line of people around the block waiting for information on class. The interest helped to spur a success story that has been featured in nearly every martial arts publication as well as mainstream business journals.

What inspired this line was the timeless story of Daniel “Daniel-son” Larusso and his transformation from the new kid in town being bullied by the in crowd, to All Valley Open Champion.

The mentor relationship he formed with Mr. Myagi and the resulting confidence he gained in overcoming adversity are the foundations of a Martial Arts Schools mandate. It was a mandate that the prospective students standing in line that Monday morning got from Tiger Schulmann!

The success he had in the following years has everything to do with his own willingness to work hard and perfect his craft. Even at the age of 21 years old he understood the importance of meeting the needs of each and every student. He created an unparalleled curriculum while also taking the time in each and every class to make sure each student was receiving instruction.

Those principals haven’t changed.

Standing The Test of Time

Some say timing is everything, while others say Luck is when Preparation meets Opportunity. I prefer to think that my teacher made his own luck by being prepared. While it was fortuitous to have such an inspiring movie debut only months after he opened the first Tiger Schulmann’s Karate school, there were literally thousands of other Martial Arts schools throughout the country that benefited from the same spike in interest in 1984. Startlingly few of them still exist today.

Why did Tiger Schulmann’s stand the test of time when so many others have failed? I believe it is a combination of two things. His lack of ego and unfailing desire to improve each and every day. What has he improved? Everything!

Our curriculum today is so different from 1984 as to be totally unrecognizable.

Tiger Schulmann on the far left with Martial Arts Hall of Famers Joe Lewis and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, the two farthest to the right!

Karate Transitions to Mixed Martial Arts

My favorite analogy for new students in the school is to compare a Motorola Razr to an IPhone. Imagine for a second that in 2013 I told you you weren’t allowed to have a smart phone. While a portion of the population survives with an old school (crazy that old school is five years ago) cell phone, the vast majority have become smitten with the smart phone.

The evolution in technology is mind boggling. If you asked me when I first had a RAZR if I would ever have another phone cooler than that I would have said no way. Only five years later I can’t imagine being forced to go back to it.

As hard as it is to believe the art of self-defense has evolved just as rapidly as cell phones. While there are techniques that are thousands of years old still being employed effectively, it is the way those arts are being combined and the nuances being added that have truly created an effective Mixed Martial Art! The constant training of millions of people around the globe in these cross-pollinated martial arts is making evolution occur at a rapid rate.

My favorite thing to know about my teacher is that in 1993 he was already the largest, most successful Martial Arts school operator in the world. That didn’t stop him from moving the furniture around his living room and practicing the arm bar’s and triangle chokes he watched win The Ultimate Fighting Championships debut in Denver, Colorado.

Imagine for a second if Blockbuster Video had seen the writing on the wall and developed a direct to consumer web based sales system for delivering movies and tv shows to you. They would still be the leader in video’s! Not a dinosaur who’s buildings stand empty or filled with a different business all across the country. If I told you in 1993 that Blockbuster would be a dinosaur in twenty years would you have believed me?

Karate is a dinosaur and for the life of me I can’t figure out why people are still bringing their kids!

Tiger Schulmann didn’t follow the path of Blockbuster by deluding himself into thinking he couldn’t be overtaken by others. His ego as a lifelong practitioner of Kyokushin Karate didn’t stop him from seeing the writing on the wall. What’s funny is the style of Martial Art that won the day at UFC 1 has failed to evolve the way Tiger Schulmann’s has. Mixed Martial Arts competition was started as an advertising platform for Gracie Jiu Jitsu. In fact it has evolved to make their limited curriculum as a close rang and ground self-defense school be outdated as well. Just like a traditional karate school that doesn’t teach more effective close range defense is wrong for not evolving, so are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools that tell their students that it’s not important to know how to defend yourself from long or medium range! It is hard to understand how anyone could choose to train in those styles.

Jiu Jitsu, literally translated in to English as The Art of Gentleness, concentrates on ground close range self-defense and ground self-defense techniques for the vast majority of training. But an altercation may also occur at long or medium range. And why not keep an attacker farther away if it is within your power.

This is the genius of what Tiger Schulmann has accomplished in the last twenty plus years since first seeing the effectiveness of ground self-defense. He has continued to incorporate Close Range and Ground Self-Defense, or Grappling as it’s referred to in our curriculum, to go along with the already unparalleled Medium and Long Range Defense he was already providing.

This has kept Tiger Schulmann’s in the same exact place it was as a Martial Arts organization 20 years ago, the leader!

How many businesses that were the leader in their industry in 1993 are still the leader in 2013. Think about the sheer number of major corporations like Blockbuster from 1993 that don’t even exist any more, let alone continue to be leaders in their field!

Transitioning Smoothly From Karate To MMA

How do you get 70 different instructors in nearly 50 different locations to seamlessly improve their curriculum over the course of twenty years? You work your rear end off, that’s how!

Make no mistake, the focus, “non-quitting spirit” and positive attitude that instructors talk about each and every class in their individual schools is evident in each and every training session at our headquarters.

Because of the love of Martial Arts shared by each and every instructor it is not difficult for Tiger Schulmann to bring them all together a few times a week to incorporate the endless stream of new techniques, and new twists on old techniques being seen in the world of Martial Arts.

Through the teaching of 30 plus classes every week, each instructor has made their own discoveries and brought them back to the group as a whole to share them with the nearly 10,000 students who take class each and every month!

Add to that experience from members of the Tiger Schulmann’s competition team who go out and compete in the various aspects of Mixed Martial Arts to test the effectiveness of our curriculum. All of these competitors being students who began at Tiger Schulmann’s as new students with no prior Martial Arts experience!

Emblem of The New Jersey Tigers of Chuck Norris’ World Combat League with Sensei Campbell on the Lower Right Corner!

What does this mean, it means a new student in Tiger Schulmann’s MMA is getting the benefit of 70 plus instructors experience, combined we posses over 1000 years of martial arts instruction combined!

Where Should You Take Your Child for Martial Arts

So it’s back to school time and you are looking for a place to bring your young one? It’s an easy choice. You can go to your local karate or tae kwon do school. You can bring them to a local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. Or you can take them to Tiger Schulmann’s, the first school to ever combine the various Martial Arts in a proven curriculum to teach each and every student the art of self-defense in long, medium, and close range, as well as on the ground.

Maybe you don’t think your kid needs self-defense? Keep in mind that 95% of all High School age children are involved in bullying, a process that begins in elementary school and only intensifies throughout the schooling process.

Now imagine the focus and determination it has taken for Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts to remain the leader in Martial Arts instruction for over 25 years! Can your child benefit from being exposed to that level of Self-Discipline?

Give your child the best back to school supply you can. The Self-Defense, Self-Discipline and Self-Confidence you can find at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts!

 

 

Student Overcomes Eating Disorder with Kickboxing

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Student Overcomes Eating Disorder with Kickboxing

East Hanover MMA

“Martial arts isn’t about learning how to fight others, it’s about learning how to fight your inner demons so you can become a better person.” ~Shihan Tiger Schulmann

 

 

As I write this for Sensei Lopez, I mark my 209th day without purging. To some this may not sound like a lot but for me this day is a huge accomplishment. I became bulimic when I was in my late teens, although I was unaware that I had a real problem until late in my college years. It started off simply as a diet. Having been a big girl my entire life, I had been on and off diets for as long as I can remember. I was consistently praised when I was able to shed a few pounds and the topic was dropped as soon as I began to put it back on. A binge eater for as long as I can remember, by the time I was 17 years old my yo-yo dieting had sent my weight up past an alarming 230lbs (I didn’t weigh myself until several months after I began “dieting” again). This time I had decided that I was going to succeed by any means necessary.

I did wonderfully at first, shunning all those “bad foods” and sticking to only healthy options. That is, until my first slip up. I had a monstrous binge that led me to being disgustingly sick with myself as well as disgustingly sick. I didn’t know what to do but I couldn’t admit failure. This was the first time I purged. To the average person, this may sound insane but the feeling associated with that moment was almost euphoric – I felt as though a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I thought I had found the dieting secret and along with constant exercise I began to drop weight.

I was able to fool everyone in my life; people may have had an inkling that something was up, but nobody would ever have guessed that I had an eating disorder.

 People complimented me. Some didn’t even recognize me. And my obsession continued. I still didn’t think anything was wrong; I thought I was getting healthy. I was also, or so I thought at the time, dealing with my demons better. Once I went away to college purging became easier. I no longer had to hide what I was doing from my parents (in my mind there was nothing wrong with what I was doing and they just wouldn’t understand). I was able to fool everyone in my life; people may have had an inkling that something was up, but nobody would ever have guessed that I had an eating disorder. After all, I may have weighed a lot less than I did in high school, but I certainly wasn’t thin by any measure.

 

It was 6 weeks after I gave birth to my youngest that I took my first class at Tiger Schulmann’s. My weight was back up to an alarming 200lbs,

After 10 years of living with this disease, and still hiding it from my husband, I decided it was time to take action. It was 6 weeks after I gave birth to my youngest that I took my first class at Tiger Schulmann’s. My weight was back up to an alarming 200lbs, my disorder was raging, and I thought that hitting a heavy bag would be a great way to burn some extra calories. At the school I learned about their nutrition program, and tried to follow it. Unfortunately for me, I was still in too deep, and the viscous cycle continued. I broke down one night to my hubby on our front steps and left him dumbfounded as to how sick I actually was. The following day my mother, husband, and I began searching out specialists to help me get well. I met with specialists at an eating disorder center, and began months of intensive day and outpatient treatment. At the time Sensei Bopp and Joshu Echeverria were at East Hanover, and were supportive of me taking time off from training during the periods I was in outpatient and had to attend evening sessions. I would like to say that after treatment I was cured. However this was not the case.

Sensei quickly became someone I could go to on days that the disease was winning, as well as days that I was able to string along a couple of good ones without symptom use.

 When Sensei Lopez took over Tiger Schulmann’s East Hanover it took me awhile to open up to him and let him know what I was fighting on a personal level. Having shared with only those who needed to know about my disorder in the past, opening up to someone who was not incredibly close to me was terrifying. However, he listened and Sensei quickly became someone I could go to on days that the disease was winning, as well as days that I was able to string along a couple of good ones without symptom use. When the school’s weight loss challenges would roll around, I’d jump on the bandwagon but typically pull out halfway through because I couldn’t control my disease.

 

I decided I wanted to take back control of my life, if not for me, then for the sake of the two most important people in my life – my sons Nicky and Matty.

That was until this past 90 Day Challenge. What was the difference? During our yearly end-of-the-year goal setting meetings, rather than set goals of belt levels or what place I wanted to take at tournaments, I told Sensei my goal was to go 100 days without purging. Coming from someone who had never been able to accomplish more than a week or two, it sounded like fiction. But I decided I wanted to take back control of my life, if not for me, then for the sake of the two most important people in my life – my sons Nicky and Matty. I wish I could say it was easy. There were plenty of nights I sat on my bathroom floor wishing I could just get the release that I desperately wanted. And even more nights that I would text one of my amazing friends from the school that knew what I was dealing with, simply for support. And I can’t even begin to count the numerous occasions my husband would have to deal with my mood swings and hysterics as a result of having to face dealing with my problems rather than purging them out. But in that meeting with Sensei, I acknowledged that I wanted to keep myself alive and that was what kept me going.

This past 90 Day Challenge was the first challenge in the 5 years I’ve been training that I actually completed. Not only that, but I won it too!

 This past 90 Day Challenge was the first challenge in the 5 years I’ve been training that I actually completed. Not only that, but I won it too! And I have my whole family training along with me! Training has become an outlet for my emotions in a way I never thought possible; whatever it is I’m dealing with, I can take it out on the bag rather than myself. But the best part is, I’m setting a healthy example for my children and I no longer have to fear either of them following my example, instead I hope for it! It may not all be smooth sailing, but with every day that passes I feel a little more confident that I can deal with this demon. I am a fighter after all.

 

Feasterville Grappling Instructor Craig Alexander Shines at NAGA

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By: Sensei Thad Campbell – TSMMA Feasterville

Joshu Craig Alexander made his way to Wildwood Saturday for the largest strictly grappling tournament of the year. NAGA Wildwood has been in existence since 2001 and Alexander always targets the first weekend of August as his highlight tournament of the year.

Drawing competitors from all over the country and especially the East Coast from New England to Viriginia, it’s hard to find a more stacked grappling tournament in the world.

With nine competitors in the Advanced 150-159 pound division, Alexander had a tough road through the tournament. He was lucky enough to avoid the grapple in round and found himself matched up against a first round opponent with an amazing guard.

Alexander used his wrestling skills to secure a takedown early. His opponent was threatening submissions from all angles and was able to secure guard and half guard with amazing flexibility. It wasn’t enough to stop “Caspar” from controlling the match from start to finish.

He showed a couple highlight reel moments with a “Sakuraba” pass of guard to side-mount, essentially somersaulting over his opponent’s guard. The moved is named after one of the most famous early Mixed Martial Arts fighters who pulled the move off in the middle of a major MMA Fight.

Joshu then locked in an arm triangle as his opponent was shrimping back to half guard. Heleveraged the arm triangle to escape half guard and eventually forced the submission late in a very tough match.

His second match featured a long time local competitor, Jeff Lentz, who is a professional MMA fighter. Jeff actually competed on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Both have been competing at NAGA for years and it is only surprising they haven’t matched up previously. The match earned cheers from the crowd for it’s competitiveness. “Caspar” eventually used it as a stage to show his amazing will and heart.

With Lentz coming from behind to tie it late in the match, the two found themselves in standup position and Alexander took control by going on the offensive and grabbing a single leg ankle pick and then followed to throw him. The match ended with one point difference between the two.

This put Joshu in the finals where he took on Fabian Rosario. Rosario, like Alexander, has been extremely successful on the local amateur MMA circuit. Unlike Alexander, he features nearly all grappling in his amateur matches, something made easier by the restrictions on ground striking in amateur MMA.

Rosario has been a stalwart on the local grappling scene for years and it was a hotly contested matchup. Rosario scored an early takedown but was stuck in Alexander’s guard reduced to avoiding submissions. Eventually “Caspar” scrambled out and it was in the scramble that Rosario was able to get a sidemount and build a quick lead. Alexander fought til the end but eventually ran out of time.

He finished second in the prestigious NAGA Advanced Division, adding to the growing list of trophies on his mantle.

Joshu Alexander is tentatively scheduled to make his Professional MMA Debut in late September! Keep an ear out for details!