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May 2015

Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

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Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

There are many advantages of practicing martial arts, both mental and physical! Below, we take a closer look at the benefits of Mixed Martial Arts:

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One major downside to joining a gym is that you may not know what to do. It can be both intimidating and dangerous. Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts program, on the other hand, offers the structure you need to reach your fitness goals and stay motivated. The environment is safe and you are instructed at a pace which is challenging, but not beyond your abilities.

Great exercise

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of US adults are obese. Significant, long-term weight loss cannot be achieved through change in diet alone. Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts program builds lean muscle while keeping your heart and lungs healthy too.

Fun

One of the most important benefits of Mixed Martial Arts is that it’s enjoyable! If you’re not having fun while you exercise, you probably won’t stick to it. Where fitness club workouts become the same old routine, Tiger Schulmann’s classes are exciting; you’ll find yourself wanting to come back for more!

Stress relief

During the day, we all build levels of stress need a release. In a recent survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 49 percent of people reported having a “major stressful event or experience” within the past year. What’s more, they responded to stress in unhealthy ways – like sleeping less and eating more. Practicing Mixed Martial Arts is a healthy way to relieve stress, no matter your age.

Boosted confidence

Most of us could use a little more confidence. Working out, in itself, has been proven to improve confidence, thanks to both releasing endorphins and seeing results. What makes Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts programs unique? Our instructors instill confidence-building values, like working hard and never giving up.

The benefits of Mixed Martial Arts are endless. To learn more about Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts program, dial (800) 528-4437 today. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media! We’re LIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube, and update our pages regularly with the latest Tiger Schulmann’s news and MMA tips!

Tiger Schulmann’s: About Us!

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About Tiger Schulmann's

Founded by Tiger Schulmann himself, we first began offering a variety of martial arts classes to men, women and children of all ages in 1984. The primary focus was karate, but with kickboxing and mixed martial arts added in. After achieving great success in his personal life, Tiger devoted himself to giving back by teaching others about the art that he had so thoroughly mastered. As a result, we made providing top of the line training our number one priority, and designed several different programs that would help each participant build confidence, achieve great levels of physical fitness and develop a solid foundation that carries them through life.

With 48 locations throughout the East Coast, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida, we welcome individuals of all skill levels to partake in our programs. For children, we have created an environment that teaches self-discipline and how to set and achieve goals while offering them the opportunity to experience what it feels like to develop a great sense of accomplishment. For adults, we focus on physical fitness by introducing them to strategic routines and techniques that improve strength, flexibility, endurance and more.

At our various locations, programs include (but are not limited to), kickboxing, mixed martial arts and kid’s karate. Regardless of which program you choose, we are confident that you will feel more confident, fit and accomplished than ever before.

For more information about Tiger Schulmann’s and where you can find a location near you, please give us a call at (800) 528-4437 today. Also, don’t forget to connect with us on social media! We’re LIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube, and update our pages regularly with the latest Tiger Schulmann’s news and MMA tips!

Prevent Disease and Physical Ailments With Kickboxing

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Preventative Care

 

Stop It Before It Happens

There’s many clichés & sayings people hear but also too often don’t necessarily heed. “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind. This saying shouldn’t be relegated to working with tools in the garage or moving furniture. What about your own body? The machine you need to operate every day in order to function properly, to live! Why do some people wait until they’re in dire condition before they take measures to improve their well being?

Prevent Disease

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One thing impeding their path to improvement is a lack of information or guidance. Not everyone is a nutritionist, personal trainer or doctor, so all too often people have an “eh, it won’t happen to me” attitude. Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and all sorts of other terrible ailments are happening far too often, yet it’s “that happens to other people, but I’ll be ok”. Even as they pack on the pounds or have trouble doing everyday tasks, it often takes having a doctor telling someone they’re in trouble, or about to be, before they take any steps to take care of their ailments. But who do they turn to? A DVD? YouTube? Books, magazines or web sites? A personal trainer at the gym on top of your membership there adds up and also won’t give you the same benefits training in kickboxing with Tiger Schulmann’s will. (self defense, martial arts,kickboxing, conditioning, etc.) So who can you turn to? Our kickboxing instructor!

We have a 90-Day Challenge at the beginning of every year which emphasizes nutritional information and healthy eating, so coupled with your training, it produces the results every wants – to feel good! Your confidence will increase from not just knowing you can defend yourself if you need to, not just from looking good physically, but from knowing that the mechanisms ‘under the hood’ (such as your organs) are in tip-top shape. Exercise and diet are married – they complement each other, and don’t function well without the other as well. Both aspects are a focus at TSMMA, so don’t wait until it’s too late to get yourself on the right track with your health. Be preemptive and proactive; prevent problems before they arise instead of trying to fix them.

Another cliché is “your body is your temple”. Construction workers wear yellow safety helmets hoping nothing ever falls on their heads. But if something does, it won’t be fatal. You wear a seatbelt and have airbags in your car hoping that you never get in an accident.  But if you do, you’ll be protected. So don’t wait until the doctor tells you that you have high cholesterol, hypertension, stress, or worse; make sure you take care of your body now, at TSMMA. Call our Old Bridge location today and we’ll start you on the path to a healthier you!

Yardley Teen Embodies Spirit Of Mixed Martial Arts

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Ty Gaffin began training at Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts the way most students do. The Yardley native was invited to try a class by his Aunt and cousins who were already students. That was seven years ago. The rest is the story worthy of any Black Belt.

From his very first class with Sensei Thad Campbell Ty showed the most important skills needed to learn. For the entirety of his one hour class he paid attention, not losing his focus for even the briefest of moments. That sort of concentration was nearly unheard of for an 8 year old boy.

Ty and Joey Gaffin proudly show off their new Tiger Schulmann's uniforms.

Ty and Joey Gaffin proudly show off their new Tiger Schulmann’s uniforms.

 

Of course it came as little surprise as his Aunt had already made the journey to Brown Belt in her own training and would shortly thereafter achieve her Black Belt.

What was surprising was the overall skill set he brought with him. Ty came in a package deal with his younger sister. Joey was a precocious six year old with a slightly different personality than her big brother. Were Ty was laid back and observed everything before commenting, Joey was willing to raise her hand and answer any question, not worried if she was right or not (though she usually was).

Thus began a journey that has hit an amazing road mark seven years later. Ty was one of only seventeen students in all of Tiger Schulmann’s to pass the Black Belt test in April. Seventeen may sound like a big number but when you realize more than 8000 students train at TSMMA in a given month it gives new perspective.

Ty earns the first new color to his belt. Here receiving his Blue Belt.

Ty earns the first new color to his belt. Here receiving his Blue Belt.

 

So what makes a Black Belt in Tiger Schulmann’s. Ty is a great example. Mostly it is someone who simply doesn’t quit. Early on it was the long days of class with no one but his younger sister to train with. For most of his first few years, great training partners were hard to come by.

Ty’s mom and dad are both business owners and their free time was limited. Ty could only make it to three classes a week and those were often times when other kids his age couldn’t make it. So what did Ty do? He set an example for everyone else in the class by training harder and with more focus than everyone else.

Ty earns the first spot in class after years of training.

Ty earns the first spot in class after years of training.

That was one trait that would never change. With each new partner he had in class, Ty stood out. He set an example. In Martial Arts the word Sempai is used to refer to someone who has achieved the rank of Black Belt. In Japanese Sempai means Older Brother or Older Sister. It suggests the ideal of an Older Brother or Sister, not necessarily the reality.

In fact for Joey Gaffin her older brother was the ideal. Someone she could count on to set the right example every single day and in the worst case scenario someone she could count on to be a great training partner when there were no other options.

Ty with his Aunt represent two generations of Black Belts!

Ty with his Aunt represent two generations of Black Belts!

 

The journey was not without it’s struggles. As if having your younger sister as your main training partner for a couple years isn’t enough of a struggle, there were the other younger less focused boys he was forced to train with on many occasions, or the countless tournaments that didn’t go quite as hoped.

Early progress in Belts was hard to come by. Training only three classes a week when your peers are making it to six or eight means seeing others achieve new belts more quickly than you do. This never was a negative for Ty who simply persevered and continued to bug his parents to bring him more often. That gradually led to 4 hours, then six and finally ten classes every week!

Then there was the first day of Middle School. Ty has always been small. Like many smaller kids he faced the initiation process of Middle School. One of the older boys decided to block the hall and test Ty’s confidence. It was a test he would pass with flying colors. He did exactly what he was taught. First he asked the bully to move, then when the boy wouldn’t, he used the leverage and technique he had been taught, forcing the boy out of his way.

It would be the first and last time he was tested by a bully!

Trips to the Challenge of Champions (the largest Mixed Martial Arts tournament for kids on the East Coast) began to net trophies. Even though his younger sister might boast more than he, it didn’t stop Ty from continuing to challenge himself. In fact he was so willing to push himself he would even accept challenges others might find hopeless. Like when as a Red Belt there was no division for him. So he chose to compete against Brown and Black Belts in a Division whose top allowable weight was nearly 30 pounds above his own.

Ty poses with mom after winning first place at NAGA, a prestigious grappling tournament.

Ty poses with mom after winning first place at NAGA, a prestigious grappling tournament.

 

As for training partners Ty chose a unique approach at twelve years old. If you are hurting for training partners why not bring your own. So he brought his best friend Sam to class and quickly helped his friend improve enough to become a steady partner. The two Yardley’s boys had the same birthday and as they became teenagers they also became amazing examples for every other student at TSMMA Feasterville.

Another funny thing happened as Ty showed the patience and resolve to set a great example for his younger partners. A group of them improved so much they began to become great partners as well.

Ty was also buoyed by the path of two older students, Joe Martin and Zach Moyer who both received their Black Belts in 2014. Seeing his Aunt receive her Black Belt six years earlier was cool, but Sempais Martin and Moyer were frequent training partners and gave a much clearer picture of what the journey would be like for Ty.

They also pushed Ty to the limit of his skills. Forcing him to improve in such a rapid fashion that he flew through the levels of his Brown Belt and impressed the judges at the Black Belt test to pass him on his first try. The 16 others he passed with among a group of nearly fifty testing!

Ty and Joey support their own instructor Craig Alexander as he competes in MMA.

Ty and Joey support their own instructor Craig Alexander as he competes in MMA.

 

Now Ty continues to set an example for both young and old alike, splitting his time as a helper in kids classes to supplement the four adult classes he takes every week. In total he trains for nearly 9 hours each and every week, and the skills are apparent.

For his parents though it is the confidence he has gained through his Mixed Martial Arts training that truly resonate. The countless hours of stories from Sensei Campbell and Joshu Craig Alexander about Focus, Discipline, Values and many other topics that Ty not only listened to, but truly heard. Those thousands of hours of physical and mental training have combined with the amazing lessons he’s received from his own family to mold a truly inspirational young man.

A picture says a thousand words!

A picture says a thousand words!

 

What is a Mixed Martial Arts Black Belt. It’s a 15 year old who is quick to help someone in need while being even quicker to face down bullying in all it’s forms. It is a teen with enough confidence to stand out from the crowd, while also having so much confidence that he draws one to him. It is a young man who anyone would be proud to call their son and one for whom I am extremely proud to call Sempai!

 

By: Sensei Thad Campbell

Change Your Life With Kickboxing!

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Every year everyone has the same goals. To get in better shape, everyone as they get older needs to make their lives better some way or another. We know we need to lose a few pounds, stop eating fast food or making poor food choices or increase our energy levels to be able to run around with our kids. It seems that every year there are so many people that start but always fail. A river of excuses fill our heads whether it be no time, boring workout, just not motivated today….

 

 

Most people join a gym and gyms strive to make people fail. How about going to the gym to workout and then grab a slice of pizza on the way out! Really! How is that for motivation to keep coming back. Unless your really big into fitness and have studied and took the time to learn how to exercise the right way, going to the gym is a sure disaster waiting to happen. Lots of times people go to the gym end up hurting themselves by exercising the wrong way. 

 

 

Here, doing a kickboxing class is so much more than just showing up to exercise. Here we encourage and motivate people to improve their entire lives. We show you how to train the right way without getting hurt and get real results. Also empowering the students with the knowledge to defend themselves if ever needed to. Come in and see how students are making the right changes in their lives to become healthier people!

 

Give us a call for a FREE Kickboxing Class! 732-705-3351

 

How Eating Healthy Food Helps You Stay Young

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The 90 Day Challenge is in the books and if you look around Facebook there are some staggering successes. Now comes the hard part, continuing to eat healthy food without falling back in to the bad habits that can easily plague us.

Fast Food and Coffee Shops abound. You can drive five miles and easily pass 20 places where you can pop in for a quick bite. The sad part is we know how bad the stuff is for us but we are bound by habit and stop in anyway.

There is no reason Healthy Food can't taste great while giving you the nutrients your body needs!

There is no reason Healthy Food can’t taste great while giving you the nutrients your body needs!

 

Education is a great way to help remodel our behaviors. A recent article pointed out some high priced foods that you may not realize can not only ruin your figure but see you aging far beyond your calendar years. 

https://www.yahoo.com/health/get-it-together-10-foods-to-stop-eating-today-117773255238.html

None of the foods listed in the article shock. We all know processed meat, bagels, fast food burgers are all terrible for us. But looking deeper can help us understand exactly why we should drive by. 

A simple blended coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts can be more than a quarter of the recommended calories for one day! If you stop at McDonald’s for a lunchtime burger and soda you have now not only consumed more than your daily allotment of calories but done so in a way that gives your body little to no actual nutritional value. 

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Looks great and tastes great, but will it make you feel great?

 

Of particular note in the article was a link to a study of soda and it’s link to premature aging of cells. When I first joined TSMMA it was because I had gained nearly a hundred pounds in the decade since graduating High School. Much of that weight was the result of an addiction to soda.

The more I can learn about how soda adversely affects my body, the easier it is to deny those cravings. By associating the effects of soda with that of smoking (something I vehemently despise) I am able to remind myself exactly why I love water!

Keep educating yourself about healthy food and see how you can keep these strong habits you’ve created during the 90 day challenge going for a lifetime.

90 Day Challenge Winners – Male Best Body

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The winners for Male Best Body in the 2015 90 Day Challenge are in! These students put in a tremendous amount of work and got to a level that surpassed all expectations.

The judging for Best Body was done by selecting the upper echelon of students who took their body to the next level. The starting point didn’t matter, but the finished final product showed the absolute best.

Congratulations to those who placed. Your hard word and discipline paid off!

The Winners Are:

1st Place – Carlos Salgado – Tiger Schulmann’s Rego Park

2nd Place – Cesar Munoz – Tiger Schulmann’s Gramercy

3rd Place – Bob Weiczorek – Tiger Schumann’s Bayside

4th Place – Nestor Echeverria – Tiger Schulmann’s Vails Gate

5th Place – Anthony Rodriguez – Tiger Schulmann’s Bayside

Tied for 6th Place – Craig Selund – Tiger Schulmann’s Allentown

Tied For 6th Place – Joe Maxino – Tiger Schulmann’s Danbury

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90 Day Challenge – Women’s Best Body

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The winners for “Female Best Body” in the 2015 90 Day Challenge are in! These students put in a tremendous amount of work and got to a level that surpassed all expectations.

The judging for “Best Body” was done by selecting the upper echelon of students who took their body to the next level. The starting point didn’t matter, but the finished final product showed the absolute best.

Congratulations to those who placed. Your hard word and discipline paid off!

The Winners Are:

1st Place – Marlene Sophia – Tiger Schulmann’s Chelsea

2nd Place – Samantha Feigman – Tiger Schulmann’s Huntington

3rd Place – Danielle Harrington – Tiger Schumann’s Princeton

4th Place – Stacey Duck – Tiger Schulmann’s Bethlehem

5th Place – Kinsey Rodriguez – Tiger Schulmann’s Rego Park

6th Place – Ellina Matsynenko – Tiger Schulmann’s Midwood

Honorable Mention:

Curda Dorival – Tiger Schumann’s Tottenville, Jessica Mattioli – Tiger Schulmann’s Tottenville, Kelly Adler – Tiger Schumann’s Stamford, Julie Tancona – Tiger Schumann’s Ramsey

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90 Day Challenge Winners – Women’s Most Improved

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The winners for “Female Most Improved” in the 2015 90 Day Challenge are in! These students put in a large amount of work and dedication to change their life.

The judging for “Most Improved” was done by selecting the most dramatic body change. The starting point was taken into consideration for this category. The post 90 Day Challenge result must have shown a very noticeable change in body composition and appearance.

Congratulations to those who placed. Your hard word and discipline paid off!

The Winners Are:

1st Place – Jean Liss – Tiger Schulmann’s North Plainfield

2nd Place – Claudia Del Valle – Tiger Schulmann’s Englewood

3rd Place – Eleni Giakoumas – Tiger Schumann’s Bayside

4th Place – Erika Franceschini – Tiger Schulmann’s Brick

 5th Place – Christina Kozlowki – Tiger Schulmann’s Danbury

6th Place – Maria Prochotsky – Tiger Schulmann’s Middle Village

Honorable Mention:

Carmen Rodriguez – Tiger Schumann’s Tottenville

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90 Day Challenge Winners – Male Most Improved

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The winners for “Male Most Improved” in the 2015 90 Day Challenge are in! These students put in a large amount of work and dedication to change their life.

The judging for “Most Improved” was done by selecting the most dramatic body change. The starting point was taken into consideration for this category. The post 90 Day Challenge result must have shown a very noticeable change in body composition and appearance.

Congratulations to those who placed. Your hard word and discipline paid off!

The Winners Are:

1st Place – Craig Neverosky – Tiger Schulmann’s Chalfont

2nd Place – Ian Cerami – Tiger Schulmann’s Astoria

3rd Place – John Belcher – Tiger Schumann’s Allentown

4th Place – Alex Borbor – Tiger Schulmann’s Allentown

Tied For 5th Place – Nick Torchio – Tiger Schulmann’s Tottenville

Tied for 5th Place – Pat Gonzalez – Tiger Schulmann’s Bayside

6th Place – Anthony Calvitti – Tiger Schulmann’s Chalfont

Honorable Mention:

Larry McNamee – Tiger Schumann’s Bethlehem, Eduardo Gonzalez – Tiger Schulmann’s Hoboken, George Giakoumas – Tiger Schumann’s Bayside.

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