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September 2013

Succeed at the Weight Loss Game

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Weight Loss Is Mental

By: Sensei Thad Campbell – TSMMA Feasterville

A couple days ago I saw a great article from a mother who doubles as a fitness and health expert. She had posted a picture of her and her young children. I can’t remember if she had two or three kids, but they were all under the age of four and she was in great shape. Not cover of Muscle & Fitness shredded where it looks unnatural, but instead the kind of fitness that you would be proud of if it was you!

Her blog was about the backlash she had received from her picture with people saying she had created an unhealthy image of women. I had to take her side as it was amazing to me that this woman who was the picture of health was being lambasted for posting a picture in what amounted to a two piece bathing suit with a sports bra for a top.

TSMMA Mom succeeds at changing her body in 60 Day Weight Loss Challenge

The argument was that by posting the picture she was showing women a body image that was unattainable and therefore shouldn’t be promoted. We aren’t talking Kate Moss on the cover of Vogue here. She was in phenomenal shape. She clearly had lean muscle mass and was not emaciated.

Her blog was very pointed and didn’t pull any punches. It basically said don’t be mad because I didn’t make any excuses for my nutrition. I didn’t succumb to the cravings during my pregnancy! I had them just like everyone else, I simply chose not to indulge!

This gets to my point. Winning at Weight Loss is all mental!

Everyone of us is going to have the same cravings. It’s how we handle them that matters. All of us are going to debate whether we should go to class or not. The question is not whether you have the debate or not, it’s do you go anyway!

If Someone Else Does Why Can’t I?

It’s become normal in our society to blame things like stress and lack of time for poor nutritional choices. The reality is those are simply excuses. There are plenty of extremely busy people who have a tremendous amount of stress who live extremely healthy lifestyles. They simply make it happen.

One of the reasons I was able to become a professional kickboxer is my unwillingness to accept that someone else was naturally better than I am. I always believed that if someone else could do something then I could too. I might not go about it the same way or have the same talents, but the talents I had in other areas would balance it all out.

Can you substitute Kale Chips for Potato Chips?

Now during our 60 day challenge it’s time to apply that same mental attitude to weight loss and nutrition. If someone else can consistently eat the right things and life a healthier lifestyle then so can I.

It’s easy to make an excuse why you CAN’T do something. This time make the excuse why you CAN!

Weight Loss Craving Busters

Having cravings is extremely normal. It’s what you do with them that counts. A few quick tips to help win the Weight Loss Challenge.

Have a jar of natural Peanut Butter handy. Almond butter is even better! Natural Peanut Butter means the only ingredient is Peanuts. Nothing Else! Same with Almond Butter. Don’t be deceived.

Natural Peanut Butter Comes From Only Peanuts! No extra ingredients!

Combat at the Capitale 31 Results and Images

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Lou Neglia’s Combat at the Capitale 31

Sept 27th, 130 Bowery, NYC

North American Title Fight
Mike Fischetti (TSMMA Staten Island) vs Jeff Brown (World Champion Martial Arts Center – 175lbs

This fight was ruled a Draw

Nick Pace (TSMMA Bayridge) vs Niko Tsigaras (Lion M.A.) – 145lbs

Tsigaras wins via split decision

New State Muay thai Title Fight
Mike Trizano (TSMMA Ramsey) vs Nazim Sadikov (Lion M.A.) – 155lbs

Trizano wins via Unanimous Dec.

Malik Blake (TSMMA Manhattan) vs Qamar Simmons (Gladiator Pankration) – 175lbs

Blake wins via TKO Round 2

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60 Day Weight Loss Challenge, Your Chance to Build Health and Self-Discipline

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Weight Loss No Great Secret

By: Thad Campbell – TSMMA Feasterville

They often say weight loss is 90% diet and 10% exercise. That’s not entirely true. Think of it more as a 50/50. What you eat is equally as important as what you do! What really makes you lose weight is actually neither of those things. Instead it’s the routine you establish to control your nutrition and your exercise. The routine is what’s going to make you successful, not the diet plan or the exercise regimen.

I often think back to the times I was kickboxing professionally and think of the way my routine helped me succeed. Up at 7 every morning to eat oatmeal and egg whites. In the car by 8 for the two hour trip to hq with a nutra grain bar and banana for company. Train til 1. Then chicken and rice three or four more times throughout the day. At my school by 3, teach til 10, home and in bed by midnight, wash, rinse repeat.

The lack of free time forced me to plan ahead. Every Sunday I made chicken for the next three days. Wednesday morning was my only day non training at hq and after a good run that morning I would cook food for the rest of the week. I never missed and stayed on that course for a full year.

The nutra grain bar was simply to give me enough quick energy to get through the three hour session. With a normal training schedule of 1 or 2 hours at a time I would have had chicken and rice there as well.

You Must Plan For Weight Loss

The important part was the plan. The routine that I established made my results very encouraging and I was able to maintain that plan for a very long time. Flash ahead five years and it’s time to reestablish the routine.

At TSMMA, we kick off the challenge by recording weights and handing out nutritional seminars. It’s important to understand this is not a diet. We are not doing a short term plan here. Instead the nutritional program gives you the tips to eat healthy for the rest of your life.

The endorphins you get from training will help you stay stronger as your body goes through the withdrawal from all the processed foods we typically eat. It may take a few days for the initial withdrawal to go away. What happens after is your stomach shrinks, reducing the cravings, and your energy level increases, making each and every day more enjoyable.

After a while it’s no longer about weight loss. You will maintain your weight loss without the same effort.

Even for those of you who aren’t looking to lose any weight, you can gain incredible energy from the challenge and at the same time be an encouragement for the rest of our TSMMA Family!

Ask your local Tiger Schulmann’s Location about starting a 60 Day Challenge today!

Combat at the Capitale 31 This Friday 9/27

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Lou Neglia’s Combat at the Capitale 31

Sept 27th, 130 Bowery, NYC

North American Title Fight
Mike Fischetti (TSMMA Staten Island) vs Jeff Brown (World Vhampion Martial Arts Center – 175lbs

Nick Pace (TSMMA Bayridge) vs Niko Tsigaras (Lion M.A.) – 145lbs

New State Muay thai Title Fight
Mike Trizano (TSMMA Ramsey) vs Nazim Sadikov (Lion M.A.) – 155lbs

Malik Blake (TSMMA Manhattan) vs Qamar Simmons (Gladiator Pankration) – 175lbs

If you can’t make this event, you can stream it at gfl.tv for 14.99

Challenge of Champions Competition: An Opportunity To Improve In Every Way!

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By: Thad Campbell – TSMMA Feasterville

It’s that time of the fall when the school picnic is over and we turn our sight to the upcoming Challenge of Champions. This is the 35th incarnation of the

C.O.C. which continues to be the largest event of it’s kind. Featuring sparring, kickboxing without head contact, as well as grappling, both with and without submissions, the tournament gives students of all ages and skill levels a chance to test their ability.

Tiger Schulmann earned his reputation as a highly successful competitor on the karate tournament circuit in the late 1970’s. It was his undefeated run for six years from the age of 15 that gave him the confidence to launch his own Martial Arts school at the tender age of 21. The results speak for themselves as he now teaches over 70 instructors from the nearly 50 different TSMMA locations.

What did competition do for him? The better question is what didn’t it do. Through competition our students are able to achieve the individual goals they set for themselves more successfully. The definitive goal of going to a competition forces students both to train more frequently and with more intensity, helping them see progress in each and every class. Whether it’s an adult who came for physical conditioning and stress relief, or a child looking for Self-Discipline, the tournament helps to make those goals a reality.

Appropriate Levels Of Competition

One of the biggest things I hear from students is they want to wait because they feel they are not ready. This is the great part of our tournament. Students compete against others of their own ability level. This makes it fair and gives everyone an equal chance to succeed. Reality is only one person in each division will emerge the winner, but every person in the division will have gained something of value through competing.

I can’t stress enough how important I think this is for my students. Given my choice I would have almost every one of you compete every time the tournament rolls around. It only happens twice a year which with a good eight week training program means that for four months out of twelve you have a very specific goal to keep you focused!

Remember that large goals, like staying in shape for life, or helping a child become Self-Disciplined are much easier to accomplished when broken in to smaller goals. The tournament is a great small goal to use as a step towards your larger goal. The discipline of training for a competition is a great example for kids to build their Self-Discipline on, while the conditioning of training is a huge benefit to Adults. Each of those benefits translates the other way as well with younger students getting in elite physical condition and older students improving their Self-Discipline.

Martial Arts Helps Student Overcomes Confidence and Anger Issues

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By: Cathy Swezey – TSMMA Wayne

Dear Sensei and Joshu,

I’ve been meaning to send you a note for some time now to thank you for all you have done for Brian!!

As you may or may not know, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea at age 3 which caused him to have a delayed development resulting in a diagnosis of ADHD at the age of 7.

We knew he was very smart, but could not express himself verbally which in turn caused him to act out and have anger issues – mostly directed at himself.

We were repeatedly “recommended” to seek a doctor who could prescribe medication for his condition by his IEP counselor. Year after year, we told her that we would never medicate our son! We sought the help of a private therapist as someone for Brian to talk to about his anger issues and he seemed to like her.

Thankfully, we were invited to a birthday party for one of our friends at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts school – he was hooked from that day! He took advantage of the free trial and he LOVED it! We were surprised as he had tried other sports and groups before.

We signed him up immediately!! After a couple of months, we received a phone call from his therapist to which she asked only one question: “What are you doing different with Brian?” I told her he started this new martial arts training and he seems to love it! Her response took me off guard – “He doesn’t need me anymore”

Since starting Tiger Schulmann, Brian has not only been able to get his anger issues in check, he got on the honor roll for the first time – ever! He was paying more attention in class! He was getting better grades! His focus was better! And – he went out for a sport his freshman year of high school that he never tried before – something he never would have done without the confidence and self worth he has acquired doing the martial arts!

Brian no longer feels like an outsider – the staff and students at Tiger Schulmann’s are truly a family! One that I am now happy to be part of! My joining has not only put me back in shape, but it’s something that I can do with my son together – it’s our “little thing”.

So thank you!! Thank you for proving that he didn’t need to be medicated! Thank you for showing him his self worth and building his confidence! Thank you for helping my son get his life back!!

With much appreciation,

Cathy Swezey

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Ring of Combat Pro XLVI Results and Images

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Date: September 20, 2013

Location: Tropicana, AC

Julio Arce (TSMMA Bayside) vs Corey Simmons – 135lbs

Arce wins via tap due to rear naked choke at 3:49 of round 2

Stephen Regman (TSMMA South Plainfield) vs Eddie Lenoci – 155lbs

Lenoci wins via split decision

Shane Burgos (TSMMA Woodbury) vs Ashure Elbanna – 145lbs

Burgos wins via TKO referee stoppage due to strikes at 2:16 of round 1

Pictures by: Jersey Strong MMA

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