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March 2014

‘Goodnight Green’ Back on Track

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It didn’t take long for Sensei Louis Gaudinot to show what his healthy version looks like in the Octagon. It had been two years since ‘Goodnight Green’ last had his hand raised, a period that included an eighteen month layoff for a knee injury.

Gaudinot would get a chance to get back win column at UFC Fight Night at the O2 Arena in London, England. His opponent, Phil Harris, didn’t have to cross an Ocean to get to the fight. Harris had the fans behind him as he needed only a twenty minute trip up the A3 to get to the fight.

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A home cooked meal wouldn’t make a difference for Harris against the supremely motivated Gaudinot. The two came out swinging with the Hoboken Sensei employing his typical high guard defense. Harris was unable to land much of anything as Gaudinot landed a straight jab within a few seconds of the start.

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Harris is a Black Belt in Judo and didn’t take long to give up on the standup game and shoot for a takedown. His initial attempt was immediately defended by Gaudinot who looked to sink in the guillotine that earned him his nickname.

Harris readjusted quickly before diving back in on the single leg. Harris felt safe as he was outside one leg and in good position to defend if Gaudinot tried to jump guard. It only took a second for the Green Haired Flyweight to free his left leg and lock the guillotine up tight.

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It’s the same technique that won Gaudinot his first UFC Flyweight matchup against John Lineker and just like in that fight he took the time to acknowledge his coach, Tiger Schulmann with a confident nod of the head.

Harris was able to remain standing when Gaudinot first began to apply pressure, but eventually he was forced to the ground where he tried to roll out of the choke. Unfortunately it only landed Gaudinot in mount where Harris looked like he would tap immediately.

The Portsmouth, England native held out for a few seconds but tapped before going to sleep. The fight finished in only 1:12. Gaudinot was clearly ecstatic after his previous turn in the octagon ended in defeat to Tim Elliot. This time around he got back in the win column and with a quick handshake and smile from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, it looked as if Gaudinot impressed his boss.

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Gaudinot also impressed the British crowd who had no problem cheering on the Yank a few minutes after booing him as he walked into the Octagon to face Harris.

Now fully healed from the torn meniscus that caused his hiatus after beating Lineker, look for Gaudinot to jump back into the Octagon quickly and start making his way up into the top ten of the UFC’s Flyweight division!

Congratulations Sensei, as always you represented TSMMA with amazing skill and even more impressive class!

By: Sensei Thad Campbell

Louis Gaudinot on Staying Green and Staying in the UFC

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By: MMAjunkie Staff

Louis Gaudinot might be fighting a Brit in his home country, but don’t expect his hair to go from green to red, white and blue.

Gaudinot (6-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who fights Phil Harris (22-11 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 38, remembers getting tweets from British fans when he served on Michael Bisping’s team on “The Ultimate Fighter 14.” He might not get a rousing reception at London’s O2 Arena, where he fights on the event’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims, but he isn’t playing the yankee card.

“We’ll see what kind of reception when I go out,” Gaudinot told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s green. I’m sticking with one color; I’m not going to change it.”

Far more concerning to the flyweight is resuscitating his record after a second octagon setback in his most recent fight, which put him at 1-2 in his post-TUF career.

“You’re only as good as your last fight, and my last fight, I wasn’t that good,” he said. “So I’m trying to erase that memory in fans’ minds, and I just want to go out there and get back to how it was when I was an amateur in Ring of Combat.

“It was my career in a sense, but it was also was a hobby, and I was doing it for the fun of it, and not like, ‘This is my job.’ This fight, my back is against the wall.”

Gaudinot faced Tim Elliot this past August at UFC 164 after a year-plus injury layoff, and within the first minute of his return, he was injured once again. An errant finger to the eye prompted a brief break in the action, but not enough to recover.

“That’s what threw me off,” Gaudinot said. “I was like, ‘Oh, s–t, man. I can’t see.’ My coach is like, ‘Take five minutes,’ and they don’t give you five minutes for an eye poke. Herb Dean says, ‘Can you see?’ And if I say no, I know they’re going to stop the fight, and I don’t want them to stop the fight. I was like, ‘Yeah, just give me a second.’

“I would have liked more time, but if I would have said no, he would have stopped the fight. If you can’t see, you can’t see. After that first round, I was just thrown off. I didn’t feel like myself out there.”

After 15 minutes, Gaudinot was pronounced the loser by unanimous decision. This year, the New Jersey resident hopes to bounce back from the struggles of the past two years and get back into title contention. Thankfully, he hasn’t been hindered by his health.

“I’ve been injury-free this camp, so I’m hoping to keep it that way,” he said. “I had a long layoff, and I don’t think it hurt me too bad, but it didn’t help.”

The Brit Harris is also on the rocks, having lost two of three previous fights in the UFC, so the loser of this bout could very well be sent packing.

Gaudinot isn’t ignoring the bout’s stakes, but he is trying not to be overwhelmed by them.

“I’m 1-2, I’m coming off a loss, and the UFC just signed a bunch of newer flyweights, so the division is getting deeper,” he said. “I kind of have to go out there and perform, but I don’t want to put all that pressure on my back. I just want to go out there and have fun and do martial arts, like I love to do, like I’ve been doing since I was six.”

Into the Tigers’ Den: A Tour of TSMMA’s Manhattan School

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by: Jim Genia – http://www.themmajournalist.com

The path Northeast MMA has taken since the late 90s is a winding one, with each curve and bend in the road shaping fighters and gyms alike. Where once there were boutique schools teaching jiu-jitsu on matted basement floors, there are now great windowed storefronts revealing a sea of white and blue kimonos. Tae Kwon Do schools have half-cages set up. And in academies where a cotton gi was the standard uniform, now it’s all about fight shorts and rashguards. This is evolution in action, a kind of trickle-down economics in which the UFC sets the pace and tone and everyone in the industry below adapts or dies.

But evolution is a reactionary thing, and some are much faster in reacting than others. For those who saw the writing on the wall the minute Royce Gracie choked out Ken Shamrock, change was just the acceptance of what would soon be the new reality of martial arts – and the teaching of martial arts.

That’s where the Tiger Schulmann Mixed Martial Arts organization comes in.

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Few martial arts academies are as prevalent in the Northeast as TSMMA, and with close to 50 schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut (and also Florida), and legions of students that number in the thousands, the organization has long been the envy of struggling school owners who’ve gone bankrupt trying to build up enough of a client base just to pay rent.

“Back in the day there was no mixed martial arts, there was just karate,” says Ron Schulmann, who, along with his brother, Danny “Tiger” Schulmann, helped create the massive 30-year-old organization that exists today. Ron has invited me to check out their new location at 34 East 23rd Street in Manhattan – which will be one of two that’s replacing the 19th Street location that served as TSMMA’s flagship school for many years. We’re in a somewhat quiet office, and outside, students are sitting on couches in a lounge area, hitting pads in a warm-up area, or upstairs in a bigger room, learning how to do an armlock from Bellator veteran Jimmie Rivera.

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I’ve asked Ron about the origins of the TSMMA system.

“Back then we also wrestled – me and my brother both wrestled. We also boxed. But our main thing was the karate and that’s all there was back then. We were in a hard style of karate – Kyokushin Karate, which is known to be a hard style. There was a lot of kumite, which is fighting. We knew how important it was to do the real thing. So when mixed martial arts came into this country, that was what – ’93? And we saw the jiu-jitsu and all of that and were like “Wow!” We had a wrestling background, so we loved it. We gravitated towards it we liked it so much. But in order to get into it and to learn it and start teaching it in our schools, we couldn’t keep doing what we were doing. We had to cut something out… We found something that was really effective. We saw how effective jiu-jitsu was in combination with striking. So we started training in that, we incorporated that into our schools, and we slowly pulled out forms and katas, we pulled out the weapons. Some people got a little upset, but the people that didn’t get upset were our instructors because they were passionate about martial arts and self-defense and they loved it also.”

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I’ve been watching the Tiger Schulmann system of fighting in action for years. At Reality Fighting 2 back in 2002, one of their guys TKO’d a stud wrestler to win a championship belt. Homegrown fighter Lyman Good breezed through a tournament to become Bellator’s inaugural welterweight champ. When he entered into the TUF House, Uriah Hall was a product of TSMMA, and the green-haired Louis Gaudinot is one of the UFC’s most exciting flyweights. The fighters who have come out of the Tiger Schulmann camp have owned a sizable chunk of the regional MMA championship real estate for years. They’ve even been a force in the kickboxing scene and the Golden Gloves, too. And of course, they’ve flooded Grapplers Quests and NAGAs and come away with enough medals to build a tank.

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On Saturday night I watched from cageside as six newer members of the TSMMA hit squad battled it out at an MMA show in Queens. I ask Ron what it feels like to have helped create a team that’s fielded so many skilled fighters.

“It’s great. It’s really great for the individual fighters that we have, more importantly them for us. We just make sure they’re trained well enough where it’s safe for them. We don’t want to throw them in unless they’re ready. We have a really big fight team, so it’s not like we’re trying to find fights. There’s not enough venues out there for all the fighters that we have. We have probably on some days training at our fight class at our headquarters [in New Jersey], we’ll have 70 guys. Some days less – 20, 30 – but it’s still a pretty big fight team. How does that make me feel? Of course I’m very proud, proud of the students who come up and fight. They usually do well.”

The subject of what TSMMA offers it’s fighters beyond just instruction comes up, and Ron talks of what lies ahead for someone who’s repped the organization in the cage.

“One good thing about training at Tiger Schulmann’s and fighting for our team is there’s something afterwards. A lot of fighters, when they’re done, they don’t know what to do. Here, there is a path. So you, you’re brought up through the ranks, you fight, and when you’re done fighting – or, if you decide you never want to fight but you’re that good – then you can become an instructor, open a school, and pass your knowledge on to other people.”

We talk of TSMMA’s open-door policy, and how their guys often train with fighters from other camps. When I ask about his next top prospects, Ron mentions newly-crowned Ring of Combat champ Julio Arce and Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s Shane Burgos. And then we’re done.

Good, Rivera and Carlos Brooks – three of TSMMA’s best fighters/instructors – are waiting to be interviewed next, but their stories are for another time. Right now it’s about Ron, and the powerhouse of martial arts training he had a hand in making.

In a sport where every bout must have a loser, finding a gym that has tasted only victory in the cage is impossible. But finding one that wins more often than not, and offers more to its members than just the knowledge of how to throw a proper kick and punch, well, that’s something that’s possible, and even easy if you’re in the the Northeast.

That’s TSMMA.

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Team TSMMA Finds Iron To Sharpen Iron

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Elite Training Partners Key To Rapid Improvement

Team Tiger Schulmann is known throughout the Martial Arts world for their incredible training methods. Loaded with talent, especially in the lighter divisions, TSMMA has experienced success in every aspect of MMA. Multiple members have won titles in MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing and Grappling.

We remain one of the few if not only MMA teams made up exclusively of students who trained from white belt with no prior experience. Most of the most successful members of the team started before they were teenagers, a group that includes Louis Gaudinot, Nick Pace and Jimmie Rivera. Julio Arce wasn’t far off starting at 13 with Shane Burgos following at 15 and Lyman Good at 18.

That’s six of the top fighters on the east coast and all have excelled at MMA without coming from a wrestling or other martial arts background to fight under the TSMMA banner. Instead each started out as a white belt before Tiger Schulmann’s curriculum led them to success.

Fans watched Arce win the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Title, they didn't get to see the work that went in to preparing.

Fans watched Arce win the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Title, they didn’t get to see the work that went in to preparing.

How does Tiger Schulmann continually mold elite fighters from a pool of thousands of students, most of whom have no desire to compete. It’s been a formula Tiger Schulmann has employed since TSMMA consisted of only two or three schools.

The best fighters from each school have always gotten together a few times a week to help each other improve. The learning curve is much quicker for people training with those better than them. In the early days that meant travelling to one of the other schools to find better partners. Now of course Tiger Schulmann’s Headquarters boasts one of the best training facilities in the country.

Before Louis Gaudinot brought his green hair to the UFC, he sought out the very best training partners outside of Team TSMMA to augment his training.

Before Louis Gaudinot brought his green hair to the UFC, he sought out the very best training partners outside of Team TSMMA to augment his training.

Even training with better partners can lose it’s effectiveness if you become too familiar with your training group. That’s why Tiger Schulmann will frequently take his very best fighters outside the TSMMA organization to challenge themselves against the best fighters in the Northeast in any given discipline.

Recently that search to find the very best in training partners took Team TSMMA to Hoboken where members, Julio Arce, Jimmie Rivera, Louis Gaudinot, Shane Burgos, Malik Blake and Misael Sanchez all got a chance to get sparring in with elite boxers.

Arce was matched up with internationally ranked boxer Jonathan Maicelo. The Peruvian is 21-1 as a pro with 12 KO’s. The work with Maicelo helps Arce gain confidence in his own training as it’s easy to see how he belongs with the very best in the world. While Arce benefits from training partners like Nick Pace, Gaudinot and Rivera, facing the unknown like Maicelo adds an important element to his training.






Watch the videos above and see how the Tiger Schulmann’s curriculum prepares students in each individual aspect of MMA. Arce is able to show his skills against an elite boxer even though his training involves three other distinct disicplines, kickboxing, wrestling and grappling.

Once again Team TSMMA is putting in the work to become the best in the world. Look for Arce in MMA and Kickboxing matches in the coming months. He continues to be undefeated as a professional fighter and carries the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Title. That’s traditionally been a pathway to the UFC where we expect to see Arce before his career is done.

He’s also undefeated in professional Kickboxing where his plan is to fight soon in Combat at the Capitale.

Sensei Louis Gaudinot also got some last minute  preparation for his upcoming fight. Tune in to UFC’s Fight Pass next weekend to watch Sensei Gaudinot in action against Phil Harris. The TSMMA Hoboken Owner and Head Instructor is poised to make another climb to the top of the UFC’s Flyweight Division.

Whether you ever want to compete or joined TSMMA for the incredible fitness benefits, know that the curriculum your learning is the most effective in the world. Fight team members like Gaudinot and Arce are making sure of it by challenging the very best in the world.

 

By: Sensei Thad Campbell

Louis Gaudinot: Still Learning

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By Mike Straka – ufc.com

When flyweights Louis Gaudinot and Phil Harris face off at UFC Fight Night: Gustaffson vs. Manuwa on March 8 at London’s O2 Arena, both men will seemingly be fighting to keep their spots on the UFC roster.

After all, they’re both coming off losses, and for the Tiger Schulmann protégé Gaudinot, a disappointing performance in his last fight against Tim Elliott after a 19 month layoff due to various injuries puts a ton of pressure on the green-haired machine known as much for his heart as he is for his fighting skills.

“I’m taking it like any other fight, but I want to go out there and have fun,” he said. “When I first started fighting there was no pressure and it wasn’t a job. I lost my last fight and I’m 1-2 in the UFC; I’m still up there in the rankings but I know my back’s against the wall. I just want to go out there and have fun like I used to do. “

At 29 years old, the criminal justice major from Seton Hall University is wise beyond his years. Even in interviews he talks to you like you are one of his students, and that is a direct influence from the man he’s been training under since he was six years old.

“Tiger Schulmann is like a second father to me,” says Gaudinot, sitting in his office at the Hoboken, NJ school which he owns under the TS MMA banner. There’s a quote hanging conspicuously on the wall for everyone to see.

It reads, “Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn.”

“They all know Sensei fights and sometimes he loses,” he said. “You have to look at your losses, and yeah they suck and winning is always better, but losing means you have to go back, look at what you did wrong and then fix it. That’s how you get better.”

For UFC fighters, losing in front of millions of people on national television is one thing, but it’s the dozens of students and friends and family members that they see every day who matter most in those lonely moments after a loss in the Octagon.

Gaudinot explains.

“By the time I get back home I’m over it, but in the heat of the moment it sucks,” he says. “After my last fight I tried real hard not to cry on national TV, but when I went back to the locker room I was really upset, and Tiger Schulmann comes up and says ‘Relax, you fought your ass off. There’s nothing you can do about it now except go back and learn what you did wrong and fix it.’ But I feel like I let a lot of people down, I say, and he says, ’99 percent of people can’t even step foot into the cage, and 99 percent of fighters who do will never get to the UFC. You didn’t let anyone down. You did your best and that’s all anyone can ask for.’

He’s always saying the right things to me. After the Johnny Bedford fight my face was real swollen and I was worried about my daughter, who was three or four at the time. And Tiger Schulmann said ‘you’re going to say ‘yes, this hurts,’ pointing to my eye, ‘but this hurts more,’ he told me, pointing to my heart. ‘Because when you want something so bad and you work hard for it and you don’t get it, your heart will hurt longer than your face.’ So that’s what I told her, and she smiled and said, ‘that’s okay Dad, you’ll get him next time.’ And that made me feel better.”

In Harris, Gaudinot faces a man who is as well-rounded as he is, but in hailing from Portsmouth, England, he will have the home field advantage.

“I’m not too worried about what he’s going to do, I’m worried about what I’m going to do. I’m working on all aspects of MMA here. Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, and we’ll see how everything goes March 8th.”

One thing that will scream to the average UFC observer is that Harris was knocked out in his last outing by John Lineker – the man Gaudinot dominated in a fight that put him near the top of the flyweight division nearly two years ago. That was before injuries and a lackluster showing against Elliott at UFC 164 last summer.

Surely he’s going to walk into this fight with a lot of confidence, right?

“I don’t play into that MMA math too much,” he said. “I beat this guy and he beat him so it’s going to be an easy fight.’  I actually saw a picture of Kimbo Slice once and it was, Kimbo beat him and he beat him all the way down to Fedor, meaning that Kimbo could beat Fedor and we all know that isn’t true.”

Gaudinot says he’s got a Plan A, B and C, and will be prepared for wherever the fight goes, and he’s got some theories are where it is likely to end up.

“I think he is going to try to take me down,” he said. “Bedford took me down and controlled me, so I think he’ll go for the takedown. I don’t think he wants to stand with me because if he does, Lineker hurt him standing up, and I went toe to toe with Lineker, so I don’t think he’ll choose that route. But if he does, GREAT. That’s the kind of fight the fans like to see anyway.”

MMA is a fast sport, and things have a tendency to move even faster in the UFC.

Division contenders can change with an injury, a loss, a lackluster performance, a move up or down a weight class by another fighter – or it could be that someone else who is not even supposed to be in the top ten conversation suddenly starts knocking people out and finds himself in title contention after two or three impressive victories.

No one knows that better than Gaudinot.

“I had a lot of momentum after the John Lineker fight,” he said. “I had matchups and they would send me the contracts, and before I could even sign on the dotted line I got injured. So I feel like those 19 months off hurt me, and I had a disappointing performance in the last one, so I just need to focus on getting back in the win column. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.  Like I said earlier, I’m going in there to have fun, put on a show, and hopefully, no matter what happens, the fans and the UFC will be happy with my performance. But of course I’m going there to win. I’m going in to finish him.”

Trizano vs Zawistowski Friday Night Fights Video

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02/28/14 – NYC

Mike Trizano (TSMMA Nanuet) vs Pawel Zawistowski

Trizano and Zawistowski battled a closely contested 5 round muay thai war. Both fighters left it all in the ring. 2 of the judges scored the fight for Zawistowki giving him the split decision victory. However majority in attendance scored the fight for Trizano, who fought like the champion he is. You be the judge of this fight! The fight starts at 39:20 of the video below.